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Speaking application deadline: March 4th, 2022

This is Tradeline's 33rd annual conference on animal research facilities.

All stakeholders who are interested in speaking at the conference are tasked to demonstrate innovative ideas, models, processes, equipment, and/or solutions for animal research facility upgrades and new construction initiatives. Your speaking proposal should address one or more of the priorities and elements below that were identified as priority issues.

General priorities:

  • Increased utilization of existing space
  • Renovating and upgrading outdated space, systems, and equipment
  • Improved animal research facility operations and cost reduction
  • Accommodating new types of space and programs  
  • Flexibility and adaptability
  • Expanding capacity within existing footprint
  • Integrating building control systems 
  • Mechanical system upgrades
  • Improving quality and accuracy of room and microenvironment data collection


  • Space utilization metrics and benchmarks for animal holding, procedure, and lab support
  • Capital project planning and management strategies
  • Capital project cost models: Renovation and new construction
  • Low cost flexibility features and equipment to accommodate rapid changes in programs
  • Increasing housing capacity for existing research programs
  • Planning for adaptability: Animal labs that can be converted for future use as general labs
  • Equipment, components, and systems that bring facility infrastructure into compliance with current regulations and standards 
  • Facility requirements for accreditation/certification
  • Strategies for the digitization of cages, racks, equipment, and space  
  • High ROI on capital improvement expenditures
  • Renovation strategies that support continued operations while construction is underway
  • Lean/efficient process workflow and logistics
  • Cost effective equipment to maximize automation and reduce labor/injuries
  • Environmental controls: Vibration, acoustics, temperature, humidity
  • Integrating procedure space into existing facilities
  • New technology for monitoring and control of building systems
  • More efficient caging, IVC, and rack solutions
  • LEAN processes for animal facility operations
  • Emerging equipment and technologies for vivarium operating efficiency
  • Reduced labor, energy, and maintenance costs
  • Wall and flooring materials
  • Facility requirements for highly specialized labs (aquatics, reptiles, arthropods, etc.)
  • Equipment and processes for reduced air changes
  • Facility features for safety and/or security
  • Improved decontamination, sterilization, and waste handling processes and technology


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Terms of Participation

If you are from an owner/end-user's organization and your application for a 25-minute general-session report is accepted, your registration fees are complimentary and travel reimbursement may be available. General-session reports are limited to owner/end-user representatives (maximum two speakers).

Terms of Participation

If you are from an A/E/C, Consultant, Vendor, or Service Provider:

  • The speaking application process is competitive. Tradeline selects the topics that best meet the audience priorities.
  • If your application is selected there will be a sponsorship fee to secure the speaking spot: 
    ​$6,900 if Tradeline selects the topic to be presented twice (once on each day of the conference)
    $4,900 if selected for a one-time presentation
    (Breakout sessions are presented concurrently, so presenting twice allows participants two opportunities to attend, typically leading to a larger total audience.)
  • In addition you will need to register each speaker at the discounted rate of $1,925 per speaker (minimum one speaker and maximum three speakers).
Post-Conference Publication
Tradeline plans to record and publish select conference presentations in audio + PowerPoint webcast format to an audience beyond the in-person conference attendees. A draft will be provided to you for approval prior to publishing. Please indicate your interest below.
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