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ABRF follow up survey on institutional responses to COVID 19 crisis – RESPONSES NEEDED BY 31st AUGUST

Shared research core facilities serve a crucial role in supporting research and training for their respective institutions. The Association of Biomolecular Resource Facilities (ABRF) is working to document and understand institutional responses to the COVID-19 Pandemic from shared resource core facilities perspectives. The goal is to create a resource to inform response and continuity planning for cores to sustain future emergencies. To this end ABRF has recently performed a survey of core facility Research Ramp-Down that occurred due to the pandemic.  Now they are reaching out to request that we assist with the follow-up survey, which focuses upon the core facility Research Ramp-Up that followed relaxation of restrictions that had been imposed.

Please complete the survey by Monday, August 31. It’ll only take about 10 minutes.

Please feel free to share this survey with others you feel may be able to contribute voice to this survey. The results of both surveys will be aggregated and data will be anonymised for further dissemination via manuscript and presentation at future meetings.

Thank you for your support of this very valuable exercise.

 

 

 

‘Making Science Happen’ is a new white paper published by ESFRI (the European Strategy Forum for Research Infrastructures).

Click here to read all about it….

Register your services in CatRIS (Catalogue of Research Infrastructure Services)

CatRIS (https://project.catris.eu/) is an exciting project funded by the Horizon 2020 EU programme. It aims to create an open, trusted and user-friendly portal to a harmonised and aggregated catalogue of services provided by Research Infrastructures (RI), Core Facilities (CF) and Shared Scientific Resources (SSR) across Europe. It is a bottom-up initiative that is populated and run by service providers at European, national, regional and institutional levels.

Contact Anna Kamenskaya (a.kamenskaya@ctls-org.eu) TODAY to find out how to register YOUR services!

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 https://www.gerbi-gmb.de/CFLMC2020

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 https://www.ctls2020.pt/ or email us at info@ctls2020.pt

 

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 https://www.ctls2020.pt/ or email us at info@ctls2020.pt