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Refreshed for Success: The 2017-2021 SLAS Strategic Plan

It was my great pleasure to succeed Richard Eglen and begin service as the 2017 SLAS President during SLAS2017 in Washington, DC. Our Society owes great thanks to Richard, Alastair Binnie and Michael Snowden who completed their terms of service as members of the SLAS Board of Directors. Also in DC, we welcomed new Board members Alan Fletcher, Cathy Tralau-Stewart and Steve Young and look forward to their fresh perspectives and leadership contributions.

By Scott Atkin

SLAS is embarking on an ambitious future and SLAS2017 proved to be an energetic starting point. With more than 5,000 participants, the 2017 SLAS International Conference and Exhibition successfully continued the tradition of bringing together a diverse community of scientific professionals pursuing world-class education, innovation and inspiration. The highlights were many:

One especially important highlight was the introduction of the refreshed SLAS Strategic Plan for 2017-2021. The plan represents a full year of extensive collaboration between members of the Board, the professional team and volunteer leaders representing technology users and developers, professionals from industry and academia, long-standing members and newer members from the Americas, Europe and Asia.

The 2017-2021 SLAS Strategic Plan is rooted in SLAS’s unique position at the intersection of basic and applied life sciences discovery and technology. With this as our focus, the refreshed SLAS mission (purpose) and vision (what we aspire to achieve) define how we want to be recognized by our membership:

SLAS Mission
SLAS brings together researchers in academia, industry and government to advance life sciences discovery and technology via education, knowledge exchange and global community building.

SLAS Vision
As the premier provider of information, education and professional development, SLAS empowers the life sciences community to transform research.

To realize this mission and vision, the plan sets forth important short- and long-term priorities, actionable objectives, milestones and metrics organized within three fundamental pillars – Education, Community and Sustainability. Positive results will take the shape of a broader membership base and an improved and expanded portfolio of programs, products, services and events. A commitment to ongoing evaluation of our progress and re-assessment of the world around us ensure SLAS will have the flexibility needed to maintain a meaningful leadership position in the ever-evolving life sciences arena.

As a Society that is fueled by its member stakeholders, your thoughts and ideas matter. Please take a few minutes to read the plan and respond with any comments, questions, suggestions or concerns you might have about it to SLAS CEO Vicki Loise.

If you weren’t able to join us in DC, I invite you to browse the issues of the SLAS2017 Daily News; take advantage of the on-demand knowledge offered by the SLAS2017 e-Poster Gallery; read papers by the SLAS Innovation Award finalists in the SLAS journals; learn from on demand recorded presentations by six top presenters including 2017 SLAS Innovation Award winner Sollier-Christen;  and most of all – plan now to participate in SLAS2018 (Feb. 3-7 in San Diego, CA) and consider sharing your achievements as a poster or podium presenter. The SLAS2018 Scientific Committee will begin accepting abstracts for consideration in late April.

March 6, 2017