Summer School on Systematic Reviews of Animal Studies,
Bergen, Norway
20 - 23 August 2024


You may already have heard about the value of systematic reviews of published animal studies, compared with standard narrative reviews of the literature.

On this School you will learn all the steps needed to perform a systematic review of your own, including how to perform literature searches, how to manage references, how to screen abstracts, and risk of bias.

The School will be led by experts in Systematic Reviews from the University of Zurich, in collaboration with Norecopa and the University of Bergen.

The programme for the School may be downloaded here. We recommend that the School is awarded 2 ECTS points by educational establishments.

The number of participants is limited to 20, to ensure best possible individual tuition. Early career researchers will be given priority, but places will be otherwise be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

Price: Thanks to sponsorship from Scand-LAS and Laboratory Animals Ltd. we are now able to reduce the  School fee to NOK 2,500 (approx. 215 euros). This includes lunch, refreshments during the hours of the course and dinner, but does not include accommodation or breakfast. Participants must also cover their own travel costs. Please be aware that Bergen is a very popular tourist attraction in August. Comparable hotels are likely to be more expensive and quickly sold-out.

Location: The School will be held at the Scandic Ørnen hotel, in the centre of Bergen, Norway. Bergen is known as "the gateway to the Norwegian fjords", and is a good starting point for a vacation. The city itself has many attractions and the wharf area (Bryggen) is on UNESCO's World Heritage list. The hotel can be reached by bus/light rail from Bergen airport which has many direct international flights, or by train from Oslo city centre (an experience in itself!).

Registration: Now closed

All queries about the School should be addressed to Adrian Smith.

Welcome to Bergen!

Download a flyer about the School, for free distribution - please assist us in spreading the word: 

Read a paper by the Swiss team about their experiences on a previous Summer School:

Rosso M, Doneva SE, Howells DW, Leenaars CHC & Ineichen BV (2024): Summer school for systematic reviews of animal studies: Fostering evidence-based and rigorous animal research. ALTEX - Alternatives to animal experimentation, 41(1), pp. 131–134. doi: 10.14573/altex.2310251

Kindly sponsored by:


Laboratory Animals Ltd.

This page was updated on 16 July 2024

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