Why become a DTL partner

DTL warmly invites life science and technology organisations to become a DTL partner. Please contact Ruben Kok if you consider becoming a DTL partner or if you want information on the conditions of a DTL Partnership.

Employees of DTL Partners have priority access to DTL’s activities, programmes, network, and events. Partner organisations are directly involved in the DTL organisation through a mandated representative in the Partner Advisory Committee (PAC), which advises the DTL Board. The PAC convenes with the Board on a yearly basis to discuss relevant developments within DTL and its programmes. The governance structure of DTL is described here.

The DTL partnership is beneficial from several perspectives:

  • New funding opportunities: DTL promotes cross-sector investment agendas to enable the development of truly novel technologies and infrastructures, which are the cornerstones of ambitious science and innovation programmes. DTL actively engages funding bodies in this process, to emphasise the continuous need for technology development and to ensure a strong position of the DTL partners in (inter)national funding schemes.
  • Big data challenges: It is obvious that current and future data management requires solutions that exceed the capacities of individual organisations. DTL provides the platform to organise a common approach, to build the required infrastructure and to keep on developing the necessary expertise, all of this closely aligned with international activities (most prominently ELIXIR).
  • Data stewardship: The need for new approaches in data publishing and sustainability of elementary data sets is increasingly recognised as essential to progress in life sciences research. Funding agencies are developing firm data stewardship policies and publishers are adapting their requirements for data publication. Being part of DTL means easy access to all expertise required for implementing data stewardship capabilities.
  • Efficient investment in technology: DTL is the perfect environment for partners to tune their research infrastructure and technology development activities to the expertise of the other DTL partners, allowing more targeted and cost-effective investments in in-house development schemes and facilities.
  • Access to advanced technologies: Promoting communal technology and data standards and harmonising access to facilities are key to DTL. This way, we can all optimally benefit from each other’s capacities and expertise.