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Speaking application deadline: November 12, 2021

This is Tradeline's 41st conference on laboratory design and research facility planning, capital project management, and facility operations.

This conference will focus on the new designs, metrics, and planning models for labs, offices, and support facilities for high-technology laboratory and research work environments.


  1. Post-COVID research workplace plans and benchmarks
  2. New flexibility, modularity, and adaptability strategies and features
  3. Space plans for the new research environment
  4. New metrics for scientific work environments: Bench, cores, support space, offices
  5. New metrics for space allocation, utilization, productivity, occupancy cost
  6. Renovation, repurposing, and captial project solutions and costs
  7. New space plans for cross-disciplinary teams of engineers, scientists, and data science professionals
  8. Strategic planning for research facilities

All stakeholders who are interested in speaking at this conference are tasked to demonstrate innovative ideas, models, and/or solutions using one or more of the elements below, or your own creative new concepts, to address the objectives above:

  • New space plans, metrics, and layouts for labs, offices, cores, and support space
  • Flexibility, adaptability, and scalability for new research programs and priorities
  • Adaptive reuse strategies
  • Workplace strategies for modern scientific work environments
  • Construction costs and budgets
  • Decision-making on renovation, repurposing, or building new
  • Space management and allocation policies for higher utilization
  • New NIH funding for vaccine, therapeutic, and diagnostic research 
  • New standards for “wet” bench space: Smaller modules, shared benches
  • Less permanently assigned space and flexible assignment of resources
  • Collaborative space: What qualifies as collaborative space, what is working, and what is not
  • Planning for increased computational space: Plans, metrics, and location
  • Centralized research core facilities for recruitment, reduced cost, and maximum space utilization
  • Multi-, trans-, and interdisciplinary research plans
  • Accommodating inreased demand for computational and data sciences into traditional research programs
  • Research facility portfolio upgrades for wrong type, outdated, and/or underutilized space
  • Reining in underperforming space, upgrading, and assigning it to productive programs
  • Increased demand for support space: Type, adjacencies, and quantity
  • The next generation smart lab – what are the key characteristics?
  • Lab equipment and furniture systems that provide modularity
  • Energy efficiency and sustainability
  • Automated lab monitoring and control systems
  • Building performance criteria
  • New, more cost efficient MEP systems
  • Lab casework/furniture systems
  • Modular and prefabricated design and construction solutions


  1. View the Past Participants list to see a sample of the institutions and job titles that will be participating.
  2. Consider the audience top issues above and plan how to address those with your presentation.
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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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