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This conference focuses on capital project planning, programming, and management of higher education teaching and research facilities for the sciences and advanced technologies.

In a recent Tradeline survey of higher education STEM facilities executives, 82% of respondents forecast that they expect science/engineering/technology capital project activity to increase (35%) or increase substantially (47%) at their institutions over the next five years.

All stakeholders who are interested in speaking at the conference are tasked to demonstrate innovative ideas, models, equipment, and/or solutions for capital project planning, programming, and management targeting trending space types and pressing new institutional objectives:


  • Engineering
  • Health Sciences
  • Robotics
  • A.I./Data Sciences/Computational Space
  • Physical Sciences
  • Biological Sciences
  • Research Facilities
  • Experiential Learning, Active Learning, and Team-based Education  
  • Maker Space
  • Innovation Hubs and Entrepreneurship Space


  1. Grow the sciences, advanced technology, and engineering programs
  2. Improve research and teaching outcomes
  3. Support convergence of the sciences, technology, and engineering programs and space
  4. Support maker culture and entrepreneurship
  5. Increase flexibility and optimum use of facilities
  6. Stimulate collaboration and connectivity 
  7. Raise the efficiency and effectiveness of resource use – space, budgets, and technology

Your presentation may call upon one or more of the following issues (or your own creative solutions) to meet the objectives above:

  • Renovation and modernization of outdated facilities 
  • Repurposing non-science space for sciences, advanced technology, and engineering programs
  • Programming, design, and construction of new buildings 
  • Facility flexibility and adaptability for shared use and rapidly changing programs
  • New classroom configurations for experiential learning, active learning, team-based education 
  • Research labs and multidisciplinary research facilities
  • Mixed teaching and research facilities; Interdisciplinary research facility plans
  • Integrating data-science based programs with exisiting and new research space 
  • Facility features for student and researcher recruitment 
  • Maker space and project lab plans
  • Highly specialized space: Cleanroom, cGMP, imaging, robotics, etc. 
  • Shared design studio, prototyping, and display spaces
  • Space allocation, metrics, and layouts for labs, classrooms, support space, and offices
  • Decision-making on renovation vs. building new
  • Improved space management and space utilization
  • Transparency and enabling visual connections
  • Integrating student innovation and entrepreneurship programs  
  • Effective social and informal learning space
  • Efficient, shared-core research facilities
  • Cost-effective, flexible lab furniture and casework
  • Building vibration controls, EMI, and equipment precision safeguards
  • High-efficiency, low-cost mechanical system solutions
  • Environmental control systems and sensors: Occupancy, acoustics, air quality, temperature, humidity
  • Building automation systems and facility technology implementation
  • Successful energy, water, and sustainability initiatives
  • Project management processes that lower costs and optimize outcomes
  • Lower construction and operation costs


  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.


To complete a speaking application, you will need:

  • Presentation title, one-paragraph summary, and up to four takeaway ideas
  • Speaker names, contact information, Bio/CV, and headshot image
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