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Lisbon, 14th to the 16th of September 2021

Core Facilities are key-players in modern institutions. Their still emergent role inevitably entails new paradigms regarding their scope and structure. The CTLS2021 conference aims to address several of these points, contributing to shape the future of the technical and scientific landscape of life sciences in Europe.

Nuno Moreno, Chair of the CTLS2021  steering committee


Check CTLS2020 timeline here

20th of April 2020

CTLS2020 rebranded as CTLS2021 due to COVID-19. New dates set to mid September 2021. Registrations will pass to the new schedule. New deadline for early bird set to the 19th of July 2021

21st June 2021

Abstract submission deadline

21st June 2021

Early-bird registration deadline. Register here and save your spot

15th August 2021

Regular registrations deadline

14th September 2021

CTLS2021 conference starts with satellite workshops

Program (awaiting speakers' confirmation due to COVID-19 rescheduling)

14th of September

13h00 : Registration

14h00 : Welcome and CTLS updates

14h15 : Keynote talk - Florian Jug
Imaging in the Age of Machine Learning: Content-Aware Image Restoration for Light and Electron Microscopy

15h00  : Session 1: Core facility automation

   - Invited Talk 1:  Prof. Mehmet Yanik
High-throughput deep-phenotyping of small vertebrates

   - Invited Talk 2: Prof. Peter Horvath

   - Selected Talk 1

   - Selected Talk 2

16h20 : Coffee break

16h40 : Session 2: Methodological and technological development in core facilities

   - Invited Talk 1: Dr. Pedro Garcia 

   - Invited Talk 2: Dr. Mary Doherty

   - Selected Talk 1

   - Selected Talk 2

18h00: Company workshops and poster session

19h00 : Wine & cheese tasting

21h00 : Special Session: critical importance of Life Science core facilities when dealing with epidemic crises (CTLS organisation)

    - Talk 1 - Learning from COVID-19 iniciatives

    - Talk 2 -  Planning for the future 

15th of September

08h45 : Registration

09h15 : Keynote talk - Jan Hrusak
ESFRI and its Role in the European Infrastructures Landscape

10h00 : Session 3: Funding of core facilities and research infrastructures

   - Invited Talk 1: Dr. Josh Rappoport
Different models for core facility funding - lessons from the other side of the pond

   - Invited Talk 2: Dr. Michael Royeck
Because Science Matters – a funders perspective on RI and CF

   - Selected Talk 1

   - Selected Talk 2

11h20 : Coffee break

11h40 : Session 4: Quality Management

   - Invited Talk 1: Dr. Carmen Martín
Improving your Core Unit: quality is your best friend

   - Invited Talk 2: Dr. Marie-Laure Chao
Quality management in a core facility setting : a look at Institut Pasteur approach

   - Selected Talk 1

   - Selected Talk 2

13h00 : Lunch

14h00 : Company workshops and poster session 2

15h00 : Session 5: Building a successful career path in Core Facilities

   - Invited Talk 1: Dr. Mariana Mesel Lemoine
Building a career path: how to match your aspirations with your professional identity

   - Invited Talk 2: Prof. Marialuisa Lavitrano
Core facilities and research infrastructure managers: different scales but common training needs

   - Selected Talk 1

   - Selected Talk 2

16h20 : Coffee break

Session 6: Core Facility Benchmarking

   - Invited Talk 1: Dr. Fernando Pelaez
Assessing Core Facilities: lessons learnt

   - Invited Talk 2: Prof. Maija Dambrova
Core facilities in the Alliance4Life member institutions: benchmarking of excellence in Eastern Europe

   - Selected Talk 1
   - Selected Talk 2

18h00 : CTLS general assembly

20h00 : Gala dinner

16th Of September 

08h45 : Registration

09h15 : Keynote talk - Michela Bertero
Open Science and Open Data policy landscape – and now how do we do it?

10h00 : Session 7: Open Science & Integrity in Scientific Data

   - Invited Talk 1: Dr. Ulrike Wittig
FAIR Research Data Management by SEEK/FAIRDOMHub

   - Invited Talk 2: Dr. Thomas Lemberger
Implementing Open Science In Scientific Publishing

   - Selected Talk 1

   - Selected Talk 2

11h20 : Coffee break

11h40 : Session 8: Multi-institutional core facility sharing models

   - Invited Talk 1: Dr. Daniele Soroldoni
 The VBC (Vienna Biocenter) model: A new approach to build a sustainable, multi-institutional research infrastructure 

   - Invited Talk 2: Dr. Nicolas Pade

   - Selected Talk 1

   - Selected Talk 2

13h00 : Wrap up and farewell drinks

Keynote speakers

Florian has PhD in Computational Neuroscience from ETH Zurich.
After a short postdoc at ETH he went to MPI-CBG in Dresden, where he conducted his 2nd postdoc in the lab of Gene Myers.
In March 2017 he  started a lab at the Center for Systems Biology in Dresden (CSBD).

He received is PhD in 1987 in physical chemistry. On top of the exhaustive scientific output, Jan Hrušák was appointed for two years Director general for research at the Ministry of Education, youth. He is longstanding ESFRI member (currently chair), the Czech delegate to ERAC, and  member/expert of the EOSC Executive board.

Michela holds a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from the University of Pavia (Italy). Prior to joining the CRG where she heads the International and Scientific Affairs, she worked as postdoctoral researcher in molecular and structural biology at the Ludwig Maximilian University, and at the University of British Columbia

Satellite Meetings - Apply here!

1st block : The Morning,  14th of September (awainting confirmation)


Networking with fellow professionals: How to identify and communicate your skills

Help facilities staff to identify their own skills by completing self reflection exercises. The discussed skills can be previously acquired or areas of ongoing growth. Guide facilities staff on how to communicate their newly identified skills in a variety of contexts through discussions, and dynamic demonstrations. This will end with a discussion about how to develop and maintain your professional network. (25 participants - cost: 50 euros upon CTLS2020 registration - contact: Joana Bom)


Presentation of the Catalogue of Research Infrastructure Services - CatRIS project

The CatRIS project goal is to deliver an open, trusted and user-friendly portal to a harmonised and aggregated catalogue of services and resources provided by Research Infrastructures across Europe. (unlimited participants - Cost : free - Contact: Ana Helman)


Alliance4Life meeting of Focus Group for Core Facilities and Big Data

Meeting of Alliance4Life (A4L) members of Focus Group for Core Facilities and Big Data to discuss future heading of the Focus Group, set the goals for the second A4L project, report the progress in the equipment database, and introduce an open-access scheme.( only for Alliance4Life members - Cost: free - contact Katerina Vagnerova)


Tips & Tricks for Core Facility management

The workshop will be organized as a roundtable, with a slide-based introduction and a prominent part of interactive discussion.
The main target of the workshop are people interested in setting up a new core facility or experienced staff willing to share their experience (20 participants - Cost : free - Contact : Valentina Adami


Introduction to single-cell RNA-seq

This workshop is an introduction to single-cell RNA-seq applications, basic concepts, and downstream analysis of the gene expression matrix. This is followed by a hands-on tutorial, where participants will fully analyse a sample dataset of approximately 3,000 single cells using Seurat through a user-friendly web application (40 participants - Cost : 50 euros upon CTLS2020 registration- Contact : Ana Melo)

2nd block : The 16th of September 2021 (wainting confirmation)


CoLife - Consortium facilities staff meeting

Further information will be soon available


Ready for BioData Management?

Introduction to Data Management Plans – An entry-level workshop where researchers will learn the basics of data management and data management plans and participate in an interactive hands-on group exercise to create a data management plan for a mock research project (40 Participants - Cost : 50 euros upon CTLS2020 registration - Contact : Biodata Portugal)


Training Core Facility personnel in Open Science good practice

This is a short version of a training course aiming at a) highlighting major concepts of Open Science that can be ported into the delivery of research services. Understanding the benefits and shortcomings of adopting openness practices into research workflows .
b) equipping Core Facility personnel with basic techniques of optimised training delivery, such as establishing team work, engaging audiences, collecting useful feedback, and quantifying efficiency. The participants will be able to test their new skills in simple group exercises. (20 Participants - Cost : 30 euros upon CTLS2020 registration - Contact : Pedro Fernandes)


Importance of Scientific publications from core facilities

Scientific publications are used by universities and research institutions to demonstrate their impact. The long-term sustainability of any core facility is dependent on a number of factors, including financial viability, expert staff, cutting edge state of the art instrumentation and metrics to indicate their contribution to the research community. These metrics can include scientific publications, but ensuring core facilities are included in publications, through acknowledgement or co-authorship is a challenge. Not only is inclusion on publications important for the core facility it is also important for the recognition of individuals in career development...(40 Participants - Cost : 0 Euros - Contact : Natalie Homer)


Best practices for pricing structure in core facilities

Further information will be soon available


Nuno heads the scientific equipment and infrastructures at the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciência. He is the co-funder of CMW workshops and the plaform for sharing scientific biomedical resources in portugal Agendo.

After her postdoc, Marta started Acellera Therapeutics for minimizing liver transplant rejection. She lead the R&D at Kemin pharma before joining the Gulbenkian Institute for heading the Flow cytometry facility. Marta recorrently organises courses for the FlxFlow network.

Luisa did her research work in neurosciences before heading the image facility in CNC in Coimbra. She the coordinator of the Portuguese imaging platform PPBI for Mondego & Beiras.

Patrick heads the Molecular Biophysics facility in Institut Pasteur (Paris, France). He is also the President of the CTLS association chairs the pan-European molecular-scale biophysics network ARBRE-MOBIEU funded by COST. 

From COST actions to workshops and big conferences, Julia is a very active member in the core facilities and other scientific comunities. She heads the Centre for Cellular Imaging in the University of Gothenburg and is the vice-presidence of CTLS association

She is very active in the cytometry community and in promoting core technology
platforms, have organised many workshops and conferences. Lola heads the cytometry core lab at the Spanish National Cancer Research Center in Madrid and is the vice-treasurer of CTLS association.