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SLAS2020 Media/Analyst Guidelines

SLAS2020 will deliver a host of information, education, new product news and unique access to expert professionals for editors, reporters and analysts that cover the science, healthcare, pharma and technology sectors. SLAS2020 takes place January 25-29, 2020, at the San Diego Convention Center in San Diego, CA, USA. Watch this website for additional event information as it is announced.

Credentialed media who would like complimentary media access to SLAS2020, should email Jill Hronek, SLAS Director of Marketing and Communications, or call +1.630.256.7527 ext. 103.

The deadline for media registration requests is January 10, 2020. Verification as working press is required.

Media Partners

Contact Jill Hronek if you are interested in becoming an SLAS Media Partner. Media partners agree to promote the SLAS2020 International Conference and Exhibition in exchange for recognition by SLAS as a media partner before and during the conference. A limited number of media partnerships will be considered.


SLAS is a global organization that provides forums for education and information exchange to encourage study and professional collaboration aimed at advancing life sciences research and development using technology for the drug discovery, biotechnology, chemical, data informatics, clinical diagnostic, consumer product, pharmaceutical, and other industries.

Get more information about SLAS, its structure and member benefits.

SLAS proudly hosts SLAS2020, the Society’s flagship international conference and Exhibition, from January 25-29, 2020. More than 6,000 scientists, academicians, technology providers and business leaders are expected to attend SLAS2020. The conference will include an expansive educational program focused on life sciences discovery and technology. The SLAS2020 Exhibition will host approximately 300 leading companies from around the world, showcasing the latest in technologies for the life sciences.

The following is offered to fully accredited members of the media:

SLAS has set forth these guidelines governing media and corporate/institutional media activities in order to facilitate coverage of news generated by this annual conference.

SLAS reserves the right to deny admission to any representative who fails to adhere to these policies or who misuses their media privileges to engage in activities other than journalistic pursuits.

Media Registration

Professional journalists who are employed by accredited news organizations attending the conference for the purpose of editorial coverage will be granted media credentials. Media privileges are reserved for the express purpose of gathering news and information to provide editorial coverage of the conference. To qualify, journalists are required to submit media credentials including a letter verifying assignment to the meeting on the letterhead of the news organization being represented. The following types of media are encouraged to apply for a conference press pass:

Business and Trade Publications, News Wire Services

Reporters from magazines, newspapers, trade publications and wire services must provide a business card and a current masthead that includes their name. Contributing editors must verify they have been retained to cover SLAS2020 by presenting a letter of assignment.

Television and Radio

Broadcast reporters and producers from news organizations must provide a business card and a letter of assignment.


Analysts must provide a letter of assignment from a recognized analyst firm, a business card and one bylined article from the past six months.

University Publications

University publication reporters must provide at least two bylined articles published within the past six months and must verify they have been retained to cover SLAS2020 by presenting a letter of assignment from the university. University publications are limited to one media representative.

International Media

Representatives from non-U.S. media are required to pre-register by January 3, 2020, in order to receive press credentials to attend SLAS2020. On-site media registration is not available for non-U.S. media due to the need to verify credentials in advance.

Freelance Journalists

Freelance journalists who wish to cover the conference must submit copies of three bylined articles covering a scientific topic in addition to an official letter of assignment from an accredited news organization. In some cases, a copy of the publication/program, and/or proof of editorial freedom from funding sources may be required to establish media status for registration.

Newsletter Media

Newsletters are invited to register one representative to cover the meeting. Newsletter representatives must submit three issues of their newsletter containing information pertaining to science or laboratory technologies. In some cases, proof of editorial freedom from funding sources may be required to establish media status for registration.

Online Media

Journalists working for online media who wish to register as media must work for organizations that meet the following criteria:

  • The website must provide original, editorial news coverage
  • Editorial content must be independent of advertising and sponsorship
  • The site and its content must be overseen by an editorial advisory board
  • Advertising must be clearly identifiable as such
  • The website must have multiple sponsors and all sponsors must be clearly identified on the website.

Companies or organizations producing publications, videos, and/or other electronic media intended for marketing, advertising or public relations purposes may not register as media. "For hire" analysts, public relations personnel, freelance writers and/or individuals from print and online promotion services without an assignment letter from an accredited news organization may not register as media.

Registered media are required to wear their media badges at all times while onsite at SLAS2020. Entry into sessions requires a badge. Registration is limited to two representatives from any one media outlet, unless specifically authorized by SLAS. Due to space considerations, newsletters are limited to one representative each. If additional staff is required, please contact SLAS Director of Marketing and Communications, Jill Hronek (jhronek@slas.org). Media are invited to attend all conference sessions and events. Videotaping educational sessions is strictly prohibited.

Special requests related to media facilities must be made in writing no less than three weeks prior to SLAS2020 and must be approved by SLAS.

On-Site Guidelines

Vendor Media Events

Exhibiting companies and sponsors of the conference may hold pre-approved press briefings, news conferences and press receptions at SLAS2020.

A Press Conference Room is available on Monday, January 27, from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Please contact Jill Hronek if you wish to hold a press conference — please specify the time slot you would prefer and we will do our best to accommodate. Those companies planning press activities either onsite or offsite must contact SLAS staff at 877.990.SLAS (7527) to register their events. Space availability is limited and not guaranteed. SLAS's name cannot be used in news releases or in any other manner that gives the appearance of an endorsement. The SLAS logo or conference logo cannot be used without explicit written permission from the Society.

A list of briefings and room locations will be shared with pre-registered media attendees. Only exhibiting/sponsor company personnel and registered media are allowed to attend press briefings. Non-approved press briefings, news conferences and press receptions are not permitted at the convention center or any time during convention hours.

Press Room

Media credentials are required for entry to the on-site press room. Company and public relations representatives are NOT permitted in the press room. All public relations and corporate representatives are expected to be respectful of reporters' needs and deadlines. Representatives may leave a message for a journalist and/or post a general announcement by providing their name, affiliation and information to SLAS's media relations staff. Dissemination of informational material in the vicinity outside the newsroom/press conference room is strictly prohibited.

Press Room Rules

Vendor/exhibiting companies may bring media kits for review by SLAS's marketing staff and dissemination in the SLAS press room. Information included should be limited to science or technologies being presented at the conference. Media kits can include: fact sheets, backgrounders, white papers, etc. Corporate brochures will not be allowed in the press room unless they are included as part of a media kit. Please note that media kits cannot be reviewed prior to the meeting. Media kits cannot be shipped directly to the convention center or to SLAS's headquarters office. SLAS reserves the right to remove any media kits from the convention center and press room that it deems to be questionable or objectionable.

Photography, Video and Audio Recording

Photography, audio or video recording by public relations firms or any member of the media or other representative of their organization on the premises of the SLAS2020 conference or exhibition is strictly prohibited without express and written permission from SLAS. SLAS reserves the right to bar from this and future meetings any representative who fails to adhere to these policies. To apply for permission to video or audio recording access, please contact: Jill Hronek (jhronek@slas.org), SLAS Director of Marketing and Communications.


The SLAS2020 conference is a smoke-free venue. This policy applies to all meeting areas, including the press room and other media areas.

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