President’s Message AFLAS 2016
Dear Members, Delegates and Friends,
Following the immense success of the previous AFLAS Congress Meeting held in Bangkok and Kuala Lumpur in 2012 and 2014 respectively, it is with great pride, honour and pleasure that I welcome you, on behalf of both the AFLAS Council and Singapore Association for Laboratory Animal Science (SALAS) organizing committees (Planning & Scientific) to the 7th Asian Federation of Laboratory Animal Sciences Associations Congress Meeting here in Singapore, widely known as “Garden City” for our lush greenery or “Food Paradise”, for obvious reasons!
Singapore being a melting pot of ethnicities and cultures, is very much alike AFLAS, where member associations from the various Asian countries have come together with the common goal of knowledge sharing, continuing education and networking. Even after we bid our farewells to each other at the end of this meeting, I hope that we can keep in touch and continue to help and support each other as we strive for higher standards to improve our standing in the laboratory animal science industry globally.
This year’s program promises to be both exciting and fulfilling for one and all. We are anticipating the AFLAS Congress Conference to be SALAS’s most massive conference since 2004 in terms of both international and local delegate numbers. From the pre-congress seminar, off site workshops, to the conference proper, we have planned a program that will cater to different individual’s field of work and special interest. The sessions will cover topics like the 3Rs (which form the cornerstones of laboratory animal science), infectious disease, pathology, biomedical imaging, as well as different animal models including rodents, swine and aquatics, all of which will be presented by internationally renowned speakers.
I invite you to navigate through this website to find out more about the AFLAS 2016 Congress Meeting as well as the host member association, SALAS. Your active participation will be the basis of this conference’s success, and I sincerely hope you will make use of this golden opportunity to ask questions, participate in discussions and gain new insights. I warmly welcome and look forward to meeting all of you in November 2016!
Shawn Tay, AFLAS President 2016.
7th AFLAS Scientific Congress: Advancing frontiers in Lab Animal Science will be held this year on 7-11 November 2016 in Singapore at Raffles City Conventional Centre. This will be the first time that AFLAS Congress has come to the shores of Singapore and we are all excited for all to come experience Singapore and together advance lab animal science.
AFLAS – Asian Federation of Laboratory Animal Science Associations and consists of 11 member countries’ associations.
The aim of AFLAS is to promote through international co-operation Asian Congresses on Laboratory Animal Science for the purpose of reviewing scientific, technical and educational problems in Laboratory Animal Science, to develop other relevant activities in the interest of Laboratory Animal Science, and to contribute to animal welfare.
This years’ congress will be organized by Singapore Association for Laboratory Science. It will be a continuation of extensive knowledge sharing, networking and education on the best international practices in the laboratory animal science industry in the South – East Asia region and Asia after the 5th and 6th congress meetings in Thailand (Bangkok) and Malaysia (Kuala Lumpur), in 2012 & 2014 respectively. This will further strengthen and enhance the standing of Asian laboratory animal science industry internationally.
AFLAS Congress 2016 will be held in Singapore. Singapore is situated strategically in South East Asia and is a great place to experience the diverse cultures. Being multiracial, multicultural and cosmopolitan, Singapore is home to people from all parts of the world. There are different cuisines one can enjoy in Singapore, ranging from Malay to Spanish cuisines. It is also a great place for shopping, from niche luxury boutiques to street side flea markets. Whatever your budget, Singapore is a shopping paradise. In the past few decades, Singapore has transformed itself into a biomedical hub for the region and lab animal sciences were also given greater emphasis and importance. Therefore, as the host nation, we are proud to be able to host this years’ AFLAS congress and to promote lab animal sciences in the region.
- AFLAS will be bringing together colleagues from all 11 countries in the region together for networking and education.
- There will be more than 20 invited international and ASEAN speakers.
- Pre and post Conference workshops ranging from topics such as pathology to ethnics.
- Conference welcome dinner during the congress for networking and to catch up with fellow friends & colleagues.
AFLAS Congress 2016 program and more information are now available on our website. The theme for the congress is ‘Advancing frontiers in Lab Animal Science’. This years’ congress has gathered internationally renowned speakers from all over the world, covering a huge range of topics, with different tracks catering to your specific interest. The organizing committee hopes that you will find these sessions enriching and enjoyable.
Do remember to check out our website for more information. And AFLAS Congress 2016 is also on social media. Do visit us on Twitter and Facebook and ‘like’ us on it.
We will also be showcasing posters during the congress. Do submit your posters and abstracts no later than 7th Sep 2016.
Raffles City Conventional Centre is located in central Singapore. We are fortunate to be given a large exhibition space for companies to exhibit their products and service. There are also other opportunities to be involved in the congress to promote your products. So do check out our website, under the sponsor tab, for more information. Or feel free to approach our organizers.
If you have not registered yet, please go to aflascongress.com/registration
Early birds will be given a significant discount for the upcoming congress! So do encourage your colleagues and friends to start setting aside 7-11 November for the congress and register online.
We do look forward to seeing you all in Singapore coming November! It is going to be a great, memorable congress!