Course RAT Challenge: Animal-free Strategies in Food Safety & Nutrition

Every year, 10 million laboratory animals in Europe are used in scientific experiments. A similar number of animals are bred every year for science but never used. Now imagine your kitchen. Did you know that most ingredients in all the food and drinks you consume, have been tested on animals? Shocking, right? In this course we’ll create solutions that replace animal testing in food safety and nutrition.

Organised by Wageningen University & Research (Wageningen Academy), TU Eindhoven, Utrecht University, UMC Utrecht

Mon 13 February 2023

Duration 10 weeks / 34 study hours in total

Registration deadline: 6 January 2023

This course is a collaboration between Wageningen University & Research, TU Eindhoven, Utrecht University and UMC Utrecht. For more information and to enrol, please go to:

For whom is this course?

The course is aimed at enriching knowledge of professionals (post graduate/academic level) and is intended for technical managers, R&D employees, nutritionists, veterinarians, researchers and teachers in poultry and swine science, as well as participants from the supplying industry or government.

Programme & topics

The topics are introduced by different experts. There will be an ample opportunity for discussion. In this course we will pay attention to the following subjects:

  • Analyse the context of a real-life problem and distinguish the most relevant elements for designing a solution
  • Assess opportunities offered by the existing state-of-the-art technologies and solutions and identify areas for innovation relevant for solving a real-life challenge
  • Gathering, selecting and analyzing information, tools and techniques and integrating this into final project deliverables in terms of process and content at an academic level
  • Discuss and defend their viewpoints and conclusions in a feasible, professional and academically correct way
  • Set and reflect on personal learning goals based on their expertise and that of other team members and stakeholder, in a cyclic manner leading to future reflections and actions.

Practical information

The format of this course is a blended. This means the on-boarding module is offered online, the events will be on location either Utrecht, Eindhoven or Wageningen.

Mixed Classroom
Professionals and students join forces in this course; a mixed classroom. The mixed classroom is an innovativeteachingapproach. It brings together professionals and students from different disciplines and different institutions.Together, students and professionals from (TU/e, WUR, UU, and UMCU) will create impactful solutions to replacing animal testing.

What past learners (professionals) said about the mixed classroom:

Working together in the mixed classroom helped create solutions I would have never thought of.
Learning to change between practice, theory and disciplines had a massive impact on me. I really learned how to better understand people with different perspectives. I still benefit from that, every time I collaborate with colleagues.
Students question your default ways of working which you take for granted in your daily work life. Also, they are able to put things in a bigger perspective of up-to-date theoretical knowledge. This really helps you to actually improve yourself as a professional.

Time investment
For professionals the time investment is at least 34 hours divided over at least 10 weeks.

  • Onboarding module (6h) before the 13 February 2023
  • 7 hours on 13 February ,13h-20h
  • 7 hours on 24 of February, 13h-20h
  • 7 hours on 21 of March, 13h-20h
  • 7 hours on 14 of April, 13h-20h

For students the time investment is 20 hours per week for 10 weeks starting 6 February until the 16 April 2023 as a 7,5 ECTS course. You are welcome to join the online expert sessions and workshops. You’ll have access to all course material.

After completing the exam successfully, you will receive a certificate.

More information & registration

This course is a collaboration between Wageningen University & Research, TU Eindhoven, Utrecht University and UMC Utrecht. For more information and to enrol, please go to (Universiteit Utrecht).