The Lush Prize is pleased to host its 2020 virtual conference and awards on 11th and 12th November. The theme of this year's event is 'big data' with several related sessions over the two day programme.

This year's Lush Prize winners, as well as guest keynote speakers and former winners will participate on a variety of topics. Day 1 starts with a session entitled 'Can big data replace animal testing?' (also the general theme of the event), followed by ' Animal testing, big data and COVID-19' as the second session.

The first day will close with the virtual Lush Prize awards ceremony which promises to be an exciting livestream event, combining 'big data' science, arts and entertainment.

Day 2 (12th November) opens with the theme of 'The role of big data in next generation risk assessment (NGRA)' to hear talks from young scientists in academia, government and industry. The closing session is 'Paving the way from big data to regulatory acceptance' when we will hear from keynote speakers at the European Commission Joint Research Centre, Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine (PCRM) and the US NTP (National Toxicology Program) Interagency Center for the Evaluation of Alternative Toxicological Methods NICEATM. All speaker sessions will include an international panel of experts and there will be live audience Q&A.

Throughout the two days, as well as innovative scientific content, there will also be 'fireside chat' interviews with experts in investigation, training, political lobbying, education and public awareness, These reflect the Lush Prize categories for outstanding achievement in meeting the urgent ethical and scientific needs to achieve a shift in research practices towards New Approach Methodologies (NAMs) to better model the pathogenesis of human disease and our responses to drugs, foods and industrial chemicals.

Like so many events since the pandemic outbreak in early 2020, the need to go 'virtual' has meant significant change for all. The 2020 Lush Prize aims to embrace this change by reaching an even wider online audience of international attendees. Register  at