Level Up

Call for Abstracts

Unlock your first SLAS2020 pre-meeting achievement by submitting a poster abstract in a topic relating to one of 10 educational tracks featured at next year's conference and exhibition*:

  • Advances in Bioanalytics and Biomarkers
  • Assay Development and Screening
  • Automation and High-Throughput Technologies
  • Biologics Discovery
  • Cellular Technologies
  • Data Analysis and Informatics
  • Drug Target Strategies
  • Micro- and Nanotechnologies
  • Molecular Libraries
  • Precision Medicine Technologies

This is your chance to level up by presenting your original research in front of the diverse SLAS2020 audience made of up industry professionals, academics, scientists, engineers, entrepreneurs and researchers from the global life sciences and laboratory technology community.

*If you cannot find your particular topic of interest listed in the track descriptions or preliminary session titles but wish to report on research related to one of the track themes, you may still submit your abstract for consideration by the SLAS2020 Scientific Program Committee.

View SLAS2020 Abstract Submission Requirements.


SLAS Innovation Award

Innovation Award

The SLAS Innovation Award is a $10,000 cash prize recognizing the extraordinary work behind one unique and special podium presentation at the SLAS International Conference. You may indicate your interest in being considered for the Innovation Award during the submission process. Click here for complete details on our prestigious flagship award. 


SLAS Tony B. Academic Travel Awards Program

Tony B Award

SLAS Tony B. Academic Travel Awards include airfare or mileage reimbursement, conference registration and shared accommodations. Students, graduate students, postdoctoral associates, and junior faculty are encouraged to submit an abstract and apply for a chance to have a portion of your travel fees covered. View complete details on the Tony B. Academic Travel Award Program. The deadline to submit a Tony B. Academic Travel Award application has passed.


Important Deadlines

Podium Abstract Submissions Due: Thursday, August 8, 2019
Innovation Award Submission Deadline: Thursday, August 8, 2019
Tony B. Academic Travel Award Podium Submissions Due: Thursday, August 8, 2019
Tony B. Academic Travel Award Poster Submissions Due: Monday, September 16, 2019
Podium Abstract Decisions Communicated: Week of September 16, 2019
Poster Submission Deadline for inclusion in Student Poster Competition: October 29, 2019
Poster Abstract Decisions Communicated: Beginning October 29, 2019
(On a monthly basis thereafter through Final Deadline)
Ignite Academic Collaboration Presentation Proposals Due: Wednesday, November 20, 2019
Final Poster Abstract Submission Deadline: Monday, January 13, 2020


Prepare for the submission process by having all of your materials together prior to entering your abstract. You will be able to view screen shots of each step in the process by using the 'Guidelines' section of the submission site.

Complete submissions must include:

  • Abstract Title
  • Abstract Text (450-word limit)
  • Presentation Preference: Podium, Poster or Either (if applicable)
  • Identify Applicable Track (preference only)
  • Primary Presenter Details (one per abstract): Name, Job Title, Degree(s), Institution, Address, City, State, Postal Code, Country, Email, Business Phone, Biography
  • Award Nominations (if applicable)
  • Identify Co-Authors: Name, Job Title, Degree(s), Institution, City, State, Country, Email

Only abstracts relevant to the SLAS2020 educational tracks will be considered and be reviewed by the SLAS2020 Scientific Program Committee. Abstracts may be reassigned to another track if reviewers feel it would be better suited to another category.

Authors are invited to submit abstracts describing original research on topics relevant to any of the 10 program tracks for either poster or podium presentation. Abstracts should describe work not previously the subject of a podium presentation and address why the work is novel. The abstract should clearly present the research itself and the results that have been obtained.

Podium presentations are 30 minutes in length including time for questions and answers.

Poster presentations are scheduled for a one-hour time slot as noted in the Poster Presentation Guidelines web page.

Note regarding the $10,000 SLAS Innovation Award: The SLAS Innovation Award judging process is extensive and requires a panel of judges to review and evaluate hundreds of scientific abstract submissions. To ensure your abstract receives optimal consideration, please include information on methods, results and conclusions.

The primary presenter will serve as the primary contact for SLAS and must have a valid email address.

All abstracts must be submitted electronically via the online abstract submission system.

The body of the abstract may not exceed 450 words.

The title is considered separate from the body of the abstract and is not included in the word limit. Specific formatting requirements are included on the submission form.

First develop your abstract in a word processing program then copy and paste the information in the appropriate section. There is no spelling or grammar check function in the online submission process. Please do NOT use all capital letters in your abstract or title.

If accepted, your abstract will be published EXACTLY as it has been entered into the system. This includes company/institution names, presenter names, etc. Submissions will not be edited in any way prior to publishing in conference materials.

Fields denoted with asterisks (*) are required fields.

At the close of the applicable submission period, all abstracts will be reviewed by the SLAS2020 Scientific Program Committee to determine which abstracts are accepted into the program. The SLAS2020 Scientific Program Committee reserves the right to move abstracts into tracks other than the one selected by the submitter during the submission process.

Those submitted as podium abstracts but not accepted for the podium program will be reviewed for a poster submission if indicated as such by the submitter during the submission process.

Podium presentation confirmations will be distributed by mid-September 2019.

To view a sample abstract please click here.

A member of the SLAS Professional Team will contact all selected abstract submitters with information regarding scheduling, speaker agreements and the Speaker Resource Center. Speakers agree to use the Speaker Resource Center as the primary source for communicating speaker information.

It is expected all speakers will adhere to the policies and deadlines established to ensure accurate and timely information is made available to SLAS2020 participants.

Primary presenters are responsible for communicating with co-authors regarding acceptance or rejection, deadlines and all other submission details.

Whenever possible, SLAS will record presentations and make those recordings available to SLAS members and participants. In some cases, webcasting or streaming of sessions may be offered as well. All speakers will be required to provide SLAS with the permission to record, broadcast, edit, transcribe, archive, duplicate, distribute, reproduce and sell any written or visual material submitted in connection with presentations at this SLAS conference in any media now existing or developed in the future.

SLAS presenters are required to electronically agree to the speaker guidelines and releases.

Accepted poster presentations will be required to physically present the poster during a two-hour time slot as indicated in the acceptance notification.

Presentation confirmations will be distributed according to the approximate timeline below:

  • Podium Presentation Confirmation: The week of September 16, 2019
  • Tony B. Travel Award Application Confirmations: Mid-October 2019
  • Poster Presentation Confirmations: Beginning October 29, 2019 on a monthly basis through January 21, 2019

Selected speakers must agree to the following:

Commercialism/Marketing Policy
Unless specifically designated, the SLAS scientific program is a noncommercial forum. Speakers are to refrain from the use of brand names and specific product endorsement whenever possible. Under no circumstances should the society's podium be used as a place for direct promotion of a speaker's product, service, or for monetary self-interest. Negative remarks about a particular company or brand are also prohibited.

All authors understand that the presentation title, abstract, bio and author information will be published online at SLAS2020.org and in the SLAS2020 Conference App, Event Scheduler, ePoster Gallery and Abstract Compendium. SLAS reserves the right to edit title and description for promotional purposes.

Audio-Visual Requirements
To improve the transition between individual speakers, SLAS has instituted a policy requiring that all audio visual be limited to PowerPoint presentations. Presenters are permitted to supply handouts at the session; however, SLAS will not duplicate such material and all costs associated with those handouts are the responsibility of the presenter. SLAS asks that all podium presenters drop off their presentation at the Speaker Ready Room onsite at SLAS2020 as per details included in the official confirmation. Laptops are provided in the presentation rooms and SLAS asks that all presenters use the laptops provided rather than use their own.

SLAS values the diversity of its membership and the contributions each participant makes to the education of its members. SLAS will not tolerate comments of a sexual nature nor negative remarks about ethnicity, alternative lifestyles or physically or mentally challenged individuals. Profanity is prohibited. Speakers must refrain from overt statements or pointed humor that disparages the rightful dignity and social equity of any individual or group.

Conference Expenses
Those authors whose abstracts are accepted are responsible for their own travel, lodging and conference registration expenses. Waiver of registration fees will be considered upon request for those requiring financial assistance. Details regarding registration waivers will be available with the Speaker Resource Center upon confirmation of acceptance.

All presenters must be registered as full conference participants. Limited funds may be available to assist with travel and/or hotel funding. These funds are based on availability and financial need. Contact Meghan Schofield for more information.

All poster presenters must be registered as full conference, unless you are registered as an SLAS exhibitor.

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