09 - 10 April, 2019 | Novotel Sydney Central, Sydney, Australia

Tam Nguyen


Deputy Director of Research, Adjunct Associate Professor
St Vincent Hospital Melbourne, RMIT University


10:00 AM PANEL DISCUSSION: How Effective are Open Labs? Striking the Right Balance for Collaboration

During this discussion, we take a look at the effectiveness of open labs in sparking conversations and collaboration. New generation lab spaces are designed to reduce the amount of closed work spaces and allow researchers to engage in discussions outside of traditional communal spaces such as hallways or the cafeteria. However, the reality of open labs increases the level of noise, counter-productive to the intent of the design. Therefore, how can we design a space that strikes the right balance between work and interaction?

  • Collaborative spaces: What works and what could be improved?
  • Meeting the demand for types of support spaces, labs, office spaces and core areas
  • Features to transition traditional researcher mindset on space utilisation
  • Key ingredients for collaboration and effective use of space within labs


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

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