University Facilities for the Sciences & Advanced Technologies 2022 - Spring

April 4-5, 2022

Boston has lifted its proof-of-vaccine and mask requirement for indoor businesses. View conference safety protocol FAQs.


At this conference you’ll get the details on the newly emerging science, engineering, and advanced technology capital project and planning initiatives that are changing the face of higher education campuses.

PLUS! This special pre-conference course on April 3rd:
The Fundamentals of Planning and Design of University Science and Engineering Facilities

PLUS! Tour these outstanding new science and engineering buildings: 
MIT.nano, one of the largest commitments to research in MIT’s history
- The Schiller Institute for Integrated Science and Society at Boston College

Students, grant funding programs, researchers, and the market at large are all demanding advanced technology capabilities beyond the campus norm. New construction, renovation, and space planning initiatives are delivering totally new space types, program colocations, and layouts, and very different physical infrastructure platforms needed for:

  1. Increasingly blurred lines between physical, digital, and biological spheres of learning and research
  2. Widespread program convergence of the sciences, engineering, and advanced technologies
  3. Active, experiential, and project-based learning
  4. Growth in data-science-driven research and education
  5. Expanded emphasis on maker culture and entrepreneurship programs  
  6. Meeting market demand for skilled graduates in high-technology fields

Attend this conference to check your plans against what others are building for education, discovery, and innovation success in engineering, health sciences, biological/physical sciences, robotics, automated intelligence (AI), data sciences, biotechnology, nanotechnology, applied sciences, and other high-priority, high-tech programs. Here, you’ll get the details on state-of-the-art facility concepts, planning models, and capital project strategies for:

  • Renovation, reuse, and repurposing of facilities for STEM
  • Improved space utilization for labs, learning, and support space  
  • New classroom configurations: Active learning, flipped classrooms, and project-based education
  • Research laboratory workspace and core labs
  • High-growth programs: Robotics, bio-based engineering, computer and data sciences
  • Trends in academic program convergence and space planning
  • Flexibility and adaptability for shared use and multiple modalities 
  • Effective social and informal learning activity 
  • Collaboration and interaction for students and researchers
  • Product design, ideation, prototyping, and maker space
  • Innovation space for student entrepreneurship
  • Industry-academic partnerships space
  • Transparency and visual connections among students and programs
  • Integrated science and engineering teaching and research
  • Scientific lab furniture and casework
  • Energy reduction, water conservation, and sustainability strategies

Make this a key planning event to get your project stakeholders (capital project people, facility planners, facility engineers, design architects, consulting engineers, science and engineering deans, program chairs and faculty, financial officers, and operations managers) on the same planning page with respect to the details, numbers, processes, and expectations. 

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 universities, colleges, and junior colleges, and their project teams including project managers, facility planners, lab planners, space planners, architects, facility engineers, operations managers, academic science, technology, and engineering deans, faculty, and research program administrators. Conference registration is limited for those not employed at colleges and universities.