3 best places to start looking at Lab Automation

First seen as an expensive experiment Lab Automation is now finding it’s home in everything from note-taking to high throughput sample handling and even lab management. It not only speeds up the research process but also brings a level of repetition precision to experiments that can free up researchers for more difficult technically complex tasks.

But whether you’re a seasoned researcher or new to the field, knowing where to find the best resources for lab automation is crucial. Automation is a shiny buzz word and it can be hard to know how to even get started understanding it. So to help you get started here are our top 3 ways to catch up with lab automation.

Find the right scientific journals and publications

One of the richest sources of information on lab automation is scientific journals and publications. Journals like SLAS Technology published by the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) and IEEE Transactions on Automation Science and Engineering offer in-depth insights into the latest advancements in the field. They offer some insight into:

  • Cutting-edge Research: These journals publish the most recent findings and advancements in lab automation. Many of the publications offer tantalising insights into what may be coming in the near future.
  • Diverse Perspectives: Articles from researchers worldwide offer a global view of lab automation trends and innovations. The articles cover use cases that you may not have yet conisdered.

Join online forums and communities

Online platforms have become hubs for knowledge exchange and networking. Websites like ResearchGate and LinkedIn offer forums where professionals discuss lab automation. These platforms allow you to ask questions, share experiences, and get advice from peers who have hands-on experience with various automation technologies. Using services like this can unlock:

  • Real-world Insights: Get practical advice and tips from professionals who use lab automation regularly.
  • Networking Opportunities: Connect with experts in the field, potentially opening doors for collaboration and career advancement.
  • Diverse Range of Topics: These forums cover a wide array of subjects, from troubleshooting specific equipment to even discussing issues they’ve had with automation in research.

If you don’t know where to start then follow us on LinkedIn and we’ll help point you towards some of the key players in the field.

Trade Shows and Conferences

Attending trade shows and conferences is an excellent way to stay updated on lab automation. Events like the SLAS Annual Conference & Exhibition bring together industry leaders, vendors, and researchers. These events offer live demonstrations of new technologies, workshops, and seminars led by experts in the field. But other shows such as Lab Innovations also offer seminars, demos and networking all focusing on Automation. Attending any of these can help with:

  • Hands-on Experience: Witness the latest lab automation tools and technologies firsthand.
  • Expert Lectures and Workshops: Learn from leaders in the field and gain insights that can be directly applied to your work.
  • Networking with Industry Peers: Meet with vendors, researchers, and industry professionals, fostering connections that could be invaluable for your research or business.

Lab automation is an ever-evolving field, and staying informed is key to using its full potential. We suggested that by exploring scientific journals, engaging in online communities, and participating in trade shows and conferences, you can stay up-to-date on this exciting and rapidly developing area.

Each of these resources offers unique benefits, and together, they provide a comprehensive overview of the current state and future possibilities of lab automation. Give them a go and you’ll find yourself well-equipped to navigate the intricate world of lab automation. Finally, if there ever a Lab Automation topic you want to see covered or explained let us know in the comments and who knows we might write a feature on it to get you started.

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