Keynote: Laboratory Planning: Different Countries, Different Thinking, Different Processes for the Same Goals!

Wednesday, September 20, 9:00 - 10:00 AM

The European Union and the United States of America are the two foremost leaders in research and development, including spending, scientific accomplishments and education. We promote and expect international collaboration, yet virtually all countries give rise to an intense competition for global innovation and leadership. This is reflected in every sector of the economy, particularly in the scientific research that represents the first line of creativity and new business opportunities. 

Scientific laboratories are places of creativity; its occupant’s well-being and the quality of the environment being the foremost priorities. Scientific research is diverse and complex—in order to create the appropriate laboratory environment, programming and planning of these spaces needs innovation and precision. Modularity, flexibility and adaptability, when combined with the optimal logistics and organizational concepts, become necessary elements in obtaining efficient and effective results. But the outcomes of this complex planning methodology are highly influenced by the local culture, thinking and processes.

In this session, Dario and Victor will present their innovative planning and design processes. Utilizing eight basic planning concepts, they will outline and contrast the different steps for creating state-of-the-art scientific research facilities. But no matter where located, in Europe or the United States, if followed these methodologies lead to the same outcomes—flexible, efficient and safe laboratories.

Learning Objectives:

  1. Learn the eight most influential, basic concepts for the planning state-of-the-art science facilities.
  2. Learn the different cultural thinking, processes and methodologies utilized in Europe and the United States.
  3. Learn potential points of innovation through the different ways of thinking.
  4. Through the process and project examples, learn why at the end the results are the same!