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

  • Joanna Regulska, Vice Provost and Associate Chancellor, UC Davis Global Affairs
  • Ralph J. Hexter, Provost and Executive Vice Chancellor, UC Davis

9:10 a.m. - 9:30 a.m.     Introductory Remarks

  • Congressman John Garamendi (CA-3)

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: Dr. 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.

  • Chair: Janaka Ruwanpura, Vice-Provost (International) and Professor, University of Calgary (Canada) 

Universities as Centers of Regional and Global Connectivity

  • Speaker: Paul Schulte, Founder and Editor, Schulte Research (USA) 

Sharing Knowledge and Innovation across the Asia-Pacific region 

  • Speaker: Christopher Tremewan, Secretary General, 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.        Lunch & Keynote 

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.

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: TBD

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, ANUIES (Mexico) 

Strengthening Human Capital and Development in Chile through Innovation

  • Speaker: TBD

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 (British Colombia)

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: McKenzie 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

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