You have certainly heard about CTLS (“Core Technologies for Life Sciences”), in particular if you have attended one of our first two congresses, CTLS2014 (Institut Pasteur, Paris) and CTLS2016 (EMBL, Heidelberg).
The third CTLS congress will take place soon, in Ghent (Belgium) on July 1-4 2018 (see (http://www.ctls-org.eu/ctls-congresses/ctls-2018/).
CTLS2018 will include plenary and parallel sessions focusing on all facets of core facility operations, management and specific technologies of interest to core facility staff. Keynote talks will be given by 2001 Nobel laureate Paul Nurse and by Frances Weis-Garcia (President of ABRF). There will be many networking opportunities with fellow professionals and top company representatives.
Beyond the largely cross-disciplinary program of the main congress, there will be a number of satellite sessions, on topics such as animal models, antibody validation, and protein production and purification (see http://www.ctls-org.eu/ctls-2018-satellite-meetings-announced/) .
Of note, there will also be a “core facility marketplace” area , in which all participants will be able to display a poster about their core facility/infrastructure to promote their expertise and services.
Members of the CTLS Association (www.ctls-org.eu) will benefit from a very substantially reduced registration fee (300 euros instead of 420).
This reduction is higher than the annual CTLS membership fee (100 euros).
Furthermore the association has set-up 4 travel bursaries (500 euro each) for young CTLS members to participate in the congress (see attached document).
We therefore invite you to become a member of the CTLS Association on this occasion (http://www.ctls-org.eu/membership/apply-for-membership/).
We also invite you to submit an abstract (for either an oral or a poster presentation) before May 1st (http://vibconferences.be/event/ctls2018vib).
With head office in Paris, the CTLS Association already brings together close to 150 members from 14 countries (from Europe and beyond). CTLS addresses all staff (scientists, engineers, technicians, administrative staff) of core facilities, research infrastructures and shared resource labs in all fields of Life Sciences (see attached document and http://www.ctls-org.eu/about-ctls/)
Joining the CTLS Association will give you the opportunity to connect with fellow professionals in your area and many others, and to boost your career through training workshops, webcasts, online courses and other events.
Of note, any institution or network established as a legal entity can subscribe a grouped membership package (minimum 6 paid memberships): for each two paid memberships, CTLS will offer an extra free one!
If you have any questions or comments about CTLS and your benefits as a member, please feel free to contact us for further details: firstname.lastname@example.org
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On behalf of the membership committee and the Executive Board of the CTLS Association, I look forward to welcoming you soon as a member and seeing you in Ghent.
President of the CTLS Association