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High-level experts facilitating scientific research

What does CTLS stand for?

Core Facility:  are any type of core facility, research infrastructure or shared resource lab. (see What is a Core Facility)
Technologies: are any kind of instrumentation, methodology and resources that support scientific research.
Life Sciences: are any field of expertise related to biology and biomedicine.

CTLS2020 Congress, Lisbon June 2020

About us

Core Technologies for Life Sciences (CTLS) is a non-profit association that brings together scientists, technical and administrative staff working in or in close association with shared resource laboratories, such as core facilities, technological platforms and research infrastructures.


By joining CTLS, you help our community to be more effective in its advocacy and outreach aimed at increasing the awareness of CF funders and policy makers about the importance of CFs in modern life sciences. 

Through CTLS, you get access to an active forum for CF staff to network, share ideas and promote best practices.

What is a Core Facility?

A core facility is a center of expertise in a particular technology necessary to modern life science research. In the past, even as recently as the 1980s, scientists could reasonably be expected to have mastered all the different technologies to conduct their research.

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