Summer School on Innovative Approaches in Science

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Want to learn more about alternatives to animal testing?

June 22-25, 2020
Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health
Baltimore, MD, USA

Join other students and early-career scientists this summer at Johns Hopkins University School of Public Health for FREE lectures, laboratory visits, hands-on demonstrations, interactive sessions, and networking session on cutting-edge methods to reduce and replace animal tests in toxicology and biomedical science.

Learn from experts in the field from Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, the National Institutes of Health, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and more. View the draft program.

Course Tracks

Choose the toxicology or biomedical science track. In general, the toxicology track is designed for graduate students and early-career professionals and the biomedical science track may be of interest for undergraduate students through early-career scientists.


Registration is free. Participants will need to cover the costs of their travel, accommodation, and daily subsistence. Applicants can apply for travel awards to help offset transportation and accommodation costs.


This program is jointly hosted by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, Johns Hopkins University Center for Alternatives to Animal Testing, and the European Commission Joint Research Centre.

To become a program sponsor, contact

Why Should You Attend

Emilie Da SilvaEmilie Da Silva
PhD Candidate at Technical University of Denmark and former European Commission Trainee

As a PhD student working in the field of acute inhalation toxicity in vitro, I attended the JRC Summer School on Alternative Approaches for Risk Assessment to broaden my knowledge about methodologies for human health and environmental risk assessment using non-animal approaches within a regulatory context. After attending summer school, I was a lot more aware of different alternative methods under development for various endpoints and their specific challenges. I also got to meet people with whom I could discuss ideas and the obstacles I was facing, and whom I still talk to today. I highly recommend participating in this summer school! You will learn a lot about the current issues in the field of new alternative methodologies and meet people from different horizons but with the same ambition of revolutionizing toxicology.


Nathalia IndolfoNathalia Indolfo
Product Safety Analyst, Natura

The JRC Summer School on Non-Animal Approaches in Science was an amazing experience. It improved my knowledge on the latest approaches for in vitro/in silico toxicology testing, which benefited me a lot at work, besides being a great opportunity for networking and sharing of experiences. I totally recommend events like this.