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Conference Day Two: Wednesday, 5 April 2017

08:15 AM - 08:45 AM Coffee & Registration



08:45 AM - 09:00 AM Conference Opening – Remarks from the Conference Chairperson

09:00 AM - 09:40 AM CASE STUDY: University of Melbourne’s Western Edge Biosciences Precinct – A Contemporary Annex to and Old Build

Martin Laszkiewicz, Senior Project Lead, University of Melbourne
The University of Melbourne is a pioneer research university – with research expenditure second only to that of the CSIRO. The most recent venture is focused on the new build ‘Webstage One’, a cross discipline teaching space to increase research objectives and ignite collaboration.

In this session Martin will explore:
  • Case Study centered on space utilization of the existing building and how these learnings fed into the design of the new facility
  • How to corral multiple stakeholders and manage them through to the completion of a project
  • Making multi-use space work from an operational perspective

Martin Laszkiewicz

Senior Project Lead
University of Melbourne

09:40 AM - 10:20 AM CASE STUDY: A Road Map to Implementing a Multi Use Facility Master Plan

One of Australia's leading Group of Eight universities is currently undergoing a substantial project of revamping an existing main building which is due for completion in 2019. The multifunction facility will be comprised of research spaces, teaching and learning areas, common areas and libraries.

This session will explore:
  • Increasing cross faculty collaboration through effective space design
  • Rationing space and managing scheduling to benefit all occupants and stakeholders
  • Key challenges within the delivery of facilities and understanding the main components of a master plan

10:20 AM - 10:30 AM CASE STUDY: Core Research Facilities at Sydney - A Hub and Spoke Model

Simon P. Ringer, Academic Director of Core Research Facilities, The University of Sydney
The development of Core Research Facilities at Sydney occurs at a time when the institution is building a number of new spaces that benefit from bespoke facility design, through to support of more established facilities that operate in spaces that require upgrade and retrofitting. This presentation will focus on the user-experience across Sydney’s Core Research Facilities and the different planning methodologies required to build world-class capability across a campus-wide hub and spoke model.

Simon P. Ringer

Academic Director of Core Research Facilities
The University of Sydney

10:30 AM - 11:00 AM Speed Networking

11:00 AM - 11:30 AM Morning Tea

11:30 AM - 12:10 PM Tonsley Park Precinct - A Design and Architect Perspective of Creating Spaces to Facilitate Research Innovation

Milos Milutinovic, Senior Associate, Woods Bagot
The rebuilding of this civic place to allow for a precinct that invites research facilities and learning hubs was one without any past examples to rely on. This session will focus on the design and architecture approach to building a multi award-winning space that encourages researchers, start ups, education campuses and students to partake in research and development.

In this session, Milos will explore:
  • Creating a research facility for a university partnership and mediating diff erent motivations
  • Key challenges and learnings from creating the Tonsley Precinct
  • Design thinking and service delivery behind creating a global award winning and sustainable research facility

Milos Milutinovic

Senior Associate
Woods Bagot

12:10 PM - 12:50 PM CASE STUDY: The Aikenhead - Advanced Biofabrication Centre – the First Hospital Based Multidisciplinary Centre in Australia – A Design Perspective

Colin Sakinofsky, Director - L2D Specialist Designer, Research Australia
The Aikenhead - Advanced Biofabrication Centre has just recently been completed and is the first of its kind in Australia designed to improve the health outcomes for all Australians. It is designed as a robotics and biomedical engineering centre embedded within a hospital and bringing key players together under one roof.

In this session Colin will explore:
  • Managing five stakeholders and contributors expectations and attracting funding for the venture
  • Exposing the workings of the design to achieve optimal operational flexibility, including HVAC performance and maintenance
  • The ability to switch containment barriers
  • Utilising furniture and visual triggers to focus on supporting the ‘right behaviours’ that contribute to interactive engagement and sharing medical direction and discovery.

Colin Sakinofsky

Director - L2D Specialist Designer
Research Australia

12:50 PM - 1:50 PM Lunch Break

1:50 PM - 2:30 PM CASE STUDY: The Importance of Communication Between Key Stakeholders and the Success of A New Facility Build

Dr Beng Hooi Chua, Facility Manager, Curtin University
Currently Curtin University is near completion of a $43million dollar build of a new agriculture space. This space has been designed to foster innovation and collaboration through provision of a transparent and culture rich environment. However, along the way there have been many challenges and key takeaways which Beng will share in this session.
  • The importance of inter/intra communication between design team, users, 3rd party assessors and the university
  • How an open space office with hot-desking capabilities and laboratory enabled innovation
  • The necessity of designing with maintenance in mind an

Dr Beng Hooi Chua

Facility Manager
Curtin University

2:30 PM - 3:10 PM La Trobe’s Approach to Optimising Use of Research Infrastructure and Capabilities

Christopher Adda, Manager, Research Infrastructure, La Trobe University
Christopher has been a key figure in the preparation of the infrastructure plan for La Trobe University. His session will focus upon the challenge in changing research culture and getting researches researchers to think about infrastructure as tools of collaboration to derive maximum value from facilities.
  • Optimising returns on research infrastructure and obtaining key outcomes from the facilities
  • Setting up research platforms within the university to encourage collaboration between education institutions
  • Ensuring capabilities are available to stakeholders internally and externally to maximise research excellence

Christopher Adda, Manager

Research Infrastructure
La Trobe University

3:10 PM - 3:40 PM Afternoon Tea

In this panel discussion, participants will discuss the direction research in Australia is heading towards and in turn what it will mean for research facilities and infrastructure. The session will address the changing requirements, regulations and capabilities within this sector.
  • Methods for effectively supporting evolving needs for research capabilities
  • Addressing challenges of increasing construction costs, design complexities and equipment expenditure
  • Identifying opportunities for collaboration, open space facilities and interdisciplinary research environments

David Coomber

Research Support Strategy Manager
University of New South Wales

Martin Laszkiewicz

Senior Project Lead
University of Melbourne

Milos Milutinovic

Senior Associate
Woods Bagot

Professor Aleksandar Subic

Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Development)
Swinburne University of Technology

4:20 PM - 5:00 PM CHAMPAGNE ROUNDTABLE DISCUSSION: The Evolving Face of Science and Research Leading Towards a Shared Environment for Increased Productivity

Co-locating research, production and business functions in a single facility are one the rise with significant collaboration advantages and operating efficiencies to be had. This session will take a look at the strategies for solving compatibility problems associated with collaboration spaces and technically demanding research equipment zones. During this champagne roundtable, participants will be able to discuss collaboration strategies and its impact on productivity.
  • Evaluating alternative cross group collaboration strategies
  • Methods for resource sharing and cost reduction among business units
  • Creating multi purpose facilities for various end users of diff erent departments

5:00 PM - 11:59 PM Conference Closing – Remarks from the Conference Chairperson