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CTLS 2018 Ghent Belgium - The CTLS 2018 Congress

CTLS2018@VIB will be held July 1-4th, 2018 in the beautiful and historic city of Ghent. Settled as far back as the Iron Age at the confluence of the Scheldt and Leie rivers, the current city dates from the founding of Saint Bavo’s abbey in 650 by Saint Amand (patron saint of brewers). For the conference CTLS will use the University of Ghent’s congress center, Het Pand. The facility is housed in a former Dominican abbey dating to the 13th century. It can hold up to 400 participants and despite its complete modernization retains its medieval charm.

Over the 4 days of the conference there will be plenary and parallel sessions focusing on core facility operations, management and specific technologies of interest to facility staff. Keynote talks will be given by 2001 Nobel laureate Sir Paul Nurse, and ABRF Past President Frances Weis-Garcia. Poster sessions will be held to allow core scientists to present new developments in their technologies and a core facility marketplace area will also be available for facilities to promote their expertise and services. A Belgian beer tasting, guided boat trip through the city’s canals and conference dinner at the old fish market will highlight the social program.

CTLS2018@VIB aims to offer core facility staff and those interested in careers as expert scientists an opportunity to learn, network and forge alliances to strengthen core facility science throughout Europe.

 As a CTLS member, you receive a significant reduction*, which brings your registration fee down to €300 (Excl. vat), saving €120!.
For more information about the conference, please visit the website.

*For Academic and Industry profiles - registered before the Early Bird deadline (19 May 2018).

To apply for CTLS membership click here

CTLS2018 travel bursary scheme

The CTLS association is setting up 4 travel bursaries (up to 500 euros each) to participate in the CTLS2018 congress. The bursaries can be used to cover travel expenses and/or congress registration fee.

Bursary applicants should be active CTLS members who have registered and submitted an abstract (oral or poster presentation) on the congress website ( Priority will be given to technicians (non facility managers) and young CTLS members (PhD students and early career scientists with less than 10 years experience after degree or PhD).

Applicants should enclose (in a single PDF format):

* a one-page CV

* the abstract of their oral/poster presentation

* a one page letter of motivation indicating why they want to participate to the CTLS2018 Conference, what will be the benefits for them and their core/infrastructure/laboratory, and what is their budget request (specifying amounts for travel, accommodation and meals).

Applications should be sent by e-mail to

The deadline for applications is the 1st of May (closing date for CTLS2018 abstract submissions).

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. All candidates will be informed about the outcome of their application and the amount of their bursary by the end of April. The bursaries will be awarded in person to the selected laureates during a plenary session of the CTLS2018 congress (by bank cheque or transfer).