IF Oxford Science & Ideas Festival
We have partnered up with IF Oxford this year to help build science, social and cultural capital in the community we live and work in to help ‘open doors’ to careers in science and technology and support socioeconomic mobility.
In the rapidly evolving world of science and technology, the challenges are as exciting as they are complex. It’s not just about constructing buildings; it’s about enabling ground-breaking research or fostering innovative clusters. Ultimately, it’s all about the science.
Below some of our team share how they got into their chosen careers.
Christina Konuche: My Career in Science and Technology Project Management
I’m Christina, a Project Manager at Bidwells focused on science and tech projects across Oxfordshire. I oversee developments from start to finish, mobilising teams to turn ideas into innovative spaces. I’ve answered the below questions to help people considering a science and tech aligned career.
Lisa Smith: My Career in Science and Technology Project Management
As a Senior Project Manager at Bidwells, I lead on construction projects with a focus on science and tech. I pull together all aspects of a development to bring innovative ideas to life. Read my answers below about my career in this exciting sector.
George Brown: My Career in Science and Technology Business Space
Having the right business space is crucial for science and technology companies. Being close to universities, hospitals and other like-minded businesses are all really important factors when looking for a space to work from and carry out research. Working in Bidwells’ business space agency team, I help to match each company to a space that best fits their needs. Find out more about what I do in my answers below.
Edward Berridge: My Career in Investment and Property Management for S&T Assets
As a Surveyor at Bidwells focused on investment and property management, I engage with tenants daily to ensure their workspaces fully support their needs. Read more about my role and the work I do for my client’s below.
Duncan May: My Career in Science and Technology Commercial Agency
My role is focussed on life sciences and technology, office and industrial projects across Oxfordshire. I help emerging companies find the right facilities to grow and expand. Read on to learn more about my role as a Partner in Bidwells’ Commercial Agency team.
Sam Walden: My Career in Science and Tech Project Management
Sam is a Partner in the Project Management team at Bidwells. Day to day, he aligns teams to seamlessly deliver innovative projects on time and on budget. Read how Sam enables scientific advancements through his work in the answers below.
Emily Slupek: My Career in Science and Tech Project Management
My name is Emily and I'm a Partner in the Project Management team in Oxford at Bidwells. I manage construction and development projects with a focus on science and tech. Here's my story about how I got into this exciting career and what I love about it.
STEM-aligned careers in property management are essential for science and tech businesses because they help these businesses find the right spaces to help them drive their businesses forward, optimise the physical assets they operate in, reduce operational costs, ensure compliance with regulations, and create an environment conducive to innovation and growth.
Property professionals enable businesses to focus on their core scientific and technological endeavors while effectively managing their real estate and property-related needs. Our role in helping science and tech businesses achieve their goals is delivered in several ways:
Project Management: Science and tech businesses and campuses often require specialized infrastructure and facilities to conduct their research and development activities. Our project managers ensure that these facilities are well-constructed, efficient, safe and constructed in a way that enables occupiers to focus on their core activities without worrying about their assets being fit for purpose so they can concentrate on what they do best.
Location, Accessibility, Scalability and Growth: The choice of location for a science or tech business can significantly impact its success. Space agency professionals George and Beth assist in selecting optimal locations that provide access to talent, customers, suppliers, and research institutions. A strategic location is essential for fostering collaboration and innovation. Then as science and tech businesses expand, this team plays a crucial role in finding additional space, negotiating leases, and managing the logistics of moving or expanding operations. This flexibility is essential for rapid growth and adaptability.
Space Optimisation, Sustainability and Energy Efficiency: Charlie from our building surveying team helps businesses make the most of their physical space. This includes optimizing office layouts, lab configurations, and manufacturing facilities. Efficient use of space enhances productivity and innovation. Sustainability and energy efficiency are key considerations for any science or technology focussed business. Charlie can also help science and tech companies adopt environmentally friendly practices in their facilities, reduce energy consumption, and minimize their carbon footprint.