smartLAB III: even more user-focused6 February/ 2019
smartLAB makes an important contribution to the topic of networking. A total of 14 partners from research and industry will go one step further in developing the intelligent lab of the future, now back at LABVOLUTION for the third time. From augmented reality functions and the new generation of virtual reality glasses to innovative interaction media and the use of a drone, smartLAB will explore the technological possibilities and at the same time, as a fully functioning laboratory of the future, fulfil its mission of encouraging trade visitors to think ahead. The overarching motto is “working decentrally – remaining globally connected”. “Experience over the past few years has shown LABVOLUTION attendees are keen on getting involved with smartLAB”, says Dr. Andreas Gruchow, member of the Managing Board at Deutsche Messe. “Consequently, there will be a hands-on lab area where visitors can try out the new smartLAB features for themselves. Greater emphasis will also be placed on the use cases. Users have plenty to look forward to.”
At LABVOLUTION, everything revolves around the users. As a trade fair for the full spectrum of lab technology, it is aimed at all laboratory decision-makers and staff who are interested in innovative lab equipment, biotechnology and analytical technology, as well as in integrated laboratory infrastructure, applications and workflows.
New: Lab USER Dialogue, conferences and LABVOLUTION AWARD
In addition to the established formats such as the BIOTECHNICA FORUM there will also be a number of new features at LABVOLUTION 2019. The previous Lab USER Forum will be expanded into the Lab USER Dialogue – with product presentations, high-quality workshops and a panel discussion. Two new conferences, held in partnership with the Berlin-based Gläsernes Labor Akademie (Life Science Learning Lab Academy), are being added. The first conference offers certified training to technical employees from the laboratory, while the second is aimed at young life scientists and focuses on career guidance. A science symposium addressing current topics in molecular life sciences will be a further highlight. Another new addition is the LABVOLUTION AWARD. This award, which is being given for the first time, is for successful advances in lab technology and is therefore specifically aimed at users, i.e. at laboratories, research groups and individuals. The prize will be awarded for solutions that improve everyday lab work. The important common denominator here is that the winning solutions have proven sustainably successful in real-world applications. The LABVOLUTION AWARD will be presented at the smartLAB stand on the first day of the trade fair. Finally, a joint display stand for laboratory information and management systems (LIMS), a sponsored stand for start-ups and a variety of job and career-related services are also on the agenda.