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About S-Lab

S-Lab: Supporting World Class Science can be contacted via s-lab@istonline.org.uk.

S-Lab is a not for profit initiative that is primarily funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE), a UK government agency that provides funding to public universities. We also have income from exhibitors and sponsors.

S-Lab grew out of earlier work on energy efficiency within laboratories but has now become a broader initiative covering all aspects of laboratory design, management, operation and use. Its mission now is to support improvements in the efficiency and effectiveness of laboratories, and especially in universities and research institutes, Our core audience is facilities, technical support and managers in laboratories, but we also aim to influence suppliers such as architects and equipment manufacturers. S-Lab works closely with, and in some ways replicates, the US based International Institute for Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL) which is taking forward the DOE/EPA funded Labs 21 initiative.

S-Lab was based at the University of Bradford until 2013 but is now an autonomous affiliate of the Institute of Science and Technology (IST), a not-for-profit professional body for scientists and technical support staff. Its' current HEFCE funding comes via University College London, which generously acts as the HE grant-holding body that is required for the Catalyst Fund that provides S-Lab core income.

The founding and current Director of S-Lab is Peter James. His varied career has included periods as an academic (at Bradford, Limerick, Stirling, Warwick Universities), with chairs in several aspects of management; as a researcher in R&D management with Ashridge; as a science journalist with the BBC; and as consultant on strategy and innovation in science/technology-intensive industries. He works closely with the chair of IST, Terry Croft MBE.

S-Lab is also currently supported by:

Joan Ward - Administration and Finance

Helen Exton - Conference Manager

Louise Renn and Sally Sloan - Conference Support.




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