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Laboratory Animals in the Social Sciences and Humanities Developing a Collaborative Agenda for Humanities and Social Scientific Research on Laboratory Animal Science and Welfare

Workshop #2: Developing a collaborative agenda for humanities and social scientific research on laboratory animal welfare

The aim of this workshop, held in London on the 28th of October 2014, was to identify the 30 most important questions concerning laboratory animal science and welfare, which could be met by new research in the social sciences and humanities. The process was designed to facilitate dialogue, discuss questions of approach and to generate questions to guide future research. The outputs from this workshop are currently being prepared for a collaborative paper for submission to an open access science journal. When the results have been made public, they will be posted here.

Workshop #2: Process

The methodology of this exercise followed other influential collaborative-agenda setting exercises at the science/policy interface (see for example A Collaboratively-Derived Science-Policy Research Agenda). Around 50 interdisciplinary participants were recruited, invited to submit questions, and then indicated their priorities from the full list of 136 suggested questions. An interactive workshop in London enabled participants to discuss, refine and vote for the 30 most important questions together. A collaborative paper of the outcomes is currently being finalised.

Workshop #2: Programme

09.00 Registration and Coffee
09.30 Introduction
Explanation of Process; Question & Answer Session; Signing up for small group discussions.
10.30 Coffee/Tea
11.00 Small Group Discussions
Each small group works on a separate topic. The outcome of each group’s discussion is their three priority questions for that theme, plus a ranked list of three reserves. The process is chaired to assist the groups in identifying priorities, removing redundancy, and rewording questions to eliminate overlap and improve clarity. The groups may vote on questions to select those considered the most important.
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Plenary Discussion
The whole group reconvenes to combine question lists, remove any remaining redundancy, reword finale outcomes, and discuss results includes.
17.00 Workshop Close

Workshop #2: Participants

Participants were selected to cover a wide range of relevant approaches and perspectives in the sciences, social sciences, humanities and policy. Each participant was permitted to consult widely among their own colleagues in obtaining an initial list of questions. All participants took part in the process as individuals, rather than as representatives of their organisations.

The workshop involved around 50 participants, with 35 attending on the day, incorporating a range of relevant perspectives from the social sciences, humanities, sciences, policy, NGOs and other stakeholders. The list below consists of those attendees that agreed to have their name and affiliation posted on this website, and indicates the range of people who took part in the process through the contribution of questions and the workshop discussion. Those marked ‘Virtual Participant’ were not able to make the discussions on the day, but contributed to the process of submitting questions and comments, voting for priorities and finalising the final wording of the questions.

Participant names and affiliations

LauraBellinganSociety of Biology
ManuelBerdoyOxford University Biomedical Services, University of Oxford
HenryBullerGeography, University of Exeter (Virtual Participant)
HelenCassadySchool of Psychology, University of Nottingham
GailDaviesGeography, University of Exeter
KeithDaviesOperational Director of Joint Biological Services, Cardiff University
DanielaDiefenbacherScience Policy Adviser, Society of Biology
ToneDruglitrøTIK Centre for technology, innovation and culture, University of Oslo
JulietDukesRSPCA
Maria PaulaEscobar-TelloGeography, King’s College London
CarrieFrieseSociology, London School of Economics and Political Science
BethGreenhoughGeography, University of Oxford
KathrinHerrmannSchool of Veterinary Medicine, Freie Universität Berlin
PruHobson-WestCentre for Applied Bioethics, School of Veterinary Medicine and Science, University of Nottingham (Virtual Participant)
WendyJarrettUnderstanding Animal Research
KimberleyJayneCentre for Research in Animal Behaviour, University of Exeter
MaggyJenningsRSPCA
AdamJohnsonThe University of Manchester
ElizabethJohnsonGeography, University of Exeter
RobertKirkCentre for the History of Science Technology and Medicine (CHSTM), University of Manchester
TimmKonoldAnimal and Plant Health Agency Weybridge
MattLeachSchool of Agriculture, Food & Rural Development, Newcastle University (Virtual Participant)
SabinaLeonelliSociology, Philosophy and Anthropology, University of Exeter (Virtual Participant)
DaveLewisSchool of Biomedical Sciences, University of Leeds
CarmenMcLeodSchool of Veterinary Medicine & Science , University of Nottingham
MaraMieleSchool of Planning and Geography, Cardiff University
NicoleNelsonHistory of Science, University of Wisconsin-Madison
ElisabethOrmandyAnimal Welfare Program, University of British Columbia (Virtual Participant)
HelenPallettSchool of Environmental Science, University of East Anglia
LonnekePoortFaculty of Law, VU Amsterdam
PandoraPoundSchool of Social and Community Medicine, University of Bristol
EdmundRamsdenHistory, Queen Mary University London
EmmaRoeGeography, University of Southampton
HelenScalwayArtist, Royal Holloway, University of London
AstridSchraderSociology, Philosophy and Anthropology, University of Exeter
ChrisScottonUniversity of Exeter Medical School, University of Exeter (Virtual Participant)
CherylScudamoreMLC, MRC Harwell
JaneSmithBoyd Group
ChrisSturdyAnimal Welfare and Management, Moulton College (Virtual Participant)
LucyWhitfieldRoyal Veterinary College
CaroleWilsonFish Facility, Division of Biosciences, UCL
SarahWolfensohnUniversity of Surrey

Small group facilitators

GailDaviesUniversity of Exeter
CarrieFrieseLondon School of Economics and Political Science
BethGreenhoughUniversity of Oxford
RobertKirkUniversity of Manchester
CarmenMcLeodUniversity of Nottingham
EmmaRoeUniversity of Southampton