On May 5, 2010 members of the Society of Biomolecular Sciences (SBS) and the Association for Laboratory Automation (ALA) voted to approve a proposal for the merger of the two organizations into the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS). The vote was a landslide with more than 95% of votes cast in favor of the merger.
SBS and ALA will now unite as individual Sections of SLAS. Each Section will continue to pursue their current mission while collectively addressing the SLAS mission, which is to provide forums for education and information exchange to encourage the study of and improve the science and practice of laboratory automation and screening.
The transition to one Society will take place throughout 2011. At that time, the strategic direction of SLAS will become evident. I look forward to these developments and the future promise of SLAS.