The Paris CTLS congress brought together 350 expert scientists from 26 countries to discuss issues ranging from the operational activities of CFs, state of the art technologies and career pathways for CF staff. Held at and supported by the Institut Pasteur in Paris CTLS 2014 was the culmination of discussions that had been happening since 2010. Keynotes were delivered by Iain Mattaj, Director General of EMBL, Beatrix Vierkorn-Rudolph, chair of ESFRI, and Albert Heck, scientific director of the Netherlands Proteomic Centre. The meeting was also attended by over 20 commercial sponsors and other interested organizations (Core for Life, Royal Microscopical Society, MIRRI ESFRI infrastructure).
Building on the success of the Paris meeting CTLS 2016 was held at the EMBL conference center in Heidelberg. Once again over 250 attendees representing CFs and commercial sponsors met to discuss issues relevant to both the operational and the scientific aspects of CF success. Keynotes were delivered by Reiner Pepperkok, head of CFs at EMBL, Ewan Birney, of EMBL-EBI, William Hendrickson president of the ABRF and Wolfgang Burtscher, Deputy Director-General of the European Commission’s Directorate for Research and Innovation. The program included five plenary sessions comprising both oral and poster presentations, which allowed presenters and attendees to explore and discuss issues concerning European core facilities and infrastructures. There were also satellite meetings and workshops organized on technology specific and administrative topics.