Changing technology, work-life balance and growing competition for expertise will shape labs of the future.
Science and research are key to addressing humanity’s biggest challenges, now and in the future. Creating the right spaces and environments for research to thrive is essential.
The Future of Labs report provides an overview of the key trends shaping the future of scientific research that will be of use to planners, designers and administrators involved in laboratory design projects.
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The report offers recommendations for the design of labs of the future:
- Wellbeing and place: While scientific functionality will remain key, there will be a greater emphasis on user needs and experience
- Adaptable spaces: Growing demand for highly adaptable spaces with a focus on technology infrastructure and digital connectivity
- Digitalisation: Advances in AI and robotics will mean smart labs are here to stay, and cloud-based labs will enable researchers to connect in real-time
- Networked spaces: Co-working, DIY spaces and living labs will provide researchers with access to equipment and the scientific community outside the institutional framework
From human-robot interaction to cloud labs, the future research ecosystem identifies the key elements that will shape the future of scientific laboratories.