Research Facilities 2021

September 27-28, 2021

Safety protocols while at conference: This conference will be conducted in accordance with state, local, and hotel safety protocols with respect to masks on larger gatherings. At this time, masks are required in all indoor public settings in the city of Boston. View safety protocol FAQs.


New lab designs, research programs and initiatives, laboratory equipment, workspace, workflows, socialization processes, and space utilization metrics are forcing new and unconventional solutions for labs, offices, core facilities, support space, and mechanical infrastructure. 

The content of this conference has major planning implications for your research facilities, R&D workspace, and laboratory renovations, upgrades, and expansions.

At this conference you’ll get the new metrics, facility features, and capital project strategies for the changes underway in high-technology laboratory and research work environments.

This meeting is your opportunity to forge valuable connections with peer research organizations and leading lab planning experts, and get the details on the new lab, space, and infrastructure support systems that address these new research workplace realities:

  • Adaptive reuse is a major driver: Converting existing, underutilized non-science space to research and development space
  • Hybrid workplace models are now being applied to the research environment
  • Traditionally independent research programs are converging and moving to shared-resource models
  • Space utilization, data-science-based research, and new research workspace models are now top drivers of capital projects     
  • Less research space is being uniquely assigned, and new space types are emerging
  • Socialization within (and between) research groups is now a critical planning factor for researcher engagement
  • Legacy space allocation and planning metrics are being revised, and some discarded completely
  • Open office plans for research staff and alternative workplace options are gaining traction
  • The sharing of research resources has become a major planning priority
  • New research workspace standards and designs are delivering greater flexibility and adaptability
  • Allocation standards for bench-space are being upended
  • Repurposing of non-science spaces for research is on the rise 
  • Lab automation is increasing the demand for new types of research workspaces outside of the lab areas
  • Spaces for cGMP labs, A.I., robotics research, and computational science are in high demand
  • Shared equipment cores are reducing cost, improving collaboration, and raising space utilization

Make this a key planning event for your project team (capital project people, lab planners, facility planners, facility engineers, consulting architects and engineers, operations managers, and research group leaders) to get everyone on the same planning page with respect to the details, numbers, processes, and expectations.  

PLUS! This special pre-conference course on September 26th:
The Fundamentals of Planning and Design of Research Laboratories and MEP Systems

PLUS! Tour the Interdisciplinary Science and Engineering Complex (ISEC), Northeastern University 


If you would like to participate as an exhibitor or sponsor, or would like updates on the conference as they become available please email or call (925) 254-1744 x 119

Who should attend?
Conference registration is open to those employed at research based organizations and their capital project teams including project managers, lab planners, architects, engineers, construction managers, facility managers, capital planners, space managers, and research program directors who have responsibility for planning, design, construction, and operation of labs and research facilities. Conference registration is limited for those not employed at research organizations.