Workplace Trends: Research Spring Summit
Thursday 21 March 2019, 09:00 – 17:30, + Drinks Social
The British Library, London NW1 2DB

Our workplace research-driven Spring Summit returns in 2019!

We have two invited guest speakers, and the remaining slots will be filled with the highest ranked submissions from a Call for Abstracts (open now) that will be blind peer-reviewed by our two moderators for the day, Nigel Oseland (Workplace Unlimited) and Mark Eltringham (Workplace Insight).

Call for Abstracts

Button Download Abstract SubmissionPresentation slots are 30 minutes in length, which includes 5 minutes for Q&A. Content should be recent research findings on workplace design and management. To make your submission, download, complete and return this straightforward word document Workplace Trends Spring Summit Call for Abstracts.

The deadline for submissions has been extended to Wednesday 14 November 2018.

Register as a Delegate

Register Delegate ButtonRegistration is open now with limited super-early bird rates available from £225 + VAT, or £450 for two people. When these are gone, standard early bird rates will apply, and then finally full standard rates (around £325 + VAT).

Guest Speakers 
Keynote: An Evidence-Based Approach to Workplace Management
Rob Briner, Professor of Organizational Psychology, Queen Mary, University of London
Scientific Director, Center for Evidence-Based Management

Rob BrinerRob is Professor of Organizational Psychology at Queen Mary, University of London and also Scientific Director of the Center for Evidence-Based Management (  His research has focused on several topics including well-being, emotions, stress, ethnicity, the psychological contract, absence from work, motivation, work-nonwork and everyday work behaviour.  Beyond academic research Rob helps practitioners and organizations make better use of evidence, including research evidence, in decision-making as well as encouraging academics to make research more accessible.  He has written for and presented to practitioners on many aspects of HR and organizational psychology and is now involved in many initiatives aimed at developing and promoting evidence-based practice. He has received several awards for his work in this area including the British Psychological Society Division of Occupational Psychology Academic Contribution to Practice Award in 2014 and topped HR Magazine’s Most Influential Thinker list in 2016.

After lunch debate: “The workplace profession is now just pandering to fads and fancies, and the ‘workplace’ is now done: we’ve run out of meaningful things to say”.
For the motion: Rob Harris, Ramidus Consulting
Against the motion: to be announced!

Rob Harris crop“I spent some time with Frank Duffy recently, releasing a stream of memories of working with him, first as an employee at DEGW during the 1980s, and then as a client while directing developer Stanhope’s research programme during the 1990s. Along with his long-term business partner, John Worthington, and thinkers including Franklin Becker, Gerald Davis, Michael Joroff and Jack Tanis, to name a few, Frank helped sketch out the grand scheme of what we now call ‘workplace’. Much of the work of their successors has involved filling in the matrix of detail within the grand scheme.

But further reflection has caused me to ask whether, in filling in the finer details, we have recently somehow lost our way? Are we, the ‘workplace profession’, instead of standing on giants’ shoulders, now just pandering to fads and fancies. Or, even more radical, might it be that ‘workplace’ is now done, and that we’ve run out of meaningful things to say?”

Rob will speak for the motion that we have lost our way in workplace design and management. A worthy opponent (to be confirmed) will  make the case against!

Conference Moderators and Abstract Review Team
Mark Eltringham, Workplace Insight and
Nigel Oseland, Workplace Unlimited 

Mark EltringhamMark Eltringham has worked in the office design and facilities management sector for 25 years. He is the publisher of, an online publication that explores the relationships between commercial interior design, workplace management, technology, property, human resources, the wider business world and society. The publications is now the UK’s most widely read title in its field.

He is also the European Director for Work&Place, the world’s leading journal looking at the many facets of the workplace, which is available in English, Spanish and Portuguese editions.

Nigel 2017 cropNigel Oseland is a workplace strategist, change manager, environmental psychologist, researcher, international speaker and published author. He draws on his psychology background and his own research to advise occupiers on how to redefine their workstyles and rethink their workplace to create working environments that enhance individual and organisational performance and deliver maximum value. Nigel founded the Workplace Change Organisation and is the programme advisor for the Workplace Trends conferences.

Drinks Social

As with all our events, everyone is welcomed to an informal drinks social immediately after the conference close. Here the discussion continues, and you can catch up with old friends and make new connections.

Conference Dinner

As an optional extra you can now join speakers and supporters of the conference at an informal buffet dinner from 7pm. Early bird tickets for the dinner are now on sale at £65 + VAT.

Conference Registration

Register Delegate ButtonRegistration is open now with our super early bird delegate rate of £225 + VAT per person, or £445 + VAT for two people. Your registration fee includes all refreshments, our famous post conference Drinks Social, electronic copies of presentations / papers, plus access to videos of presentations filmed on the day.

With thanks to

our conference sponsors


Workplace Unlimited


and our Media Partners