2018 International Research Conference at UC Davis Program: Day One

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September 17, 2018

Morning Session

Location: UC Davis Conference Center Ballroom

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m     Breakfast / Check-In
9:00 a.m. - 9:10 a.m.     Conference Welcome

  • Ermias Kebreab, Associate Vice Provost of Academic Programs, UC Davis Global Affairs (USA)
  • Joanna Regulska, Vice Provost and Associate Chancellor, UC Davis Global Affairs (USA)
  • Ralph J. Hexter, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, UC Davis (USA)

9:10 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.     Introductory Keynote Address

  • Congressman John Garamendi (California's 3rd Congressional District) (USA)

9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.   Global Realities: How Emerging National and International Priorities are Re-Shaping the Research Landscape

Session Description: This session will explore how tectonic shifts in national, regional, and international policies and needs are changing the way academic research is conceptualized and carried out – and the impact that it can have.

  • Chair: Meredith McQuaid, Associate Vice President and Dean of International Programs University of Minnesota (USA)

Research Needs in Achieving the Sustainable Development Goals 

  • Speaker: John McArthur, Senior Fellow in the Global Economy and Development program at the Brookings Institution; Senior Adviser to the U.N. Foundation (Canada) 

International Trends in Education and Research in Africa

  • Speaker: Hassana Alidou, Ambassador of Niger to the United States (Niger) 

Changing Realities and Opportunities for Research in the Commonwealth

  • Speaker: Joanna Newman, Chief Executive and Secretary General of the Association of Commonwealth Universities (United Kingdom)

China’s Belt and Road Initiative and Connecting Researchers Across Continents

  • Speaker: Tianzhi Ren, Professor, Agro-Environmental Protection Institute (AEPI) of Ministry of Agriculture, Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences (CAAS) (China)

Q & A

10:45 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.   Coffee / Networking Break 

Location: Conference Center Lobby

11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.    Beyond Borders: Leveraging Collaborative Networks for Global Progress

Session Description: This session will highlight the lessons learned in developing regional networks for innovative research, including common challenges and model practices.

Sharing Knowledge and Innovation across the Asia-Pacific region 

  • Speaker: Christopher Tremewan, Secretary General, Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU) (Hong Kong) 

Researchers and Students Across Borders: CaliBaja Education Consortium 

  • Speaker: Olivia Graeve, Professor of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering, UC San Diego (USA) 

Promoting Sustainable Development and Next Generation Leadership through a Pan-African Network

  • Speaker: Professor Nelson Torto, Executive Director, African Academy of Sciences (Botswana) 

12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m.    Keynote Luncheon: Elizabeth L. Hillman, President of Mills College

Sexual Harassment of Women: Climate, Culture and Consequences in Academic Sciences, Engineering and Medicine 

1:45 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.        Walk to Breakout Session Rooms

Afternoon Session

2:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m.        Bridging Disciplines for New Regional Approaches 

Session 1: Regional Research Trends in Africa and the Middle East

Location: Room A (Conference Center)

Session Description:  This session will explore how research across disciplines intersects with social transformation and sustainable development in the African and Middle Eastern contexts.

  • Chair: Rick Garfunkel, Vice President for Global and International Affairs, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (USA)

Engaging African Universities in International Development Research and Policy

  • Speaker: Anthony Egeru, Manager of The MCF@RUFORUM project,  Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM) (Uganda)

The Research Landscape in Africa: Implications for Development and Governance

  • Speaker: Ousseina Alidou, Professor, Department of African, Middle Eastern and South Asian Languages and Literatures and the Graduate Program in Comparative Literature, Rutgers University (USA/Niger)[

Knowledge Production and Higher Education in the Arab Region

  • Speaker: Dina El Khawaga, Director, Asfari Institute, American University of Beirut (Lebanon) 

Session 2: Regional Research Trends in Latin America

Location: Room B (Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art)

Session Description: This session will explore efforts to connect researchers across disciplines and expand knowledge production in the region.

  • Chair: Guillermo Hernandez, Executive Director, Strategic Partnerships, National Association of Universities and Higher Education Institutions ANUIES (Mexico) 

Strengthening Human Capital and Development in Chile through Innovation

  • Speaker: Christian Nicolai, Executive Director of National Commission for Science and Technological Research (CONICYT) (Chile)

Brazil’s Investment in International Cooperation and Research Capabilities

  • Speaker: Connie McManus, Director of International Relations, Coordination for the Improvement of Higher Education Personnel (CAPES) (Brazil) 

Science and Technology Research Trends in Mexico 

  • Speaker: Jose Luis Moran-Lopez (President), Mexico Academy of Sciences (Mexico)

3:15 p.m. - 3:45 p.m.            Walk back to Plenary / Coffee Break
                                                Graduate Student Posters Session

Location: Conference Center Lobby

3:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.    Where’s the Impact? Assessing the Significance of Interdisciplinary and Transdisciplinary Research

Location: Conference Center Ballroom

Session Description: This session will discuss approaches and indicators that can be used to evaluate the impact of international collaborative research.

  • Chair: Professor Katherine Belov, Professor of Comparative Genomics 
    Pro Vice-Chancellor Global Engagement, University of Sydney (Australia) 

How to Measure International/ized Research

  • Speaker: Adel El Zaim, Founder, Internationalization Canada (Canada)

Using Publication Data to Help Universities Improve Research Reach 

  • Speaker: Brad Fenwick, Senior Vice President, Global Strategic Alliance, Elsevier (USA) 

Technology and Digital Knowledge Management to Support Research Excellence 

  • Speaker: MacKenzie Smith, University Librarian and Vice Provost of Digital Scholarship, UC Davis (USA) 

Incorporating Social Impact into Academic Research 

  • Speaker: Britt Holbrook, Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (USA) 

5:00 p.m. - 5:15 p.m.        Day 1 Wrap-Up / Preview Day 2 / Announcements

  • Speaker: Ermias Kebreab, Associate Vice Provost of Academic Programs, Global Affairs, UC Davis (USA) 

5:15 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.        Dinner at UC Davis Conference Center