2018 International Research Conference at UC Davis

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Innovation within Changing Political and Research Environments

Given the rapidly changing environments within which international research is conducted, new strategies and practices—ones that are collaborative, transnational, interdisciplinary, provide new knowledge and address global challenges—are more critical than ever.

This two-day International Research Conference at UC Davis, hosted by Global Affairs, combines plenary sessions, small breakout sessions, "TED-style" talks, poster presentations by graduate students, discussions with funding agencies, industry, and community organizations, and opportunities for networking across disciplines and borders. See the full conference program.

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Conference Dates

  • The 2018 International Research Conference at UC Davis is set for Monday, Sept. 17 and Tuesday, Sept. 18.
  • An optional pre-conference tour in the Napa Valley is planned for Sunday, Sept. 16.

Conference Focuses

The 2018 International Research Conference at UC Davis focuses on:

  • Changing political environment and its impact on international research
  • Increasing importance of networks and consortia in advancing international research
  • Role of interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary research in solving global challenges
  • Educating the next generation of international researchers

This conference brings together leading international research professionals from across industries, including:

  • Higher Education 
    • Senior International Officers
    • Vice Presidents, Vice Chancellors for Research
    • Faculty, Researchers and Scientists
    • Graduate Students
  • Private and Public Funding Agencies
  • Industry and Community Organizations

Conference Outcomes

Major outcomes of the 2018 International Research Conference at UC Davis will be both the recognition of and the practical knowledge of how to:

  • absorb the new political and financial realities shaping the international research agenda;
  • develop and sustain networks, consortia, and other forms of collaborative mechanisms to conduct international research;
  • engage in inclusive and interdisciplinary or transdisciplinary approaches;
  • educate the next generation of scientists conducting international research; and
  • increase collaboration across organizations and partners.

Conference Sponsors

Thank you to our 2018 International Research Conference sponsors. 

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UC Davis Office of the Provost


UC Davis Office of Research

See sponsorship opportunities for the 2018 International Research Conference.

More Information


The conference program, which combines plenary sessions, small breakout sessions, "TED-style" talks, poster presentations by graduate students, discussions with funding agencies, industry, and community organizations, and opportunities for networking across disciplines and borders, is now available online


More information on registration, lodging, airfare, and other conference logistics is available on the Conference and Event Services webpage.


The conference is to be hosted at the University of California, Davis, Conference Center, a state-of-the-art complex on campus conveniently located at 550 Alumni Lane, Davis, CA 95616, adjacent to the Hyatt Place Hotel at UC Davis.

Sacramento International Airport is the closest airport to UC Davis, located around 30 minutes away from campus. Uber, Lyft, local cab companies, and the DavisAirporter shuttle service are transportation options. For directions from Sacramento, San Francisco, or Southern California, visit the UC Davis Directions and Parking page.


Currently, there are blocks of rooms available at the Aggie InnBest Western Plus Palm Court HotelHyatt Place UC Davis, and Hallmark Inn UC Davis for Sept. 16-18. The city of Davis offers countless options for dining, activities, and culture. The Manetti Shrem Museum of Art and the Mondavi Center for the Peforming Arts, both on campus, are located just steps from the UC Davis Conference Center.

Pre-Conference Excursions

If you're looking to explore some of what Northern California has to offer before the conference begins, UC Davis Global Affairs will be hosting a tour on Sunday, Sept. 16.

  • A trip to Napa Valley Wineries

    • The Napa Valley is internationally know as one of the premier viticulture areas of the world. Through this UC Davis-hosted tour you will have the opportunity to visit three to four Napa Valley wineries, including the famous Robert Mondavi Winery, and enjoy a picnic lunch in a vineyard. 


Please check this webpage often for conference schedule updates, graduate student poster abstract submission guidelines, and more information on the pre-conference excursions. If you have questions, contact UC Davis Global Affairs at internationalconference@ucdavis.edu.