Keynote #2: Shaping the Lab of the Future: Designing for Future Scientific Research Facilities

Tuesday, April 30, 9:00 - 10:00 AM

Room #: Regency Ballroom Q

Arup has undertaken research, through its Foresight Team, to look at the future drivers for scientific research and what this will mean for the commissioning, design and delivery of research facilities. The aim of this research is to inform people working within this sector—clients, developers, architects and engineers—about the direction for scientific research which will enable us, as an industry, to design and deliver facilities that are fit for purpose, respond to future challenges and truly enable scientific endeavor.

This Keynote will cover the background to the work and the drivers shaping the future of scientific research such as shifting geography, digitalization and increasing global competition. The presentation will focus on the future of labs and what this means for building professionals in terms of commissioning, designing and delivering new research facilities. Over the past 12 months, Arup’s Foresight Team has undertaken extensive research to inform this work—including interviews with prominent scientists as well as workshops with colleagues and collaborators in the sector. 

The Keynote will focus on the key drivers for scientific research—how research is changing, what will impact it, and how the needs of researchers will shift. Once an understanding of the research landscape is presented, the speaker will focus in on the key themes that came through in Arup’s research. The responses to these drivers will then be grouped into three key themes. Within these themes, we will discuss the key trends and how we can design research facilities that respond to them.

These themes are:
• People & Collaboration 
• Spaces & Operation
• Infrastructure & Place 

Within each theme, we will explore major trends, using case studies to illustrate the issues. For example, under People & Collaboration, a key trend is increasing interdisciplinary collaboration which will be illustrated with the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology in Moscow. Other examples of the physical spaces that respond to the issues raised will be presented and what needs to be considered in the design of a new research facility. 

Key Takeaways:
•    Understand the key drivers for scientific research in the future.
•    Understand how the needs and expectations of researchers are changing.
•    Review the three key themes that future laboratory design will need to consider and the trends within them.
•    Gain an overview of the types of physical spaces required in new research facilities.

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