We run workplace science masterclasses for practitioners and end-users. For example, our popular ‘Experimenting with workspace’ event invites participants to reflect on their seat preferences for collaborative tasks and provides insights into the many factors coming into play, including visibility and overall spatial layout.

We also speak at a range of seminars and conferences. Some of these are open events which will be posted on this page as and when scheduled.

Upcoming events

The visibility experience: openness and privacy in workplace design

Herman Miller, London
10 Nov 2017

This is a half day course run by Ros and Kerstin.

About the course 

The efficacy of open plan offices is a hotly debated topic and sometimes it seems almost impossible to enter the debate with sufficient authority and certainty about the rights and wrongs and the many subtleties involved in successful open plan design.

By taking a step back into the fundamentals of visibility in complex buildings and drawing on academic theories developed at the Bartlett School of Architecture about the impact of visibility on people’s behaviour, this short course will enable you to explore the issues surrounding openness and intimacy in workplace settings.

With an emphasis firmly on using evidence and data to inform practice, this half day course, held in an office showroom environment, will enable participants to learn how visibility can be systematically measured and evaluated and then, by applying these principles, to investigate the various ways visibility can affect end users in the workplace.

The programme will allow time for guided reflection and discussion about the practical application of the knowledge you will have gained and all participants will leave with a framework for conducting their own ‘visibility audit’.

Who should attend?

Everyone is welcome and you don’t have to be a scientist to attend. However, you will probably gain most benefit from this course if you have a role in developing workplace design strategies as a professional end user or as a consultant, you are actively working as a workplace designer or architect or are a specialist in another aspect of workplace design and want to broaden your knowledge. You may also see attending this course as an opportunity to contribute towards your CPD

To enable a high level of interaction, places are limited to a maximum of 20

Book your place here

‘Following the life of the Francis Crick Institute’, The Crick Institute, London
4 Sep 2017
Ros and Kerstin will be speaking about the spatial layout of the Francis Crick Institute and how it creates affordances for scientists to collaborate; this is part of their work so far on the current Wellcome Trust funded research project.
The Future of Work: Flexibility in the Workspace‘, James Tobias showroom, Clerkenwell
21 Sep 2017, 5pm
Kerstin will be featured speaker at this event in the Clerkenwell showroom of office furniture manufacturer James Tobias. She will talk about flexibility in the workspace and how spatial elements can be placed in the office to create differing spatial layouts to suit organisational cultures and people’s behaviours. This event is free to attend, but registration with James Tobias is required.
EUSN17, Johannes Gutenberg University, Mainz, Germany
26-29 Sep 2017
Ros and Kerstin will be presenting recent findings from their research into collaboration, social networks and space. Their talk will discuss “The Effect of Small Distances – Investigating Interaction Networks in a Workplace”.
William Pitt Seminar, Pembroke College Cambridge
13 Oct 2017
Kerstin will be speaking at this annual event now in its 12th year. The topic of the seminar will be “The Productivity Paradox: are we all too busy to get anything done?”. Kerstin’s talk is entitled: “Headphones, Hide-Outs, Ostrich Pillows – Getting things done in the workplace”. The event is free to attend; more details on how to join can be found here.