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S-Lab Conference and Awards 2013

This page is about the 2013 S-Lab Awards and Effective Laboratory Conference.

For details of the 2012 Awards and conference please see here.

The 2013 Conference was held at the Central Teaching Hub at the University of Liverpool in June 2013 and attracted over 300 delegates. Click below to view the programme, or here to download presentations from Dropbox. Note that many files are very large + can have formatting problems when viewed online (but are generally fine when downloaded). Instructions on Dropbox are available.

The 2013 Awards recognised excellence in laboratory design, operation and management in all sectors, and in laboratory-based teaching and learning within educational institutions, that created improved performance whilst enhancing safety and sustainability. These were the results:

S-Lab 2013 Awards

WINNERS AND HIGHLY COMMENDED APPLICANTS (in alphabetical order by institution)

University of California, Irvine Smart Labs’ Initiative Targets – and Often Exceeds – a 50% Improvement in Laboratory Energy Efficiency (Winner of the International Laboratory Operations category)

University of Edinburgh: School of Chemistry Environmental, Financial and Science Benefits from Chemical Lifecycle Management (Winner of the Laboratory Environmental Improvement  Laboratory)

University of Edinburgh: Scottish Centre for Regenerative Medicine Integrating Basic and Clinical Research with Licensed Clinical Production in a New Translational Science Facility (Winner of the New Laboratory category)

University College London An Online Resource Exchange Enables Sharing and Donation of Laboratory Equipment and Supplies to Reduce Carbon, Costs and Waste (Winner of the Laboratory Effectiveness category)

London South Bank University: Centre for Efficient and Renewable Energy in Buildings An Inspirational Teaching, Research and Demonstration Laboratory whose Renewable and Low Carbon Energy Technologies are a Teaching Tool (Winner of the Laboratory-Based Teaching and Learning category)

University of Manchester: Paterson Institute for Cancer Research IT at the Heart of a Truly Integrated and Efficient Drug Discovery Laboratory (Winner of the Laboratory Information Technology category)

Newcastle University: Department of Chemistry An Innovative Cyclotron Design to Allow the Integrated Production of Pre-clinical and Clinical Radiopharmaceuticals (Winner of the Refurbished Laboratory category)

New Zealand Forestry Institute (Scion): Rotorua Combining and Refurbishing Two Laboratory Buildings Triples Utilisation, Fosters Cross-Disciplinary Interaction and Improves Safety and Sustainability (Winner of the International New Buildings category)

Peter Reid, Senior Technician, Faculty of Life Sciences, University of Manchester Eliminating Ethidium Bromide and UV Radiation Hazards from Molecular Biology Experimentation (Winner  of the Making a Difference category)

Mr Stephen Baker, Cardiff University (Winner of the HEA Physical Sciences Techniician of the Year Award)

University of Cambridge: Gurdon Institute Changing Behaviour Cuts Energy Use by 19% in Research Laboratories (Highly Commended, Laboratory Effectiveness category)

University of Glasgow:  Dental School Conversion of an Obsolete Biomedical laboratory into a Multi-functional, Multi-media Teaching Facility Improves Learning and Increases Utilisation by 250%. (Highly Commended, Laboratory Based Teaching and Learing category)

Nottingham Trent University: Rosalind Franklin Building Multi Group Bioscience and Chemistry Laboratories Save Space (Highly Commended, Refurbished Laboratory category)

University of Stirling: Nutrition Analytical Service A New Fingerprick Test  Enables Faster, Cleaner and Less Intrusive  Analysis of Human Blood Fatty Acid Compositions (Highly Commended, Laboratory Effectiveness category)

Victoria University of Wellington: Alan MacDiarmid Building An Award Winning Laboratory Integrates Biological, Chemical and Physical Sciences and Hosts the Highest Concentration of Post-Doctoral Research Scientists in Australasia. (Highly Commended, International New Buildings category)

Short listed applicants included


Aberystwyth University: Institute of Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences (IBERS) New Low Carbon Teaching, Research and Development Faculty Buildings across Two Campuses

University of St Andrews: Biomedical Sciences Annexe A Laboratory for Lean Times – Productive, Space Efficient and BREEAM Outstanding

University of Warwick – Material and Analytical Science Building Integrating Chemical and Physical Sciences Research in a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ Building, Built to Labs21/S-Lab Principles


Aberystwyth University: Institute of Mathematics and Physics  Refurbishment of 1960s Physics Teaching Laboratories

Glasgow Caledonian University:  School of Engineering and Built Environment Laboratory Refurbishment Secures Chemistry Education and Research

University of Strathclyde: Department of Pure and Applied Chemistry Sharing Analytical Instrumentation in a New Trace Analysis Laboratory

Swansea University: The Wallace Building, College of Science Combining Small Labs and Support Spaces into a Flexible Bioscience Teaching Laboratory for 200 Students in a 1950s Listed Building


University of Edinburgh: School of Biomedical Sciences Reducing Costs and Environmental Impacts Through Laboratory Improvement

University of Manchester A Planned Preventative Maintenance, Approach to Maximizing Operational Efficiency, Energy Saving and Storage System Reliability in -80oc Freezers


Durham University: Department of Chemistry Reducing  Fume Cupboard Energy Consumption by Technical and behavioural Changes

University of Oxford: Earth Sciences Building Ground Source Heating of a Symbolic and High Performance Building

University of St Andrews Helium Recycling with an 18 Month Payback


University of Cambridge: Department of Engineering A New Server Room Enables 50% More Computing From the Same Space and Energy Use

Nottingham Trent University IT Innovation Supporting STEM Teaching and Research


City Academy, Norwich New Flexible Science Teaching Spaces Enhance Learning and Showcase Sustainability

Queen Mary University London: Institute of Bioengineering A Virtual Tissue Laboratory Uses 3D Interactive Games Technology, Personalised Assessment and Other Means to Optimise Laboratory Use and Make Learning More Exciting


Catherine Davies, University of Manchester


Jennifer Hibbard, Research Technician, Centre for Plant Sciences, University of Leeds Championing Sustainability in University Laboratories


US National Renewable Energy Laboratory, Golden, Colorado Showcasing Clean Technologies and Lab 21 Design Principles in NREL Buildings

University of Malta: Faculty of Medicine and Surgery Modern Health Biotechnology Research Facilities in an EU-Funded Laboratory Refurbishment.


California Institute of Technology and Cannon Design Products Group Cooling Equipment from Chilled Water Circuits Saves Energy, Water and Money and  Creates Safer Laboratories

University of California, Santa Barbara and Davis  LabRATS Green Laboratories Programme Reduces Environmental Impact,  Saves Money and Helps Science

University of Gothenburg: Sahlgrenska Academy Laboratory for Experimental Biomedicine Cuts Energy by 24% and Hourly Air Change Rates from 20 to 5

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