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This blog chronicles my travels as CEO of SLAS, a global professional society dedicated to advancing life sciences discovery and technology. In addition to getting to know me better on a personal level, my goal for this blog is to shine a spotlight on SLAS members and their unique stories and experiences. Opinions expressed within this blog are mine (Vicki Loise) and do not represent those of the Society. And yes, our lawyer told me to include that.


October 5, 2017 — Liverpool, England

ELRIG Drug Discovery 2017

About the Trip

Miles logged on this trip: 27,680

Planes, trains or automobiles?: Planes. A lot of planes. It’s not easy to get to and from Liverpool

Road food: Fish and chips, and Indian food

Entertainment: finished a book on Catherine de Medici

Greetings. I am writing to you from the Dublin airport as I make my way home from the ELRIG Drug Discovery 2017 meeting in Liverpool. SLAS has had a presence at these meetings since well before the SBS-ALA merger in 2010. It’s wonderful to see firsthand how this longstanding partnership helps both organizations.

ELRIG and SLAS have always offered each other exchanges at each other’s meetings. This year, SLAS presented its popular SLAS Author Workshop twice in the exhibit hall. The first day was presented by SLAS Discovery Editorial Board member, Rob Howes, Ph.D., and the second by yours truly. It was a great opportunity to talk to aspiring authors about the ins and outs for getting their papers published and raising awareness about SLAS in the UK.

ELRIG is to be congratulated for an outstanding event. Chair Steve Rees tells me that more than 1,300 people registered for this meeting. I had the chance to sit through a few sessions and the content was very good.

Rob HowesRob Howes presents at the SLAS Author Workshop.

There was also quite a bit of buzz about the 2018 SLAS Europe Conference and Exhibition. We had the chance to speak with many exhibitors and again the feedback was this brand new SLAS event is not to be missed! If you haven’t budgeted to attend SLAS Europe yet, do so now. It will be a great gathering of the SLAS Europe community.

While I was at ELRIG, the slate for the SLAS Board of Directors was released. Based on completing terms, there are three open positions and the Nominating Committee considered several candidates who submitted the required materials. The Nominating Committee was striving to maintain the sector balance on the Board (tech user, tech provider, non-profit), enhance its European representation and reflect a gender balance of the Society. This is quite the challenge but the committee was up to it and nominated three esteemed SLAS members, all from Europe. Serving on the Board is an opportunity for all engaged volunteers to step up to the highest level of leadership.

If you have any questions about the slate process, or anything else SLAS related, feel free to contact me.

Next up, a tour through California to meet with members