Level Up

Attend SLAS2020 to Level Up Your Science

Each year more than 5,000 professionals from the technology and life science discovery spheres attend the SLAS International Conference and Exhibition to connect with industry colleagues and to interact with the latest product and technology innovations.

We know that professional development budgets vary from organization to organization so we want to help you make the best case for attending SLAS2020. To help validate your proposal to attend SLAS2020, we put together list of reasons of why participating at the conference will benefit you, your employer and your career.

Achievements Unlocked

Attend SLAS2020 to keep current with new technology, lab and data automation, and drug discovery trends through:

Scientific Sessions

This year’s program includes 10 podium presentation tracks focused on a variety of critically and technically important topics chosen for their innovation and relevance to current research trends. Topics will include AI and machine learning as decision-making tools, organ-on-a-chip and other miniaturized models of in vivo biology, single-cell analysis and personalized therapies, protein homeostasis targeting and other emerging approaches to disease intervention.

And our Short Course program can put you on the fast track to new skills and ideas.

View the SLAS2020 Scientific Program

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Collaboration, not competition, is the name of the game at SLAS! Each year the conference plays host to a variety of networking receptions and events designed as casual and relaxed opportunities to connect and exchange ideas with counterparts from around the world. Who knows, you may meet your next coworker, research partner or manager.

View SLAS2020 Networking Opportunities

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Presentation Opportunities

Presenting a podium or poster abstract at SLAS2020 can lead to the next level in your career. SLAS2020 attendees are diverse, well-informed, helpful and always eager to seek out a potential collaboration partner as well as offer productive feedback. Whether presenting a podium talk or interacting in a poster session, you’ll benefit from sharing your research with an engaged community.

View Podium and Poster Presentation Details

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The Exhibition

The SLAS International Conference and Exhibition has grown to more than 300 exhibitors eager to present their innovative laboratory automation and drug discovery solutions. If your employer is considering new equipment or methods, this is THE one-stop shop for the tried and true technologies as well as innovation from startup and emerging companies.

View Current Exhibitor List


SLAS2020 registration fees are very competitive. The Full Conference rate is your best value combining the numerous education opportunities with access to the exhibition and all other networking events means the ROI of attending is.

San Diego

We’re thrilled to be returning to San Diego. The beautiful weather, and accessible hotels, restaurants and evening networking events, maximize your time at the conference. Attendance in San Diego surpasses that of any other location so you’ll meet more people, make more connections and find more collaborators here than anywhere else. Plus, good weather equals good vibes which means you’ll return to work relaxed AND energized.

Extended Play

We’ve also created a handy Justification Memo you can use to build a more formal business case to your manager.

From January 25-29, 2020, more than 5,000 life sciences researchers and technologists will convene in San Diego, CA, for SLAS2020. I have carefully evaluated the conference agenda as well as the list of exhibiting companies and feel that — if given the opportunity to attend — I can learn a great deal and make lasting connections that will significantly benefit our organization.

I believe this program content would be of interest and value to our organization and priorities:

<Insert educational track(s) of interest, exhibitors of interest, etc.>

By attending SLAS2020, I will increase my knowledge of [x], through hearing about breakthrough research, new theories and see examples of the application of new technologies. This can help me directly incorporate this knowledge into [y].

Plus, personal contact with the technology providers exhibiting at SLAS2020 would allow me hands-on access to their latest technology and one-on-one discussions with the product developers.

Including applicable registration discounts and travel assistance programs from SLAS, I estimate the total cost for participation to be [$ amount]. This is based on round-trip coach airfare, [#] hotel nights, transportation to and from airports, conference registration, and a [$ amount] per diem for [#] days.

[If applicable: I have submitted an abstract on [XYZ] and applied for a Tony B. Academic Travel Award to help fund my attendance. I won’t know until October whether I’ve been awarded one of these travel grants.]

I am highly motivated by this opportunity and hope you will agree that it promises a meaningful return on our investment. I will follow up with you next week to further discuss the possibility of my participation at SLAS2020.

Complete details are available at www.SLAS2020.org. Thank you for considering this request.

Our Sponsors

Premier Sponsor:

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    Miltenyi Biotek
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    Thermo Fisher Scientific
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    Beckman Coulter
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    BMG Labtech
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    Broooks Life Sciences
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    Molecular Devices
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    Lab Manager
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    Europa Science/Scientific Computing World
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    Select Science
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    Technology Networks
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    The Scientist