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Volunteer Expertise, Ideas and Energy

By Sabeth Verpoorte, Ph.D.

Earlier this year, I expressed my appreciation of the many SLAS volunteers and the countless hours committed to this Society. As I move deeper into my presidency, it becomes clearer to me that SLAS would not exist without volunteer dedication to the Society. Our volunteers are SLAS!

The good news is that SLAS volunteers continue to emerge to add expertise, ideas and energy! Following our recently completed call for volunteers, we were excited to see so many new faces stepping up to keep SLAS humming along. These individuals will become actively engaged with areas such as assessing member needs as part of the SLAS Membership Committee, sharing areas of expertise on the SLAS Discovery Editorial Board or SLAS Technology Editorial Board, seeking collaborations with like-minded organizations as part of the SLAS Strategic Alliances Committee and overseeing all SLAS awards as part of the SLAS Awards and Grants Committee. We are grateful for each volunteer’s enthusiasm.

Opportunities to jump into the fold still exist for this year, including short-term commitments that don’t require travel, and can be done from anywhere in the world, such as contributing to the LabAutopedia wiki, sharing your expertise through the SLAS Mentor Program, signing up to be considered as an SLAS journal manuscript reviewer, providing language translation services or actively supporting SLAS social media efforts. If you can help in any of these areas, please fill out the online form.

SLAS CEO Vicki Loise says those involved deeply with SLAS should consider the “ultimate volunteering option” – the SLAS Board of Directors. SLAS is accepting nominations through July 2 for three, three-year positions beginning February 2019.

Following the 2018 SLAS Europe Conference and Exhibition this week, we’ll also be looking for volunteers to join the SLAS Europe Scientific Program Committee. Watch upcoming SLAS communications for more information.

Perhaps Scott Atkin, my predecessor as SLAS president, said it best: “Volunteers fuel the engine that drives SLAS. While the board sets the strategic direction and the professional team executes on that strategy, SLAS could not/would not exist without thoughtful contributions of time and effort by practicing professionals. Indeed, being peer-led and peer-focused is what ensures the relevance of the Society’s programs and keeps us squarely on our mission.”

I have always enjoyed the opportunity to work with colleagues from diverse corners of the laboratory automation and screening world, and have grown both personally and professionally from those experiences. My sincere thanks to each and every SLAS volunteer, and my hope is you receive benefits from volunteering that far exceed the time you invest. One thing is certain – SLAS offers many ways to get involved and will continue to do so for many years to come!

June 25, 2018