Massey lab upgrade an award contender

Last updated 09:00 05/04/2014

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Science laboratories at Massey University's Manawatu campus have been nominated for an international award.

The College of Sciences labs in Palmerston North are shortlisted in the laboratory-related teaching and learning category in this year's international S-Lab awards.

Massey University is one of only two Australasian universities in the running at the awards, which will be presented at the "Supporting World Class Science" conference in London in September.

The nomination was in recognition of a "total re-think of how teaching lab space and equipment is managed and tailored to a variety of disciplines".

College of Sciences facility manager Brian Best said the $4.6 million reconstruction of the laboratories involved a complete culture change.

The shared science laboratory space can be used for students to dissect specimens, analyse soil samples or biological signals using physiology software, virtually simultaneously within a single day.

"We're optimising the use of the laboratory space by shifting to a more collaborative approach between disciplines that is allowing teachers and students to share knowledge and resources."

The rebuild was completed in 2010 and the facilities support disciplines including zoology, ecology, plant science, seed science, horticulture, animal science, environmental science, physiology, anatomy, soil and earth sciences, human bioscience, education and vet science.

The S-Lab Conference and Awards are described as a unique initiative to create better links between key players involved in laboratory design, operation and management.

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- Manawatu Standard

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