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CTLS2020 becomes CTLS2021

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, CTLS2020 conference has been postponed to September 2021. The new dates are September 14th to 16th. CTLS2020 will thus be rebranded as CTLS2021!

We didn’t want to communicate too early, before a convenient alternative date had been found at the Gulbenkian Foundation venue in Lisbon.
We have preferred to opt for a rather distant and safe date, to take into account that this is a truly international congress, and that the epidemiological dynamic of the pandemic is quite different from one country to another. We want everyone to be able to attend the conference safely!

We very much hope that you will maintain your willingness to participate in the CTLS conference, and transfer your registration to the new dates. If so, we will offer you a free CTLS association membership for 2021.

If, on the contrary, you are unfortunately not able to participate anymore, please let us know and we will refund you. As expected, bank transfers and other taxes will not be refunded as registrations are dealt with by an external entity.

Of note, we plan to organize an extra session about the critical importance of Life Science core facilities when dealing with epidemic crises.

Apply for one of our bursaries to attend CTLS2021!

The CTLS association will provide up to 8 travel bursaries (500 Euros each) to attend CTLS2021.

Priority will be given to technical staff (non-facility managers) and early career researchers (e.g. PhD students or early career core scientists).

Applicants should enclose (in a single PDF format): 1) A CV (2 pages maximum) 2) The abstract of your oral/poster presentation 3) A one page letter of motivation indicating why you want to participate in the CTLS2021 congress, what will be the benefits for you and your core/infrastructure/laboratory, and what is your budget request (specifying amounts for registration, travel, accommodation, and meals).

Applications should be sent by e-mail to

The Board of Directors of the CTLS Association will evaluate the applications based on scientific and motivation criteria, aiming for gender, geographical and thematic balance.

Core Facility Leadership and Management Course postponed to September

2020 Core Facility Leadership and Management Course by GerBI-GMB and hfp consulting | 20-24 Sep 2020 | Konstanz-Island Reichenau (Germany)

Registration is open to the 2020 Core Facility Leadership and Management Course by GerBI-GMB and hfp consulting.

The course will be extended to four full days, in response to the feedback provided by the participants of the course in 2019.

CTLS members receive a discount of 100 € on the course fee and can also apply for 500 € CTLS bursaries.
The concept of core facilities, central hubs for demanding technical and analytics services, is rapidly changing how science is carried out at many research institutions. Core facility managers, often academically trained scientists, find themselves in a variety of different roles that demand a broad set of skills they traditionally haven’t been taught in their career. Managing budgets, structuring the facility to work most productively, recruiting the right people, negotiating with partners, clients and vendors, dealing with hierarchy and addressing role conflicts are some of the challenges core facility managers typically face.

GerBI-GMB in collaboration with hfp consulting, a group specialised in supporting scientists to improve their leadership and management skills, have developed an intense, interactive and highly specialised workshop that addresses these challenges.

Please find further information at

Renew your CTLS Membership and get your discount for CTLS2020!

Following the first three CTLS conferences held at Institut Pasteur-Paris in 2014, EMBL-Heidelberg in 2016 and VIB-Ghent in 2018, we would like to invite you to the 4th edition: CTLS2020 will take place from June 30th  to July 2nd, 2020 in sunny Lisbon at the beautiful Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation. So please save the dates on your calendar and join us in Lisbon next year!


Confirmed keynote talks from Florian Jug, Jan Hrusak and Michela Bertero on very hot topics such Machine learning, European infrastructures strategies and  Open science. The congress will comprise 8 plenary sessions on a variety of core facility-related topics, with invited and selected talks, as well as round tables, poster sessions, satellite meetings and workshops, and plenty of space and time for networking with peers.


The topics to be discussed:


Building a successful career in Core Facilities

Core Facility Benchmarking

Core Facility Automation

Quality Management

Funding Core Facilities and Research Infrastructures

Methodological and Technological Development in Core Facilities

Multi-institutional Core Facility Sharing Models

Open Science and Integrity in Scientific Data



For more detailed info on the programme and to keep up to date with the important deadlines such registration opening and abstract submission, stay connected with us at or email us at


CTLS association members will benefit from a substantially reduced registration fee, renew your membership today!

Abstract submission to CTLS2020 is open

This major event for core facility professionals will bring together 300+ delegates from Europe and beyond to discuss developments in core facilities! Come to Lisbon on June 30-July 2 to learn about:


Building a successful career in Core Facilities

Core Facility Benchmarking

Core Facility Automation

Quality Management

Funding Core Facilities and Research Infrastructures

Methodological and Technological Development in Core Facilities

Multi-institutional Core Facility Sharing Models

Open Science and Integrity in Scientific Data


For more details about the program, deadlines and registrations please visit or email us at

Jan 3: Learn Core Management in Leuven! Workshop “Innovation in Core Facilities”, Feb 17-19

Core Management Workshop

Innovation in Core Facilities. This edition is hosted by VIB.

Life science research organizations all over the world have just gone through a phase of establishing and expanding core facilities. These are now generally acknowledged as key elements of scientific research of a state-of-the-art institute. However, in the fast evolving environment of science and technology, a new challenge has emerged: how can facilities maintain their competitive advantage and prepare themselves for the future to come. How to adapt? How to be future-proof?

How do core facilities keep up with innovations? What does innovation entail in a core facility setting and how to be part of an innovation ecosystem?

With this workshop we aim to work with a group of about 25 people on the topic of innovation in core facilities. We want to discuss its importance as part of the core facility’s mission and what it would entail to create value at the technological, scientific, and organisational level. Different aspects will be covered, going from examples of innovation, to creating the right mindset in the life science institutes. We will discuss the skills that are required, the mandates that should be in place, what expectations to manage, and other requirements that are essential for innovative core facilities.

CMW series was born from a core facility management meeting, organised at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência in 2012.

It was attended by many international experts in several core areas, having been highly participative and generating informative and heated discussions on core management. The enthusiasm generated was such that, at the end of the workshop, most participants felt that it would be beneficial to have this meeting annually and taking place in different locations.

Currently CMW is an international event aimed at managers and staff of research Core Facilities (microscopy, flow cytometry, genomics, sequencing, proteomics, histology, animal house, etc.), to discuss and develop better ways to manage and run facilities for science, to solve technical, scientific and management problems, and to establish collaborations by networking with peers. Managers, core staff, and industrial partners are all invited to participate.

As the workshop is a platform for interaction and intensive discussion, seats are limited. If you want to join, please send us your motivation before 20 December!

Dec 5: Pasteur Training Course was a great success!

The course was attended by 22 people from 13 different countries: Belgium (2), Czech Republic (3), France (2), Germany (2), Greece (1), Italy (1), Poland (1), Portugal (3), Spain (2), Sweden (1), Switzerland (1), UK (2), USA (1)

This has exceeded our expectations (both in terms of numbers and geographical/profile diversity), which clearly shows that there is a high demand for non-management oriented career development training and shadowing events among the core community (either people already working in cores or people wondering whether this is a career opportunity for them)!


Dec 4: CTLS has participated in EOSC symposium

Supporting the EU policy of Open Science, EOSC aims to give the EU a global lead in research data management and ensure that European scientists reap the full benefits of data-driven science. EOSC is part of the European Commission Communication European Cloud Initiative-Building a competitive data and knowledge economy in Europe , launched in 2016 to provide European science, industry and public authorities with:

  • world-class data infrastructure to store and manage data
  • high-speed connectivity to transport data
  • powerful high performance computers to process data.

The EOSC portal, launched in November 2018, is the universal access channel to EOSC services and resources. Through the portal, researchers and professionals can access open and seamless services, data and other resources from a wide range of national, regional and institutional public research infrastructures across Europe. The portal facilitates interoperability of datasets and tools from different providers, and enables researchers to perform their work more quickly and disseminate their research results more widely.  It already covers a wide range of disciplines (e.g. medical and health, natural sciences, physics, earth sciences, arts, humanities, agriculture, and engineering).

The portal is the result of the progressive integration and consolidation of e-infrastructure projects, with the help of Horizon 2020 funding. It is a collective effort by the OpenAIREEOSC-hubeInfraCentral and EOSCpilot projects that builds on the experience and technology of major pan-European e-infrastructures, universities and research infrastructures.

Nov 8: Webinars on reproducibility start this week

EATRIS is running a series of webinars in the fall of this year, looking at reproducibility issues that researchers experience during specific phases of drug development. These webinars have been developed in close collaboration with other Research Infrastructures (EU-OPENSCREEN, INFRAFRONTIER, BBMRI, ECRIN) and global initiatives such as Translation Together. The first webinar is scheduled on November 8 between 15.00 -16.00 CET. For more information and registration visit