SLAS2017: For First Time Attendees

SLAS looks forward to welcoming first-time attendees to SLAS2017, taking place Feb. 4-8 in Washington, DC. An excellent program of education, innovation and networking awaits you!

The information included on this page is specific to full conference registrants.

As a first-time attendee at the SLAS international conference and exhibition, SLAS is pleased to offer the following tips to help you plan for and get the most out of your conference experience.

Be sure to schedule your agenda in advance. The conference features 140 podium presentations, hundreds of posters, two days of Short Courses, 20-plus hours of open exhibition time, Special Interest Groups, career services, and countless opportunities for peer networking. Planning your SLAS2017 schedule in advance will simplify your on-site decision-making and ensure you see the sessions of greatest interest and relevance.

Of special note, be sure to attend these sessions and activities:

Lunch will be served in the SLAS2107 Exhibition on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. In addition, daily receptions will take place early evening on Monday and Tuesday, also in the exhibition.

Attend the Tuesday Night Celebration at The Newseum. A highlight of the peer networking program at SLAS2017 is the Evening Celebration at the Newseum on Tuesday, Feb. 7. All those 21 and older are welcome to attend this very special event. Free shuttle bus service will commence at 6:15 pm from the Marriott Marquis lobby (L Street entrance). Food, drink and open access to all exhibits at Newseum will be provided from 6:30 – 9:30 pm, with return shuttle bus service provided back to the Marriott.

The SLAS2017 Exhibition will be open select hours Monday - Wednesday and is located in Hall A of the Convention Center. In addition to perusing the 300+ exhibit booths, be sure to visit the SLAS Member Center in aisle 100. There, you can visit with members of SLAS's leadership and professional teams, interact with editorial staff members at the SLAS Journals Information Station and pick up your official commemorative SLAS2017 t-shirt.

For those looking for some exercise and a unique tour of some of DC's famous monuments, join in the SLAS FUNd Run. The FUNd Run is a non-competitive, non-timed 4.5 mile run (or walk) with fellow attendees that starts 6:30 am on Tuesday from the Marriott Marquis Lobby. Make a $25 donation to the SLAS Education Fund to earn a commemorative performance shirt. See details here For those looking for career services, take advantage of SLAS Career Connections. SLAS2017 offers a host of insightful and personalized career services for life sciences professional – and those aspiring to be. Hands on workshops, interview training, resume reviews, mentoring with an established professional are all offered at SLAS2017 for FREE. Advance sign-up is strongly encouraged for some programming. See details here.

Be sure to stay through the closing general session on Wednesday for a keynote by noted scientific author Rachel Swaby and the announcement of the 2017 SLAS Innovation Award Winner, recognizing the best podium presentation from the conference. This session runs from 3:45 – 5:00 pm and takes place in the Marriott Salon 1-6. Following the session, Rachel Swaby will participate in a book-signing.

Thank you, again, for registering to attend SLAS2017. In addition to the education and innovation on tap, we know that it is ultimately the human factor that differentiates this SLAS conference. Please make a point to connect with your fellow members. You'll see that SLAS is far more than a conference, but a year-round community of peers who help each other succeed. Safe travels!