Knowledge Content & Delivery Council Charter

Committee / Task Force / Council Name Knowledge Content & Delivery Council (KCDC)
Last Updated April 4, 2018
Mission / Charge The KCDC is charged with advancing the Society’s exempt purpose and strategic plan via the development and/or delivery of scientific and educational content to support the SLAS Community on a global scale. In fulfilling its charge, the Council will, among other things, annually develop and transmit to the Board an annual plan for the Society’s knowledge content and delivery that will include goals, activities and budget for the upcoming year on or before the date set by the Board. This plan will include how the Society is meeting the scientific and education needs of the Community by delivering content in a coordinated manner via the Society’s products such as in-person and virtual events and publications.
Specific Deliverables

It is the responsibility of the KCDC to regularly monitor the SLAS Community environment and determine its education and scientific needs across all priority demographics. It is then the responsibility of the KCDC to ensure coordinated efforts are implemented by those committees reporting up to the Council that leverage all SLAS resources across all geographies, and perform such other duties and responsibilities as may be assigned by the Board.

Specifically, the KCDC:

  • Monitors data coming from the SLAS Community on their scientific content and education needs.
  • Conducts regular environmental scans of scientific content and delivery relevant to the SLAS Community.
  • Ensures appropriate SLAS resources (programs and products) are deployed in a coordinated effort to accomplish knowledge content and delivery goals as approved by the Board.
  • Ensures SLAS content products, e.g. events and journals, are delivering content in a coordinated manner and leveraging off one another when appropriate.
  • Ensures global consideration is given to all knowledge content and delivery efforts.
Level of Authority The KCDC reviews and advances for approval by the Board all budgets for programs and activities in the areas of knowledge content and delivery. These include all in-person and virtual events and publications. The KCDC approves committee members for those committees reporting up to the Council (i.e. Americas Scientific Program Committee, Europe Scientific Program Committee, Asia Scientific Program Committee). The KCDC recommends to the Board individuals to serve as Editors-in-Chief for the Journals.
Other Committees/TF’s/Councils with Which This Group Interacts

Reports to: Board of Directors

Committees that report to KCDC:

  • Americas Scientific Program Committee (Americas SPC)
  • Europe Scientific Program Committee (Europe SPC)
  • Asia Scientific Program Committee (Asia SPC)
  • Journal Editorial Boards (SLAS Technology and SLAS Discovery)
Number of Members, Terms & Rotation

The Council shall be composed of eleven (11)voting members, all of whom shall be dues-paying members of the Society. The members will include the chair and vice chair from each of the SPCs, the Editor-in-Chief from each Journal and three (3) ad-hoc members with one of each residing in North America, Europe or Asia. The three (3) ad-hoc members shall be appointed by the Board.

The appointed Council members shall take office at the International Conference following their approval by the Board, and shall serve for a term of three (3) years and until their successors are appointed by the Board. Council members coming from the SPCs shall have terms that are staggered every two (2) years and in line with their Committee term. Editors-in-Chief shall serve on the KCDC for as long as they serve as Editor of their respective Journal.

The Council shall determine its own Chair and Vice Chair. The terms of Chair and Vice Chair will be one (1) year. The Vice Chair moves into the Chair position when their term as Vice Chair is complete, pending approval by the Council.

In addition to the foregoing eleven (11) Council members, the Council will include a member of the Board, who will be appointed by the Board and will be a non-voting, ex officio member. Said Council member shall, without limitation, facilitate communications between the Board and the Council, and shall serve on the Council until his/her successor is appointed by the Board.

Desired Member Skills

KCDC members will be dues-paying members, active participants in the Society and be willing to serve and represent SLAS as involved leaders. They will have a broad understanding of the goals and work of the Society, specifically with a good understanding of the scientific content needs of the Community in the all stages of their career.

Past experience as an SLAS volunteer is desired specifically in the areas of knowledge development or delivery. The KCDC members will be asked to bridge the strategic vision of the Society to the implementation and oversight of operational tactics so having a blend of this experience is beneficial. Ability to participate in conference calls and in-person meetings as required.

Type & Frequency of Meetings

Four (4) conference calls plus two (2) in-person meetings, one of which will be at the International Conference the other a full-day meeting mid-year. Travel expenses will be covered by SLAS. Email discussions are not common but when requested, feedback within 24 hours is requested.


Budget recommendation/oversight for the following programs:

  • International Conference and Exhibition, including short course program
  • eLearning initiatives (webinar/on demand content)
  • SLAS Discovery
  • SLAS Technology
  • Regional conference budgets including the European Conference
  • Topical event budgets
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