30 April - 01 May, 2018 | Novotel Sydney Central, Sydney, Australia

Conference Day One: Monday, 30th April 2018

8:30 am - 9:00 am Coffee and Registration

9:00 am - 9:30 am Conference Opening – Remarks Opening from Conference Chairperson

Dr Rob Steuart, Research Facility Manager, CHIRI Biosciences Research Precinct,Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute

Dr Rob Steuart

Research Facility Manager, CHIRI Biosciences Research Precinct
Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute

9:10 am - 9:50 am Cross-Disciplinary and Centralised Research Designs to Maximise Budget Allowances and Eliminate Redundant Resources

Darrell Smith, Facility Manager,Malaghan Institute of Medical Research New Zealand
The Malaghan Institute of Medical Research is New Zealand’s leading independent biomedical research institute. This amazing charitable research institute raised $1.6 million in 2015 through a Charity Golf Tournament to support its research. In this session, Darrell Smithwith over 20 years of experience in designing laboratories- will explore the significant shift in the designs of traditional research labs. Research labs within the Malaghan now comprises of multiple disciplines working in one flexible zone. The walls that have once partitioned individual investigations have been removed. This session will highlight:

  • Designing and developing multidisciplinary and centralised research spaces without an income stream
  • Shifting focus from an end user level focus to better management strategies
  • Translating the language between researchers to contractors to design the best and flexible facilities
  • Maintaining high compliance levels for promising research

Darrell Smith

Facility Manager
Malaghan Institute of Medical Research New Zealand

“It’s off the grid!” The Sir Samuel Griffith Centre is an innovative 6 green star rated research facility and showcases as a practical solution to today’s environmental issues. The $40 million building epitomizes Griffith University as one of Australia’s leading environmental universities and relies entirely on photovoltaic arrays and hydrogen technologies to keep it off the power grid. Not only is it covered by 1,124 solar panels, one of the key spatial elements of the center are its ventilated glazed rain shields to boost visual connectivity between collaboration zones.

  • Where did this concept derive from?
  • Just how green is the solar power, hydrogen power, water harvesting and construction materials
  • Traditional labs were not designed to be green- assessing suitability vs standards requirements from each disciplines
  • Evaluating the cost saving by going green! Is It really working?

Professor Paul Burton

Professor of Urban Management and Planning Sir Samuel Griffith Centre,
Griffith University

10:30 am - 11:00 am Speed Networking

11:00 am - 11:30 am Morning Tea

11:30 am - 12:10 pm CASE STUDY: Introducing Flexible and Adaptable Marine Facilities to Keeps Up with Changing Work Flows and Research Focuses

Peter Steinberg, Director and Chief Executive Officer,Sydney Institute of Marine Sciences
The Sydney Institute of Marine Science is a collaborative, multi-university marine science facility at Chowder Bay on Sydney Harbour. The Institute has repurposed an old naval facility to become the leading multidisciplinary marine facility in NSW. It was designed to enable science and processing of samples ranging from the most basic of field collecting to sophisticated molecular biology. SIMS has successfully developed government-academic partnerships and now hosts 16 NSW Fishery scientists onsite.

  • Development of SIMS
  • Strategies
  • Facilities
  • SIMS as both a facility and an intellectual hub
  • Managing multi-university partnerships
  • Future development

Peter Steinberg

Director and Chief Executive Officer
Sydney Institute of Marine Sciences

12:10 pm - 12:50 pm Investing in Landmark Infrastructure - the value of the Australian Synchrotron

Andrew Peele, Director,Australian Synchrotron
There are relatively few examples of investment in landmark research infrastructure in Australia. The initial investment and ongoing support for the Australian Synchrotron has therefore been one of the most significant investments in scientific infrastructure in the nations’ history. Operational since 2007, the Australian Synchrotron has in the last decade supported more than 35,000 users. An important test of the value of outcomes from the facility was recently passed with the Commonwealth Government decision in late 2015 to guarantee operational funding to ANSTO for the facility the next decade.

In this session, Professor Peele will speak about:

  • The return on investment from the facility and its impact on renewed funding
  • Strategies to gain external funding and the impact of funding on research and resources
  • The initial cost of investment and methods to achieving the first step
  • Designing the facility infrastructure for the synchrotron - what are the challenges?

Andrew Peele

Australian Synchrotron

12:50 pm - 1:50 pm Lunch Break

With such an emphasis on the time and money spent on designing and developing state-ofthe- art research facilities, it is fundamental to build the best and cheapest facility in the shortest amount of time. This panel will explore why involving stakeholders during every phase of design and construction is critical; from capturing requirements at the beginning, understanding the basic compliance standards, and improving communication through increased consultations will allow optimal functionality.

  • Preparing proper management plans to avoid incomplete construction
  • Strategizing to increase researcher involvement pre and post construction and its impact on research innovation
  • Overcoming technicalities of design standards by improving communication between all stakeholders in design stages
  • Negotiating with what you have: the space, equipment, budget and stakeholders

Michael Milne

Chief Operating Officer, Charles Perkin Centre
University of Sydney


Dr. Jane Fitzpatrick

Facility Manager, Queensland Node
Australian National Fabrication Facility


Arnan Mitchell

Facility Manager
Micro Nano Research Facility RMIT University

2:30 pm - 3:10 pm National Facilities Shifting into a Core Service Model for Maximum Space Utilization

Dave Williams, Executive Director Digital, National Facilities And Collections,CSIRO
A new model of laboratory design is emerging. As we shift into a more flexible and collaborative arrangement, adequate bench spaces need to re-assigned into a shared service model. The CSIRO is at the forefront of Australia’s Research and Development and host Australia’s national research facilities and scientific infrastructure. In this session, Dave Williams will explore the national facilities movement into core-service models to optimize space and returns on investments.

  • The challenges national facilities are facing as we move into the radically evolving future
  • Assigning centralised equipment and instrumentation to allow direct investments in individual experiments and less on redundant resources
  • Assessing equipment validity, changes, cost and efficiency: is it worth it?
  • Discovering an efficiency operating system required for shared resource

Dave Williams

Executive Director Digital, National Facilities And Collections

3:10 pm - 3:40 pm Afternoon Tea

3:40 pm - 4:20 pm The Convergence of Pre-Clinical Animal and Human Research Facilities to Raise Capital and Optimize Space Utilisation

Dr Lisa Hutton, Facility Manager, Monash Biomedical Imaging (MBI),Monash University
Monash Biomedical Imaging (MBI) is one the world’s most distinguished imaging facilities, housing multi-million equipments to lead global research. Within the facility are interdisciplinary and multimodal imaging research spaces, allowing pre-clinical and clinical applications. Sharing pre-clinical and clinical facilities for animal and human research ensures equipment costs are reduced, and services are streamlined.
This is a one stop shop!

  • Implementing a Shared Imaging Facility for all types of animals and humans to boost space capacity and initial capital outlay
  • Positive and negative implications of a shared facility for animals and humans
  • Exploring additional requirements needed to plan, design and develop a translational facility
  • Case Study within a case study: BrainPark as a flexible and purpose built research facility

Dr Lisa Hutton

Facility Manager, Monash Biomedical Imaging (MBI)
Monash University

4:20 pm - 5:00 pm CHAMPAGNE ROUND TABLE DISCUSSION: Seeking the Right Team is Key for Survival and Success

Establishing a good team is a major key factor in running a smooth operation. Succession planning and leadership development are natural allies in a long-term management operation. These two practices are fundamental in getting the right skills to acquire the right people to ensure. Quite often, architectures will design but never go back to evaluate what they could have done better. How should you maintain a facility’s certification after it has been built to ensure optimal functionality? Sit through this session for guidance of who to speak to pre- and post construction.

  • Choosing the right architectures and construction firms that understand the basic principles of and function in the design of the facilities
  • Seeking lab consultants post design phrase to ensure creditation of the facilities
  • Working models vs existing models: who is the best person to evaluate and crossreference?

Dr Rob Steuart

Research Facility Manager, CHIRI Biosciences Research Precinct
Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute