The Southern California Flow Cytometry Association Thanks ISAC for Sponsoring its Syposium SoCal Flow Summit 2013
On behalf of the Southern California Flow Cytometry Association (SoCal Flow), I would like to express our gratitude for your support of our symposium, SoCal Flow Summit 2013, which was held at the Beckman Center of University of California, Irvine on March 25 and 26, 2013. There were 109 registered attendees of which 95 choose to be members of SoCal Flow.
The agenda consisted of six 50-minute scientific presentations from invited speakers and vendor presentations, which for the most part were educational in nature. We had 5 Gold Level 25-minute and 8 Silver Level 15-minute vendor presentations. On the evening of March 25, we held a happy hour/dinner for our core managers meeting. We encouraged participation from all and didn’t restrict it to core managers. During the dinner we had an open microphone format, but the main purpose was for networking and getting to know each other.
In addition to the presentations, we held our first business meeting to encourage involvement and participation from the attendees. We collected nominations for the executive board and members at large to assist with future planning. During this presentation, we gave attention to ISAC and encouraged the attendees to join. We also mention Cyto2013 and reiterated the value of attending and learning from other experienced cytometrist from across the world.
Our vendor sponsors had the opportunity to display information and a few even brought instruments for their vendor tables. We encouraged posters from the attendees, which were displayed in the vendor area.
In conjunction with the SoCal flow Summit, ExCyte conducted 2 courses (Boot camp and the Advanced course which covered Cell Cycle, apoptosis, and fluorescent proteins). We accepted applications from undergraduate and graduate students for a scholarship to the ExCyte course of their choice. We were able to award 6 scholarships.
Overall, the Summit was a success. We look forward to planning the next Summit and hope to make improvements based on vendor and attendee surveys.
Southern California Flow Cytometry Association