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

Conference Day Two: Wednesday, 10th April  2019

7:30 am - 9:00 am (Morning Workshop) Strategies to Improve the Coordination of Equipment Purchases, Effective and Reasonable Access Allocations, and Efficient Use of Instrument Time

Jussi Helppi - Head of Biomedical Services (BMS), Max Planck Institute
Max Planck Institute of Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics (MPI-CBG), Dresden, Germany has been able to provide cutting edge technology through effective models used to manage the budget, operations and maintenance of scientific equipment. The Services and Facilities at MPI-CBG allow research scientists shared access to sophisticated and expensive technologies that would be hard or impossible for the institute to provide to each research group independently. They “free-up” research groups from the burden of time consuming established technologies, as well as continuously explore new and emerging technologies and new instrumentation. Purchase of equipment is centrally coordinated to allow efficient use of Institute’s resources. The centralised operation and maintenance of instruments is essential to enable equal and fair access to all research groups, allowing each instrument to be used to its’ full potential.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • How to control your budget allocation on equipment purchases
  • How to centrally manage the purchase and maintenance of the equipment
  • How to improve equitable use of research equipment across multiple research groups with centralised solutions
  • How to develop a program to maximise the use of equipment time

Confirmed speaker:
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Jussi Helppi

Head of Biomedical Services (BMS)
Max Planck Institute

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

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Gregory Kaplan

Chief Operating Officer
Ingham Institute

9:30 am - 10:00 am Case Study (Joint Plenary): Inside the Nanocomm Hub: Pioneering Research into Nano-Materials to Deliver Innovation to Australia’s Construction Sector

Wenhui Duan - Director of ARC Nanocomm Hub, Director of Research, Professor in Structural Engineering, Monash University
Inaugurated in 2016, the Nanocomm Hub was an initiative funded by the ARC and Industry partners to provide a platform for multidisciplinary teams to lease the advancement of construction materials. In this session, Professor Wenhui, Director of the Nanocomm Hub will highlight the design and space management of the facility that have generated early successes resulting in over 50 PhD students and 6 patents.

In this session, learn how Monash University:
  • Supported collaboration across 13 different universities and 48 industry partners
  • Overcame challenges in aligning the dynamics between industry and university groups
  • Metrics used to analyse success of research to inform future investments in facility expansion


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Wenhui Duan

Director of ARC Nanocomm Hub, Director of Research, Professor in Structural Engineering
Monash University

During this discussion, we take a look at the effectiveness of open labs in sparking conversations and collaboration. New generation lab spaces are designed to reduce the amount of closed work spaces and allow researchers to engage in discussions outside of traditional communal spaces such as hallways or the cafeteria. However, the reality of open labs increases the level of noise, counter-productive to the intent of the design. Therefore, how can we design a space that strikes the right balance between work and interaction?

  • Collaborative spaces: What works and what could be improved?
  • Meeting the demand for types of support spaces, labs, office spaces and core areas
  • Features to transition traditional researcher mindset on space utilisation
  • Key ingredients for collaboration and effective use of space within labs
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Tam Nguyen

Deputy Director of Research, Adjunct Associate Professor
St Vincent Hospital Melbourne, RMIT University

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Gregory Kaplan

Chief Operating Officer
Ingham Institute

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Wenhui Duan

Director of ARC Nanocomm Hub, Director of Research, Professor in Structural Engineering
Monash University

10:30 am - 11:00 am Morning Tea & Networking Break

DESIGN STREAM

11:00 am - 11:40 am CASE STUDY: Reflecting and Assessing the Impact of Design from Australian National Phenome Centre (ANPC) on Research Output
James Edwards - Director, Hames Sharley
Designing laboratories are technically complex with the social, physical and scientific elements all demanding attention. What sets the ANPC apart from traditional research facilities is its radical design to place labs from north to south with natural light shining through both sides. The floor plan is a highly flexible design by the team at Hames Sharley to provide spaces for both incidental interactions as well as enclosed spaces for privacy and concentration.

The ANPC brings together researchers from all Western Australian universities, major hospitals, medical research institutes and industry partners. Four years following the opening of the centre, we reflect on :

  • Design decisions and its implications on research collaboration,
  • Challenges with the large collection of mass spectrometers including noise, heat, weight and access.
  • Measures of research success to inform the future of facility expansions

Confirmed speaker:
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James Edwards

Director
Hames Sharley

DESIGN STREAM

11:40 am - 12:20 pm Converging Multi-Disciplinary Research to Develop Core Capabilities
Helen Speirs - Deputy Director - Centre Manager, Ramaciotti Centre for Genomics, University of New South Wales
In 2017, UNSW completed its construction of the Bioscience E26 South Building, part of the larger Biomedical Precinct Extension Development. What the university envisioned was to integrate their core facilities to further boost their current status as leaders in research infrastructure excellence. The building enables integration at a level never experienced before allowing core staff to engage in meaningful interactions and discovering new capabilities.
 
  • Australia's first integrated floor providing research in Genomics, Imaging, Bioinformatics and Proteomics and its effectiveness in reinforcing synergies between research groups
  • Achieving accreditation in the new building which was not possible with the design of the old building
  • Improvements in climate controls, UPS backups and uninterrupted power supplies

Confirmed speaker:
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Helen Speirs

Deputy Director - Centre Manager, Ramaciotti Centre for Genomics
University of New South Wales

OPERATIONS STREAM

11:00 am - 11:40 am Integrating Quality Management Systems (QMS) to Refine Operational Processes and Maximise Research Output
Ian Smith - Vice-Provost (Research & Research Infrastructure), Monash University
The inundation of ‘Big Data’ in our research environment requires sufficient capacity to collect, collate and analyse. Developing integrated technology platforms to leverage the wealth of data collected by researchers would drive significant costs in time and resources, which is what Monash University have been working on for the past two years. Their new development of an integrated Quality Management System allows the collection and collation of different data sets across all platforms, from tracking equipment use, user base, revenue and research activity, to transferring data for both secure storage and distribution. This session will explore the integration of technology into the University’s operational structures to help deliver translational research outcomes.

  • Engaging with university and industry partners to develop best technologies for the application of the QMS
  • Better integration of research infrastructure to improve information transfer and drive productivity and performance.
  • Strategies to collect, collate and analyse data to make strategic and informed research decisions.

Confirmed speaker:

Ian Smith

Vice-Provost (Research & Research Infrastructure)
Monash University

OPERATIONS STREAM

11:40 am - 12:20 pm Robust Governance Structures to Manage Workflow Effectively in Large Scale Developments
Simone Richter - Group Executive Nuclear, Science & Landmark Infrastructure, ANSTO
Following the 2016 National Research Infrastructure Roadmap, ANSTO has aligned a number of their landmark infrastructure focusing on key priority areas impacting Australia’s future research demands. Through new partnerships with institutions and international partners, as well as commercially leasing their core facilities to external partners, ANSTO is able to maintain its flow of revenue and provide the Australian research community with excellent research outputs. The organisation ensures collaboration run smoothly and equitable use of resources through robust governance structures and general principles. In this session, understand what the best approaches are to address your governance and management structures to enhance collaboration.

  • Managing expectations between multiple governing boards from institutional and industrial partners
  • Sustaining funding through commercial leasing – pricing models, contract negotiation and use of resources
  • Acquiring leaders in their respected fields to run the facility and provide expert advice to link disparate groups together for improved collaboration

Confirmed speaker:
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Simone Richter

Group Executive Nuclear, Science & Landmark Infrastructure
ANSTO

12:20 pm - 1:20 pm Lunch Break

1:20 pm - 2:00 pm CASE STUDY: Understanding the Regulations and Standards to Secure Facility Certification

Michael Dornbusch - Assistant Secretary, Office of the Gene Technology Regulator
Many considerations are factored in to the design and development of new and existing facilities. From location to physical features, to safety and operations of activities within the building. The most pressing consideration is ensuring that the project complies with current regulations and puts the health and safety of people at the forefront of the plan. Particularly, gene technology is a rapidly developing field of science and the use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are subject to regulations set by the OGTR.

Design principles and risk assessments that take place during the planning stages of building or renovating infrastructure are not always clear especially when different regulations apply to different areas of scientific discipline. In this session, you will develop an understanding of the standards to ensure your facility is aligning with biosafety and biotechnology principles and practices.

  • Overview of the standards and regulatory requirements relevant for design and operation of facilities for work with GMOs
  • Developments in regulatory requirements for certified facilities
  • Securing facility certification and how to maintain it

Confirmed speaker:
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Michael Dornbusch

Assistant Secretary
Office of the Gene Technology Regulator

2:00 pm - 2:40 pm CASE STUDY: Cancer Research Institute Development Project Achieving LEED Gold Star Standards in Sustainable Architecture

Mark Gobolos - Principal Structural Engineer, Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec
In 2018, University of South Australia opened the doors to their new Cancer Research Institute located alongside the SAHMRI building. The $230m project delivered a unique 14-storey building which met the international standard LEED gold star rating and is the highest level achieved in Adelaide. Their design plan was largely driven by the need for open and flexible research areas, lab spaces and optimal floor designs to control vibration, thermal and acoustic insulations.

In this session, Mark will run through challenges that the design team at WGA faced and measures taken to overcome constraints in location and design:
  • Considerations around infrastructure and its capacity to support future building expansions
  • Development of seismically rated anchors for the Australian market and followed through on innovations in design
  • Overcoming complex site constraints including the development of a future underground railway below the building
  • Exploring the best approaches to collaborating with stakeholders including building surveyors, geotechnical engineers, building services engineers, surveyors, planners and quantity surveyors
Confirmed speaker:
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Mark Gobolos

Principal Structural Engineer
Wallbridge Gilbert Aztec

2:40 pm - 3:00 pm Afternoon Tea

3:00 pm - 3:40 pm Shaping Collaboration Zones and Supportive Environments to Attract, Motivate and Retain Researchers

Rob Stuert - Research Facility Manager, Curtin University
Contemporary facilities are trending toward open-space plans to cultivate a collaborative culture and encourage a cohesive research community. However, the transition for researchers to move from non-shared facilities into a new integrated learning space can prove challenging. This session will focus on programs and activities set to encourage a collaborative culture where researchers are motivated to thrive in their area of expertise.

  • Addressing cultural changes with innovative features where scientist converge and thrive.
  • Adding collaboration zones to encourage trans-disciplinary discussions which could spark new discoveries and exchange of ideas
  • Doing more with less –philanthropic activities to increase researcher productivity without depending on the facility’s budget

Confirmed speaker:
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Rob Stuert

Research Facility Manager
Curtin University

3:40 pm - 4:20 pm CHAMPAGNE ROUNDTABLE: Reducing Facility Footprint: Plan for Energy Efficiency to Prepare for the Rising Cost of Energy

Rob Stuert - Research Facility Manager, Curtin University
The rise of energy costs is a concern that transcends all industries in Australia and is no exception to the Research Facilities and Infrastructure. Many systems are integrated into the building to reduce energy consumption when unoccupied however maintaining the air quality and eliminating hazardous odours add to the maintenance costs. This panel discussion will focus on:

  • Strategies to reduce consumption of water, heat, lighting and other energy-consuming activities when space is unoccupied
  • Approaches to energy-wise installations within existing infrastructure
  • Benchmarking with international sustainability codes and standards to encourage ideas to Australia’s energy consumption

Confirmed Facilitator:
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Rob Stuert

Research Facility Manager
Curtin University

4:20 pm - 4:30 pm Conference Closing

4:30 pm - 4:30 pm End of Conference