On behalf of the Organising Committee I have great pleasure in inviting you to the 12th FELASA and 12th SECAL joint congress entitled: ‘Animal Research: Better Science from Fewer Animals’ to be held 10-13 June 2013 in Barcelona, Spain. The venue of the Congress is the Barcelona's International Convention Center (CCIB) located on Barcelona seafront.

FELASA (Federation of European Laboratory Animal Science Associations) organises its congress every 3 years. On this occasion, SECAL (the Spanish Association of Laboratory Animal Science ) has the privilege of organising the largest laboratory animal science meeting in Europe. It is a happy coincidence that for both organisations this will be their 12th congress.

The FELASA Congress will attract over a thousand scientists and other LAS professionals from all over the world. The programme will cover both scientific and practical aspects of a range of  topics of interest for those working in this field. The perspective will be a  focus on the end beneficiary of research and how we can provide all the necessary elements that will allow us to continue improving the welfare of both animals and people.

There will be state-of-the-art plenary presentations and your abstracts for oral presentations and posters are warmly welcome. The FELASA Congress is an excellent forum for the discussion of research and for finding solutions to our problems. In addition to scientific sessions, workshops and round table discussions will be included in the program.

The Barcelona's International Convention Center has a large exhibition hall for companies wishing to exhibit their latest equipment, technology and services.

We have also prepared an interesting evening social programme to entertain you and give you the opportunity to meet old colleagues and make new friends.

Barcelona is a large city full of interesting things to do, from visiting unique museums and buildings to sun bathing on the beach. The temperature in June is a pleasant 20 -25 ºC. If possible, plan your stay with a few extra days to enjoy the city. 

I look forward to seeing you all in Barcelona.

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Patri Vergara
Chair of Congress 



Important information:
  • Accepted abstracts will be published in a special edition of JAALAS for the 12th FELASA SECAL Congress
  • 28 February 2013 is the deadline for registration to the Congress of at least one author of each abstract

Preliminary Programme: to download the preliminary programme, click here