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Ethics Workshops

Our Ethics Workshops are aimed at young scientists to stimulate discussion around the ethical issues confronting scientists doing biomedical research. The event also aims to broaden pupils’ knowledge of the Institute’s research and its applications, as well as encouraging them to think about the wider social and ethical implications of scientific discoveries they hear about in the news. We will also give an overview of the range of careers that are available within a research Institute, providing valuable insights into careers such as animal technology, raising students’ aspirations about career paths for which there is demand in the region and vocational training opportunities.


The provisional half-day programme includes:
 
Presentation – ‘Ethics of the Use of Animals in research’ by Understanding Animal Research
Presentation - Research at BBSRC-funded Pirbright Institute, Roslin Institute, Babraham Institute
Babraham’s animal care facilities
Activity based on the stages of the drug development process
Facilitated discussion on student opinions of use of animals in research

Objectives and aims of the event:
 
Most biologists agree that experiments involving living animals or fresh animal tissues are undesirable but in some cases unavoidable if advances in medicine and biology are to be made. In Britain, decisions on how and when animals are used in experiments are not made by the scientists directly concerned, but by independent panels and government officials. It will also look at the 3Rs – refinement, reduction and replacement – which govern the use of animals.
 
This event has been designed to explain how this process works, first with an introductory talk about the use of animals in research, with case studies high-lighting breakthroughs in medicine and healthcare treatments that have only been possible through doing research with animals. This will be followed by an opportunity for pupils to discuss the issues in groups and report back to the whole audience. The event also aims to broaden pupils’ knowledge of the Institute’s research and its applications, as well as encouraging them to think about the wider social and ethical implications of scientific discoveries they hear about in the news and other media.
 
Curriculum links
  • AQA: GCSE Biology – Unit 1 – B1.3.1 (a) and (b)
  • AQA: GCSE Additional Applied Science – Unit 1 – 3.3.6
  • OCR: GCSE Biology B – Module B1c
 
Register your interest

Please email get-involved@babraham.ac.uk to register your interest.