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About AnNex

Using animals in scientific research has been critical to the development of modern medicine. Animal research is also contingent on a complex network of social relations and ethical obligations across science and society, which are both formally constituted through law, and informal or assumed. These entanglements can be understood as the Animal Research Nexus.

    This research is funded by the Wellcome Trust (2017-2022). Our programme of research brings together leading researchers on the social and historical dimensions of animal research, uniting the strengths of five institutions, engaging creative practitioners, and advancing the work of early career researchers and PhD students.

    AnNex tagged content

    Below is a list of site content that is tagged as Animal Research Nexus – grouped by type of content.


    This Statement explains how the Animal Research Nexus Team makes use of any personal information collected about you in connection with our research.

    In our experience so far, one aspect of working collaboratively is that tacit assumptions about academic working practices need to be made explicit. This report aims to highlight our working assumptions about the topic of publication ethics.

    Improving laboratory animal science and welfare involves many questions which social scientists and humanities scholars have researched, or have the capacity to inform. This paper outlines our “Collaborative Agenda for Future Humanities and Social Scientific Research on Laboratory Animal Science and


    Animal Research Unbound Conference 15-16 July 2019, University of Exeter. A conference co-organized by the Organisms and Us project of the Australian Research Council and the Animal Research Nexus project of the Wellcome Trust.

    In June 2018, the Animal Research Nexus Team met with the Programme Advisory Committee, Project Advisors, and other invited colleagues.

    Blog entry

    Written by:

    Fiona French

    March 2019 saw the launch of the AnNex newsletter, a (roughly) quarterly offering to keep stakeholders up to date with the project, and we’ve been deli

    “Vintage File Cabinet” by victoriabernal is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 via Flickr
    Written by:

    Sara Peres

    Our approach to research emphasises cross-project collaborations and transdisciplinary thinking. But what does this mean, in practical terms, for the work that we do and for our participants?

    Written by:

    Beth Greenhough

    At the start of this project we stated one of our key objectives was to generate new cultures of communication across science, health and animal welfare, which would shape the future of animal research in the UK.