The first UK Core Managers forum was held on 1st November 2006 at the Technology Facility at the University of York. This was organised to provide a forum for managers of Core Flow Facilities to discuss matters of common interest.

Lively discussion and debate followed presentations from Greg Veltri (Setting up a Core Facility), Derek Davies (Measuring Laboratory output), Full Economic Recovery (Peter O'Toole), Standardisation (Brian Shenton) and Education (Rachael Walker, Greg Veltri and Alfonso Blanco).

The second meeting of this group was held on March 21st 2007 at Queen's Institute for Medical Research, Edinburgh where the delegates discussed standardisation in clinical Laboratories (Paul Williams, Brian Shenton and Ian Harvey), Biosafety specifically in regard to cell sorters (Ann Atzberger) and data anomalies (Ray Hicks). Ian Harvey's presentation is available for download.

The third meeting took place at Loughbourough University on Tuesday 11th November 2008 as a session within the Beckman Coulter Users meeting. Delegates were led in discussions about analytical cytometer standardisation by Ian Dimmick and Derek Davies and Biosafety by Simon Monard and Roy Bongaerts. We hope to put together a survey of cytometry facilities on both these issues.

The results of the 2009 Core Managers survey on machine usage, charging and salary levels can be found here.

The fourth forum will be held at the Cambridge Institute for Medical Research on 20th April 2015, details here!

If you wish to join us at the next meeting, or be added to the mailing list, please email Derek Davies .