30 April - 1 May 2018 | Australia

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Research Facilities Design and Development 2018 - View Final Program

Welcome to the 4th Annual Research Facilities Design and Development Summit 2018!

This years event aims to:
-    Address innovation regarding the best designs for research facilities
-    Analyse construction strategies to boost operational efficacy
-    Review the development of facilities to maximise space utilisation
-    Provide you with the best management advices to prevent a loss in ROI

National Media

NSW to launch research centre for defence autonomous systems

The federal government has contributed AU$50 million from its Next Generation Technologies Fund to help set up the NSW Cooperative Research Centre for Trusted Autonomous Systems.

wilson architects designs a colourful health research facility on the australian thursday island

wilson architects, in association with clarke and prince architects, has designed the new australian institute of tropical health and medicine (aithm) on thursday island. aithm was established by james cook university and encompasses three new health research facilities located in townsville, cairns, and in the torres strait.

Case Studies

Aligning Research Facilities with Industry Needs

Ahead of Research Facilities Design & Development we chat to Geraldine Mackenzie, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Research at Southern Cross University. Geraldine discuses Southern Cross University’s industry aligned research strategy, and how the new Centre for Organics Research is aiding multidisciplinary collaboration and attracting industry funding.

Developing a Flexible, Mixed-Use Precinct to Aid Research and Knowledge Growth

Ahead of Research Facilities Design & Development we chat to Milos Milutinovic, Senior Associate at architecture firm Woods Bagot. Milos discuses how Tonsley, Australia’s first innovation district, was developed to provide an environment where industry could innovate and grow through connection to research, education and collaboration.

La Trobe University Sports Park

Ahead of Research Facilities Design & Development we chat to Russell Hoye, Pro Vice Chancellor of Research and Director of La Trobe Sport, at La Trobe University in Melbourne. Russell discuses La Trobe’s $150 million world class Sports Park concept, an Australian first, that brings together the community and elite sport user groups with the University’s teaching and research expertise.  


Research Student Expectations from activity based learning space

In this presentation from Research Facilities Design and Development 2017, Dr Sandris Zeivots explores the corrolaton between research facility design and student learning and expectations.

Retrofitting Existing Space to Enable Effective Space Utilisation and Reduced Utilities Consumption

Children's Medical Research Institute (CMRI) have commenced a 5 stage refurbishment of its current Westmead site and stage 1 has been completed which has doubled floor space from 4,500sqm to 9,000sqm.
In this presentation from Research Facilities Design and Development 2017, Darryn Capes-Davis, Head of Operations at CMRI explores:
  • Reducing electricity consumption by 30% while also doubling floor space through upgrading to use efficient plant, lighting and building control systems
  • Upgrading equipment alarming system to a comprehensive system encompassing all Temperature Controlled Environments and a fully automated cloud based on call roster and alerting system
  • Refitting new wet lab space into a fit for purposed Mass Spectrometry facility for the ProCan project

Building Stakeholder Relationships in the Design and Development Process

Southern Cross University is currently undergoing major change in research structures with three new Research Institutes in Innovative Agriculture, Regional Futures, and the Institute for Development, Environment and Sustainability (IDEAS). The Institute for Innovative Agriculture builds on SCU’s base of research excellence in primary industries which is relevant to our subtropical regional footprint, providing a platform for the development and continuation of partnerships with industry and government. It will bring together Southern Cross Plant Science and the new multidisciplinary Centre for Organics Research.
In this presentation from Research Facilities Design and Development 2017,  Geraldine McKenzie Deputy Vice Chancellor of Research, Southern Cross University explores:
  • A case study of the Organics Research Centre, a partnership between Southern Cross University and the NSW Department of Primary Industries
  • Partnering with Governmental departments to further research collaboration
  • Coordinating and integrating of basic and applied research; extension and commercialisation; education and training; and policy development and managing all relevant stakeholders