Shared Resource Laboratories: Driving Innovation and Discovery

Hosted at the University of Virginia
June 3rd to 5th 2015 Charlottesville, Virginia

Mark your calendar now for the joint Mid-Atlantic Directors and Staff of Scientific Cores (MAD SSCi) and Southeastern Association of Shared Resources (SEASR) meeting to be held June 3-5, 2015, in Charlottesville at the University of Virginia.

Who should attend: This meeting is designed to give directors and staff of core facilities or science departments with shared equipment the opportunity to network and learn from each other and from regional experts, gaining ideas and possible solutions for problems that challenge all of us.

Pre-conference educational workshop: "Business Skills for Core Directors, Managers & Administrators" a 2-day workshop held at the UVA Darden Education Facility more »

Thursday luncheon workshops: will be available at no additional charge for some interesting, practical, vendor specific training. These workshops are especially designed to give senior level technicians and core facility directors access to experience from field applications specialists and other experts.

Opening reception: a special evening of wine, entertainment and food at the King Family Vineyards.

Poster Travel Award - Deadline is May 15th

All attendees are eligible to submit a poster.  First place prize is a $500 travel award and runners up will receive a signed copy of the closing Keynote speaker Joshua Pearce’s book : Open-Source Lab: How to Build Your Own Hardware and Reduce Research Costs.  Read more »



Registration for the meeting and Business Skills for Core Directors workshop is now open.


Submit Poster Abstract

Important Housing Alert:

The U.Va. Reunions Weekend coincides with the MAD SSCi/SEASR meeting.
It is expected that hotel room availability near the workshop and meeting venues will be very limited as the date for the events near.  
Make your hotel reservations early! Reserve your room here. »

The Inn at Darden is sold out on June 4th.  However, the Hyatt Place and Hampton Inn, located near the Conference Center have shuttles to the Darden Conference Center.  The Marriott doesn't have a shuttle to the Conference Center.  Please contact the hotels for more details.  Hotel contact information can be found here. »

Announcing a Pre-Conference Educational Workshop

The Business Skills Workshop is SOLD OUT.

Location: Darden Education Facility
Darden School of Business
University of Virginia, Charlottesville, VA
When: June 2nd – 3rd directly preceding the meeting.
Course outline »

Register Now for the MAD SSCi/SEASR Meeting

Business Skills for Core Directors, Managers & Administrators

The Business Skills Workshop is SOLD OUT.

This 2-day workshop will cover the necessary business skills for core personnel to effectively improve their core’s operation:

  • Deepen essential business and financial acumen
  • Sharpen ability to use financial data in business decision making
  • Establishing service pricing
  • Strategic decision Making and Marketing
  • Creating a high performing and customer oriented core facility
  • Strategic thinking and Analysis

To learn more about this exciting opportunity and receive event updates, please contact the MAD SSCi/SEASR Planning Committee:

Charlottesville Virginia
Historic - Scenic - Unforgettable

Monticello, the Rotunda and the grounds of UVA - designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites - draw both U.S. and international visitors intrigued by how the area helped shape and was shaped by the politics and personalities of the country's founding fathers. Not surprisingly, both sites bear the touch of one of world's most important historical figures, Thomas Jefferson, third president of the United States and author of the Declaration of Independence.

Learn more about the region in the  Charlottesville-Albemarle Visitors Guide

Opening Keynote Speaker

Franziska Grieder, PhD

“Optimizing Core Resources – Investments in Greater Efficiency and Better Science”
Speaker Abstract and Bio »

Closing Keynote Speaker

Joshua M. Pearce PhD

“Open Source Lab, How to Build Your Own Hardware and Reduce Research Costs”
Speaker Abstract and Bio »

Opening Reception

King Family Vineyards

Set amongst the rolling Virginia hills, offers expansive views of the Blue Ridge Mountains. There will be wine tastings offered as well as food and entertainment so plan to be there!