Insights and Innovations Theatre

New for 2017, the Insights and Innovations Theatre has been designed to address the pressing topics facing the industry today. Topics covered include; laboratory sustainability, funding strategies in the face of Brexit, LIMS and laboratory of the future.

Take a look at the seminar programme below:

Day One

11:30 - 12:00

Innovations in Lab Equipment Sustainability

  • Differences in running costs between different equipment types.
  • Carbon emissions and cash, the impact of procurement and best practice
  • Case study data from well prestigious universities and institutions
  • Total life costs – what to look out for, rating equipment and making informed decisions

Andy Evans, Director, Green Light Laboratories

12:00 - 13:30

Lunch and networking break

13:30 - 14:10

Working with Amazon in the Laboratory Supply Industry

  • E-commerce for B2B & lab supplies
  • Amazon and its vision
  • Working with Amazon BISS & Amazon Business

Misha Vaswani, Head of Laboratory Supplies, Amazon EU

14:10 - 14:40

Addressing the Gap in Scientific Training

  • The role of technical staff in the production of scientific knowledge
  • Supporting and developing young staff
  • Importance of ongoing training for established technical staff
  • Future planning: recruitment versus training
  • How to ensure organisations can get the skills they need

Malcolm Skingle, Director Academic Liaison, GSK and Chair of the Science Industry Partnership Board

14:40 - 15:00

Interoperable Pathology - the way forward in a connected NHS

  • Meeting the NHSI mandate for consolidation to 29 regional networks
  • Interoperability vital for Lab collaboration
  • LIMS vs. Best of Breed approach - the cost & quality implications
  • Digital pathology crucial for inclusion

Gus Lusack, Head of Pathology, Northampton General Hospital



15:05 - 15:35

The Influence of Laboratory Automation on the Modern Lab

  • Elevating the performance of your laboratory
  • Balancing ease of use and reduction in costs
  • Can a fully automated lab be applied to all sciences?
  • Automating a variety of applications

Mike Clayton, Managing Director - Northern Europe, Abbott Diagnostics

15:35 - 15:55

Integrating chromatography and mass spectrometry systems

  • One intuitive software for both chromatography and now mass spectometry
  • Open access software for walk up operation
  • Automate analysis with eWorkflows to streamline laboratory operations
  • Flexible options depending on whether you are a mass spectometry novice or expert

Dr Tim Cross, EMEA Regional Marketing Manager - HPLC, Thermo Fisher Scientific 



16:00 - 16:30

PANEL DISCUSSION: Automation vs Training

Highly automated laboratories may well be the future of high output research but what is the cost to training and the availability of new scientists?

Malcolm Skingle, Director Academic Liaison, GSK and Chair of the Science Industry Partnership Board

Gus Lusack, Head of Pathology, Northampton General Hospital

Mike Clayton, Managing Director - Northern Europe, Abbott Diagnostics

Dr Tim Cross, EMEA Regional Marketing Manager - HPLC, Thermo Fisher Scientific

Judy Smith, General Manager, Dedalus UK 

Day Two

10:45 - 11:30

The Technician Commitment

  • Background - Addressing the key challenges facing technical staff working in higher education and research -  developing the Technician Commitment
  • Progress - Ensuring organisational commitment to Increasing the visibility, recognition, career development opportunities and sustainability of technicians in universities and research institutes
  • Next Steps - Establishing a sector wide community of practice to drive forward professional development opportunities for the technical community

Kelly Vere, Higher Education Engagement Manager, Science Council 

11:30 - 12:15

Gaining UKAS Accreditation – what to do and how to keep it

  • External factors for maintaining accreditation
  • How to derive both internal and external commercial benefit
  • The value of the accreditation process

Jon Murthy, Marketing and Communications Manager, UKAS 

12:15 - 13:30

Lunch and networking break

13:30 - 14:15

Women in STEM

  • Promoting female talent in STEM from classroom to boardroom
  • Female scientists as role models - and how they make a difference
  • Strategies for supporting women in science

Helen Wollaston, Chief Executive, WISE 

14:15 - 15:00

Valorisation of Laboratory Waste

  • The talk will present a new report on how businesses can gain value from their waste
  • As the business world moves on from recycling (let's try to use bits of this product again) thinking to circular economy (design the next use of the product's elements into the produce from the start) thinking, there is naturally also a focus on the creation of value from waste materials associated with the product manufacturing process
  • The report will examine approaches and successes, across a range of sectors, with an emphasis on laboratory waste

Gerald Law, CEO, Innovation DB 

15:00 - 15:45

Consumer Insight as a Driver for Product Development in Food & Beverages

De-risking the innovation process in food science, sensory science and nutrition
The role of regulation and market insight
Understanding the innovation lifecycle