Understanding Animal Research launched the Openness Awards to celebrate the achievements of the sector in honouring their commitment to the Concordat on Openness on Animal Research. The Openness Awards seek to recognise those individuals who have championed openness on animal research over the years, and those who continue to do so. The Concordat is driven by passionate and committed individuals who work hard to ensure that animal research is recognised both within their organisations and among stakeholders and the public.
The awards take place every December and coincide with the Stephen Paget Memorial Lecture. Six months prior to the awards, signatories are asked to nominate themselves in the following categories:
- Website or use of new media
- Media engagement or media stories
- Internal or sector engagement activity
- Public engagement activity
Once all the nominations have been received, an independent judging committee determines the winners and runners up, who are then announced at the awards ceremony.
Professor Gail Davies
Professor Roger Lemon
Mr Barney Reed
Dr Ed Sykes
Professor Tilli Tansey
Dr Bella Williams
Individual Award for Outstanding Contribution to Openness in Animal Research
When deemed necessary by staff members and the Council at Understanding Animal Research, an award for an outstanding individual may also be presented.
Openness Awards 2018