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Course Staff

Antoine Selim Bilgin - course coordinator

Antoine Selim Bilgin is a Pedagogical and Research Officer at EUN, and coordinator of this MOOC. Antoine is a psychologist with master’s degrees in cognitive neuroscience and clinical psychology. As a 3R’s licensee, he has laboratory experience in animal research, as well as experience in teaching behavioural animal science, research methods and statistics at higher education. He has an interest in science education and science and statistics literacy.


Eleni Myrtsioti - course coordinator

Eleni Myrtsioti (Project Coordination and Pedagogy) is a Junior Project Officer in the Science Education Department of EUN. Eleni contributes to Scientix by coordinating the repository of resources, the online meeting room and the webinars, and is further involved in STEM School Label, Amgen Teach and STE(A)M-IT projects coordinating  the network of Ambassador STEM Schools, the network of teacher ambassadors and work packages on behalf of EUN respectively. 



Merel Ritskes-Hoitinga - course coordinator

Merel Ritskes-Hoitinga is Professor in Evidence-Based Laboratory (Animal) Science at the Radboud University Medical Center, Nijmegen, The Netherlands, and Honorary SKOU professor at Aarhus University, Denmark. She founded the 3R Research Center in 2006 and subsequently SYRCLE (Systematic Review Center for Laboratory Experimentation; in 2012. Systematic reviews support the implementation of the 3Rs (Replacement, Reduction, Refinement), lead to a more evidence-based choice of animal models and improved transparency in quality and translation of preclinical studies. She supervised the PhD by Judith van Luijk (2017) focussing on the implementation of the 3Rs and systematic reviews (


Judith van Luijk - course coordinator

Dr. Judith van Luijk has a background in animal sciences. She did her PhD on the added value of the systematic review methodology in animal-based research and in relation to the implementation of the 3Rs principles. Over the years, she has become involved in the development of various (inter)national training and education programs related to the systematic review methodology and 3Rs principles. In addition, she coaches researchers in conducting their own systematic reviews. She travels the world as one of the senior-trainers of SYRCLE.

Course Project

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This course has been funded by the European Commission's Joint Research Centre. The course has been prepared by European Schoolnet, in collaboration with ECORYS and SYRCLE. The European Commission support for the production of this course does not constitute endorsement of the contents which reflects the views only of the authors, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.