Scientific Laboratory Show & Conference 2 2024020



With a capacity of 520 seats, the main lecture theatre will showcase a series of keynote speakers to a keen audience.

Robin Ince

Comedian and populariser of scientific ideas.

Robin Ince is best known as a comedian and populariser of scientific ideas. He is the creator and co-host of the podcast Robin and Josie’s Book Shambles, which gains over 100,000 hits a month, as well as the weekly music podcast with Michael Legge, Vitriola, which mixes nonsense, arguments and discussions on the latest music releases. He continues to present the Sony Gold Award winning BBC Radio 4 series The Infinite Monkey Cage with Professor Brian Cox and has toured solo shows about consciousness, Charles Darwin, and physics. He is also touring ...

Helen Czerski

Physicist, Oceanographer, Presenter, and Author

Helen is a physicist, first and foremost, but she’s acquired a few other labels along the way: oceanographer, presenter, author and bubble enthusiast. She was born and brought up near Manchester in the northwest of England, and spent her childhood playing by the canals and along the old railway routes of the early Industrial Revolution. Maths and science (especially physics) always felt as though they would be her focus in the long term, and she studied Natural Sciences (Physics) at Churchill College, Cambridge, finishing with a ...

Dr. Adam Rutherford

Scientist, Author, and Broadcaster


One of BBC Radio 4’s most pre-eminent broadcasters, Adam’s recent six-part series Bad Blood: The Story of Eugenics, recently won the audio Kavli AAAS Science Journalism Gold Award. Adam also presents Radio 4’s flagship programme Start the Week and before that, was the host of Inside Science for eight years. His popular series The Curious Cases of Rutherford and Fry has been on air for a decade, and he was the presenter of the BBC’s flagship programme Inside Science for eight years. Adam is also a regular guest on Lauren Laverne’s BBC ...

Dr Michelle Jackson

Head of Technical Operations, University of Manchester

Michelle has worked in a number of universities across the UK, in post-doctoral, technical, and senior technical management and operational roles. She held the position of HEaTED Development Manager for a number of years before becoming a consultant working on several challenging projects for the Institute of Science and Technology, the S-Lab project and HEIs. Michelle is the Registrar on the IST executive group and was instrumental in setting up their registration scheme. She continues to coordinate the scheme and its assessors.

How to Manage Your Continuing ...

Caleb Wright Deputy Director, NTDC & Karen Bailey-Smith, Technical Development, Modernisation and Innovation Manager, Sheffield Hallam University

Employing an Apprentice in a Technical role- some practical tips

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Karen Bailey-Smith

Technical Development, Modernisation and Innovation Manager, Sheffield Hallam University

Karen started her career as a technician in a food testing laboratory, worked in vaccine manufacture and for the Ministry of Agriculture and fisheries in New Zealand. She returned to the UK to study for her PhD in the Department of Molecular Biology and Biotechnology at the University of Sheffield, before embarking on her career at Sheffield Hallam University. Starting life as a Bioscience technician, nearly 20 years ago, and then moving up to technical team leader, Karen is now the Technical Development Manager and is ...

Sheri Scott Csci, FIBMS

Senior Lecturer in Biomedical Science, Nottingham Trent University
Professional Development Beyond the Lab

Sheri Scott is a Senior Lecturer and course leader for the IBMS accredited BSc Applied Biomedical Science at Nottingham Trent University. Her areas of expertise are Clinical Biochemistry, POCT, Healthcare Science education, Professional Practice and lab sustainability. Sheri joined NTU in January 2018 after a career covering 22 years working in Clinical Biochemistry in NHS laboratories. She is an advocate for continual professional development and sustainability.  

Her previous roles include Senior Biomedical Scientist at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham, Training Lead in ...

Caleb Wright

Deputy Director, NTDC

Caleb is the Deputy director for the NTDC. Caleb Wright is the Apprenticeship Scheme Manager at the University of Birmingham and is responsible for the development and delivery of the University’s Apprenticeship Strategy for its own workforce. Caleb is Co-Chair of the Higher Education Trailblazer Consortium and a member of the Apprenticeship Diversity Champions Network and the West Midlands Apprentice Ambassador Network. Caleb has 12 years’ experience in Human Resource Management (HRM) in both the Higher Education and Third sector. Caleb holds a Masters in HRM ...

Lucy Moore

Sustainability Manager at Scientific Laboratory Supplies (SLS)

Lucy is the Sustainability Manager at Scientific Laboratory Supplies (SLS) and works with colleagues to instil and embed sustainability best practice across all functions of the business. Her current responsibilities span across both operational and supply chain sustainability, as well as supporting customer engagement and awareness.

Determining product sustainability with sustainability attributes

10:30 am - 10:50 am- East Midlands Conference Centre, Conference Suite 3A.

Chris Neasham

Associate Director of Procurement - Almac Sciences

Chris has been working in pharmaceutical and laboratory procurement positions for over 12 years and is currently responsible for all procurement activities in Almac Sciences and Arran Chemicals. He is MCIPS qualified having studied procurement and supply chain with the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply and was recently appointed Associate Director of Procurement within Almac Sciences.

Impacting Change in our Supply Chains for Sustainability Gains

11:00 - 11:30 - East Midlands Conference Centre, Conference Suite 3A.

How we can take ownership of our internal ...

Lee Hibbett

Technical Manager within the School of Pharmacy University of Nottingham

I’m a Technical Manager within the School of Pharmacy UoN and I’ve just completed a 6-month secondment with the UoN sustainability team looking at making our lab areas greener and trying to get as many as possible LEAF accredited.

I have been a technician working at the UoN for over 32 years working in many different types of research labs. In that time sustainability has not really been on the radar, so I’m happy to see that in the last few years there has been a ...

Matt Graham

Research Assistant in the Department for Global Health & Social Medicine

Matt Graham is a Research Assistant in the Department for Global Health & Social Medicine. He is currently working on an MRC-funded project investigating the environmental sustainability of ultra-low temperature storage within biobanking, as well as an Innovate UK-funded project investigating the environmental impact of clinical trials.

Biobanking sustainability - recent research around the sustainability/good practice of biobanking

14:00 - 15:00 - East Midlands Conference Centre, Conference Suite 3A.

Catherine Perry

RSciTech, MRSC, Professional Registration Specialist, Royal Society of Chemistry

Catherine is the Professional Registration Specialist and Technician Commitment project lead at the Royal Society of Chemistry. She supports chemical scientists and technicians to access professional development and recognition opportunities, such as gaining registered status and running an annual technician conference. Catherine started her career as a forensic scientist for a private laboratory, then worked as a forensic science technician in a university teaching lab before joining the RSC in 2019.

Benefits of Professional Body Membership

09:45 -10:30 am - East Midlands Conference Centre, Gallery 1.

Professional ...

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