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Birmingham April 2-3 2019


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This Conference is jointly organised by S-Lab and the UK Science Park Association. The last such event - in May 2017 at York Racecourse - attracted over 500 key stakeholders in the design, financing, managing and operation of science research, incubation and innovation facilities. 75% of attendees rated the event as excellent or very good due to the quality and range of content, and the ‘buzz’ and unexpected interactions of diverse audiences coming together.

Details are below, Conference tickets can be booked here and Dinner tickets here. Also see Exhibition Options and Sponsorship Opportunities

Conference keynotes and around 100 parallel sessions - many featuring shortlisted applicants for the S-Lab and UKSPA Awards - will cover:

  • Design and fit-out of new and refurbished innovation, research and teaching facilities to mximise performance, efficiency and sustainability, and foster cross-disciplinary and academia/industry communication, collaboration and interaction in university, science park and commercial/public sector research environments.
  • Efficient and effective operation of laboratories and related innovation/research spaces to support creativity, flexibility, productivity, resource efficiency, skills and workflows.
  • Innovation, knowledge and learning futures and their implications: trends in automative, digital, life science and other technologies; the internet of (laboratory) things; Brexit impacts; industry partnerships; facilities and locations; science and research workplaces; skills. 
  • Good practice in setting up, managing and developing incubators and science parks.
  • Many case studies, including ones with tours of facilities such as Biohub, Birmingham  Birmingham Science Park, the new Collaborative Teaching Laboratory and other buildings at the University of Birmingham.
  • Leadership and management careers and skills in innovation and research settings.
  • Innovative facilities for multi-disciplinary STEM teaching and learning.

Plus a pre-Conference Experience day at MIRA, the centre for automative innovation. on April 1.

There will also be an Awards Dinner on April 2, and an Exhibition with around 40 stands.


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