Writing CCD project proposal

Course schedule

This course is not scheduled yet.

Course description

Course description: During this course you will learn how to write a CCD project proposal for your project license involving animal experiments. You will be informed on the different legislations and guidelines you have to take into account. You get insight information from an Ethics Committee member on how the proposal is reviewed. There is one lecture on public writing included for getting the correct tone setting, by a popular scientific journalist. We will finish with additional advice and pitfalls.

Please note:There is an option for a limited number of people to sign up for an advanced course involving the review procedure. In this advanced course your project proposal, 1 appendix and NTS will be peer reviewed and reviewed by a member of the AWB. You will indicate during the 2-day course if you would like to participate in this optional advanced course. Once there is sufficient interest, this additional course will be planned.

Learning goal: During this course you will learn:

  • During the two-day course, you will learn how to write CCD project proposal with all the needed information and correct tone setting and how to avoid pitfalls.

General Information

Target Group PhDs or researchers that have issues getting their CCD project proposals authorized
Course level In-depth, post graduate
Group size A minimum of 10 and a maximum of 20 participants
Course duration 2 days and given once every year
Prior knowledge Participants are expected to have completed the Laboratory Animal Science course (art 9.)
Home work/ self- study There will be some amount of homework involved
Language English
Credit points 0.5 ECTS
Course content coordinator Janneke Arts
Teachers Janneke Arts, Rob Buiter, Astrid Smit and Corné  Rademaker
In-person Wageningen University campus, Wageningen, the Netherlands.
Note: Room and building will be communicated to registered and confirmed participants about one week before the start of the course.


Day 1

13:00    Introduction lecture (member AWB, Janneke Arts)

  • European directive
  • Dutch law on animal experiments
  • WUR policy

14:30    Short break

14:45    Lecture Animal Ethics Committee (animal ethicist/AEC-member, Corné Rademaker)

  • How does the AEC work
  • What does the AEC advise look like
  • How does de AEC make the cost-benefit analysis. 
  • What does the AEC need to get to an advise/judgement.

16:30    Peer session in small groups: explain your project in ‘Jip en Janneke’-language

17:15    Introduction NTS homework

Day 2: 

13:00    Lecture public writing (Astrid Smit/Rob Buiter)

How to write an NTS. How to write your scientific paper in understandable language for laymen. Lecture starts with background information, after which you will practice in small groups under supervision of two expert scientific journalists.

14:00    Short break

14:15    practicing in groups

16:00    Finishing lecture (member AWB)

  • Trigger words and other pitfalls
  • Guidelines
  • NTS publications
  • Wob/WOO proof writing

17:00 Wrap-up


Reduced fee:
• PhD candidates of Wageningen University with an approved Training and Supervision Plan (TSP)
• Postdocs of Wageningen University registered at one of the graduate schools in Wageningen

€ 110

University fee:
• All other PhD candidates & postdocs
• Staff of Wageningen University

€ 220

All other participants

€ 540

*Fee includes study and training material, coffee/tea.