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

Conference Day Two: Tuesday, 1st May 2018

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


Dr Rob Steuart

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

9:10 am - 9:50 am INTERNATIONAL KEYNOTE: Just a Touch of Inspiration and Strategic Leadership to Govern the Physical Research Space

Professor Saul Faust, Director, National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Southampton Clinical Research Facility United Kingdom
Different time zone, different country but the same goal! The University of Southampton is a research-intensive university leading worldchanging research. In 1998 the University of Southampton – University Hospital Southampton partnership was awarded one of the first 5 “millennial” clinical research facilities (CRFs) in the UK by the Wellcome Trust and UK Dept of Health. The CRF is now funded by the UK National Institute for Health Research and Southampton also receives core translational infrastructure support from NIHR for nutrition, respiratory and cancer medicine. In 2012, Professor Saul Faust led an application that doubled the facility’s capability, and the £9.2m core funding (of £102 available nationally) was re-awarded for 2017-22. In this session, Professor Faust will explain how the facilities evolved and highlight the space, staff and governance required for high quality translational research space.

  • Case Studies- introducing flexible, multi-use spaces that will accommodate to changes and requirements
  • Feeling the pressure- exploring the factors why funding into research infrastructure is not the same as it was 5 years ago
  • Setting the right priorities for laboratory planning and management for resources
  • Evolving your space plans and designs to meet standards to today!

Professor Saul Faust

National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Southampton Clinical Research Facility United Kingdom

9:50 am - 10:30 am Retrofit, Redesign, Re-locate and Re-evaluate: Driving Operational Excellence through Lab Designs, Layout and Placement

Dr. Evan Peacock, Director, Central Science,Laboratory University of Tasmania
enormously expensive to operate. The University of Tasmania’s Central Science Laboratory (CSL) sits in the Division of Research in the portfolio of Research Infrastructure and provides latest state-of-the-art instruments. Its portfolio consist of the a $180,000 liquid nitrogen generator and a Raman Spectrometer at a total cost of $440,000. In this session, Dr. Evan Peacock will explore the best practices for relocating, retrofitting and managing a facility to ensure optimal functionality of space and equipment. His session will guide you through the topics below:

  • Exploring the design, layout and placement of laboratories to foster collaboration, communication and excellence in the workplace
  • Case Study- Institute for Marine and Antarctic Studies (IMAS)
  • Making decisions: the pitfalls and the mistakes to learn from
  • The University’s goal to relocate and the challenges that will be faced by this

Dr. Evan Peacock

Director, Central Science
Laboratory University of Tasmania

10:30 am - 11:00 am Morning Tea

11:00 am - 11:40 am The Design, Philosophy and Operations of a World-Class Imaging Infrastructure

Professor Graham Galloway, Chief Executive Officer,National Imaging Facility
The Australian National Imaging Facility (NIF) was one of the four initiative projects established under the National Collaborativ Research Infrastructure Strategy (NCRIS). It is a $130 million project that provides state-ofthe- art imaging capability to 26 of the best and most passionate scientists and the Australian Scientific Community. Professor Graham Galloway is the Chief Executive Officer of the NIF and strongly recognizes the need for a multidisciplinary nature of research and national collaboration. In this session, he will share his knowledge and expertise in building a national research infrastructure.

  • Developing the best strategies to reduce duplication, maximize utilization and optimize functionality
  • The Philosophy: Why you need a whole ecosystem and not just the people who run the equipment to ensure the highest quality of research facilities
  • Establishing better practice for data management is critical!
  • Evaluating the national collaborative research infrastructures’ successes and challenges

Professor Graham Galloway

Chief Executive Officer
National Imaging Facility

11:40 am - 12:20 pm CASE STUDY: Revolutionizing Modern Research Efficiency and Outcomes through the Convergence of Research and Clinical Facilities

Kiri Collins, Scientific Services Manager,Children’s Cancer Institute
The Children’s Cancer Institute was delighted to be one of the recipients of the ground breaking $6 million investments from the State Government into paediatrics medical research. Laboratory researchers and clinical scientists now work together in partnership to discover new treatments Translational research facilities will be the future research facilities and a driving force behind world-leading breakthroughs. In this session, Kiri Collins will explore the challenges and opportunities of translational research facilities.

  • What is translational research?
  • Assess the layout of integrated research and clinical facilities and their impact on research outcomes
  • Integrating mechanical systems in translational research facilities and their challenges
  • Ensuring flexibility in design to accommodate changes and lack of space
  • Explore Pinch Points as resolutions for increased capacity

Kiri Collins

Scientific Services Manager
Children’s Cancer Institute

12:20 pm - 1:20 pm Lunch Break

1:20 pm - 2:00 pm Case Study: Operating on a Shared Service Model to Drive Optimal Interdisciplinary Collaboration and Innovative Research

Dr Rob Steuart, Research Facility Manager, CHIRI Biosciences Research Precinct,Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute
Curtin University is one of the premier neurological organization occupying the Ralph and Patricia Sarich Neuroscience Research Institute (SNRI). The SNRI is an outstanding project designed to accommodate 4 organizations to create collaborative environments that will develop world class medical research. The $37.7 million, five levels, 9, 000 square metre construction commenced in 2015 and was provided $3.5 million by Curtin University. Research Facility Manager, Rob Steuart, has had an integral role in the development and management of this research building and will highlight the challenges and strategies to achieve the best working model. He will speak about:

  • Improving communication between multiple tenants
  • The challenges in complying with standards for each discipline
  • Overcoming stakeholder mindsets and beliefs to achieve holistic thinking
  • Developing effective and working management models to ensure operational efficiency

Dr Rob Steuart

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

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm Core Research Facilities at the University of Sydney—Enabling Excellence in Research

Professor Simon Ringer, Director, Core Research Facilities,University of Sydney
Discover how state-of-the-art Core Research Facilities at the University of Sydney are enabling world-class research and innovation. Sydney has embarked on a transformative program of investment in research infrastructure as a key underpinning to its commitment to bold, multidisciplinary research. Academically led, Sydney’s research facilities bring together world-class instrumentation and outstanding researchers. In this session, Professor Simon Ringer will explain how and why new research breakthroughs at Sydney have been enabled by world-class core research facilities. You will hear about:

  • The Core Research Facility as a focal point for collaboration and its impact on Research Excellence
  • The University’s achievements in nanofabrication, biomedical imaging, and materials science
  • Leveraging staff expertise and capabilities with High Performance Computing
  • Research facilities as an ‘investment portfolio’

Professor Simon Ringer

Director, Core Research Facilities
University of Sydney

2:40 pm - 3:10 pm Afternoon Tea

3:10 pm - 3:50 pm CASE STUDY: How to Manage a Cross-Disciplinary Research Space to Accelerate Speed of Research and Efficiency

Muthu Pannirselvam, Professional Officer, Rheology and Materials Characterization Labs,RMIT University
Since 2004, the Australian Government has invested over $2.8 billion to deliver world-class research infrastructure. The dynamic shift in the way researchers conduct their work has had a profound effect on the design of their facilities. Research labs of today comprises of multiple researches across different disciplinary working in one flexible zone. In this session, Muthu Pannirselvam will explore:

  • Designing and developing open lab arrangements to accommodate for the different principle investigators
  • Evaluating the benefits of how this collaborative nature will support the evolving studies of its occupants over decades.
  • Exploring and benchmarking their new purpose built building against the existing
  • Reviewing the challenges and consequences of a not carefully thought-out space

Muthu Pannirselvam

Professional Officer, Rheology and Materials Characterization Labs
RMIT University

Peer into the window of the future as experts predict the future of research laboratory designs and constructions. Today, we look into the trends in research programs and funding and how those trends affect the decisions intuitions are making when they build and renovate their laboratory spaces. Scientists, their machines and laboratories are built to be more amazing than they have ever been before. This panel will explore:

  • Design facilities are moving into environments that meet the needs of today and accommodate demands of tomorrow? What kind of investments will we need to make?
  • Do you think spatial characteristics will increase research’s creativity and innovation? If so how, and what kind of spatial factors?
  • Attaining the latest state-of-the-art technology is big challenge. How do we keep up with this with so little funding?
  • Cheap, Fast and Efficient Laboratory Designs: Will acquiring a perfect research facility be possible?

Tracy Murray

Manager Laboratory and Technical Support
Swinburne University of Technology


Darryn Cape-Davis

Head of Operations
Children’s Medical Research Institute


Darrell Smith

Facility Manager
Malaghan Institute of Medical Research New Zealand


Dr Rob Steuart

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