Supporting World Class Science – S-Lab/IST Conference Dates Announced

Venue: King’s College London – Date 2-3 September 2014

Put the dates in you diary – the next S-Lab conference, supported by the IST, ‘Supporting World Class Science’ is now open for booking (see http://www.effectivelab.org.uk/conference-information.html).  NB THERE IS AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET DISCOUNTED EARLY BIRD RATES ON BOOKINGS UNTIL THE 9 MAY.  The conference theme is the support of world class science and will feature many of the winners, commended and shortlisted entries to the 2014 S-Lab Awards.  It provides a unique forum for science managers, estates and facilities, technical support, specialist services, suppliers and others to hear about the lab innovations and to network with a wider range of people than they normally experience.

S-Lab Awards

“The 2014 Awards shortlist shows that laboratory design, management and operation are changing in response to new knowledge and technologies, competitive, financial and other pressures, and user expectations. The result is better research and teaching, more cost-effective operation – which can create more resource for actual science – and reduced environmental impact.”  That is the opinion of Peter James, Director of the S-Lab: Supporting World Class Science Facilities initiative. The full shortlist had 58 entries, from:

  • 28 UK universities (Aberdeen, Anglia Ruskin, Aston, Bangor, Bradford, Cambridge, Cardiff, Coventry, Derby, East Anglia, Edinburgh, Hertfordshire, Hull, King’s College London, Lancaster, Leeds, Loughborough, Nottingham, Queen’s Belfast, Sheffield, Southampton, Strathclyde, Surrey, Sussex, University College London, Warwick, York and York St John).
  • 11 non UK universities, colleges and research centres (Auckland, Berkeley, Blackfeet Community College, Catalonia, John Hopkins, La Trobe, Massey, Minnesota, Oklahoma Medical Research Centre, Scranton and Singapore National Research Foundation).
  • Health bodies (UK Medical Research Council, US Center for Disease Control, West Middlesex University Hospital).
  • Start-ups and training organisations (e.g. Open Science Training Initiative, Spirogen).
  • Innovative lab suppliers (such as a Stirling Engine based freezer design).
  • Individuals and teams who have made a difference to laboratory performance.

The entries covered topics such as best practice design of new and refurbished lab facilities, the importance of technical support, application of lean production principles to lab practice, better chemical and sample management, sharing of equipment, environmental improvement actions, more effective use of freezers, and the growing impact of IT within both research and teaching.

The Awards will be presented at a prestigious ceremony preceding the Supporting World Class Science conference at a Gala Dinner on the 1 September 2014 in London and tickets are being sold separately for this event to the conference and can be booked at http://www.effectivelab.org.uk/awards.html.