The Society successfully organized the 3rd International Conference & Exhibition on Laboratory Technology (LABTECH 2014) which was held in the Kingdom of Bahrain on October 26 -30, 2014 under the patronage of H. E. Shaikh Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, Minister of Finance and Minister in Charge of Oil and Gas Affairs of the Kingdom of Bahrain. The conference offered a platform for: (i) scientific discussion among delegates and(ii) interaction with world-class renowned experts in laboratory operations that support the oil and gas, petrochemical and water industries. In addition, the conference provided an opportunity for participants to meet with eminent scientists, engineers, academicians and technologists from around the globe. The theme of the conference this year was “Toward Excellence in Laboratory Management”. In support of this theme, a panel discussion forum entitled “Best Practices for Petroleum and Petrochemical Laboratory Management” was organized to address challenges facing laboratory management as well as the approaches towards solving the increasingly complex product quality issues encountered by petroleum and petrochemical industries.
Six renowned keynote speakers and seven panelists from the GCC, Middle East, Europe, USA, Canada, and Asia participated in the conference. The conference attended by an average of 600 scientists and engineers. Around 124 highly technical papers were presented in various subjects such as water testing and quality management, recent advances in environmental monitoring, occupational health, safety management and quality systems, laboratory software and modeling, process analyzers in the petroleum industry, and nondestructive techniques for t
he oil and gas industry. In addition, four technical two-day short courses were offered prior to the start of the technical sessions of the conference in the following topics:
1. Fuels Specification and Test Methods
2. Occupational Health & Lab Safety Best Practices
3. Proficiency Testing and Inter-laboratory Studies
4. Effective Analytical Laboratory Management
Finally, the exhibition showcased the latest developments and breakthroughs in laboratory instrumentation, products and services.