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Making Digital Labs a Reality - Skills Workshop

Royal Society of Chemistry, Burlington House, London
22 October 2024

Materials Innovation Factory (MIF) and Innovation Centre in Digital Technology (iDMT) are pleased to announce this jointly organised conference, hosted by the Royal Society of Chemistry in London.

This highly interactive one day workshop and training event will focus on developing the necessary skills for the successful implementation and operation of digital laboratories.

Proposed Topics
  • Skills for those working in automated labs: researchers, technicians and lab managers

  • Skills of Organisation's research and operations managers

  • Skills of professional services/support staff in the organisations (IT, building etc)

  • Skills of the next generations: Masters and Short Industry-focused courses

We invite interested parties to propose additional topics and to collaborated with iDMT and MIF on developing the final programme.

Register your interest in attending the event, contributing to the event, sponsoring the event by emailing 

Application deadline: 28 April 2022 17:00 GMT

Workshop Agenda

09:00 - 10:00         Registration / Refreshments

10:00 - 10:20         Lecture 1

10:20 - 10:40         Lecture 2

10:40 - 11:00         Lecture 3

11:00 - 11:20         Lecture 4

11:20 - 12:00         Coffee Break

12:00 - 12:20         Lecture 5

12:20 - 12:40         Lecture 6

12:40 - 13:40         Lunch break

13:40 - 14:00         Lecture 7

14:00 - 14:20.        Lecture 8

14:20 - 14:40.        Lecture 9

14:40 - 15:00.        Lecture 10

15:00 - 15:40         Coffee Break

15:40 - 16:00         Discussion Forum

16:00 - 17:30         Posters / Drinks / Networking

17:30                     End

Confirmed Speakers

Dr Antonio del Rio Chanona, Imperial College London

  • A machine learning course for chemical engineers

Dr Amit Bhave, University of Cambridge

  • Data structures - knowledge graph for data storage and workflow automation

Dr Max Besenhard, University College London

  • Training in digital manufacturing of advanced materials at MSc level

Dr Loïc LannelongueUniversity of Cambridge

  • Tackling the hidden costs of computational science: GREENER principles for environmentally sustainable research

Abstract Submission

We are requesting abstracts for posters and talks related to the themes listed below. 

  • Development of digital skills through undergraduate curricula

  • Training through Masters Courses

  • Experimental skills for digital labs: coding, prototyping, statistics etc

  • Data structures and digital infrastructure for digital labs

  • Skills for IT managers


Abstracts may be up to 400 words and optionally include explanatory figures. We emphasise that abstracts should include sufficient introduction for newcomers. 

Event Information

Please read before booking

Venue: Royal Society for Chemistry, Burlington House, London

Date: Tuesday, 22 October 2024

Time: 09:00 - 17:30

Registration fee: £130.00 per delegate, payment by credit card only. The fee includes access to the venue and all refreshments provided on the day. Please note that if a place is cancelled after the deadline no refund will be given. 

Who should attend?

This event will be of particular interest to managers, academics, IT experts and industry managers of

digital labs.

Lead Organisers

Alexei Lapkin, Director of Innovation Centre in Digital Molecular Technologies (iDMT)

Celeste van den Bosch, Project Manager (iDMT)

Anna Slater, University of Liverpool, Professor of Chemistry and Royal Society URF (MIF)

Ben Slater, Head of Business Development, MIF

Douglas Parker, Business Development Manager, MIF

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