Dear Colleagues and Dear Friends,

On behalf of the Turkish Biochemical Society (TBS), it is our great pleasure to invite you to the joint congress of the 27th Balkan Clinical Laboratory Federation (BCLF) and the 30th National TBS  which will be held between October 27-31, 2019 in Antalya, Turkey.

The Congress will be supported by our mother organisations, the International Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (IFCC) and the European Federation of Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine (EFLM).

There will be speakers from BCLF, IFCC, and EFLM countries.

The detailed scientific programme has been newly announced. The Opening Lecture will be given by Prof. Mario Plebani (Italy), on “Quality and patient safety in laboratory medicine”. The EFLM Former President Prof. Sverre Sandberg (Norway) will bring the greetings of the EFLM during the Opening Ceremony and will present a plenary lecture on “Harmonisation in clinical laboratories and the harmonisation activities of EFLM” during the Congress. Prof. Khosrow Adeli (Canada), Prof. Elvar Theodorsson (Sweden), Prof. Christa Cobbaert (The Netherlands) and Prof. Jerka Dumic (Croatia) have also plenary lectures during the Congress. 

Before the Congress, Prof. Sandberg and his colleague Prof. Theodorsson will organize a two-days EFLM Course on “How to write a good scientific and professional article” on 26th and 27th October. There will be other courses and/or workshops before and/or during the Congress such as basic and advanced workshops on Mass Spectrometry in Clinical Laboratory, Application of Six Sigma in Medical Labs, and a course on miRNA Isolation and Expression.

The In Vitro Diagnostics (IVD) companies will participate in the Congress Exhibition and support the scientific program with educational meetings/workshops. The contribution of the IVD industry to the congress will be great, and we are confident that, the IVD companies will exhibit the latest and innovative technologies at the exhibition area of the Congress.

The abstracts presented at the Congress will be published in the Turkish Journal of Biochemistry (SCI-Expanded) which is the official journal of the TBS.

The Congress city, Antalya, is an attractive center in the Mediterranean region with its historical background, surrounding mountains, and Mediterranean Sea. The Congress venue, the Papillon Zeugma Convention Centre, Belek, with its conference halls, exhibition area and services, is very suitable for such a scientific event. 

We hope, the Joint Congress of BCLF and TBS will be a new step to move biochemistry/clinical biochemistry and laboratory medicine further up in our region.  We are confident that it will be a highly successful and enjoyable congress both scientifically and socially. You are cordially invited to participate and contribute with your work (poster/oral presentation) or to attend and enjoy as well as benefit the scientific and social program. 

We also encourage you to circulate this invitation letter and other announcements among your society members.

Looking forward to meeting you in Antalya during the joint BCLF and TBS Congress.

dogan yucel

Dogan Yucel
TBS President
Congress President

tomris ozben

Tomris Ozben
BCLF Representative of TBS
Congress Co-President

Congress Venue

Papillon Zeugma Convention Centre, Belek Antalya - TURKEY

October 27-31, 2019