The Dilemma of individual versus social housing of mice

Two rodents one on block rat mouse

Steffen van Heijningen shares his knowledge and experience about a very practical, but consequential, dilemma when planning your animal experiments. Data from his own work as a PhD student at the University of Groningen, examples from literature and recommendations are presented in this very informative webinar. 

This webinar is open for all who are interested.

Registration is free. Feel absolutely free to share this invitation with colleagues who may be interested.

Date | 26 October 2021

Time | 4pm CEST (Amsterdam) / 10am EDT (Washington, DC)




This webinar shows that how you house your animals, can greatly influence the outcome of your research. Which form of housing is most adequate and/or relevant for your research? And what are common pitfalls we can encounter if we choose for a specific form of housing? The behavioral response of rodents changes due to social status. However, since variables increase, social animals are also more complex to test and interpret the results from. Stay tuned for some expert insights on this topic, and how Noldus can help to advance your research!


Steffen van Heijningen

Speaker | Steffen van Heijningen

Born and raised on the Island of Curaçao, Steffen van Heijningen always aspired to go into science. At the age of 17 he moved to the Netherlands, where he studied Life Science & Technology, Biology and Behavioral Neuroscience at the University of Groningen. On the verge of submitting his doctoral thesis ‘The driving forces of Metabolic programming’, and with more than 6 years of hands-on experience with laboratory animals, Steffen is a true expert in his field and has faced many challenges during the design of his animal studies. Now stepping outside of academia, Steffen joined Noldus in the summer of 2021 to contribute to the Neuroscience pool of knowledge within the company, working remotely from his home town on Curaçao. Outside of being a scientist and working for Noldus, Steffen enjoys spending quality time with his two kids and wife, primarily being on the water and enjoying the ocean.



26th October 2021
Virtual meeting