SLAS: Your Trusted Resource

By Alan E. Fletcher, Ph.D.

March 20, 2019
How do YOU find the information you need to accomplish daily tasks? While I suspect answers are varied, no doubt finding and consulting reputable sources is high on the list. SLAS is making that ‘finding and consulting’ even easier for members of our community as we strive to deliver more information in a variety of ways.

Tried and True

The annual SLAS International Conference and Exhibition and the two SLAS peer-viewed scientific journals remain the key SLAS information sources.

SLAS Discovery

SLAS Discovery reports how scientists develop and utilize novel technologies and/or approaches to provide and characterize chemical and biological tools to understand and treat human disease. Ten issues are published annually with online publication within 30 days of acceptance. Editor-in-Chief is Robert M. Campbell, Ph.D., Eli Lilly and Company, Indianapolis, IN.

SLAS Technology

SLAS Technology explores ways in which scientists adapt advancements in technology for scientific exploration and experimentation. Six issues are published annually with online publication within 30 days of acceptance. Editor-in-Chief is Edward Kai-Hua Chow, Ph.D., National University of Singapore.


For those unable to attend SLAS2019 held in early February, 81 presentations are available on demand on SLAS’s new platform, APPLIED, the SLAS Online Learning Center. The full SLAS2019 course package, which includes the two keynote speakers and an the Ignite panel discussion, is free to SLAS2019 full conference registrants, $49 for SLAS Premier/Platinum/Corporate members and $99 for SLAS Basic (non-dues paying) members and non-members. Presentations include audio synched to the presenter’s PowerPoint slides. SLAS2019 posters are available to all on the Conference app or at

Newly Successful

SLAS has expanded its topical events with a total of four symposia being held in 2019. By the time you read this we will have just concluded the European Sample Management Symposium in Berlin, Germany. SLAS will hold its inaugural AI in Process Automation Symposium in October in Boston, MA, USA, and the Americas Sample Management Symposium in November (also in Boston). Another Advanced 3D Human Models and High-Content Analysis Symposium also will be held in October in London, U.K. We are excited to expand our reach throughout Europe and bring new topical events to our growing and inquisitive life sciences discovery and technology professional community.

SLAS 2019 Europe Conference and Exhibition

After a highly successful inaugural event in 2018, the second SLAS Europe Conference and Exhibition is scheduled for June 26-28, 2019, in Barcelona, Spain. Themed Innovative Technologies for Tomorrow’s Discoveries, the conference is organized around four scientific tracks:

  • Advances in In Silico Drug Discovery
  • Advances in Experimental Drug Discovery
  • Advances in Laboratory Automation Technology
  • Careers, Business and Technology: Explore the Opportunities

Conference Chairs Stuart Baddeley, vice president, GSK; Ignasi Belda, Ph.D., researcher, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya; and Ute Vespermann, Ph.D., market development specialist Europe, Corning Life Sciences, encourage you to register by May 6 to take advantage of the early bird discount.

Regional Symposia

The basic premise behind SLAS symposia is to present high-quality information on a focused topic in a smaller venue.

We’ve just concluded the 2019 SLAS European Sample Management Symposium in Berlin, Germany. Some 130 compound and sample management professionals – from bench scientists to senior leaders – spent a few days immersed in discussion around these session topics: Working in Partnership; Pursuit of Quality; Sample Operations Case Studies; and Innovation in Sample Management. The energy was high and the discussion robust – my congratulations to the Program Committee!

Make plans to join us at the symposia still on the calendar for this year.

SLAS 2019 AI in Process Automation Symposium
October 3-4, 2019
Boston, MA, USA
Abstract submission is open for podium and poster presentations.

SLAS 2019 Advanced 3D Human Models and High-Content Analysis Symposium
October 21-22, 2019
London, U.K.

SLAS 2019 Americas Sample Management Symposium
November 20-21, 2019
Boston, MA, USA


We hope that when looking for information on an area new to you that you first search SLAS!