Director Forums

The Office for Research organizes regular meetings to share best practices and find solutions to problems faced by core facility directors, managers, and administrators.

Running a successful core facility requires scientific expertise as well as skill in business planning, marketing, communication, and team management. To provide a forum for core staff and administrators to discuss challenges specific to cores, the VP&S Office for Research has organized regular meetings to discuss commonly encountered issues.

Core staff and administrators are welcome to attend. Slides and other presentation materials are also provided for reference, but please feel free to contact the Office for Research with any questions.

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After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

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Every third Thursday of the month, 12-1pm

November 18, 2021: Working with External users

During this meeting we will discuss strategies to find external users and the workflow for projects with external users.

December 16, 2021: Self-Assessment: Tracking progress and efficiency of your core

During this meeting we will discuss how core directors can establish a self-assessment protocol for their core and how the data collected can help further improve the core efficiency and user satisfaction.

January 20, 2022: S10 Grants Application

During this meeting we will discuss the timeline and required materials for S10 applications.

February 17, 2022: Team Management & Conflict Resolution

March 17, 2022: Multi-year business planning

April 21, 2021: Pricing strategies

May 19, 2022: Rate Licensing: Updates and General Walkthrough

July 15, 2021: Updates: Core Facility Task Force Recommendations View Slides

February 18, 2021: Updates: S10 Grants, LaunchLabs, Credit Card Billing in iLab View Slides

May 11, 2020: iLab Features and Refresher Training. View Zoom webinar.

February 20, 2020: S10 Grants and User Survey Preview View slides

January 31, 2020: Alexandria LaunchLabs

December 11, 2019: Cores and External Users View slides

August 19, 2019: Kickoff: Shared Resource Networking Lunch