09 - 10 April, 2019 | Novotel Sydney Central, Sydney, Australia
Sarah O’Callaghan, Facilities Manager at Australian National University

Sarah O’Callaghan

Facilities Manager
Australian National University

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Conference Day Two: Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

10:00 AM INTERACTIVE SESSION: How Effective are Open Labs? Striking the Right Balance for Collaboration

During this discussion, we take a look at the effectiveness of open labs in sparking conversations and collaboration. New generation lab spaces aredesigned to reduce the amount of closed work spaces and allow researchers to engage in discussions outsideof traditional communal spaces such as hallways or the cafeteria. However, the reality of open labs increases thelevel of noise, counter-productive to the intent of the design. Therefore, how can we design a spacethat strikes the right balancebetween work and interaction?

  • Collaborativespaces: What works and what could be improved?
  • Meeting the demand for types of support spaces, labs, officespaces and coreareas
  • Features to transition traditional researcher mindset on spaceutilisation
  • Key ingredients for collaboration and effective use of spacewithin labs