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Organics research hub to be set up on NSW north coast

A new national science hub dedicated to organics research will be created at the Lismore campus of Southern Cross University.

Vice-chancellor Professor Adam Shoemaker said there was no more appropriate region in the country to focus on organics,

"What there hasn't been as a whole approach to the science and a whole approach to the value and certification of it so we intend to take that out to the next level," he said.

Could Tonsley become Australia’s Silicon Valley?

The 61-hectare innovation precinct in Adelaide's southern suburbs is home to a range of startup programs, a number of large tech companies and two tertiary education institutions.
Australia’s Silicon Valley could end up in the southern suburbs of Adelaide, according to proponents of an innovation precinct that mixes cutting-edge research with corporate know-how and startup flair.

The Tonsley innovation district is located on the site of the former Mitsubishi Motors auto assembly plant in Adelaide’s southern suburbs, around 20 minutes south of the CBD by road or train.

Case Studies

Designing the Monash Centre for Electron Microscopy

The Monash Centre for Electron Microscopy (MCEM) is one the 24 platforms within MTRP’s portfolio and it is designed to provide high-tech instrumentation and expertise in scanning and transmission electron microscopy.

John Bonaventura, Principal at Scarborough Architects, notes that his firm was first approached by Monash University reflecting their extensive experience in designing complex research facilities.

How MPI-CBG has Centralised Core Facilities to Drive Collaboration

Ahead of Research Facilities Design & Development 2016, Jussi Helppi, Head of Biomedical Services (BMS) & Speaker of Services & Facilities, shares exclusive insight into how MPI-CBG has centralised core facilities to drive collaboration between researchers and maintain equipment quality standards.

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.  

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Efficient Space Management Strategies to Support and Facilitate Research

In this presentation from Research Facilities Design and Development 2016 Harald Baulis, Manager Space Planning at The University of Adelaide Explores:

  • University of Adelaide's significant process of  engagement with researchers, master planning and detailed review of facilities.
  • The University’s space system is at the leading edge in terms of accessibility and user engagement, supporting a robust alignment with the future direction of research.

Curtin Health Innovation Research Institute: Enhancing Communication Channels Between Architects and End Users during the Refurbishment

In this presentation from Research Facilities Design and Development 2016 Rob Steuart Research Facility Manager, CHIRI Bioscience Research Precinct Curtin University explores:

  • Communication flow between project team and end users, understanding the practical needs of end users
  • Importance of business continuity during the refurbishment process
  • Facilities management process which include not just the building but also making equipment accessible to researchers

Common Issues with Biocontainment Facilities

In this presentation from Research Facilities Design and Development 2016 Frederic Jeunet from Amec Foster Wheeler explores:

  • Important design features of biocontainment facilities
  • Common issues in regard to regulators and additional requirements for animals, insects and plants
  • How to mitigate risk through additional design and contruction considerations

Determining Feasibility of Retrofitting Existing Space vs Designing New Facilities for Long Term Cost Benefits

In this presentation from Research Facilities Design and Development 2016 Professor Robert Fitzgerald, Director, INSPIRE Centre University of Canberra explores:

  • Importance of making spaces and facilities accessible, open and easy to use
  • Design thinking process through out the project life cycle – from conception through to design and development and testing with end users
  • Measuring the success of the facility post occupancy

Resource Sharing for Increased Collaboration and Reducing Operational Costs

In this presentation from Research Facilities Design and Development 2016 Lisa Hutton, General Manager, Monash Biomedical Imaging (MBI), Monash University & Centre Manager, ARC Centre of Excellence for Integrative Brain Function (CIBF) explores:

  • Expanding collaboration and resource sharing leads to a reduction in quantity and cost of lab equipment
  • Resource sharing equates to lower operational and maintenance costs
  • Cultural shift when migrating to inter-departmental accessible facilities
  • Using research partnerships and collaboration to increase facility utilisation

MainStream Media

Apple builds new R&D centers in China & Indonesia

According to a new report from Chinese news outlet the Economic Daily News, Apple is “aggressively” working to expand its presence in Southeast Asia. The company has been working with Foxconn on the efforts, the report explains, further strengthening the partnership between the two parties.

Specifically, Apple is expected to begin constructing two new research and development centers in 2017. One is said to be located in Indonesia, while the other is  destined for Shenzhen, China, Apple announced in October.

Imperial College chooses ISG to deliver visionary new medical research facility

Imperial College London has chosen ISG as preferred contractor to deliver a circa £70 million project to construct its new Michael Uren Biomedical Engineering Research Hub.
The Hub is one of the flagship buildings at the College’s White City Campus, a new 23-acre district dedicated to research and innovation in science, engineering, medicine and business. Designed as a collaborative facility, it will provide space for Imperial’s world-leading researchers, engineers, scientists and clinicians to work alongside one another to address some of the most pressing biomedical and healthcare problems of our time. It will further life-changing research into new and affordable medical technology.