UKSPA S-Lab Conference
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The design and operation of research laboratories, incubators and science park facilities 


 York Racecourse, May 9 - 10 2017

Conference Information

The United Kingdom Science Park Association (UKSPA) and S-Lab: Supporting World Class Science are jointly organising a Conference, Exhibition and Gala Dinner at York Racecourse, in partnership with a number of organisations.

This two day Conference should attract 400+ key stakeholders in the design, financing, managing and operation of science research, incubation and innovation facilities, and in knowledge transfer between them and industry.

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The conference themes are:

• Cross-disciplinary and academia/industry communication, collaboration and innovation

• Specialised incubation, innovation and research needs (e.g. translational work).

• Best practice in management and operation of innovation/research spaces to support economic growth and employment

• UK innovation and research futures - Brexit impacts and UK/EU policies

• Science and technology trends and investment opportunities, location and skills implications, economic and social impacts.

• Good practice in setting up and managing incubator and science park facilities 

Conference keynotes and 60+ parallel sessions will cover topics such as:

• Good practice in setting up and managing incubator and science park facilities - UK, European and North American experience.

• University / science park ecosystems - what potential business partners need to know about their financing, governance, management, and operation.

• Knowledge infrastructures: effectively connecting research to business.

• The future of science and research workplaces.

• Design of new and refurbished facilities to foster cross-disciplinary and academia/industry communication, collaboration and innovation in university, science park and commercial/public sector research environments.

• Specialised incubation, innovation and research needs (e.g. translational work).

• Efficient and effective operation of laboratories and related innovation/research spaces to support creativity, productivity, resource efficiency, skills and workflows.

• Adaptable laboratories - design, furniture, controls and more.

• UK innovation and research futures - Brexit impacts and UK/EU policies, science and technology trends and investment opportunities, location and skills implications, economic and social impacts.

• There will also be many case studies from around the world, including Imperial White City (the new science campus of Imperial College), the Quadrum Institute for Food and Health Research and the York Science Park. 

An exhibition with around 50 stands will:

• Provide opportunities to build and strengthen relationships between customers and suppliers.

• Highlight innovative developments in design, facilities, operation and knowledge transfer.

The gala dinner will:

• Enable relaxed networking with 300+ attendees.

• Provide amusement and inspiration through a guest speaker.

• Highlight best practice with brief presentations to winners of the 2017 S-Lab and UKSPA Awards.

For more information about the Awards Dinner, please view our Dinner information page, or visit the UKSPA website


Who should attend?

Science park managers, developers and investors, incubation professionals, and others providing locations and assistance for innovation to:

• understand how science-based workplaces are changing and the implications for design and management.

•Hear the latest research results on effective incubation, including bio facilities.

• Learn the latest trends and models for growing successful start-ups.

• Network with colleagues from the many European countries who will be attending the IASP European Division Meeting.

Professionals supporting academic/business knowledge exchange and research collaboration to:

• Consider how individuals and knowledge from different disciplines and sectors can be brought together more effectively to drive innovation.

• Discuss how to identify and measure innovation value in pharmaceutical and other sectors.

• Consider future developments in funding for innovation.

Researchers, technical staff, suppliers and others involved in the design and operation of translational research facilities to:

• Learn about innovative developments from case studies and other presentation sessions 


Those interested in the impact of Brexit on research and innovation to:

• Reflect on the experience of the first year after the referendum, and the actions and policies that have emerged in the specialised areas addressed by the Conference.   

• Learn how the design, management and operation of innovation space can be improved to deliver even greater value for money in a more financially challenging post-Brexit environment.

Designers, operations directors, technical support staff, estates and facilities staff, equipment and service suppliers, and others concerned with the design, management, and operation of laboratory, incubation and innovation space to:

 • Hear about current best practice from around the world for science-based research and innovation space, and how this can maximise creativity and performance, and minimise cost.

• Gain insights into making innovation space more adaptable and productive through IT infrastructure, flexible furniture and services, modular lay outs and other means.

• Learn about innovations in the equipment and consumables used by laboratories, science park tenants and others.

• Better understand how science facilities can become more sustainable by improving energy efficiency and reducing environmental impact.

• Receive updates on the latest developments re certification, regulations and standards.

• Learn about new approaches, and materials to support, jobs and careers within science environments

All of the above communities in order to:

• Hear about the many case studies of new and refurbished science park, research laboratory, incubator and other innovation-focused facilities that will be presented.

• Benefit from the serendipitous encounters and learning that can occur in an event that enables interaction between different groups who seldom come together.

• Meet CPD Requirements from an accredited event.

 For more information about the conference, please visit the UKSPA website, or download the information booklet by clicking here, or downloading the document below.
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