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Speaking applications due by April 5, 2024

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.

Tradeline conferences are produced for the benefit of building owners, and individuals from owner organizations always make up more than 50% of the total conference attendance.

General priorities:

  • Facility flexibility for changing research programs
  • Strategies for renovating outdated space, systems, and equipment
  • Reducing labor requirements: Technology, equipment, and overall strategies
  • Digital technologies for cage and room monitoring, and data collection
  • Lower operating and capital costs
  • Plans for improved space utilization & high occupancy density
  • Commissioning, start-up, re-verification processes
  • Improving work environments for staff health, engagement, collaboration
  • Capacity expansion


  • Space utilization metrics and benchmarks for animal holding, procedure, and lab support
  • Addressing labor shortages with new automation, technology, and equipment strategies 
  • Capital project planning and management strategies
  • Capital project cost models: Renovation, upgrades, and new construction
  • Low cost flexibility features and equipment to accommodate rapid changes in programs
  • Increasing housing capacity 
  • LEAN processes for animal facility operations
  • Improved work environments for staff
  • 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 
  • 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
  • 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.)
  • Improved decontamination, sterilization, and waste handling processes and technology


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
  • Current Overview
  • Presentation Content
  • Speakers
  • Preview
  • Complete

Speaking Application

Type of Presentation

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: 
    ​$7,600 if Tradeline selects the topic to be presented twice (once on each day of the conference)
    $5,900 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 $2,100 per speaker (minimum one speaker and maximum four speakers).
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