Why and how to visit the Scientific Laboratory Show and Conference 2022

The Scientific Laboratory Show and Conference will take place on 18 May 2022, hosted and organised by Scientific Laboratory Supplies (SLS), an independent UK supplier of chemicals, laboratory equipment and consumables. Working in partnership with the Science Council, the show is free to attend at the East Midlands Conference Centre in Nottingham with doors opening at 9am and closing at 5pm.

Visit the website to register.

Highlights from the speaker line-up.

The conference schedule, delivered by the Science Council, includes a Professional Development Zone where delegates will be provided the opportunity to participate in an exciting programme of lectures, workshops, seminars and masterclasses, including demonstrations from sponsors Eppendorf and Corning, whilst engaging with relevant bodies including the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Royal Society of Biology, the Biochemical Society, and the Institute of Science and Technology. “Whether seeking career advice or asking for help to tweak a CV, the Science Council’s member bodies are on hand to support visitors in their scientific professions, with some of the schedule contributing towards CPD,” say the organisers.

The Science Council masterclasses schedule will include classes on professional development beyond the lab, skills for sustainable labs, creating an effective CV, and how to manage your continuing professional development.

Exhibitors at the event.

As the organisers explain, the conference is complimented by an exhibition hall demonstrating products from pipettes and petri dishes to the latest in laboratory instrumentation, technology and sustainable laboratory solutions. “The exhibition hall will feature quality products and services from some of the world’s most recognisable brands in science including Eppendorf, Corning, Ohaus, Kimberly Clark, Smiths Scientific and Sartorius to name a few. Over 60 exhibitors will be showcasing the newest products and latest technological advances available to the UK laboratory market, allowing delegates to find every brand all in one place.”

The keynote speakers are detailed below.

Dr Tara Shine
Dr Tara Shine has dedicated over 20 years of her life to “the pursuit of fairness between people and the planet”. She is described as an expert in the field of climate change and climate justice with a passion for communicating her science and her positive vision for the future. She has advised world leaders, governments, multilateral agencies and civil society organisations on climate change, environmental policy and development assistance.

Tara is Co-Founder and Director of the award-winning social enterprise, Change by Degrees, which educates and inspires people at home, at work and in their community to live more sustainably. Tara’s book How to Save Your Planet One Object at a Time is a guide to sustainable living told through everyday objects.

Tara has presented TV programmes including Brave New World with Stephen Hawking in 2011, the BBC’s Expedition Borneo and her discovery of Nile Crocodiles in West Africa was the subject of an acclaimed BBC 2 Natural World Documentary, Lost Crocodiles of the Pharaohs.

Professor Richard Wiseman
Professor Richard Wiseman has been described by a Scientific American columnist as “one of the most interesting and innovative experimental psychologists in the world today” with his books having sold over 3 million copies worldwide. Richard holds Britain’s only Professorship in the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Hertfordshire, is one of the most followed psychologists on Twitter, and the Independent On Sunday chose him as one of the top 100 people who make Britain a better place to live.

Richard is a Member of the Inner Magic Circle, a Director of the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and has created psychology-based YouTube videos that have attracted over 500 million views. Richard will be giving a talk on ‘The Psychology of Luck’. Why do some people lead happy successful lives whilst others face repeated failure? Why are some people always in the right place at the right time, while others are always unlucky? Find out how ‘The Luck Factor’ can change everything for individuals and organisations.

Professor Sir Martyn Poliakoff
Sir Martyn Poliakoff is an iconic figure in the world of chemistry – perhaps most recognisable from his role in the YouTube phenomenon The Periodic Table of Videos, a set of YouTube videos describing every single element in turn.

Sir Martyn is a global leader in the field of green chemistry with a specific interest in the applications of supercritical fluids. These highly compressed gases possess properties of gases and liquids that permit interesting chemical reactions without the need for organic solvents, which endanger both health and the environment. He is a Research Professor in Chemistry at the University of Nottingham, where he started as a Lecturer in Inorganic Chemistry in 1979.

The schedule of Keynote speakers will be hosted by Adam Donnan, CEO at the Institution of Environmental Sciences.

“It’s not all work!”
The show also promises a good dose of fun-filled activities alongside the exhibition and conference schedule. Firstly, all attendees will be entered into a prize draw to win £250 in Amazon vouchers. Delegates can take a break on the virtual reality games taking place across the exhibition hall with many more opportunities to inject a healthy dose of fun into the working day. In addition to a free hot lunch and refreshments, delegates can look forward to sampling the delights of liquid nitrogen ice cream and edible volcano bubbles that you catch in your mouth.

As the organisers put it: “With so much on offer, the Scientific Laboratory Show and Conference has something for everyone. This year’s event promises to be even bigger and better, making it a must-attend event for science professionals. Meet and mingle with fellow scientists, learn new things from inspiring speakers and hands-on demonstrations whilst discovering the latest products and consumables for the laboratory. A day inspired by scientists, for scientists – it’s an event not to be missed.”

To register for the Show or watch a video about what the day is all about, visit the website.