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  Lab Sustainability - Interaction of Lab Costs for 2020
11.00 - 11:30  Cannabis testing – growing pains and how to reach the highs
11.30 - 12.00 Evolution of UKAS Assessments
13.30 - 14.00 Hiding In Plain Sight – spotting valuable intellectual property
14.00 - 14.30 Maximising the Information on the Spatial Distribution of Tablet Ingredients using NIR Imaging
14.30 - 15.00  Using Virtual Reality in the Lab
15.00 - 15.30 21st Century technicians: Challenges, insights and innovation

Thursday 31 October 

10:30 - 11:00 Lab Sustainability - Interaction of Lab Costs for 2020 
11.00 - 11:30  My Sample has gone up in smoke: Total Analysis using TGA –IR- GCMS
11.30 - 12.00  Addressing the Shortage of Technicians
13.30 - 14.00 New Approaches to the Skills Crisis
14.00 - 14.30 Using AI in science
14.30 - 15.00  The Life Cycle of a Scientist - From Academia to Entrepreneurship
15.00 - 15.30 Getting the measure of it all

Wednesday 30 October

10.30 - 11.00

Andy Evans

Lab Sustainability - Interaction of Lab Costs for 2020

Andy Evans, Director, Green Light Laboratories

11.00 - 11.30

David Price

Cannabis testing – growing pains and how to reach the highs

  David Price, Field Application Specialist, PerkinElmer

11.30 - 12.00

Jeff Ruddle

Evolution of UKAS Assessments

Jeff Ruddle, Strategic Development Director, UKAS

 

A look at the opportunities and challenges presented by the use of remote assessing tools, data analysis and risk assessment in determining the assessment approach for UKAS accredited organisations.

 

 

13.30 - 14.00

Richard Wells

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

Rhys Kelham

Maximising the Information on the Spatial Distribution of Tablet Ingredients using NIR Imaging

 

Rhys Kelham, IR Product Specialist, PerkinElmer

 

 

14.30 - 15.00

Pawel Gawkowski

Using Virtual Reality in the Lab

Pawel Gawkowski, COO, Solution4labs

15.00 - 15.30

Dawkins-Hall, Laurence S

21st Century technicians: Challenges, insights and innovation

Laurence Dawkins-Hall, Lab Manager, Science Council

Thursday 31 October

10.30 - 11.00

Andy Evans

Lab Sustainability - Interaction of Lab Costs for 2020

Andy Evans, Director, Green Light Laboratories

11.00 - 11.30

Tim Mann

My Sample has gone up in smoke: Total Analysis using TGA –IR- GCMS

Tim Mann – TEA product Manager, PETA Solutions

11.30 - 12.00

Natalie Kennerly

Addressing the Shortage of Technicians

Natalie Kennerley, Director, National Technician Development Centre

There is a massive shortage of technicians in the UK and with widening technical skills gaps, research across a range of sectors is likely to suffer as a result. A range of issues has led to our current situation in the UK - including undervalued, invisible and unappreciated technical staff, an ageing workforce and a lack of development and career pathways. All of this, combined with a shortage of trainee and apprentice technicians, means labs are struggling to fill technical posts at every level. The National Technician Development Centre is looking to address these issues through a range of bespoke tools, services and advice, that will bolster the technical workforce and ensure technicians get the recognition and development they deserve.

 

 

13.30 - 14.00

Jonathan Hedger

New Approaches to the Skills Crisis

Jonathan Hedger, Marketing Director, 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

Prof Ji Zhou

Combining AI and computer vision to address research challenges – lessons from the field

Prof Dr Ji Zhou, Phenomics Group Leader, Earlham Institute 

The integration of machine learning, computer vision, high-throughput data analysis and life sciences is opening up new approaches to move research into a new era. In this talk, I will introduce the multi-scale plant phenotyping and related phenotypic analysis carried out at Norwich Research Park. Based on IoT technology, distributed computing, embedded artificial intelligence and big data management, I will introduce how plant growth, climate patterns and key yield-related traits can be compared to give us better crops.

 

 

14.30 - 15.00

Dhanika Kohng

The Life Cycle of A Scientist: From Academia to Entrepreneurship

Danika Khong, Cofounder, Scismic

A personal story of grad school in Australia, to post doc #1 and post doc#2 in the US. Highlighting the things early career researchers should be aware of when trying to find work/life balance and how to progress to their next lab. Also an introduction to Scismic Lab Seeker, a platform to help guide early career researchers into finding their next lab and Scismic Job Seeker a platform to match scientist to jobs in biotech.

 

 

 

 

15.00 - 15.30

Melissa Hanna Brown

Getting the measure of it all: The CAMS initiative

Melissa Hanna Brown, The Community for Analytical Measurement (CAMS) Initiative, Pfizer

The talk will discuss the CAMS journey, from identifying and articulating the need, engaging support of stakeholders and funding bodies to the successful launch in June 2019 of the community network and what we see are the challenges ahead.