Imperial is committed to sharing the results of its published research with as many people as possible. When we communicate about research that has involved animal studies, we will always say so, explaining how and why animals were involved.

We aim to explain why animal research remains an important aspect of medical and veterinary science. We explore how our researchers are developing techniques to replace or reduce the need for animals in their work, and to improve welfare where animals continue to be involved.

Imperial research staff are actively involved in communicating with the public about their work involving animals. For example, staff regularly speak with journalists and visit schools to talk to pupils about why animal research is still necessary, the benefits it brings, and how researchers aim to minimise suffering.

You can read about some examples of this approach in the news stories on the main animal research page. The College employs a team of science communicators who work to share significant developments in research at Imperial with the wider world. We do this using media relations, online newssocial media and public events, where you can come and meet our researchers to talk in more detail about their work and its implications for all of us.

Openness in animal research

In May 2014, Imperial joined over 70 organisations in signing the UK Concordat on Openness on Animal Research [pdf]‌, making four commitments:

  1. We will be clear about when, how and why we use animals in research;
  2. We will enhance our communications with the media and the public about our research using animals;
  3. We will be proactive in providing opportunities for the public to find out about research using animals;
  4. We will report on progress annually and share our experiences.