Plans for the space usage in the Life Sciences Institute are very much in the development phase, but it is our intention to develop a multi-modal public shared space, which can be used by research staff and students but also by local charities, community groups and residents. Ideas so far include:
- A multimodal space with an integrated theatre. This could be used for a variety of community and engagement events including public meetings, lectures, community or student productions and screenings. This would be a local amenity for use by all.
- Exhibition space. A climate-controlled, secure exhibition space for researchers to display the results of art collaborations and engagement projects, as well as somewhere to host pop-up exhibitions and other space. This could be used to host community exhibitions or to bring temporary exhibitions from museums and collections across the country to the East End.
- Public science labs, to allow local schools and community members to engage with the process of research in a hands-on, interactive environment.
- Engagement incubator space. Hot desks, meeting spaces and rentable computers will be provided to facilitate the growth of patient groups, small charities, research into informal science learning and the development of new public engagement activities.
- Neuron Pod. Situated directly opposite the new Life Sciences Institute, Neuron Pod will enable Centre of the Cell to meet the increasing demand from both local and national schools and the public. It will create an innovative hub to raise awareness of specific health issues linked to QMUL’s current and future life sciences research. A range of public health programmes aimed at young people and families are already in development for Neuron Pod, ranging from cardiovascular health to neurological conditions. Alongside these programmes, Neuron Pod will provide additional space for public engagement activities, events and exhibitions, and will allow us to incubate patient groups and small charities.
- A large lecture theatre. This will include state-of-the-art technology for blended learning and presentations suitable for a range of audiences from school children to public lectures.
- New laboratories and flexible research space. The laboratories will be available for demonstrations and learning sessions with school children and the public at large.
- Seminar rooms and small-group teaching space will create invaluable "break-out" spaces for students and staff, in addition to providing flexible spaces for events and public engagement activities and for community group use.