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Facility Forum

October 17 - October 18


Operations office

Facility Forum

October 17, 2022 @ 10:00 October 18, 2022 @ 14:00 CEST

Facility Forum is a two-day event exclusively for the SciLifeLab infrastructure community, including platform and unit leadership, staff, and administrative personnel, as well as central management and support teams. The event aims to bring everyone updated on what is cooking at SciLifeLab, promote cross-platform and cross-unit interactions, and enable discussions on urgent topics related to infrastructure operations. We offer inspiring talks, network activities, discussions in parallel sessions, and dinner with entertainment in the evening on day one. The second day is devoted to platform-wise activities and ends with a joint lunch. We have a maximum number of participants (450p).

Your participation includes the following:

  • Bus from/to Cityterminalen, Tomtebodavägen Solna or BMC Uppsala
  • Conference program
  • Lunches and coffee breaks
  • Teamwork activity
  • Conference dinner
  • Overnight stay in a single/double room (only for participants of Day 1+2)


Day 1

09:00Coffee and registration
10:00Welcome. SciLifeLab talk show with guests and interaction with the audience, Stora Kongressen
Speed Talks, SciLifeLab Technology Development Projects (TDPs)
12:45Conference lunch
Poster session and coffee, Stora Kongressen
14:15Teamwork activity
15:30Parallel sessions (see Workshops A-G below)
19:00Conference dinner

Day 2

09:00Platform-wise program
12:45Conference lunch
14:00Bus transfer


A) SciLifeLab Training Hub

Meet the team for the SciLifeLab Training Hub to discuss how training, courses, lifelong learning, and education of the infrastructure users should be organized in a nationally coordinated model to optimally serve both the platforms and the Swedish life science research community (Jessica Lindvall)

B) How do you reach out? – Improve your communication skills

Meet the SciLifeLab Communications Team for a discussion on outreach and how to take advantage of the SciLifeLab communication toolbox. (Anna Frejd)

C) How to serve academic vs non-academic infrastructure users and the work towards harmonized SciLifeLab models

Meet the SciLifeLab External Relations Office and SciLifeLab/KTH lawyer to discuss models to interact with different user categories, user fee policies, priorities, contracts, legal aspects, and intellectual property rights. (Josefin Lundgren Gawell)

D) IT and data management services for SciLifeLab infrastructure
Meet representatives from SciLifeLab Data Centre to find out about services available for your platform/unit and to discuss future needs. Learn about the Data Centre plans and how to get involved in testing of upcoming systems and services. (Hanna Kultima)

E) Precision medicine at SciLifeLab

How can the infrastructure contribute to implementation of precision medicine into routine clinical care in Sweden? An interactive workshop and discussion with representatives from the SciLifeLab Precision Medicine team. (Åsa Johansson)

F) Quality aspects of infrastructure operations, data handling and scientific output

In the light of the recommendations from our International Advisory Board, this workshop will focus on discussions on how to increase the quality of the research that is facilitated by the infrastructure. This involves among other things aspects of the service repertoire, modes of operation, cross-platform interactions, and data handling. (Annika Jenmalm Jensen)

G) Planetary Biology – understanding ecosystems from molecular to planetary scale

Meet the scientific leads of the recently launched Planetary Biology capability at SciLifeLab and find out more about the mission and vision. Brainstorm with us about what technologies and methods in the SciLifeLab infrastructure toolbox could be of value to the target research community in visionary and forward-looking discussions. (Stefan Bertilsson & Olga Vinnare Pettersson)

Important information

Registration: The deadline for registration was June 20. If you have staff that should get an invitation after June 20, please contact infra@scilifelab.se. The registration is binding. If you are unable to attend, we kindly ask you to unregister via the link “Edit your information” in the confirmation email.

Cancellations: In the unfortunate case that you need to cancel your registration after June 20, please Cancel via the link “Edit your information” in the confirmation email, or send an email asap to events@scilifelab.se. We have to pay for all cancellations, so you are encouraged to let another infrastructure member take your place. 

Parallel sessions: The conference rooms where the parallel sessions will be held have limited seats. We strongly encourage the platforms and units to actively try to distribute their participation evenly between the different workshops. 

Overnight stay: Only participants of Day 2 are allowed the overnight stay. If we exceed the number of rooms available at Djurönäset, hotel rooms (and transport) will be provided elsewhere. We use the first-come-first-served principle and ask everyone kindly to add a name to the registration form for a possible roommate. All double rooms have separate beds. 

Conference dinner: If necessary, priority will be given to people participating for two days.

For questions about Facility Forum, please contact infra@scilifelab.se

Organizing committee

Chair: Annika Jenmalm Jensen, SciLifeLab Infrastructure Director

Operations office: Erika Bergqvist Erkstam, project leader, Maria Bäckström, David Gotthold, Lars Johansson, Alice Sollazzo, and with fantastic support from the Platform Coordination Officers.