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S-Lab: Safe, Successful and Sustainable Laboratories

The 2014 S-Lab awards winners have now been announced. Many of the shortlisted applications presented at the 2014 S-Lab Conference (which was held in partnership with the IST) at Kings College London September 2-3. Further information about the conference can be found on the Effective Lab website.

The 2013 S-Lab Conference, The Effective Laboratory held jointly with the technical support bodies EMU, IST UCLAS and UBMA, took place on 18-19 June 2013 at the University of Liverpool. It brought together key stakeholders in lab design, operation and use.

The winners of the 2013 S-Lab Awards scheme were announced at the 2013 Conference. The Awards aim to recognise good practice in lab design, operation and management in all sectors (and in lab-based teaching and learning within educational institutions).

A full report of the results of the 2012 S-Lab Awards and conference is now available in the Reports section of this website.

The S-Lab programme aims to create more sustainable laboratories, and to raise sustainability awareness amongst lab-using staff and students (see the Overview section for more discussion of this). It was initially financed by the four UK higher education funding bodies (HEFCE, HEFCW, SFC and DELNI) but is now self-sustaining. It has three streams of work:


  • Laboratory design (working in partnership with owners and suppliers, and in collaboration with the US Labs 21 initiative);
  • Laboratory operation (working closely with lab managers and technicians);
  • Laboratory users (working closely with staff and students). 
S-Lab emphasises the synergies between safety, business success and sustainability rather than compartmentalising and/or seeing them as competing with each other. Although its centre of gravity is in universities, it also supports action in private and public sector laboratories, and is keen to build links with them.


Current S-Lab activities include:


  • Running events to profile good practice, discuss key issues and develop networks;
  • Development of case studies of best practice and briefing papers on key lab sustainability issues;
  • Laboratory Energy Audits - detailed audits to show where the energy in labs is going and identify improvement opportunities - this has been developed in conjunction with the Universities of Edinburgh, Liverpool, Manchester, York and Cambridge Universities. The results are now available in the final report;
  • Laboratory Assessment Framework to gauge environmental performance and associated Environmental Good Practice Guide. The assessment framework has been incorporated into the 2012 NUS Green Impact Scheme


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