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UFAW joins RSB as new MO

21 October 2022

In August 2022, UFAW joined the Royal Society of Biology (RSB) as a new Member Organisation (MO).

The RSB is a single unified voice for biology: advising Government and influencing policy; advancing education and professional development; supporting their members, and engaging and encouraging public interest in the life sciences. The Society represents a diverse membership of individuals, learned societies and other organisations. 

By becoming a MO, UFAW has the opportunity to help formulate the UK’s science policy with respect to the biological sciences, and to work collaboratively with other organisations for science outreach and engagement.

Dr Huw Golledge, Chief Executive and Scientific Director of UFAW, said: “We are delighted to become members of the RSB. At UFAW, we promote animal welfare as a scientific discipline, and we look forward to contributing evidence-based animal welfare advice and guidance to the single unifying voice for biology.

“Through our work, we aim to discover what matters to animals, develop scientific solutions to animal welfare problems and disseminate evidence-based animal welfare information. Our vision and mission align closely with that of the RSB, and we look forward to working with the RSB and other membership organisations to improve life for all.”

Dr Mark Downs CBiol CSci FRSB, Chief Executive of RSB, welcomed UFAW, stating: “We are so pleased to have UFAW on board with us at RSB. It is great to have a fantastic organisation that uses an evidence-informed approach to developing standards, the research agenda, and practice in animal welfare.

“UFAW has an admirable track record of funding scientific work that translates to concrete positive impacts for animals, for example the original development of the 3Rs (reduction, refinement and replacement) principles in laboratory animal research, for which they are recognised globally.

“In addition, we look forward to helping develop coordination and communication with and between UFAW, their stakeholders and other MOs.”

For more information about the RSB, visit their website.