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

Darryn Cape-Davis

Head of Operations
Children’s Medical Research Institute


3:50 PM PANEL DISCUSSION: Can you keep up? Explore Futurist Design Infrastructures to keep up with the Changing World

Peer into the window of the future as experts predict the future of research laboratory designs and constructions. Today, we look into the trends in research programs and funding and how those trends affect the decisions intuitions are making when they build and renovate their laboratory spaces. Scientists, their machines and laboratories are built to be more amazing than they have ever been before. This panel will explore:

  • Design facilities are moving into environments that meet the needs of today and accommodate demands of tomorrow? What kind of investments will we need to make?
  • Do you think spatial characteristics will increase research’s creativity and innovation? If so how, and what kind of spatial factors?
  • Attaining the latest state-of-the-art technology is big challenge. How do we keep up with this with so little funding?
  • Cheap, Fast and Efficient Laboratory Designs: Will acquiring a perfect research facility be possible?

1:00 PM Safety in Design: The Impact of Safety and Security on Facility Designs

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


Check out the incredible speaker line-up to see who will be joining Darryn.

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