Insights and Innovation Theatre

Insights and Innovation Theatre

The Insights & Innovations theatre will bring short, punchy presentations focusing in lab management and digitisation in the lab. From the the latest methods to real world case studies to thoughts on the pitfalls of the modern research environment. It’ll be the forum where we present the freshest ideas on the ‘doing’ of science and research. We want to provoke and drive dialogue around science, the challenges we face as we conduct that science, and how we might improve the way we go about it. 

The Insights & Innovation theatre is curated by Laboratory News and sponsored by PerkinElmer.

Take a look below to see the confirmed speakers and topics and speakers so far.

Lab News
PerkinElmer

Wednesday 30 October

10:30 - 11:00 Innovations in lab equipment sustainability
11.00 - 11:30  TBC by PerkinElmer
11.30 - 12.00 Accreditation changes in the lab
13.30 - 14.00 Hiding In Plain Sight – spotting valuable intellectual property
14.00 - 14.30 TBC by PerkinElmer
14.30 - 15.00 Use of VR in the lab
15.00 - 15.30 Technicians

Thursday 31 October 

10:30 - 11:00 Innovations in lab equipment sustainability
11.00 - 11:30  TBC by PerkinElmer
11.30 - 12.00 Technicians
13.30 - 14.00 Freelancing in the lab
14.00 - 14.30 Using AI in science
14.30 - 15.00 Job matching platform for the life sciences
15.00 - 15.30 Getting the measure of it all

Wednesday 30 October

10.30 - 11.00

Innovations in lab equipment sustainability

Andy Evans, Director, Green Light Laboratories

11.00 - 11.30

Innovation from PerkinElmer

PerkinElmer

11.30 - 12.00

Accreditation changes in the lab

Jeff Ruddle, Operations Director, UKAS

13.30 - 14.00

Hiding In Plain Sight – spotting valuable intellectual property

Richard Wells, Patent Attorney, Potter Clarkson

 

The importance of intellectual property is often considered at a strategic level within businesses but can be neglected or misunderstood at the fundamental research front where the intellectual property is often generated. It is vital that research scientists – the key generators of IP, are well-informed about IP. Without a good grasp of the types of invention that can be protected, organisations could be missing out on valuable IP opportunities. 

In this talk, experts at Potter Clarkson will provide the lowdown on IP from a research scientist’s perspective, including: 

  • What can and can’t be protected
  • Straightforward modifications that they can make to experiments that can help to secure a broader scope of protection if patent protection is pursued
  • How to think commercially and beyond their current research focus to help obtain protection for a broader scope of products/processes

 

 

14.00 - 14.30

Innovation from PerkinElmer

PerkinElmer

14.30 - 15.00

Use of VR in the lab

Pawel Gawkowski, COO, Solution4labs

15.00 - 15.30

Technicians

Lab Manager, Science Council

Thursday 31 October

10.30 - 11.00

Innovations in lab equipment sustainability

Andy Evans, Director, Green Light Laboratories

11.00 - 11.30

Innovation from PerkinElmer

PerkinElmer

11.30 - 12.00

Technicians

Natalie Kennerley, Deputy Director, National Technician Development Centre

13.30 - 14.00

Freelancing in the lab

Kolabtree

The UK has a science skills shortage and to maintain its world leading position in medical research and development, something must be done. A study by STEM learning found that the current skills shortage is costing businesses £1.5 billion a year in temporary staffing, recruitment, training costs and inflated salaries.

Many projects require PhD level scientists, trained in a specific field, and these are hard to come by. The recruitment challenge leaves laboratory managers with long recruitment times, heavy training requirements and delays to projects.

With the UK’s imminent exit from the EU, there is a question mark over the future of access to EU skills, which could exacerbate the issue – we could even see research and development moving abroad.

One way of tackling recruitment challenges is to tap into the gig economy. There is a wealth of highly qualified PhD scientists out there, the challenge is accessing their talent.

Laboratory managers can opt for hiring freelance scientists to help with experiment design, statistical analysis, report writing and more. The benefits include flexibility, predictable cost and easy access to high-level skills. Freelancers remove the need to hire as many full-time members of staff and for some purposes, laboratory managers can access the skills of people all over the globe. For the scientist, it gives them the opportunity to be in control of when, where and what they work on.

 

 

14.00 - 14.30

Using AI in science

Prof Dr Ji Zhou, Phenomics Group Leader, Earlham Institute 

14.30 - 15.00

Job matching platform for the life sciences

Danika Khong, Cofounder, Scismic

Danika will touch on her personal story of grad school in Australia, to post doc #1 and post doc#2 in the US. Hindsight 20-20; the questions I should've asked the PI; the things I should've prioritized over just the science (the infrastructure and support networks, culture, work life balance); setting timelines and not staying too long in a lab; running projects more efficiently; finding my biotech job; the lessons learnt in biotech (including lab management, project management, and setting up a biotech R&D lab); my motivation to co-drive Scismic. I’ll then talk about how Scismic Lab Seeker can help guide early career researchers into finding their next lab. Scismic Job Seeker: Platform to match scientist to jobs in biotech (including diversity features).

 

 

 

 

15.00 - 15.30

Getting the measure of it all

Community for Analytical Measurement Science