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

Post Conference Workshops: Wednesday, 2nd May 2018


9:00 am - 11:00 am Design, Develop, Achieve: The Mechanisms of A Successful Research Facility

Professor Graham Galloway, Chief Executive Officer,National Imaging Facility
This is a time of exciting and accelerating change in the world. Remarkable discoveries are continually made everyday and our future’s prosperity and well being are dependent on such discoveries.

The best research is not only characterised by strong frameworks but support structures to ensure the highest quality. It is about building an eco-system around your research facility.

Understanding and building a structure of what you want to achieve is just as vital as building research infrastructures. Learn to develop the best proposals around the type of research facility you want with Professor Graham Galloway in this workshop. Secure your future now!

  • Strategies to build a whole eco-system around your research facility?
  • Developing the right proposal around the type of research facility you want
  • Operational Efficiency: understanding ethics, considerations and compliance
  • Measuring the physical and virtual components needed

Professor Graham Galloway

Chief Executive Officer
National Imaging Facility


11:30 am - 12:00 pm Systematic Integrations of the Future: Enabling Profitable Growth and Rapid Responses through Cohesive End-to-End Strategies

This workshop will examine the power of technology to drive innovation and where it will take our future research.
Exceptional research facilities have managed radical changes by developing IT infrastructures that allow flexibility and maximum end user potential.

Investments into research platforms bring together capabilities, expertise and equipment under a defined management structure and infrastructure to support areas of research strength.

In this workshop, you will be guided to actively promote cross-disciplinary integration through the best IT infrastructure.

  • System integration involves process, technology and policies
  • Research platforms to optimize the use of research infrastructure and research outcomes
  • Designing an Office of Research Infrastructure to coordinate the platforms
  • The reliance of cohesive end-to-end service delivery on novel network architectures including grids and utility type architecture


1:00 pm - 3:00 pm Safety in Design: The Impact of Safety and Security on Facility Designs

Darryn Cape-Davis, Head of Operations,Children’s Medical Research Institute
As the space for scientists is shrinking, the competition for scientistic talent means that research facilities are under pressure to create flexible, team-centred spaces and human-oriented work spaces that are up to today’s standards.

The toxic chemicals and hazardous materials in laboratories make it a constant challenge for designers to create a protective and safe work environment. Ensuring the space is safety maintained after it has been built is also just as critical.

Sit through this workshop to understand the risk managements when designing building your research facilities.

  • Executing the best pre- post- construction training compliance to ensure optimal functionality of facilities
  • Incorporating disaster response and recovery features in laboratory designs and its future impact
  • Exploring case studies and gaps in facility designs
  • Assessing the return on investments on safety features and equipment

Darryn Cape-Davis

Head of Operations
Children’s Medical Research Institute


3:30 pm - 5:30 pm Evaluate, Evaluate, Evaluate! Evidence Based Decisions for Improved Infrastructure

Muthu Pannirselvam, Professional Officer, Rheology and Materials Characterization Labs,RMIT University
Most of are generally more risk-averse and will evaluate the risks and costs associated of implementation before adopting.

Today, most of us will look at trends in research programs and funding, and analyse how those trends affect the decision institutions re making when they build and renovate their laboratory.

All of us will evaluate the existing spaces to prepare for our own future proof research facilities. This workshop will assess the best evaluative methods that are most effective and best predictors of future research facilities.

  • Evaluate, Evaluate, Evaluate! Developing a framework of evaluation for Success
  • Mapping out strategic growth strategies
  • Cross-Referencing against pervious projects
  • Priority to understand and align with institution’s growth strategies

Muthu Pannirselvam

Professional Officer, Rheology and Materials Characterization Labs
RMIT University