On Wednesday 23rd May 2018, over 1200 scientists, technicians, speakers and exhibitors descended on the East Midlands Conference Centre at the University of Nottingham for the fifth Scientific Laboratory Show and Conference. Organised by Scientific Laboratory Supplies (SLS), the day brought together delegates from across the community, offering opportunities to meet like-minded people, learn new things and discover the very best scientific technology and equipment for the laboratory.
Over 60 exhibitors attended the show, with a number choosing to launch new products. The hall layout and timing of the day ensured that there was plenty of time for visitors to browse products and view demonstrations alongside attending seminars. A popular feature of this biannual event is the high calibre keynote speakers, and this year’s line-up lived up to expectations. The main theatre hosted a packed schedule with presentations from Professor Sir Bill Wakeham, wildlife cameraman Doug Allan and Dallas Campbell of the BBC’s Bang Goes the Theory fame.
Hosting in partnership with the Science Council has allowed SLS to broaden the scope of the event this year, addressing not only laboratory product needs, but also scientists and their careers. Many attendees benefitted from the Science Council’s Professional Development Zone and the masterclasses that ran throughout the day, as well as seminars from show partners Eppendorf and Corning.
The show is one of SLS’s key events for engaging its broad range of customers and exhibitors, and is central to supplying the highest quality, best value products and brands. Joshua Chapman, marketing director at SLS, said: “I couldn’t have asked for more. The combination of seminars, exhibitors and masterclasses makes it a truly special event, and it’s been encouraging to hear all the positive feedback from both attendees and exhibitors. This year has been a great success and provides all the motivation we need to work hard on preparing for the next show in 2020.”