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York Conference

SCIENCE, INNOVATION AND TRANSLATION: THE DESIGN AND OPERATION OF RESEARCH LABORATORIES, INCUBATORS AND SCIENCE PARK FACILITIES

YORK RACECOURSE, MAY 9-10 2017
Venue Location: York Racecourse, Tadcaster Road, York, YO23 1EX

DELEGATE BOOKINGS ARE NOW OPEN* - EARLY-BIRD OFFER UNTIL FEBRUARY 28 2017

LATEST FLYER AND DRAFT CONFERENCE PROGRAMME 

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S-Lab: Supporting World Class Science is jointly organising a Conference, Exhibition and Gala Dinner at York Racecourse, in partnership with the United Kingdom Science Park Association (UKSPA) and others. This two day Conference should attract 400+ key stakeholders in the design, financing, managing and operation of life science, physical science and translational research and innovation facilities in universities and other sectors. Conference keynotes and 80+ parallel sessions will cover topics such as:

. Good practice in setting up and managing innovation facilities in UK and North America, including a keynote by Dr. David Cantor, ex Pfizer VP, and now Senior Associate Vice President, University of Michigan and Executive Director of its 185,000 m2 North Campus Research Complex, and cases from the Babraham Institute, Bristol Unit DX, Newcastle Science Central, and the University of Strathclyde’s Technology and Innovation Centre.

. New translational research facilities - British Columbia; Dundee; Harvard; Monash (Australia).  

. New and refurbished life science research facilities - Allen Institute (Seattle); Cardiff; Francis Crick; Glasgow; Leicester; Moffitt Cancer (Tampa); NUI Galway; Queen’s Belfast; Pirbright; UCL.

. New and refurbished physical science facilities - Cambridge; Cornell, Imperial; Nottingham. 

. Technical staff - best practice new labs in many disciplines; many new equipment updates; contamination avoidance; cryogenics, pH measurement; sample management and storage; purified water issues; core facilities/equipment sharing; lean laboratory approaches.

. Estates - CPD and project relevant learning about the world’s best new lab designs; ventilation best practice and updates; in vivo facilities, flexible services; and space management and costing.

. Energy/Environment - net-zero carbon design at Nottingham; latest energy and water efficient equipment; fume cupboard energy savings at Reading and Strathclyde; strategic approaches to water efficiency; bottom-up, researcher-led, Green Lab initiatives at the University of Chicago.

. Futures - Brexit and UK/EU policies; science and technology trends and design; investment, IT, location, management, skills, workspace and other implications for incubators, science parks and research facilities; knowledge infrastructures for innovation.

An exhibition with 50-60 stands will provide opportunities to build and strengthen relationships between customers and suppliers and highlight innovative developments in design, facilities, operation and knowledge transfer. (York sponsors and exhibitors.)

A Gala Dinner will enable relaxed networking with 250+ attendees and highlight best practice with brief presentations to winners of the 2017 S-Lab and UKSPA Awards. (Awards Details.)

Tickets for S-Lab estates/technical support/procurement and other staff related to laboratories in HE and other public sector laboratories are available at very favourable prices which only cover the cost of the catering.

You can always find a copy of the latest York flyer and conference programme (to be posted late January), on our public dropbox folder called “York May Conference”. This also has presentations from past S-Lab events. To access click here

OTHER INFORMATION

*The booking link will open Eventbrite where you can book your place. There are various ticket options available, so please scroll down the list. Please note that if you wish to attend the Awards Gala Dinner you need to select this ticket option as well as your conference package.

Delegate registration and exhibition is open at 0930 on Tuesday 9 May. The keynote begins at 1030. Please arrive in good time for these. A cloakroom area will be available for bags and coats, but may not be staffed all the time. See the Conference programme for latest timings.

There is ample free parking at the venue. If arriving by train, we would recommend that you take a taxi directly to York Racecourse which will take approximately 10 minutes depending on traffic/rush hour. http://www.yorkracecoursecentre.co.uk/getting-here.html   

Drinks Reception and Awards Dinner on Tuesday 9 May
Dress Code:
Black Tie/Gala/Smart Suit
Venue: York Racecourse. Start time 1830. Dinner at 1915 including the Awards.
We expect the Awards and Dinner to finish around 2200 hours (approximately). There will be a bar and dancing until late. The dinner ticket includes a reception drink, 3 course menu and half a bottle of wine per person. Additional drinks can be purchased at the bar.  

York hotels: For those of you who require hotel accommodation, we suggest that you look at the best rates available rates online (Trip Advisor, Trivago, Booking.com etc.) York is busy at this time of year so we recommend you book early. There are many hotels in York. Some offer free parking. The closest hotels are the York Marriott (4* - if you call them directly on 01904 701000 and say you are attending an event at York Conference, they offer 15% discount off their best available rate and it includes breakfast), the Holiday Inn (3*) and the Best Western Kilima Hotel (3*). But there are many other hotels and guest houses, all varying in star rating and prices depending on your budget.

Note that we have not stayed at these hotels and cannot take any responsibility for any stays that are booked: delegates need to assure themselves that the hotels will provide what they need and then book/pay for all accommodation directly with the hotel/online supplier. 

UKSPA Partner site: www.ukspa.org.uk/york-conference-2017 

If you have any questions about the Conference then please email the S-Lab/UKSPA Team or by phone at 07531 244208.

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