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Intelligent Network Building

SLAS is a thriving community of life sciences professionals from across the globe. As a community, SLAS members freely share information, connections and insights to help one another both personally and professionally. Nowhere is that community spirit more evident than at the Society’s flagship international conference. Attending SLAS2018 grants you access to a host of events and opportunities sure to broaden your professional network and advance your research. SLAS2018 networking activities and venues include:

Receptions in the SLAS2018 Exhibition

Refresh and refuel with complimentary beer, wine, soft drinks and snack buffets.

  • Monday, February 5: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, February 6: 5:00 - 6:00 p.m.


Tuesday Evening Celebration – Old Town San Diego


Tuesday, February 6
6:30 - 9:30 pm

Sponsored by Hamilton Company

For this annual networking highlight, SLAS2018 is taking it back — way back to the 1700s in fact! Join in the fun at the birthplace of California and one of San Diego’s most popular destinations: Old Town. Founded in 1769, Old Town San Diego was California’s first settlement and is now one of the most visited state parks in The Golden State. Wander through lush gardens, indulge in authentic Mexican cuisine, and visit with local specialty vendors. Or try your hand at poker in a restored 1870s-era hotel, The Cosmopolitan, while listening to live Spanish guitarists and watching Folklorico Dancers. Combining history with exceptional cuisine and timeless entertainment, this celebration should be considered “can’t miss” for all SLAS2018 participants.


Old Town

Old Town

Old Town


2018 SLAS FUNd Run

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Sponsored by TECAN

Pack your running shoes! Start your Tuesday morning with a brisk run or walk along the San Diego waterfront with your fellow SLAS2018 attendees. This non-competitive event benefits the SLAS Educational Fund. Donate $25 to receive a commemorative FUNd Run performance shirt. See details and registration instructions here.

Date: Tuesday, February 6
Start Time: 6:30 am PT


Student and Early Career Professionals Social Events

Student and Early Career Professional Mixer

Monday, February 5
5:00-6:00 p.m.

Mingle with other young professionals and aspiring researchers in the friendly confines of the SLAS Booth in the Exhibition. Complimentary beverages and snacks are provided.

Student and Early Career Professionals Social Event

Monday, February 5
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

After the close of the Exhibit Hall, all students are invited to walk over to Tin Roof for games, live music and fun interaction with fellow SLAS2018 attendees. Catch up with friends and make new ones while enjoying shuffleboard, baggo, giant Jenga, board games and a photo booth, exclusively for SLAS2018 participants! SLAS provides complimentary hors d'oeuvres, soft drinks and fun! A cash bar is available for those 21 and older. Come join us to start your SLAS2018 experience off right. The Tin Roof is located in walking distance from the San Diego Convention Center, at 401 G Street.

Students and Early Career Professionals Continental Breakfast

Wednesday, February 7
7:30 – 8:00 a.m.
Room 17A

Gather for coffee and a light breakfast, then head into the SLAS Author Workshop: How to Prepare a Manuscript for Publication immediately following.


Home Away-From-Home: The Global Village

Visitors from outside the U.S. have a designated rendezvous point in the SLAS2018 Exhibition Hall's Global Village. Meet others from your part of the world, meet the leaders who serve on the SLAS Europe Council, and meet members of the SLAS professional team. The Global Village is located next to the SLAS Booth and open during the same hours as the SLAS2018 Exhibition.

Our Sponsors

  • Hamilton
  • Artel
  • Corning
  • Waters
  • Agilent
  • Beckman Coulter
  • Cosmo Biotechnologies
  • Hamamatsu
  • Labcyte
  • Miltenyi Biotec
  • Tecan
  • ThermoFisher Scientific
  • Biotek
  • BMG Labtech
  • Eppendorf
  • Molecular Devices
  • Scinomix
  • Select Science
  • StemoniX
  • Analytik Jena
  • Clinical Lab Products
  • Gilson
  • HighRes Biosolutions
  • IMI Precision
  • LGC
  • Phoseon Technology
  • Brooks Life Sciences
  • Covaris
  • Inheco
  • Multispan
  • Sartorius
  • American Laboratory
  • Biocompare
  • Cell Press
  • DDN News
  • DDW
  • DTR
  • GEN News
  • Integrative Biology
  • Labcompare
  • LabManager
  • Lab on a Chip
  • RSC
  • SCW
  • SelectScience
  • Technology Networks
  • TAS
  • The Scientist
  • The Translational Scientist