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

Muthu Pannirselvam


Professional Officer, Rheology and Materials Characterization Labs
RMIT University


3:10 PM CASE STUDY: How to Manage a Cross-Disciplinary Research Space to Accelerate Speed of Research and Efficiency

Since 2004, the Australian Government has invested over $2.8 billion to deliver world-class research infrastructure. The dynamic shift in the way researchers conduct their work has had a profound effect on the design of their facilities. Research labs of today comprises of multiple researches across different disciplinary working in one flexible zone. In this session, Muthu Pannirselvam will explore:

  • Designing and developing open lab arrangements to accommodate for the different principle investigators
  • Evaluating the benefits of how this collaborative nature will support the evolving studies of its occupants over decades.
  • Exploring and benchmarking their new purpose built building against the existing
  • Reviewing the challenges and consequences of a not carefully thought-out space

3:30 PM Evaluate, Evaluate, Evaluate! Evidence Based Decisions for Improved Infrastructure

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


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

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