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UCL academic short-listed for S-Lab Award 2012

2 April 2012

Professor Andrea Sella (UCL Chemistry) has been shortlisted for an S-Lab Award 2012, in a category entitled: Individuals Making a Difference.

Professor Andrea Sella Professor Sella is being recognised for his cross-functional water saving campaign within UCL Chemistry.

Professor Sella's work has delivered a significant reduction in water consumption and UCL is now looking at the reduction of waste through managed inventories of chemicals and at energy saving initiatives. 

Professor Sella explained: "The take-home message for me is much wider than the issue of UCL's water use - that with invisible things like water, electricity, and energy we have no intuitive grasp of the magnitudes involved in different activities.

"There has to be active cooperation between academics and UCL's support staff to ensure that we be in a position to identify problem areas and then rectify them to the benefit of all parties."

The Safe, Successful, Sustainable Laboratories (S-Lab) initiative was established with support from the four UK higher education funding bodies (HEFCE, SFC, HEFCW and DELNI). It aims to highlight best practice in laboratory design, management and use.

Professor Peter James, Director of the S-Lab initiative explained: "Laboratory design and use can be improved in ways that are beneficial to performance, operating costs, safety and the environment. That is demonstrated by the short listed applications for the 2012 S-Lab Awards, and the presentations at the 2012 S-Lab Conference."

The Effective Laboratory Conference - which will include the S-Lab awards - is being held in York on 12-13 June, in association with the National HE-STEM Programme, and with the support from its partners. Five parallel streams provide separate specialist content for designers, educators, estates staff, managers and technicians, and purchasers. Early bird discounts are available until 5 April.

Image: Professor Andrea Sella

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S-Lab Conference and Awards 2012
UCL Chemistry