The success of NRP 79 depends on a number of actors from academia and the public administration.

The Steering Committee is responsible for the management of the programme – from the selection of the projects to the production of the programme’s synthesis and ensuring scientific quality.

The president of the Steering Committee and the programme manager are responsible for the operational management. The head of knowledge transfer is responsible for the communication of the research results to the target audiences. The representatives of federal government bring their concerns and support to the Steering Committee and disseminate the findings throughout the administration.

The Programmes division of the National Research Council is ultimately responsible for the NRP. The delegate of the Research Council acts as a link between the Research Council and the Steering Committee.

Steering Committee Members:

  • Prof. Herwig Grimm, Messerli Research Institute, Department of Interdisciplinary Life Sciences, Veterinary University Vienna, Medical University Vienna, University of Vienna, Austria (President)
  • Prof. Thorsten Buch, Institute of Laboratory Animal Science, University of Zurich, Switzerland
  • Prof. Josep Call, School of Psychology & Neuroscience, University of St Andrews, Scotland, United Kingdom
  • Prof. Maik Dahlhoff, Institute of in vivo and in vitro Models, University of Veterinary Medicine, Vienna, Austria
  • Prof Gail Davies, Department of Geography, College of Life and Environmental Sciences, University of Exeter, United Kingdom
  • Prof Steven Gilmour, Department of Mathematics, King’s College London, United Kingdom
  • Prof. Olivier Guenat, Medical Faculty, ARTORG Centre, University of Bern, Switzerland
  • Dr. Wilma Lukas, Expert Innosuisse, W Life Science, Nyon, Switzerland
  • Prof. Christine Nicol, Royal Veterinary College, University of London, United Kingdom
  • Prof. Anna Olsson, i3S – Institute for Research and Innovation in Health, University of Porto, Portugal
  • Dr. Elisa Passini, Drug Development,  NC3Rs - National Centre for the Replacement, Refinement and Reduction of Animals in Research, United Kingdom
  • Dr med. vet. Elin Törnqvist, Department of Animal Health and Antimicrobial Strategies, National Veterinary Institute, Sweden
  • Prof. Markus Wild, Department of Arts, Media, Philosophy, University of Basel, Switzerland

Delegate of the SNSF National Research Council

  • vacant

Representatives of the Swiss Federal Administration

  • Dr. med. vet. Kaspar Jörger, Animal Welfare Division, Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO), Bern, Switzerland (until end May 2022)
  • Dr. med. vet. Otto Maissen, Animal Welfare Division, Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office (FSVO), Bern, Switzerland (starting May 2022)

Representative of the Swiss 3R Competence Centre

  • Dr. Jenny Sandström, Swiss 3R Competence Centre, Bern, Switzerland

Programme Managers

  • Dr. Marjory Hunt, Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
  • Dr. Martin Christen, Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)

Head of Knowledge Transfer

  • Adrian Heuss, advocacy ag, Basel

Members of the Implementation Advisory Board

  • Merel Ritskes-Hoitinga, Professor of Evidence-Based Transition to Animal-Free Innovation, Utrecht University, the Netherlands (President)
  • Wilma Lukas, Managing Director, W Life Sciences, Nyon, Switzerland (Deputy President)
  • Jan-Bas Prins, Professor of Laboratory Animal Science, Leiden University Medical Centre, Leiden University, Leiden, The Netherlands (Deputy President)
  • Elisabet Berggren, Deputy Head, Systems Toxicology and EURL/ECVAM, European Commission, Ispra, Italy
  • Julika Fitzi, Specialist, Schweizer Tierschutz STS/Swiss Animal Protection SAP, Olten, Switzerland
  • Raluca Flückiger, Licensing Officer, University of Geneva Technology Transfer Office (Unitec), Geneva, Switzerland
  • Kirsten Kleinschmidt-Dörr, Chief Veterinary Officer (CVO) and Head of Corporate Animal Affairs of Merck, Darmstadt, Germany
  • Jenny Sandström, Executive Director, Swiss 3R Centre (3RCC), Berne, Switzerland