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About CTLS

Our Mission

Core Technologies for Life Sciences (CTLS) is a non-profit association that aims to bring together scientists, technical and administrative staff working in or in close association with shared resource laboratories, such as core facilities (CFs), and research infrastructures. It is committed to be a platform to network, discuss emerging methods or technologies, exchange information on benchmarks and best practice, and to support career development of its members at all stages of their working life from young trainees to senior personnel. CTLS promotes and advocates the added value in establishing open shared resource laboratories as platforms for efficient and productive high-tech scientific research. CTLS works to educate the public and European policy makers about the pivotal importance of such centers of expertise in modern life sciences research. It plays a pro-active role in shaping of the future European ecosystem of Infrastructures and facilities in life sciences in a bottom-up open and transparent environment.

We pursue these goals by:

  • Organizing biennial congresses, annual members meetings and other events where CTLS members can network
  • Establishing guidelines for benchmarking and best practice in CFs
  • Establishing a certification in CF management with recognized standards and qualifications
  • Reaching out to EU policy makers and funding bodies to educate them about the advantages and merits of CFs
  • Educating the general public on the important role of CFs to basic and biomedical research
  • Facilitate collaborations between CFs and reagent and instrument suppliers to the life sciences.