Autumn Symposia 13-14 November 2019
Managing laboratory and research waste.
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Venue: Manchester Conference Centre, Pendulum Hotel

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Upcoming events

    • 13 November 2019
    • 09:15
    • 14 November 2019
    • 16:00
    • Manchester Conference Centre, Sackville St, Manchester M1 3BB

    Booking and further information will be available shortly for the


    Managing laboratory and research waste

    Wednesday 13th - Thursday 14th November 2019
    (1-day & 2-day rates available)

    ISTR Annual General Meeting
    Wednesday 13th November 16.30 - 17.30 

    picture - plastic waste in the ocean

    Join us as we explore the many and various facets of laboratory waste management at this year's symposia. From autoclave testing and validation to manage biological waste to managing the risks associated with recycling laboratory plastics. From learning how to reduce energy waste through careful product selection to learning about a wide range of environmental sustainability initiatives.  From handling and recycling general research waste to the annual update from the Health and Safety Executive, plus exhibitions by companies engaged in seeking to reduce waste and reuse consumables. There will be something to engage all delegates and enable them to take away and apply in their own work environment. 

    This year we are inviting members to share their own waste initiatives with delegates. Do you want to share something, get feedback and suggestions on your ideas? If so look out for the email inviting you to speak. 

    Last year we asked what top three issues you wanted to see addressed and waste management in its many and various forms was one of the top topics as it is something we all have to manage.  

    This year the ISTR Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday afternoon after the main symposia this will be followed by a drinks reception. All members are encouraged to attend and share in the discussion.

    Further programme details will be available and registration will open shortly.       

    Programme - Day 1 tba

    09.15  Registration & Coffee      

    09.45  Welcome & Opening remarks ISTR Chair



    11.10  Coffee & Networking (Momentum room)


    12.50  Lunch (Momentum room)




    16.00  Closing remarks followed by tea

    16.30 - 17.30 ISTR Annual General Meeting  (Cotton Theatre)

    18.30 - 19.00 Drinks reception (Momentum Room)


    Programme - Day 2 tba

    09.15 Registration & Coffee

    09.45 Welcome & Opening remarks ISTR Chair



    11.00 Coffee & Networking



    12.45 Lunch





    * Please note that while the programme is accurate when circulated, it is always possible that a speaker may not be able to attend on the day, in which case an alternative speaker will be provided


    Venue: Pendulum Hotel, Sackville St, Manchester M1 3BB

    Price: From £100 per day. Price includes lunch and refreshments during the symposium. There is a members' discounted (early bird) rate available for bookings received before 11 October. Overnight accommodation, if required, must be booked directly with the hotel. 

    Accommodation: Bed & Breakfast accommodation is available at the hotel subject to availability. Delegates should make their reservation directly with the hotel,  or call 0161 955 8000.

    Alternative hotels nearby include:
    IBIS Manchester Centre, Princess St, M1 7DG Tel 0161 272 5000
    Holiday Inn Express, 2 Oxford Rd, M1 5QA Tel 0871 4234896 
    or visit  

    Final details and refunds:  Bookings close on Monday 28th October. Refunds for cancellations or non-attendance cannot be made after this date. If a delegate cannot attend, a colleague may take their place. Please contact 

    Nearest airport - Manchester Airport (rail link to city centre)
    Nearest rail station - Manchester Piccadilly (10 min walk) 
    Car parking available in Charles St Car Park, adjacent to the Pendulum Hotel (~£10.00/24hrs)
    Directions Piccadilly to Venue and Car Park location.docx

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