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Open Science & Goats

A conversation with Christian Nawroth

Published onMar 31, 2022
Open Science & Goats

Christian stares at goats to better understand how they perceive their physical and social environment. His main research interests focus on animal cognition (in particular farm animals), applied ethology, and animal welfare. He is engaged in activities to increase the accessibility and dissemination of research via Open Science and SciComm.
In our conversation, Christian tells us why he chose goats to work with for his research, what Open Science means to him and how Open Science practices facilitate and influence his research progress. He explains to us the concept of 3R (Replace, Reduce, Refine) and how it can apply to experiments with goats as well as any other animal research.

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What is your favorite animal? Goats!
Name your (current) favorite song and interpret/group. Janosch
What is your favorite dish/meal? Currently, mushroom risotto

Christian with goats © FBN/Nordlicht

Dwarf goats at the Research Institute for Farm Animal Biology © FBN/Nordlicht


Rafael Muñoz-Tamayo, Birte L. Nielsen, Mohammed Gagaoua, Florence Gondret, E. Tobias Krause, Diego P. Morgavi, I. Anna S. Olsson, Matti Pastell, Masoomeh Taghipoor, Luis Tedeschi, Isabelle Veissier, & Christian Nawroth. (2022). Seven steps to enhance open science practices in animal science (Version 1). Zenodo.

Nawroth, C., & Krause, E. T. (2021, October 21). A short primer on the academic, societal, and animal welfare benefits of Open Science for animal science.
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Wikipedia contributors. (March 2022. Three Rs (animal research). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved from

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