09 - 10 April, 2019 | Novotel Sydney Central, Sydney, Australia

Conference Day One: Tuesday, 9th April 2019

7:30 am - 9:00 am (Morning Workshop): Competency Development through an Open Innovation Platform to Enhance Research Partnerships

Srikanth Narasimalu - Program Director (Renewables: Wind & Marine), Nanyang Technology University
Today, the perspective on managing research and development processes has shifted from a technology-centred model to a more interaction-focused view that is based on an “open innovation based collaborative network”.
 
New generation R&D processes as practiced by Nanyang Technology University have integrated open innovation to improve efficient delivery of innovative research while keeping costs low. The open innovation platform can be achieved by engaging research partners from various segments of the value chain and promote open discussion through a collaborative network.
 
In this workshop, you will learn:
 
  • How to develop competencies to transfer sustainable and efficient research from the lab through to market delivery.
  • How to promote open discussion that will leverage technology, researcher capabilities and supply chain creation to promote technology maturation and scaling needs
  • Setting up a collaborative network to attract join industry research program
  • Practical R&D Models and SWOT analyses to build specific competencies for your facility management
  • Metrics to measure ROI and change management success
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Srikanth Narasimalu

Program Director (Renewables: Wind & Marine)
Nanyang Technology University

9:00 am - 9:20 am Coffee and Registration

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Russell Hoye

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research Development
La Trobe University

9:30 am - 10:00 am Opening Keynote (Joint Plenary): Identifying Emerging Trends in Research Demands to Stay Ahead in the Innovation Economy

Neville Stevens, AO - Chair, NSW Innovation and Productivity Council
The reasons to drive collaboration between Industry, Academia and Government are more compelling than ever in Australia’s current innovation landscape. While Australia is renowned for its research and innovation, the nation appears to lag behind its international competitors. In the 2017 Global Innovation Index, university-industry collaboration remains a challenge for many organisations across the country.

In response to this, the NSW Innovation & Productivity Council has commenced a project seeking to understand and address the gap between Research and Industry collaboration. This session will focus on the key priority areas identified by the IPC to guide future research investments.

  • Identify key priority areas for Australia’s innovation strategies and align research to industry requirements
  • Benchmarking state-level innovation performance with international economies to understand drivers of innovation
  • Case studies on what international economies are focusing on in their innovation performance and how Australia compares

Confirmed speaker:
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Neville Stevens, AO

Chair
NSW Innovation and Productivity Council

10:00 am - 10:30 am International Case Study (Singapore): Creating Living Laboratories to Drive Innovation Within a Limited Laboratory Space

Srikanth Narasimalu - Program Director (Renewables: Wind & Marine), Nanyang Technology University
This presentation aims to share the barriers to technology commercialisation and how test bedding technologies through a joint collaborative framework helps to mature the technology towards specific application needs. To elucidate the framework, two case studies of joint collaboration will be shared to promote energy efficiency and alternative energy technologies towards smart city needs.
 
In this session, we will look at:
  • The setup of  a living lab within the existing infrastructure to maximise use of equipment in a cost-effective way
  • Cooperation design plan and stakeholder participations that drove successful collaboration within the laboratory
  • The process in setting up a joint collaborative network  involving  tech industries, government and research institutions through a triple helix framework
  • The adoption of a shared cost model with minimal investment risk
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Srikanth Narasimalu

Program Director (Renewables: Wind & Marine)
Nanyang Technology University

10:30 am - 11:00 am Speed Networking

An effective structured interactive session designed to help expand your network through one-to-one focused conversations. Bring your business cards!

11:00 am - 11:30 am Morning Tea

DESIGN STREAM

11:30 am - 12:10 pm Case Study: How Australian National University Maximised Floor Space by Manifolding Their Laboratory Exhaust Systems
Sarah O’Callaghan - Facilities Manager, Australian National University
Building new research facilities require substantial capital investment and extensive planning, which is often why existing research facilities look out of place in today’s landscape. To reap the maximum return on new facility investments, engaging with architects in the early planning stages is crucial to map out key considerations on the design and its consequences.

In this session, learn how you can optimise your facility space with designs fit for purpose while flexible enough to adapt to future changes in research demands.

  • Acquiring the perfect space by understanding user requirements
  • Strategic budget allocation to prioritise key infrastructure characteristics
  • Developing a future-proof plan to extend building’s life cycle

Confirmed speaker:
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Sarah O’Callaghan

Facilities Manager
Australian National University

DESIGN STREAM

12:10 pm - 12:50 pm Maximising the Potential of the Changing Landscape of University Campus Planning
Graeme Spencer - Principal, Director of Education, Science & Technology, HDR Inc
Space optimisation and efficient use of a limited budget is a proven challenge for institutions everywhere. The rise of technology has led to the development of using data to help tackle this issue. Data-Driven Design is an emerging methodology by HDR that connects the built environment to predictive analytics and operational design through computational design. HDR helps to unlock the power of data to inform planning and growth projections. They integrate computational design, data analytics and operations design to assist in ‘smarter’ master planning.
 
In this session, we take a look at:
 
  • Utilising data to plan for growth through understanding existing assets, planning objectives and growth
  • Identifying planning priorities based on future growth
  • Understanding the colocation of researchers based on research output to assist in driving collaboration
  • Harnessing utilisation to “real-time” test and plan for usage and growth to allow improved management of capital budgets
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Graeme Spencer

Principal, Director of Education, Science & Technology
HDR Inc

OPERATIONS STREAM

11:30 am - 12:10 pm (Germany Case Study): Improving the Effective Use of Resources with Centralised Services and Facilities through New Training Modules
Jussi Helppi - Head of Biomedical Services (BMS), Max Planck Institute
The Services and Facilities at the Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG), Dresden, Germany offer centralised research support within the Institute ensuring state-of-the-art equipment and expertise. They set a quality standard for the application of technologies including the accurate interpretation and representation of data. The Dresden Model has had a remarkable positive impact on success and productivity of the Institute as a whole. But after more than a decade of success it is time to look into what must be done to safeguard that achievement for the decade to come.

In this session, we take a look at Max Planck Institute’s new strategic viewpoints on how we have started to tackle the challenge of the next decade. This includes, among others;

  • Implementing gross-training of staff between facilities, including the development of training modules and programs based on individual skill sets
  • Establishing workflows and pipelines that cross multiple facilities
  • Offering technology consultation to researchers to define the equipment and service needs

Confirmed speaker:
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Jussi Helppi

Head of Biomedical Services (BMS)
Max Planck Institute

OPERATIONS STREAM

12:10 pm - 12:50 pm Case Study: Enhancing Operational Efficiency through Implementing a Centralised Management System
Saba Salehi - Chief Operating Officer, National Imaging Facility
This presentation will focus on how the Australian National Imaging Facility (NIF) has implemented new strategies to improve national operation. Established in 2007, NIF is a National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS) capability that provides open access to state-of-the-art imaging instruments and highly-specialised expertise for the imaging of humans, animals, plants, and materials. The presentation will highlight the operational challenges faced within the national capability and how they would impact the capability’s commitment to research community and funders.

  • Understand the Centralised Management System and what it means to high-performance research facility
  • Apply strategies used to plan for flexibility and adaptability in convergent research laboratories.
  • Learn how the system benefits researchers by capturing impact of research output and collecting data on their activity for future references

Confirmed speaker:
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Saba Salehi

Chief Operating Officer
National Imaging Facility

12:50 pm - 1:50 pm Lunch break

1:50 pm - 2:30 pm Implementing Experiential Learning through Collaborative Frameworks to Engage Researcher Participation

Natalka Suchowerska - Head of Research (Medical Physics), Chris O’Brien Lifehouse
David McKenzie - Professor of Materials Physics, University of Sydney
Given the changing nature of our workforce, teaching relevant skills to graduates and researchers are critical to ensuring prosperity in Australia. Traditional methods of class-room teaching are increasingly being challenged by modern experiential learning where students are immersed in real-life environments, working with organisations on industry issues. Traditional approaches to research are now taking into consideration the commercial impact of projects and what the best case practice is to prove the quality of research.

Sharing her experiences across Academia and Industry, Natalka will break down the nuts and bolts of a strong partnership and how the collaboration between University of Sydney and Chris O’Brien Lifehouse has successfully engaged researchers in the Hospital’s challenges.

  • Involving researchers in real-time industry issues to develop new learning capabilities
  • Ensuring there is an effective translational plan in place to keep track of research objectives and its commercial viability.
  • Process behind the exchange of knowledge between the hospital and university to maintain mutual benefits

Confirmed speaker:
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Natalka Suchowerska

Head of Research (Medical Physics)
Chris O’Brien Lifehouse

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David McKenzie

Professor of Materials Physics
University of Sydney

“Plan for the future”. “Design for the Users”. “Invest in Sustainability”. – The mindset of today’s facilities and laboratory development have been established over decades of lessons learned from buildings lacking the flexibility to adapt to rapid technological and research advances. With the convergence of research disciplines and playing a key role in transforming lab environments, it is affecting workflow, interaction, research approaches, support spaces, equipment demands and more. In this panel discussion will take a look at:

  • Key characteristics of a ‘super lab’ and how to efficiently manage the transition from traditional to modern workflow standards
  • Setting metrics to optimise shared working environments, from lab benches to work spaces
  • Features to increase wellbeing of users and attract new membership

Confirmed Panellists:
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Graeme Spencer

Principal, Director of Education, Science & Technology
HDR Inc

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Suresh Dhillon

Senior Associate
Woods Bagot Architects

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James Edwards

Director
Hames Sharley

3:10 pm - 3:30 pm Afternoon Tea

3:30 pm - 4:10 pm From the Architect’s Perspective: Integrating Futuristic Architecture with Modern Research

Suresh Dhillon - Senior Associate, Woods Bagot Architects
The push for collaboration within facility spaces are changing the traditional approaches to learning and interacting with people and machine. How can we measure the impact of space designs on the level of productivity? What are the most practical characteristics that can facilities have the capacity to accommodate its users? This session will compare the features of existing facilities and how it can be developed to align to the increasing trend of collaboration and integrated learning.

  • Develop an understanding of the location, size, design and building performance criteria that are attributed to a collaborative facility
  • Insight into challenges that come with contemporary designs, planning and construction of research facilities
  • Identify metrics for productivity to evaluate the impact of contemporary research spaces
  • Case studies on new facilities designed by Woods Bagot

Confirmed speaker:
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Suresh Dhillon

Senior Associate
Woods Bagot Architects

4:10 pm - 4:50 pm Integrating Sports Science Laboratories in an Elite and Community Sports Precinct to Enhance Research Collaboration

Russell Hoye - Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research Development, La Trobe University
This session will explore La Trobe University's new sport science facility due for complete construction at the end of 2019. Prompted by the need for increasing campus connectivity, student amenities, public access and to facilitate increased research collaborations, the sport science laboratories will be located in the middle of an integrated elite and community sport precinct. It will provide space for teaching and research for exercise physiology, biomechanics, data analytics, as well as strength and conditioning.
 
In this session, gain insight into:
  • The technical design of the facility to promote multi-mode use and finding a balance between research and communal areas
  • Approaches to stakeholder management and satisfying multiple user group expectations,
  • Metrics that will be used to measure research outcomes, student experience, and collaboration with commercial partners in the sport industry.
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Russell Hoye

Pro Vice-Chancellor, Research Development
La Trobe University

4:50 pm - 5:00 pm Conference Closing

5:00 pm - 5:00 pm Networking Drinks