abstracts for keynotes and workshops 31 5 12 by HC120705015843


									                                         The Effective Laboratory
                                    - Safe, Successful and Sustainable
                                  National Science Learning Centre, York

           PROGRAMME AND ABSTRACTS (updated 31.05.12)
Keynotes Day 1 (12 June) ................................................................................................... 1
Parallel Streams: Day 1, 12 June, Session A: 14.00-15.15 p.m. ......................................... 3
Parallel Streams: Day 1, 12 June, Session B: 15.45-17.00 p.m. ......................................... 6
Keynotes Day 2 (13 June) ................................................................................................... 9
Parallel Streams: Day 2, 13 June, Session C: 13.30 – 14.45 p.m. .................................... 11
Parallel Streams: Day 2, 13 June, Session D: 15.15-16.30 p.m. ....................................... 14

Keynotes Day 1 (12 June)
09.30 – 10.15               Registration

10.15 – 10.25               Chairman’s welcome

10.25 – 10.55               Wendell Brase
                             Vice Chancellor (Administrative and Business Services), University of
                            California, Irvine
                            Designing and Operating High Performance Laboratories at UC
                            This presentation summarises laboratory design, refurbishment and
                            enhancement actions at UC Irvine, a leading US research university.
                            Topics discussed will include designing to enhance staff creativity and
                            performance; key factors in successful project management of
                            laboratory developments; effective laboratory responses to the
                            financial constraints that have affected California universities even
                            more than those in the UK in recent years; and the University’s ‘Smart
                            Lab’ initiative to achieve laboratory energy savings 50% beyond
                            regulatory requirements as well as other benefits. (NB The two latter
                            topics will be discussed in more detail in two subsequent
                            presentations during breakout sessions.)

10.55 – 11.25               James Neil Crossan
                            Programme Director at AstraZeneca
                            Developing World Class Pharmaceutical Laboratories -
                            AstraZeneca’s Experience in Asia and Europe
                            This presentation describes the features and project management
                            processes of new AstraZeneca facilities in the UK, India and
                            elsewhere. It will be illustrated in part with the company’s Etherow
                            Building in Macclesfield, which won Facility of the Year in the 2010
                            IChemE Awards. The building brings groups of researchers from
                            different sites together in inter-disciplinary teams and was designed to
                            foster cross-fertilisation and creativity. The background to the Etherow
                            project design principles and the inputs which helped to target the
                            detail of the design to meet particular User needs are also described.

                S-Lab surveys of staff before and after the move found that most staff
                felt that working conditions, creative interaction and environmental
                performance had all improved. Other interesting features of the
                building include very flexible design so that layouts can be changed
                quickly and easily, a high level of pre-fabrication and off-site pre-
                commissioning, low flow VAV fume cupboards with exhaust air heat
                recovery and real time energy consumption displays in breakout

11.25 – 11.55   Tea/coffee and exhibitions

11.55 – 12.25   Richard Middleton and Alan Fox,
                Site Services Leader, Lilly UK and Director, Building Engineering,
                Refurbishing Lilly’s Windlesham Research Centre for Successful
                and Low Energy Science
                Since 2001 Eli Lilly's Erlwood site has continued to expand its
                research capabilities; the life cycle of the original laboratories has now
                reached the stage where significant refurbishment is required; the
                strategic requirements are to provide flexible and adaptable laboratory
                space within the constraints of the existing structure to meet the ever
                changing scientific requirements whilst reducing both energy and
                water demands to the site.

12.25 – 12.55   Guy Collyer, OBE,
                Home Office
                Future Labs, Future Risks
                The world is now beyond a ten year response to the horrific events of
                2001. Risks and threats have changed and we have gained a greater
                understanding of those that remain. In order to maintain a sustainable
                response to current risks and future unknown ones, we must focus on
                core activities and daily risks. Appropriate security and design
                measures are important, but policies and procedures are critical. How
                should security design and policy interact in the world of the built
                environment, with the minimum impact on scientific research?

12.50 – 14.00   Lunch and exhibitions

14.00 – 15.15   Session 1A – parallel streams on Evidence Based Approaches to Lab
                Safety, Labs that Work for Users, Improving Lab Performance,
                Science Computing and Lab Implications and Labs Question Time

15.15 – 15.45   Tea/coffee and exhibitions

15.45 – 17.00   Session 1B – parallel streams on Understanding and Optimising Lab
                Ventilation, Improving Lab Performance, Supporting Science Through
                Effective Building Management, Teaching Laboratories for Chemistry,
                Physical and Environmental Science, and Science Computing and
                Lab Implications

17.15 – 18.30   Free reception for delegates - drinks and canapés

Parallel Streams: Day 1, 12 June, Session A: 14.00-15.15 p.m.
1      Evidence Based Approaches to Laboratory Safety

Mike Dockery, Chair, British Standards Institute Technical Committee on Fume
Cupboards, S-Lab Technical Advisor and Director, Sui Generis
Risk Based Approaches to Laboratory Safety: BS EN 1475 and Beyond
In recent years a number of new or revised standards have become available in the UK
that directly impact the design of university laboratories and that, particularly, facilitate
greener or more sustainable solutions without prejudicing safety. This framework of
guidance has not, however, always been fully understood or recognised. This
presentation, therefore, sets out some key elements of a situation that includes current
and projected guidance from not only BSI but also CEN and other international sources.

Gordon Sharp, Executive Vice President, International Institute for Sustainable
Laboratories and Chairman Aircuity
Increasing Safety through Variable Air Control
The energy use of a laboratory and vivarium can be dramatically reduced through a
demand based control approach to ventilation that has been used successfully in many
facilities to slash HVAC energy use by up to 50%. This approach uses real time sensing of
lab room contaminants to vary the minimum ventilation rate of the lab or vivarium to
provide both better safety and lower energy use. This presentation will review this concept
but as importantly it will also discuss how this real time lab environment information can be
used as a means of continuous commissioning to provide persistent energy savings over
time or effectively “sustainable sustainability”.

2      Labs That Work for Users

Peter Jackson, National Estates and Facilities Manager, Health Protection Agency
Effective Laboratory Design and Operation – The Importance of Understanding
Changing User Needs
How many times have we completed a project or programme and wished we'd
incorporated some missing features or the User's requirements have changed and they
want further features or some features have become obsolete. Getting the scope of the
project or programme and future operating regime correct at the beginning of a project is
critical. It has the potential to save huge amounts of capital and running costs, produce an
effective result for the user and, most of all, maximise the sustainability impact and carbon
footprint of the project or programme. This session will look at how a good project brief
should be developed in conjunction with users to ensure the project delivers what is
required when completed and in the future.

Phil Wirdzek, Founding President and Executive Director, International institute for
Sustainable Laboratories (I2SL)
After the Dust Settles: Operations and Management - Creating the Tools to Support
a Life Cycle of Ownership and User Responsibilities
This portion of the "Labs that Work for Users" workshop builds on the "Effective Laboratory
Design and Operation - The Importance of Changing User Needs." This presentation will
address two objectives and the activities undertaken to achieve them. The two objectives
are 1) utilization of Building Information Modelling (BIM) for High Tech Facility Life Cycles
and 2) creating operations and management professionals having the skills, knowledge
and abilities to operate these dynamic environments. I2SL has long recognized that what

is built and delivered often comes with little in the way of a useful and versatile "owner's
manual." I2SL will provide the status of its efforts and the next steps it is planning to
create tools that ensure lab assets meet their expected and designed performance goals.

3      Improving Laboratory Performance

Mike Foulkes Associate Professor, School of Geography, Earth and Environmental
Sciences, University of Plymouth
Continuous Improvement of Laboratory Performance – The Value of an ISO9001
Quality Management System
The University laboratory may not be the obvious choice when one considers the
implementation and running of an industrially-focused operation such as ISO9001. The
diversity of requirements for such a laboratory, be it teaching, research, training, the
promotion of a discipline-based education etc. would seem to be at odds with any
commercial thoughts a laboratory may have! Yet the essence of the ISO9001 system
allows just such flexibility and this is through the advantage of what the phrase
“Continuous Improvement of Laboratory Performance” really means. The importance of
exposing the student to the requirements of this industry-based standard is an integral part
of the system. (Shortlisted S-Lab Award applicant)

Shaun White, Head of Food and Environmental Safety Programme, The Food and
Environment Research Agency (FERA)
Effective Laboratory Management – The Benefits of a Continuous Improvement
Programme at FERA
FERA employs 500 scientists and 150 inspectors at 40 sites through the UK, including a
flagship one at York. It has four key themes: plant (and bee) health and crop security;
wildlife management; environmental risk and food safety. This presentation describes the
Agency’s adaption to a challenging funding environment and changing science through
continuous improvement initiatives; training and support of staff; improved utilisation of
laboratory space and equipment; enhanced resource efficiency; and formation of
partnerships with academic and industry. (to be approved)

4      Making HPC/Server Rooms More Efficient

Alan Real, HPC Coordinator, University of Leeds
Teraflops into a Terribly Tight Space
The University’s central IT services have worked with Estates Services and mechanical
and electrical consultants Couch Perry & Wilkes to refurbish an existing datacentre space
with a constrained power supply. The aims were to maximise computing power within this
constraint whilst minimising running costs and energy consumption through measures
such as increasing rack densities from 7kW/rack to 32kW/rack, with cooling provided by
rear door heat exchangers on a new chilled water loop. The talk will cover the approach
taken and report the experience and challenges encountered by the project team:
including the interplay of IT and facilities groups; working within constraints and
compromises made.

Jon Summers, Senior Lecturer, Mechanical Engineering, University of Leeds
More Effective Cooling of HPC/Server Rooms
Cooling of data centres, server rooms and HPC facilities uses large amounts of energy.
Traditional approaches use air but this is an inefficient heat transfer medium and struggles
to cope with increasing power densities and diversity of solutions. This presentation

examines current problems, describes the options for alternative heat transfer media, and
highlights the potential to recover waste heat for useful purposes.

Dr. Chris Rudge, Research Computing Services Manager, University of Leicester
A Centralised, High Efficiency, Science Computing Facility at the University of
This presentation describes the centralisation of High Performance Computing (HPC)
across the University and the associated creation of a Research Computing Team and a
new award-winning data centre. This has a PUE of less than 1.2, N+1 resilience, 30 racks
with up to 30kW per rack position, a modular high efficiency UPS, and a high level of
operational metering and monitoring. Estimated electricity savings compared to
predecessor facilities are estimated at £140,000 per year. The developments have also
won the support of researchers by demonstrating that centrally provided services can
benefit them.

5      Labs Question Time – Ask the Design Experts
This intimate session provides an opportunity to discuss laboratory design issues with, and
get advice from, a panel of experts design in a small group setting. We encourage
attendees to raise their current issues, and can facilitate advance contact with the panel if
pre-consideration would be helpful. Panel members will include Bill Odell from HOK
(architects), Graham Bonnett from AECOM (building design and engineering), Roland
Triance from Waldner (laboratory furniture and fume cupboard suppliers) and John
McAuley from Field Management Services (considerable lab experience and specific
expertise in equipment positioning and shielding to reduce electromagnetic Interference
and human health impacts).

Parallel Streams: Day 1, 12 June, Session B: 15.45-17.00 p.m.
1     Understanding and Optimising Laboratory Ventilation

Kevin Cope, Head of Building Operations, Imperial College
Continuous Commissioning of Imperial College Laboratories - Achieving Optimal
and Safe Performance
We have implemented a strategy of operational optimisation of our laboratory / building
plant & services, reducing carbon consumption while maintaining safe and functional
research and teaching environments. This has enormous potential for replication and
delivers further benefits beyond the accumulative energy and carbon savings, in excess of
circa £577,128 and 3,452 tCO2 achieved to date. (Shortlisted S-Lab applicant)

Paul Hasley, Energy Manager, University of Cambridge and Malcolm Tait, Director, K J
Tait Engineers
Optimising Laboratory Ventilation at the University of Cambridge’s Chemistry
Building – Energy Savings and Science Benefits
The Chemistry Building has had energy costs of a million pounds annually but this is being
reduced through measures such as changes to operating regimes, automatic reduction of
fume cupboard face velocity and improving ventilation equipment and practices. This
presentation describes these actions and also highlights how they have been shaped and
justified through a detailed understanding of how energy is used within the facility. This
has been achieved through analysis of existing data, and installation of additional sub—

Nigel Lenegan, S-Lab Technical Consultant and Director, Energy & Carbon Reduction
How to Cut Ventilation Energy in Laboratories – Lessons from the Pharmaceutical
Pharmaceutical companies realised some time ago that their research laboratories where
significant energy users compared with offices. Metering and sub-metering enabled
focused monitoring and targeting the high energy users within these laboratories – such
that it is now well known that 50-75% of the total energy use is due to HVAC - heating,
ventilation and air-conditioning. Facts underpinned by the work done by myself with S-
Labs in their laboratory energy audits. Hence over the past few years simple and effective
energy reduction strategies have been developed, implemented and proven to be a
success. This presentation will share some of these with you and help you identify were
quick wins are to be found. It will also share the more in depth opportunities considered
and proven to be successful, whilst also ensuring a systematic and risk based assessment
process is followed.

2     Improving Laboratory Performance

Wendell Brase, Vice Chancellor (administrative and business services), at the University of
California, Irvine
Designing for Creative Research – Lessons from California (follow on from keynote)
This presentation builds on the keynote by providing more information on how behavioural
research, and operational experience, can be used to enhance social interaction, creativity
and productivity in laboratory settings. It uses a number of examples of new and
refurbished laboratories at UC Irvine, UC Santa Cruz, and beyond. Many of the laboratory

design features that yield positive behavioural patterns also provide significant operational
and efficiency savings.

Martin Allwright, Site Services Manager, Johnson Matthey Technology Centre
An Effective Commercial Research Laboratory – Current Practice and Future
A discussion on the history of running a commercial research laboratory looking at factors
that have affected the design and operation of the buildings and services. It will look at the
impact of changing legislation, energy considerations, staff expectations on the working
environment, leading on to how this is impacting on the planning that is currently taking
place for future extension and refurbishment of the facility.

3      Supporting Science Through Effective Building Management

Dr John Smith, Joint Building Manager for Schools of Biology, Chemistry and Medicine,
University of St Andrews
Meeting User Needs in St Andrews’ Laboratories
How do we ensure we meet the aspirations of users when building new laboratory
facilities? With any new facility there are successes and failures- what works, what doesn’t
will be discussed. (Subject of shortlisted S-Lab Award application)

Richard Jones, Deputy Head, Capital Projects, University of Oxford (previously Building &
Facilities Manager, Department of Chemistry)
Linking Users and Estates at Oxford’s Department of Chemistry
The University of Oxford delegates the various responsibilities for building operation and
maintenance between the University Estates Directorate and the occupying Departments.
The further devolvement of energy expenditure to Departments, results in departmental
building and facilities managers being motivated, and able, to contribute to the University’s
greater environmental objectives. With the Departmental Buildings and Facilities
Managers providing the link between the Estates Directorate and Building Users, the
presentation will detail how the parties have worked together to control and reduce energy
consumption within the Department’s buildings, while providing the facilities for teaching
and research, including approximately 400 fume cupboards.

4      Teaching Laboratories for Chemistry, Physical and Environmental Science

Phillip    Woodward,      Facilities   Project    Manager,     University     of   Liverpool
Innovation and Improving Space Efficiency in the Teaching of Physical and
Environmental Sciences – the University of Liverpool’s New Central Teaching
The presentation will cover the design and construction of the University of Liverpool’s new
state-of-the-art Central Teaching Laboratories (CTL) for the teaching of physical and
environmental sciences, which was born out of a need to replace obsolete laboratories,
increase capacity and utilization. The resulting BREEAM “excellent” building has been a
catalyst for change, including collaborative working across departments, changes to
curriculum, teaching and management processes, as well as the innovative use of building
management and IT systems.

Gez Hunter, Mechanical Services Design Engineer, Nick Hillard, Environment Manager,
and Dr. David Josey, Senior Administrator, Chemistry Dept, University of Warwick
A High Performance Chemistry Laboratory – Achieving Both Outstanding Levels of
Staff/Student Satisfaction and Low Energy Costs
The extensive refurbishment of the University of Warwick’s chemistry teaching laboratories
was founded on the desire to create state-of-the-art facilities that significantly enhanced
the learning environment, exceeded stringent energy use, carbon reduction and space
utilisation targets and importantly had the ‘wow’ factor for current and prospective
undergraduate students. This session will explore the technical design considerations
involved in the project and the results of post occupancy monitoring, but also provide a
detailed user perspective of the completed project. (Shortlisted S-Lab Award applicant)

5.    Innovations in Science Computing

Geoff Curtis, Co-author of JISC Report on Cloud Computing, and Director of
Curtis+Cartwright Consulting
Cloud Computing for Research
It is broadly accepted that the cloud computing is potentially a useful resource for
researchers. However, the costs and performance of cloud computing and comparisons
with existing institutional provision are difficult to obtain. The recently published report
earch.pdf) commissioned by JISC and EPSRC is designed to help institutions, researchers
and reviewers of grant applications get to grips with the financial aspects of the use of the
cloud for research. This talk will illustrate the key points by drawing on real examples. It
focuses on public Infrastructure-as-a-Service clouds, where there is the most available
evidence – and which are likely to be of most interest at present.

John Trigg, Chair, RSC Automation and Analytical Management Group and Director,
The IT Integrated Laboratory – Electronic Notebooks at the Heart of Lab Informatics
With an increasing number of laboratories deploying Electronic Laboratory Notebooks
(ELN), the vision of an all-electronic or 'paperless' lab gets ever closer. The ELN may well
represent the end of one journey, but it also represents the start of another journey
towards a fully integrated laboratory ecosystem that embraces science, technology,
processes and people. This workshop will present some of the challenges that still need
to be overcome.

                           The Effective Laboratory
                      - Safe, Successful and Sustainable
                    National Science Learning Centre, York

Keynotes Day 2 (13 June)
09.00 – 09.30   Registration

09.30 – 09.45   Chairman – key issues from day 1

09.45 – 10.15   Colin Gilmore Merchant with video introduction from the
                Skolkovo Foundation
                Vice-President and Head of Science and Technology, HOK
                Designing the World’s Largest Science Development – Russia’s
                Skolkovo Innovation Centre
                The Skolkovo Foundation has an ambitious goal to turn cutting-edge
                research into world-class products by creating a multibillion dollar
                unique hub and innovation centre, “an ecosystem of entrepreneurs
                and talents”.At the heart of the Skolkovo Foundation development is
                the Innovation Centre which will be made up of separate components
                located and designed to interact with one another to boost and
                improve cooperation and networking. These components are the City;
                the University and the Technopark, which comprises of 5 ‘Clusters’
                and it is for this final component that HOK have been developing the
                brief.The presentation starts with a short video given by Seda
                Pumpyanskaya from the Foundation followed by a talk given by Colin
                Gilmore-Merchant on the aspirations of the Technopark leaders and
                how the briefing process has developed a strategic approach to the
                design and an interesting solution to lab planning.

10.15 – 10.45   Jeremy G Frey
                 Professor of Physical Chemistry, Faculty of Natural and
                Environmental Science, University of Southampton
                Smart Labs for Smart People
                "Joining physical, digital and personal spaces to facilitate
                research and learning"
                The Smart Labs talk will cover our exploration of bringing the physical
                and digital aspects of research work together, making use of the
                developments of the Web, the Semantic Web and even social
                networking ideas to create useful and usable electronic laboratory
                notebook software. This enables researchers to collaborate more
                easily and to ensure that their research is more readily available to be
                used by others in a reproducible manner. I will show how modern
                technology makes it easy to link up the laboratory and keep track of
                results and analysis and makes it easier to exchange data and ideas
                and when relevant publish the full details of the experiments while
                maintaining links back to the original sources.

10.45 – 11.15   Tea/coffee and exhibitions

11.15 – 11.45   James Naismith
                 Professor and Director of the new Bioscience Research Building,
                University of St Andrews
                Developing a State of the Art Research Facility in Challenging
                This new laboratory building provides a world leading sustainable
                facility that aims to promote pioneering activity at the discipline
                interfaces of Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Medicine to address key
                problems in human health. The new BSRC laboratory sets a new
                standard in environment performance (BREEAM outstanding, £150 a
                day heat and light cost for a 3000m2 lab build), space efficiency, value
                for money (30% less than equivalent per m2) and project delivery (on-
                time, on-budget). This has been made possible by a focus on quality,
                usability, sustainability and cost from the outset. It is my contention
                that too many projects think of these as an afterthought. As a result
                cost overruns are common, utility is lost during frantic cost cutting as
                the project near completion and sustainability is seen as an add on
                that users have to compromise with. In the previous era of generous
                state funding, suitable amounts of money acted as a anaesthetic,
                today this route is closed. New labs will need to be built over the
                coming decade, BSRC shows how world class facilities can be built
                frugally to world class standards.

11.45 – 12.30   Award Presentations

12.30 – 13.30   Lunch and exhibitions

13.30 – 14.45   Session 2C – parallel streams on New Approaches to STEM
                Teaching and Learning (with HE STEM), New Roles and Professional
                Development Routes for Lab Technical Staff (with HEaTED), New
                Labs, Effective and Efficient Sample Management and Storage and
                Optimising Lab Ventilation.

14.45 – 15.15   Tea/coffee

15.15 – 16.30   Session 2D – parallel streams on Rethinking Undergraduate Lab
                Practice (with HE STEM), Bioscience Labs – Academic Perspectives
                on Successful Refurbishment, Sharing Equipment and Services,
                Creating Greener Labs and The Adaptive Lab.

16.30 – 17.00   Panel Discussion and Chairman’s closing remarks

Parallel Streams: Day 2, 13 June, Session C: 13.30 – 14.45 p.m.
1     New Approaches to STEM Teaching and Learning (with HE STEM)

Richard Greene, Dean of the School of Life Sciences, University of Bradford
New Approaches to Life Science Learning – The Role of Simulation and
Simulations, both physical and virtual, are becoming more sophisticated and more
prevalent in medical and life sciences education. They are used to aid the acquisition of
skills, develop team performance and master core knowledge. Simulations are used where
alternative approaches would be inefficient, too costly, too dangerous, or unethical. These
issues will be explored in a presentation that focuses on the use of simulations to explain
the structure and functioning of the normal and diseased human body at macro and
molecular levels. It will also look at the relationship between the nature of the required
learning and the environment (real or simulated) in which that learning takes place by
examining the design of facilities for the teaching of human anatomy.

Justin Steele-Davies Assistant Director, HE STEM London & Southeast, University of
Virtual Experiments Supporting Laboratory Learning
The talk will cover the use of virtual experiments to support undergraduate learning in
chemistry, engineering and other areas at the University of Southampton. These provide
scope to address some of the skills used in laboratories in a complimentary way, while
addressing key issues such as laboratory capacity. A virtual experiment is a web-based
application that enables user interaction with a pre-recorded experiment. This is distinct
from a synthetic or simulated experiment in that the observations and consequent readings
are representative of real laboratory results. (to be approved)

Alan Aitken, Senior Lecturer in Organic Chemistry, University of St Andrews
An Integrated Chemistry Laboratory
The challenges and rewards of moving to a multi-purpose lab where all classes for 1st,
2nd and 3rd year students are held in a single undivided area, often with two or three
classes in progress at once. (Shortlisted S-Lab Award applicant)

2      New Roles and Professional Development Routes for Laboratory Technical
Staff (with HEATED)

Dawn Cartwright, Director of Infrastructure & Facilities, Department of Biology, University
of York
Effective Laboratory Management - Key Competencies for Safe, Successful and
Sustainable Performance
I will describe how I have acquired the diverse skills and competencies which are key to
effective laboratory management and also lead a discussion on the challenges of
developing the skills in Higher Education.

Dr Katherine Forsey, HEaTED Course and Regional Network Co-ordinator
Effective Professional Development of Laboratory Staff – How HEATED Can Help
Learn how HEaTED can support professional development of technical staff across all
disciplines in Higher Education and beyond. At present, 60 HEIs across the UK have
joined HEaTED to draw on a range of exclusive benefits for their Technical staff, which
include: discounted rates on specialist technical and other training courses; bespoke

professional development courses; regional networking opportunities; online discussion
forums; support with Professional Registration; and access to a specialist Technical
Resource Directory. Go to www.heated.ac.uk for more information.

3     New Laboratories

Iain Garfield, Head of Estate Services, University of Sunderland
The University of Sunderland’s New Sciences Complex - Refurbishment of
Laboratory Space, Academic Workspace and Learning Zones
Securing the long term sustainability of the University of Sunderland’s outdated Sciences
Complex was a critical objective to help maintain its world leading position in pharmacy
research and education. Iain Garfield and Andrew Kane (FaulknerBrowns Architects)
outline the stakeholder management strategy and values approach that has ensured
exceptional levels of user satisfaction together with the innovative design strategies
developed jointly for the new academic workspace hubs, flexible laboratories and learning
zones. One year on the team reflect on the positive impact of the new facility for the
Faculty and University.

Gary Bond, Academic Lead & Principal Lecturer in Inorganic and Analytical Chemistry,
School of Forensic and Investigative Sciences, University of Central Lancashire
UCLAN’s J.B. Firth Building – New Facilities for the Schools of Forensic and
Investigative Sciences, and Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences
The talk will cover the design of this new building which significantly expands student
laboratory capacity, provides enhanced facilities for undergraduates, bespoke research
facilities to support both taught and research based post graduates and additional
accommodation for 60 academic and administrative staff. The new building is targeting the
BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standard for construction. (to be approved, shortlisted S-Lab Award

4     Effective and Efficient Sample Management and Storage

Andrew Platt, Database Manager: Biobanking Solutions, University of Manchester
More Effective Sample Management – The Laboratory Information Management
System (LIMS) at the University of Manchester
Large sample collections can only be managed effectively with a LIMS (Laboratory
Information Management System), but even an off-the-shelf LIMS requires extensive
customisation before it can become a truly useful tool. Focussing on the LIMS in use at
Biobanking Solutions at the University of Manchester we look at how this customisation
was performed and how the LIMS is used to manage our sample collection.

Bob Nicholson, Technical Manager, University of Newcastle
Effective and Energy Efficient Cold Storage - Freezer Replacement and Other
Measures at the University of Newcastle
A look at the measures taken by Newcastle University to reduce costs associated with
running -80 freezers by utilising new Energy Efficient units. Although energy savings were
the main driver additional considerations included easing floor space constraints (by
replacing chest freezers with upright models) and improving reliability. Departments were
asked to bid for replacements via an on-line form, quotes were obtained from a range of
suppliers and models were selected that matched the criteria for replacement, bulk
purchasing reduced the cost premium over less efficient models.

5     Optimising Laboratory Ventilation

Wendell Brase, Vice Chancellor (administrative and business services), at the University of
California, Irvine
Smart Labs – Cutting Lab Energy Use in Half at UC Irvine (follow on from keynote)
This presentation describes UC Irvine’s Smart Labs Project. This is an integrated set of
laboratory design criteria and performance standards, including real-time air quality
sensing; reduced fan, filtration, and duct airspeeds; 50-70 percent less exhaust fan energy
by reducing stack discharge airspeeds; reduced internal heat load from energy efficient
lighting. Equipment and other means to enable lower air-change feasibility; and reduced
thermal inputs during setback periods. These can enable ventilation rates to vary on a
zone-by-zone basis, from two ACH unoccupied to four ACH under normal occupied
conditions, and peaking to 12 ACH when threshold levels of particulates, volatile organic
compounds, or CO2 are sensed. The presentation describes the application of the
approach to a new facility (Sue & Bill Gross Stem Cell Laboratory) and ten refurbishments.

Philip Pike, Energy Manager, University of Oxford
Minimising Energy in University of Oxford Laboratories – The Midnight Oil Project
on 24/7 Occupancy and Other Actions
How many scientists are actually working in our 24/7 laboratories overnight? What can be
done to reduce energy consumption during times of reduced occupancy? This session will
summarise the findings of the HEFCE funded Midnight Oil study.

John Hindley, Head of Environmental Strategy, Manchester Metropolitan University
Reducing Fume Cupboard Energy Consumption – Retrofitting Constant Volume
Cupboards to Be Variable Air Volume
This talk will describe how MMU retrofitted its fume cupboards with Variable Air Volume
from Constant Air volume. Based on a £166K upgrade to dramatically reduce energy
wasted by fume cupboards in MMU’s John Dalton laboratories. Previously the cupboards
ran at 100% 24/7, using energy to continuously suck conditioned air out of the building,
pumping replacement air back in which was heated in the winter and cooled in the summer
– a system that has been described in MMU as ‘worse than heating the building with the
windows open’. The upgrade has allowed us to install a controls system to recognise
when the cupboards are not in use and subsequently ramp down the fans accordingly,
resulting in massive savings on both fans and heating. Results so far have seen fan
electrical reduce by 63%, with savings to date of £1,000 every week and 250 tonnes CO 2
each year. Efficiencies in the summer have been shown to be up to 77%. (Shortlisted S-
Lab Award applicant)

Parallel Streams: Day 2, 13 June, Session D: 15.15-16.30 p.m.
1     Rethinking Undergraduate Laboratory Practice (with HE STEM)

Peter Hopkinson, Professor and Director, Sustainable Enterprise Centre, and Louise
Comerford Boyes, Research Fellow, School of Lifelong Education and Development,
University of Bradford
Greening STEM Laboratory Practice – Lessons from Bradford’s Ecoversity Initiative
This presentation describes five years experience of introducing sustainability into STEM
curricula at the University, firstly through the Ecoversity initiative – a HEFCE funded
flagship project to make all aspects of the student experience more sustainable – and
latterly through a HE STEM funded Legacy project. Topics covered include making
laboratory buildings and practices more transparent to students so that they can become a
learning resource; modification of chemistry, computing and engineering curricula to
support teaching of topics such as energy efficiency, green chemistry, life cycle analysis
and waste minimisation; and actions to improve laboratory and computing resource

Mark Langley, Professional Development Leader, National Science Learning Centre
Innovative Lab Designs for Improved Learning – Changing College and School
Practices and the Implications for Universities
Science in schools and colleges is changing and this reflected in new laboratory designs.
These are interesting in their own right, and also have relevance to higher education
because they are enabling some science concepts to be taught more effectively and/or at
lower cost, and are influencing the expectations of university entrants. Hence, an
understanding of the changes can be of value to academics and HE lab designers. The
presentations will be illustrated with examples from a number of schools and colleges that
the National Science Learning Centre has assisted.

Jacquie Robson, RSC School Teacher Fellow, Durham University
RELITE: Research-Led Innovative Teaching Experiments - Reinventing First Year
Lab Courses in Chemistry
RELITE has seen the redevelopment of the first year undergraduate chemistry laboratory
course at Durham to further develop students’ practical abilities, independent work ethic
and experimental planning skills as well as improved research awareness. The
incorporation of open-ended 'projects' into the first year curriculum allows students to
develop their creativity in a science context.

2     Academic Perspectives on Successful Laboratory Refurbishment

Susan Laird, Head of Department of Biosciences, Sheffield Hallam University
A Mammalian Cell Culture Teaching Facility at Sheffield Hallam University
In 2011 we identified the need for a new and additional mammalian cell culture facility.
This talk will describe how we applied a team work approach between academic staff,
technical support staff and facilities directorate to produce a quality teaching laboratory
from an existing space, which has enhanced both the student and teaching staff
experience. (shortlisted S-Lab Award applicant)

Biddy Unsworth, Head, School of Rehabilitation and Health Sciences, Leeds Metropolitan
A Flexible, Multidisciplinary, Biomedical Sciences Laboratory at Leeds Metropolitan
The talk will cover a major refurbishment of one floor of a campus building to provide an
open plan Containment Level 2 Biomedical Sciences laboratory for up to 106 students,
with associated technical spaces. The benefits of the new lab include significantly
improved student experience; innovation in teaching methods; lower environmental
impact; teaching efficiencies through combining classes and equipment efficiencies and
savings. (Shortlisted S-Lab Award applicant)

Andrew J Sutherland, Senior Lecturer in Organic/Polymer Chemistry, Chemical
Engineering & Applied Chemistry, Aston University
Refurbishing a Redundant Space into the New School of Engineering and Applied
This talk will cover the move of the Chemical Engineering and Applied Chemistry (CEAC)
department into an existing 8 storey building at Aston University to consolidate the School
of Engineering and Applied Science (SEAS). The new teaching and research facilities
provide benefits in terms of energy and space saving, safety and staff and student
engagement. (Shortlisted S-Lab Award applicant)

3         Sharing Equipment and Services

Arthur Nicholas, Faculty of Life Sciences and Faculty of Medical & Human Sciences,
Estates Officer; Rita Newbould, Technical Resource Manager (Support Core Facilities)
and Catherine Davies, Senior Analytical Research Technician, University of Manchester.
Laboratory Management at the University of Manchester – Technical Support,
Shared Services and Resource Efficiency
The University of Manchester has established a vibrant, multi disciplinary, cross- campus
Laboratory Sustainability group. The structure and function of this group will be described.
Two examples of initiatives being undertaken by the group & its members will be detailed:
     I.   Managing Improvements in the Environmental Performance of a Laboratory & its Clientele
    II.   A Centralist Model for the Management & Delivery of Core Support Services and Research Facilities
The examples demonstrate the benefits of a sustainability focused management approach
to the sharing of knowledge, expertise and resources within individual laboratories and
across large faculties resulting in an efficient, effective and sustainable delivery of the
University’s Teaching and Research business (Shortlisted S-Lab Award applicant).

Melanie King, Head of the Centre for Engineering and Design Education (CEDE),
University of Loughborough, Jonathan Attenborough, Kit-Catalogue Project support,
Sharing Laboratory Equipment – How Kit Catalogue Can Reduce Costly Duplication
of Lab Equipment
This presentation will provide an overview of the open source Kit-Catalogue™ system. It's
a tool that can help any organisation effectively catalogue, record and locate their kit. This
might be laboratory equipment, workshop machines, ICT and specialist tools - in fact any
physical asset that requires descriptive information to be recorded, the item located and
then used to its full potential. (shortlisted S-Lab Award applicant)

Peter Russell, School Technical Manager, School of Biomedical and Biological Sciences,
University of Plymouth
Strengthening Science Capacity and Sharing Equipment – The New Systems
Biology Centre at Plymouth University
This talk will cover the recent refurbishment of an existing 1960s building occupied by
several Schools within the Faculty of Science and Technology. The new Centre provides a
facility to house new Proteomics, Post-Genomics and DNA equipment, funded by the
University, and also houses a Histology suite which consolidates previous provision which
was spread over different floors of the existing building. The Centre will be utilised by all
staff within the School and broader Faculty, and also by external organisations.
(Shortlisted S-Lab Award Applicant)

4      Creating Greener Laboratories

Sarah McCarrick, BREEAM Senior Consultant, BRE Global
BREEAM and Laboratories – Experience to Date and Planned Changes
Get a brief overview of the BREEAM criteria that apply to laboratory spaces, hear case
studies on BREEAM certified labs and find out what changes to expect in BREEAM in the
near future.

Andrea Sella, Professor of Chemistry, University College London
Saving Water in the UCL Chemistry Department (by video)
Saving Water in the UCL Chemistry Department After several years of asking, members of
the UCL chemistry department were able to get daily data on water use by their
Department. The realization that this amounted to over 170 tonnes per day focused minds
and a combination of careful data collection, open discussion, and simple actions let to a
greater than 70% reduction in water use at very little expense. (Shortlisted S-Lab Award

Martin Wiles, Head of Sustainability, University of Bristol and Jo Kemp, Green Impact
Project Manager, National Union of Students
Assessing Laboratory Performance – Using the Green Impact Scheme to Create
Both Environmental and Business Benefit in Universities and the Health Sector
The session will give practical examples of using green impacts labs illustrating both
environmental savings as well offering opportunities for wider S-Lab engagement

5      The Adaptive Laboratory

Mike Dockery, Chair, British Standards Institute Technical Committee on Fume
Cupboards, S-Lab Technical Advisor and Director, Sui Generis
Designing for Flexibility Without Compromising Cost or Performance – UK
The fashionable lab design term Flexibility and Adaptability regularly produces
nervousness in project teams. Flexibility is interpreted as increasing capital costs to give a
universal capability that may never be used and adaptability is often translated as meaning
the acceptance of restrictive compromises. This presentation describes an approach that
produces versatile laboratories that challenge more traditional design norms and that can
accommodate a variety of scientific disciplines without on-costs. It is possible to construct
labs in a shorter period that are safer, more functional, better value, and greener.

Christian Schnitzer, Arc2lab Architects
Designing for Flexibility – European Case Studies
Laboratory requirements can change rapidly, so that the ability to rapidly respond through
new walls and retrofit, modification and upgrade of services is essential. This presentation
highlights key issues and describes international cases including a pharmaceutical
laboratory and a Siemens facility in Germany, the Dubai Police Forensic Laboratory and a
development at the University of Luxemburg. (to be approved)


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