2013 Call for Presenters

The Call for Presenters is now closed.

New and exciting techniques and technologies broaden the scope of innovation and adaptation in the sustainable laboratory and high-tech facility community. Each year, I2SL invites planners, designers, builders, facility managers, manufacturers, and other community leaders to present their latest work and advancements during the I2SL Annual Conference (formerly the Labs21 Annual Conference).

Call for Presenters Deadlines

All abstracts were due by Friday, March 22, 2013.

Selected presenters were notified via email by May 13, 2013, and were able to register for the conference upon receipt of their notification.

Please note that all speakers and poster presenters must register for the conference, and are required to pay the prevailing conference registration fee. Speakers and poster presenters must register by Wednesday, July 24, 2013, in order to receive the discounted conference registration fee (if applicable) and ensure inclusion in the 2013 conference program.

Speakers must notify I2SL of any changes to your presentation, including speaker changes or cancellations, by Friday, August 30, 2013.

If your abstract is selected, your final PowerPoint presentation must be submitted to I2SL by Friday, August 30, 2013.

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Registration Requirement

Presenters at the 2013 I2SL Annual Conference are required to register for and attend the conference during your presentation time. Presenters are responsible for all fees associated with attending the conference, including but not limited to:

  • Conference registration fee.
  • Hotel accommodations.
  • Travel costs (e.g., airfare, parking).
  • Meals (excluding those included with the conference registration package).

If you are unable to present, you must notify I2SL by Friday, August 30, 2013, and provide a replacement presenter. If you do not notify I2SL and provide a replacement speaker by this deadline, I2SL will not be able to consider you as a speaker for future conferences.

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Speaker Benefits

I2SL offers the following benefits to speakers:

  • Discounted registration fee (one per presentation).
  • Abstract or presentation considered for additional publication opportunities.
  • Name, abstract, biography, and presentation posted on the I2SL website, with speaker's permission.
  • Name, organization, and presentation title listed in the final conference program.
  • Speaker and/or poster presenter ribbons on name badges.
  • Networking opportunities with other leaders in your field.

Note: This is a reduced paper conference. I2SL will not provide hard copies of any presenter's materials at the conference; however, we will make your abstract, speaker biography, and presentation available electronically if we receive an authorization waiver on your abstract submission.

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Selection Criteria

A committee of laboratory sustainability experts will review all abstract submissions. Entries will be judged on:

  • Quality and merit of technical information presented.
  • Relevance to I2SL's sustainable laboratory and high-tech facility community.
  • Aspects of your approach, concept, or technology application that are sustainable, cutting-edge, unique, and/or noteworthy.
  • Lessons learned that the audience will take away from the presentation (i.e., the stated learning objectives).
  • Useful, tangible materials the audience can take away from the presentation, such as tools, resources, or samples.
  • Absence of marketing at any point during the presentation (with the exception of Technology Demonstrations).

Special attention will be given to abstracts that:

  • Focus on new developments and technologies.
  • Evaluate a completed project's performance by presenting documented results over a period of time.
  • Are presented by the facility owner.
  • Are related to the suggested presentation topics.

In addition, keep in mind:

  • Incomplete submissions will not be considered.
  • Abstracts proposing more than two presenters will not be considered.
  • Abstracts that contain marketing materials (with the exception of Technology Demonstrations) will not be considered.

If the review committee feels your presentation would be better suited for a different presentation format than the type that you originally submitted, your presentation may be reclassified. You will be notified of any changes upon acceptance of your abstract.

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Suggested Presentation Topics

I2SL strives to provide presentations that meet the needs of the sustainable laboratory and high-tech facility community. I2SL welcomed abstracts that:

  • Relate to the following presentation topics and/or involve any new or innovative information or cutting-edge sustainable technologies. These abstracts will be given first priority, as these presentations are among the most well received by the I2SL Annual Conference audience.
  • Provide follow-up information or lessons learned from projects discussed during past conferences.
  • Provide an owner and/or user's perspective.

If there are any remaining session spots in the agenda, I2SL may fill them with abstracts on additional topics.

Suggested presentation topics included:


Carbon Neutrality and Net-Zero Energy for Laboratories and Campuses

  • Renewable energy integration into laboratory design
  • Carbon-tracking strategies
  • Planned/completed projects and success stories
  • Beyond carbon neutral and net zero
  • Marketing, outreach, and their benefits

Laboratory Conservation Efforts at the User Level

  • Laboratory occupant best practices
  • Enhancing sustainability by changing behaviors
  • Owners' perspectives for laboratory personnel
  • Enlisting and raising awareness   

Energy Savings Performance Contracts (ESCOs) and Utility Energy Service Contracts (UESCs)

  • Building a workable relationship with ESCOs and UESCs
  • ESCOs in laboratories
  • UESCs in laboratories
  • Performance guarantees and assurances for laboratories
  • Incorporating safety equipment (e.g., fume hoods) and indoor air quality systems
  • Local and national energy incentive programs and legislation

Building Information Modeling (BIM)

  • Applications for public and private laboratory projects
  • Benefits to laboratory operations and management
  • Using BIM to right-size and properly engineer building design
  • Case studies demonstrating the accuracy of BIM to the "As-Built"
  • Tools for facility operations, maintenance, and management

Laboratory Operations and Maintenance (O&M)

  • Codes and regulations
  • Controls integration for multi-vendor technologies
  • Evaluating and managing laboratory performance
  • Facility managers' perspectives
  • Building staff confidence to best utilize advanced technologies
  • Role for laboratory O&M with SmartGrids and demand response programs
  • Maintaining building automation systems, direct digital controls, and dashboards

Unique and Specialty Laboratories

  • Data centers for virtual and computational laboratories
  • Designing with the local climate in mind
  • Flexi-laboratory case studies
  • Federal laboratories: Special topics and considerations
  • High-hazard facilities
  • Legacy laboratories
  • Marine laboratories
  • Modular laboratories
  • Sustainability strategies for vivaria

Sustainable Laboratory Design (New and Retrofit)

  • Budget and finance for sustainable building design
  • Design charette strategies and lessons learned
  • Designing for flexibility
  • Examples of a design-build process
  • Human factors and architectural expression
  • Invention, development, and application of new materials for sustainable spaces
  • Planning and design for smaller facilities
  • Smart building design features
  • Water conservation measures and technologies
  • Architectural considerations for building retrofits
  • Life cycle cost analyses
  • Post-occupancy evaluations

Sustainable Laboratory Building Systems

  • Sub-metering, sensing, and controls in laboratories
  • Modifying behavior by raising awareness
  • The "Dashboard:" Where, how, and why used
  • Benefits of hydronic cooling systems such as chilled beams
  • Using and controlling natural lighting in laboratories

Balancing Environmental Health, Safety, and Security with Sustainability

  • Achieving energy efficiency while maintaining environmental health, safety, and security
  • ANSI compliance and standards
  • Managing cross-contamination
  • Laboratory security: Personnel, facility access, and energy
  • Laboratory ventilation and indoor air quality management

Laboratory Ventilation Equipment and Designs

  • Minimum air change rates
  • Lowering fume hood face velocities
  • Wind tunnel testing and exhaust plume modeling
  • Stratified ventilation for laboratories
  • Heat recovery systems

Sustainable Equipment for Laboratory Users

  • Making the best choice in hoods, cabinets, bench lighting, furniture, etc.
  • The purchasing processes: Making the right choice
  • The manufacturers' perspective
  • Customer and user success stories and/or lessons learned

Laboratory Cold Storage

  • Energy efficiency opportunities
  • Ultra low temperature freezer energy standards
  • Freezer farms
  • Minimum room temperatures for DNA storage
  • Networking freezers

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Additional Publication and Recognition Opportunities

Presentations on I2SL's Website

I2SL plans to make the conference proceedings available to interested parties. Conference attendees will be able to access the presentations via a password-protected page on the I2SL website for free for a limited period of time following the conference. Those who do not attend the conference but are interested in viewing the presentations will be able to access to the presentations by becoming an I2SL Member.

I2SL's E-Library

Following the 2013 I2SL Annual Conference, select presenters will be invited to write a full paper on their projects for inclusion in I2SL's E-Library.

Conference Sponsorships

Get your organization noticed by the nearly 600 laboratory architects, engineers, builders, owners, and operators who specialize in creating and maintaining sustainable, high-tech facilities. Sponsorship opportunities begin at just $500 and include valuable benefits for your organization.

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