Robotics & Automation 2022


30 November - 1 December 2022

Festo, Esslingen, Stuttgart

Robotics & Automation 2022 – Applications & Innovations

“The life science industry is increasingly making use of robotics to automate specific processes, which when used in combination with artificial intelligence and machine learning is having an immense and profound impact on the speed and success of the drug discovery process.

This meeting jointly organised by SLAS and ELRIG, will focus on the application and interaction of robotics and automation in the traditional biological and chemical spaces, as well as the physical challenges of how to automate beyond the microtiter plate to shift the testing paradigm. We will also highlight how recent innovations and the application of artificial intelligence are also changing how robots interact with humans and their environment.

This two-day conference will provide an exclusive opportunity to network and be involved in inspiring and interesting discussions with opinion leaders in instrumentation, informatics, lab automation, strategy developers and industrial automation experts together with a strong and aligned vendor community.  The meeting is free-to-attend, and spaces are limited, so early registration is essential.”

Day 1 – am – Katie Hansel, Applications & Innovations in Chemistry

Automation can be applied to many types of chemistry at any scale, with the last decade witnessing an explosion in its application. This session will focus on recent applications and innovations to fully automate multiple protocols and workflows, meeting the challenges of rapid scale-up & optimisation in the synthesis of novel chemical entities.

Day 1 – pm – Jack Dawson, Applications and Innovations in Applied Sciences

This session invites you to step outside of the traditional lab automation comfort zone and explore how robotics can be applied to more diverse application areas. Topics covered include bio-microfluidics, soft robotics and high throughput bio-analysis.

Day 2 – am – Helen Plant, Applications & Innovations in Biology

Automation is often utilised in the drug discovery process, leveraging robotics and automated processes to ease repetitive tasks and facilitate the execution of cellular or biochemical experiments. This session will describe the challenges and advances in automating a range of biological processes, including reagent production, preparation, screening and analysis.

Day 2 – pm – Matthias Freundel, Applications & Innovations in Robotics & Artificial Intelligence

The widespread and cheap availability of technology enables laboratories to find new ways of solving problems. Robotics and AI in particular have the potential to massively change processes. This session shows examples of the use of these technologies.


Festo are hosting Robotics & Automation 2022 at their Esslingen, Germany site & are offering the opportunity to join a Hands-On, Workshop & Tour, December 2, 2022. Please view the Festo Workshop Tab for more details.

ELRIG R&A22 Programme

ELRIG R&A22 Programme

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