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A quick guide to the Scientific Laboratory Show and Conference 2018

publication date: Apr 19, 2018
author/source: Scientific Laboratory Supplies


The Scientific Laboratory Show and Conference is returning to the East Midlands Conference Centre at the University of Nottingham on Wednesday 23rd May 2018.

Organised by Scientific Laboratory Supplies (SLS), the day brings together scientists, speakers and exhibitors from across the community, offering an opportunity to meet like-minded people, learn new things and discover the very best scientific technology and equipment for the laboratory.

SLS is delighted to be working with the Science Council once again, and this year’s talks – some of which count towards CPD – will focus on career development. There will be an exciting programme of lectures, workshops, seminars and masterclasses, including presentations from sponsors Eppendorf and Corning.

A smorgasbord of speakers

A popular feature of the event is the high calibre keynote speakers, and this year’s line-up lives up to expectations. Dallas Campbell – who is also acting as MC for the event – will be discussing the topic of his latest book Ad Astra: an illustrated guide to leaving the planet, which is a history of mankind’s quest to leave the planet, offering a cultural look at space and why we have the urge to explore. A self-professed non-scientist, Dallas will explore the role of science in wider culture and how to encourage curiosity throughout education and into adult life. Professor Bill Wakeham will also be presenting, drawing on his broad background across chemistry, engineering and physics to discuss some of the latest practical applications of scientific theory in industrial settings.

Award-winning natural history photographer and film maker Doug Allan is the final keynote speaker, and he’ll provide a fascinating insight into his work on TV series such as Blue Planet, Forces of Nature and Life in the Freezer, highlighting the symbiotic relationship between scientific research and film making. Whether it’s satellite tracking orcas, measuring the precise shape of icebergs or determining the impact of climate change on polar bears, documenting and contributing to science has been at the heart of Doug’s professional career, and his presentation An eye below zero will turn the lens on what we can do to turn the tide on the crucial issues affecting our oceans. 

Take your career to the next level

In addition to the varied conference schedule, delegates can take advantage of the Science Council’s Professional Development Zone. Visitors can benefit from a series of masterclasses – including Developing a leadership mindset and Crossing the communications divide – and discuss how professional membership can benefit them in their day to day work, as well as signing up there and then.

Everything for your laboratory needs

This year, the show will bring together over 60 exhibitors from across the breadth of the scientific community – from food safety and pharmaceuticals to healthcare and academic research – with a number choosing to launch new products. A focus on quality over quantity ensures there is space and time for visitors to discuss products, request site surveys and view demonstrations. Whether you are looking for freezers and refrigerators or pipettes and pumps, you are sure to find high quality and great value products from SLS’s selected partners.

It’s not all work

The show also promises a good dose of fun-fuelled activities alongside the exhibition and conference schedule, including prize draws, a mini-golf competition and liquid nitrogen ice cream, courtesy of Lick Me I’m Delicious. With so much on offer, the Scientific Laboratory Show and Conference has something for everyone. Meet and mingle with fellow scientists, learn new things from inspiring speakers and hands-on demonstrations, and discover the latest products and consumables for the laboratory. A day inspired by scientists, for scientists – it’s an event not to be missed.

Visit to register, keep up to date with news and see a full list of exhibitors. Alternatively, follow @SciLabShow and #SciLabShow2018 on Twitter.

Companies looking to bring eight or more delegates can benefit from free transport arranged by SLS. Email to request more information.

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