The Ethics Committee for Animal Experimentation is a body jointly operated by the SAMS and the Swiss Academy of Sciences (SCNAT). The ECAE serves as an expert and advisory body in the area of animal experimentation, with members drawn from various disciplines –research, veterinary medicine, animal welfare, law and ethics.
The ECAE provides a platform for interdisciplinary dialogue between all scientific disciplines that have concerns about animal experimentation. It issues opinions on ethical issues related to animal experiments that arise as a result of new insights, current events, political initiatives or legislative decrees or that are brought to its attention by institutions or private individuals.
The opinions formed on the Committee are relayed to the outside world in publications and through public-relations work. Workshops, conferences, networking meetings and media briefings contribute to discussing insights with the research community, the authorities and interested members of the public.
Prof. Hanno Würbel, Veterinary Public Health Institute, Animal Welfare Division, University Bern (chair)
Dr. Beatrice Roth, Animal Welfare Zürich (vice chair)
PD Dr. Alessandra Bergadano, Director of Experimental Animal Center, University of Bern
PhD Matthias Eggel, Institute of Biomedical Ethics and History of Medicine, University of Zürich
Dr. Gérald Hess, Institute of Geography and Sustainability, University of Lausanne
PD Dr. Birgit Ledermann, Leader at Novartis Global Animal Welfare and Compliance 3Rs, Novartis Basel
Prof. Christian Lüscher, Group Leader Basic Neurosciences, University of Geneva
Dr. Angela Martin, Department of Philosophy, University of Basel
Prof. Michael Schmid, Department of Neurosciences and Movement Sciences, University of Fribourg
med. vet. Brigitte Stuber, Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office, Animal Welfare Division, Bern
Dr. Michaela Thallmair, Animal Welfare Officer, University of Zürich
Prof. Susanne Ulbrich, Department of Environmental Systems Science, ETH Zürich
lic. theol., Dipl.-Biol. Sibylle Ackermann (SAMS)
House of Academies