Designing Environments for Wellbeing & Performance
Wednesday 09 May 2018, 09:00 – 16:30, + drinks social
DTU, Copenhagen, Denmark

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Workplace Trends Conferences have been an established feature of the London Workplace calendar since 2002. In 2018, together with our partners at the International Centre for Indoor Environment and Energy at DTU, we’re excited to bring our Conference to Copenhagen!

NB Conference Language will be English. 

About Us

Workplace Trends conferences look at the up-coming real trends in working spaces for the next 10-20 years. We’re firmly established in London as the pitch-free, intelligent conference on Work and the Workplace. Over the years we’ve attracted many overseas delegates, so we’ve decided it was time for us to come to them, and we’re looking forward to bringing Workplace Trends and its spirit of community to the wider world.

Over our 15 years we’ve been first to look at the now trending subjects of wellness, productivity, happiness, psychology, biophilia, agile & flexible working, cellular vs open plan, to name but a few.

Our events are about sharing knowledge and connecting people. Presentations are intelligent, sociable and pitch-free, and social sessions are a proven way to catch up with fellow professionals and make new contacts.

Our confirmed speakers for Copenhagen are below – check back soon for updates!

Register now and make savings with our super-early bird rates.

Our Speakers

Rianne Appel-Meulenbroek, Eindhoven University of Technology
Evidence of physical workplace effects on employee outcomes
– How to support wellbeing, performance and many other employee needs

RianneThis presentation summarizes academic practice in the field of effects of physical office environments on employee outcomes, based on analyses of 134 empirical studies from 50 different scientific journals. Besides wellbeing and performance, eight additional categories are put forward for how to enhance employee output and experience with the physical workspace and the office building as a whole. Also, some gaps in research that are important to current workplace managers are presented, plus a way forward towards creating possibilities for more evidence-based design on these topics.

Pawel Wargocki, International Centre for Indoor Environment and Energy, DTU
How Poor Indoor Environmental Quality Affects Performance in Work Environments and Educational Buildings


This presentation summarizes current knowledge on how thermal environment and air quality affect the way we work and learn. The evidence will be presented, limitations discussed and potential mechanisms suggested underlying the effects observed. Implications of the presented data will be listed together with suggestions on how they can be implemented in practice and which research is still needed.

Lene Becker, Founder and Owner, LAIKA
Lene Becker

Marlene Dahle, MELLOMROM
What does the perfect workplace look like? “SMAP” is trying to find out…


A Norwegian workplace consultant company, Mellomrom, has for many years tried to figure out what the perfect workplace looks like – based on feedback from users. They’ve had a hard time making a conclusion… For years they have conducted large research projects to try to find the answer, in the context of Norwegian building standards and organisational life. In 2015 they initiated the research project “SMAP: a SMart, Attractive, and Productive workplace”, together with a large group of public and private companies in Norway, and research institutions including Copenhagen Business School. The research project will finish in May 2018, and the results of the project are now being translated into a rather large set of criteria, with the main focus being on productivity. The finalization of SMAP will result in a standard or certification, which can be used both to evaluate a workplace and as a planning tool for workplace development.

Marlene Dahle is the CEO of Mellomrom. She will present some key findings from the SMAP-project and how this can be used as a workplace planning tool.

Christine Kohlert, RBSGROUP EU
Space For Creative Thinking: Design Principles for Working and Learning Environments

Christine KohlertBusinesses today are looking for ways to spur the kind of creative thinking that leads employees to generate innovative ideas. Many are finding that the physical spaces in which people work and learn can provide a strong impetus to follow a creative train of thought.

Christine has recently co-authored Space for Creative Thinking which puts this trend into the knowledge-work context, discussing the underlying design concepts that factor into making a space that stimulates original thinking. The book follows this outline of theory with twenty compelling examples, which range from offices and schools to research facilities. Each case study is presented through photographs, as well as interviews with both designers and users. It concludes with a brief set of guiding principles for designing spaces that capture the essence of a Creative Thinking Space.

Philip Tidd, Gensler


Tim Oldman, Leesman

Tim Oldman

Nigel Oseland, Workplace Unlimited
Conference Chair

Nigel 2017 crop

Dr Nigel Oseland is a workplace strategist, change manager, environmental psychologist, researcher, international speaker and author with 11 years research and 19 years consulting experience.

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.


You can reserve your space at the event now with our super-early bird rate of €200.

We also have a special two-ticket package of €340 for two delegate places.

Both rates are only available this month so don’t delay your booking!

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Header Photo Credit: DTU