The UK’s largest trade show for the entire laboratory industry, Lab Innovations, returned to the NEC, Birmingham, earlier this month to champion sustainability and innovation in the laboratory industry. This year’s show saw record-breaking numbers across the board, with more exhibitors, speakers and visitors than ever at Lab Innovations 2023.
Taking place on 1-2 November at Birmingham’s NEC, 4,362 visitors attended the show across two days to network and do business with 202 exhibitors, 80% of which have already rebooked for next year.
Visitors could also listen to world-renowned speakers in four free-to-attend theatres during the show, and attendance was at an all-time high this year. Over 1,000 laboratory professionals attended the seminar programmes in the RSC theatre, the Cleanroom Hub, Live Lab and the Insights & Innovations Theatre. Visitors flocked to see keynote talks delivered by Maggie Philbin, a renowned TV presenter and science and technology advocate, and Dr Rosa Vasquez Espinoza, an explorer working for National Geographic.
Sustainability was a key part of the agenda at Lab Innovations 2023. The show featured The Sustainable Laboratory, hosted by Andy Evans, director of Green Light Laboratories, and saw the return of the sustainability and innovation trail, which highlighted the exhibitors who are leading the way on laboratory sustainability.
Simon Farnfield, event director for Lab Innovations, explained during the show: “Lab Innovations is the home of the whole laboratory community, providing a crucial opportunity for the industry’s leading businesses and professionals to get together, network and do business. 2023’s show has seen record numbers, both in terms of exhibitors and visitors, which has cemented Lab Innovations’ reputation as the home of the entire lab community and the place to be to see the latest innovations and sustainability solutions. We can’t wait to do it all again in 2024.”