Workplace Trends London
Wednesday 17 October 2018, 10:00 – 17:30 + Drinks Social
Royal College of Physicians, Regent’s Park, London, NW1 4LE

Our London conference returns this autumn with themes around the Circular Office, the threats and opportunities posed by AI, and more. Plus we will have a small exhibition for delegates only on biophilia and biophilic products.

Our fantastic venue is the brutalist Grade 1 listed Royal College of Physicians, overlooking Regent’s Park.

Book NowSecure your spaces now with our super early bird rates, which are refundable up until 30 days before the event. As always, names of attendees can be changed at any time.

Confirmed Speakers and Sessions Include:

Artificial Intelligence and the Workplace
Antony Slumbers, estates today

ASPortraitBW+(1+of+1)AI, whether we realise it or not, is impacting our lives right now in significant ways. From monitoring our credit card usage for fraud, to filtering our email for spam, to recommending what to watch on Netflix, to recognising our friends in photographs on Facebook, to flying our planes and enabling self driving cars.

AI will become pervasive within the office as well. But how do you need to think about AI in the Workplace? How do you approach a topic which can be somewhat overwhelming?

Antony advises commercial real estate institutions, developers and professional services companies on the impact of new technologies on the real estate industry, and the opportunities this brings. From how technology is changing the nature of demand, to the changes that will bring about in the nature of supply, operations and business models.

All his work is based on creating new sources of value and avoiding value destruction. Technology can and does do both. The real estate sector is changing very fast and very dramatically. What worked in the past most likely will not work in the future. Over a 5-10 year timeframe it is likely the industry will look very different.

Read Antony’s blog here

Going Circular at PwC – Our 10 year journey
Bridget Jackson, PwC
Bridget-5380As a professional services firm, you might expect PwC to be one of the last companies to think about the circular economy. Yet, over the past 10 years, the firm has systematically applied the principles to its business. Starting with better waste management, PwC has established best-in-class end-of-life treatment for countless material streams, and is now using its purchasing power to support products designed for circularity. It’s a story that has inspired BITC to create a Circular Office programme, with c. 75 companies now signed up to follow suit.
This session shares the journey PwC has been on, together with a wealth of practical tips, data and insight to help you start or accelerate your own transition to a circular economy.

Bridget is Director of Corporate Sustainability at PwC UK with responsibility for the firm’s internal corporate sustainability strategy, on behalf of the Board.

Bridget has led an extensive programme to apply the principles of the circular economy to PwC’s business. Creating Let’s Talk Rubbish – a campaign to encourage employees to segregate their waste correctly – helping the firm achieve zero waste to landfill, each year since 2012. More recently, the firm’s Going Circular approach has encompassed setting up remanufacturing, reuse and recycling solutions for its IT waste, old uniforms, unwanted furniture and food waste, as well as establishing ‘circular procurement’ processes.

Bridget has shared its experience of this – as well as its efforts to create circular buildings, drive circular procurement, encourage circular lifestyles and support circular start-ups – in an extensive Lessons Learned report packed full of practical tips to help others ‘go circular’ more quickly. (

Visual Ergonomics in the Workplace: See it right, feel better
Jonathan Brune, Durable

Jonathan Brune

Ergonomic design plays an increasing role in the workplace; think adjustable workstations, acoustic systems and improved air quality, for example. Yet lighting, an essential aspect of workplace ergonomics, still only plays a secondary role or remains unconsidered.

Lighting is often split into two categories ‘light’ and ‘dark’. Lighting design is based on the principle that ‘light’ is enough to be able to see well and cope with the task in hand. Yet recent scientific research shows that ‘light’ alone is far from being sufficient to facilitate good vision and fatigue-free, concentrated working. This becomes particularly significant when comparing younger and older people.

Traditional lighting concepts no longer fit the New Work Order. This presentation will discuss the basics of ergonomic lighting design for office buildings, define terms, and draws on recent research and case studies, analysing the influence of light on health, wellbeing and productivity.

Jonathan Brune is a director at DURABLE Hunke & Jochheim GmbH & Co. KG in Iserlohn, Germany with 14 years professional experience. He holds two international masters degrees. Jonathan is passionate about the Future of Work and visual ergonomics, lighting design and the relationship between light and health in particular. His profound knowledge and experience make him a well-regarded expert in talks and panel discussions.

More speakers are being added daily – check back soon or join our mailing list.

Live Twitter Blog
Su Butcher, Just Practising

Su ButcherTweets from our last conference in Copenhagen had 4M impressions! Su Butcher will again be live blogging the London event on our Twitter stream – look out for #wtrends18.

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Join the speakers & organisers for drinks and nibbles

The conference closes with our traditional drinks reception where the discussion continues, and you can catch up with old friends and make new connections. Our venue for this will be the fascinating garden of medicinal plants at the RCP.

Book Now

Booking are open now with limited super-early bird rates from £222.50 (two person package). Secure your spaces now at no risk: fees are refundable up until 30 days before the event, and as always, names of attendees can be changed at any time.

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