Satellite Onsite Workshop "Optimising the design and running of studies", February 28(1st edition) and March 2nd (2nd edition)



Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale dell'Abruzzo e del Molise 'G. Caporale' (IZS-Teramo) and Fondazione Guido Bernardini (FGB) are organising a joint training event on alternative methods, structured into two main sessions:

The one - day interactive workshop aims at providing researchers with a deeper understanding of experimental design concepts, in order to improve reliability and reproducibility of animal experiments, avoiding animal waste and complying with the 3Rs of animal research.







Italy, FGB Training Center (First edition 28/02/2023) and CIFIV IZS-Teramo, Italy (2nd edition 02/03/2023)

Duration: 1 day
Registration fee:

*Student rate is applied to undergraduate students and PhD students. Valid student ID or a       confirmation letter by the direct supervisor are required.

Registration includes:
  • Participation in the scientific program
  • Certificate of attendance
  • Coffee break

The course confirmation will be accompanied by payment details.

The invoice will be issued within 10 days after the course confirmation and cannot be changed, so please make sure you have provided us with the correct information (to be checked on the Proforma Invoice). Only digital version of invoices will be sent to participants.

Payment of the fee is due before course commencement. Bank fee on your side

Cancellation policy: All cancellations must be made by writing (email or fax) to the secretary.

Payment of the balance of the course is due, in full, for cancellation received after invoice raising.

Registrants who fail to attend without advance notice are liable for the entire course fee.



For more details please contact:

CPD Credits:
  • Training event acknowledged by the Ministry of Health on 20/02/23, with the achievement of the CFP for the following functions and tasks, for all animal species:

           - Mod. 10: functions A-B, tasks VD (2 CFP)

           -  Mod. 11: function B (2 CFP)


  • Recognition to the extent of 0.5 day of training / continuing education for Animal care takers, Animal welfare officers, Study directors, Involved persons and Heads of Animal facility by Swiss Association of Cantonal Veterinarians (SACV)

The aim of the Workshop is to focus on experimental design as a strategic element to improve the design skills of researchers engaged in activities involving the use of animals for scientific purposes.

At the end of the Workshop, participants will have acquired knowledge and skills relevant to

  • set up an experimental design
  • evaluate the different options for optimising the experimental design
  • use statistical tools for the appropriate calculation of experimental group sizes
  • adopt the principles of the 3Rs
  • apply ethical principles to the design of the experimental design.

This event will run in presence, for a limited number of participants


Derek J Fry OBE, MA, D Phil, BM BCh

Dr Fry was Chief Inspector of the UK Animal Scientific Procedures Inspectorate until his retirement in 2008 and is now a consultant on animal experimentation issues and experimental design, with an honorary post at the University of Manchester, UK. Before joining the Inspectorate he was a medical academic, teacher and research scientist.  In the Inspectorate, as well as inspecting work at animal research establishments, he advised on proposals for animal experimentation projects, assessing them against ethical principles, for 18 years including a period when most UK establishments had no ethical review locally.  His specialist interest was experimental design, and he was on the ECVAM working group on Reduction.  On retiring he helped develop the FRAME experimental design courses which have now been held in several countries as well as the UK. He ran a workshop on experimental design at the 8th World Congress on Alternatives in Montreal, and has also run or contributed to workshops on experimental design and project assessment in UK and various countries in Europe, Asia and North America, and published on aspects of experimental design and how to teach it.  He has been a regular speaker at UK Laboratory Animal Science Association meetings, is currently Convener of the FELASA working group on experimental design, and is a member of the ETPLAS working group which is producing assessment criteria for the learning outcomes of EC Modules 9 to 11.

Language: English
Materials: Here the programme

Recomended Hotels are located near the FGB conference centre; information will be available contacting FGB secretary.