2018 Conference

The 2018 Lush Prize Conference will be held in Berlin on Friday 16th November.

The theme of the conference this year is:
‘Is there an end in sight for animal testing? Can Organ-on-a-Chip replace animal use in safety testing with advanced human focused approaches?’

We have a very full agenda for the day,  which will include sessions on innovation and change in Germany, as well as  themes on science, regulatory and campaigning issues on the replacement of animal tests with human-relevant approaches.

Presentations from expert guest speakers will join this year’s winners  to provide a very comprehensive programme and attendees will have a choice of breakout sessions to hear more on this year’s award winning work.

The Conference is free, and tickets are still available:


Conference Agenda


9.00-9.30       Registration and Coffee

Please visit the registration desk on arrival
We ask all attendees to be registered and seated in The Main Hall ready for a 9.30am start

9.35-9.45         Welcome and Introduction

Rob Harrison, Director, Lush Prize

9.45-10.00       Opening/Keynote address


10.00-11.15 Session 1: Innovation and change in Germany.

Location: The Main Hall, Ground Floor
Chair: Lisbeth Knudsen ,Professor of Toxicology, University of Copenhagen and Lush Prize Judge

Dr. Ilka Maschmeyer , TissUse and 2015 Young Researcher Lush Prizewinner

Prof. Dr. Monika Schäfer-Korting, School of Pharmacy, Freie Universität Berlin

Renate Künast, Green Party Germany

Dr. Joachim Wiest, Cellasys GmbH

Questions from the audience for a Panel Discussion


10.55-11.15 Coffee Break


11.15-11.30 Prof. Daniel Huh, The BIOLines Research Group, University of Pennsylvania


11.30-12.30 Session 2: Chips, pathways and gaining regulatory approval.

Location: Main Hall
Chair: Dr. Gill Langley, Scientific Consultant and Lush Prize Judge

Dr. Herman Koeter, Chair, Netherlands National Committee for the Protection of Animals Used for Scientific Purposes (NCad)

Dr.Terry McCann, Scientific Consultant, Lush Prize

Dr. Bhumika Singh, Chief Scientific Officer, Kirkstall Ltd.

Troy Seidle, Director, Research & Toxicology, Humane Society International, Canada

12.10-12.30 Questions from the audience for a Panel Discussion

12.30-13.15  Lunch – a vegan lunch will be provided 


13.15-13.30 Kathrin Hermann, Centre for Alternatives to Animal Testing (USA)


13.30-14.20  Session 3: Breakout sessions

A choice of breakout sessions will be available, to hear presentations from Lush Prize winners and guest speakers.


14.20-14.45  Break


14.4-15.00 TJ Bozada, ToxTrack, USA


15.00-16.00 Session 4: Foetal Calf Serum, Antibodies and other test materials; making replacement methods fully human relevant

Location: Main Hall
Chair: Rebecca Ram, Scientific Consultant, Lush Prize

Dr. Bianca Maragliani – Lush Prize 2015 Young Researcher Prize winner and 2018 Judge, São Paulo University,Brazil

Dr. Alison Gray, Afability

Dr. Jan Van der Valk, 3Rs Centre Utrecht

Dr. Carol Treasure, Founder & Managing Director , XCellR8, UK

15.40-15.50 Q&A


15.50-16.00 Closing remarks – Dr. Gill Langley


16.00 Conference closes

The official Lush Prize awards ceremony will take place on the evening of Friday 16th November (by invitation only).