2018 International Research Conference at UC Davis Program: Day Two

September 18, 2018

Morning Session

Location: UC Davis Conference Center, Lobby

7:15 a.m. - 7:45 a.m.              Optional Tour of UC Davis Campus

8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.            Breakfast and Graduate Student Posters Session

9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.          Graduate Panel I: International Trends in Graduate Education

Location: UC Davis Conference Center, Ballroom

  • Chair: Jean-Pierre Delplanque, Acting Vice Provost of Graduate Education and Dean of Graduate Studies, UC Davis (USA)

Supporting Graduate Student Mobility and Research

  • Speaker: Jenny Dixon, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Strategic Engagement), University of Auckland (New Zealand) 

New Trends in Graduate Education

  • Speaker: Jose Celso Freire Junior, Associate Vice Provost for International Affairs, State University of Sao Paulo (UNESP); President of the Brazilian Association for International Education (Brazil) 

The Future of Graduate Education Globally

  • Speaker: Julia Kent, Vice President for Best Practices and Strategic Initiatives, Council of Graduate Schools (USA) 

Q & A

10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.    Graduate Panel II: Next Generation Leadership in International Research

  • Chair: Jenny Dixon, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Strategic Engagement), University of Auckland (New Zealand) 

Impact of International Experiences on Graduate Education

  • Speaker: Brian Mitchell, Interim Associate Dean for Graduate Studies, Research, and Facilities; Professor of Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering, Tulane University (USA) 

Expanding Diversity and Inclusion for Graduate Student Research Opportunities

  • Speaker: Sally Pratt, Vice Provost for Graduate Programs, University of Southern California (USA) 

Graduate Student Presenters: 

Exploring Climate Smart Agriculture as a Form of Community Development in Ecuador

  • Presenter: Alyssa Devincentis, UC Davis (USA)

Indonesia: The Interaction between China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) Investment and the Local Civil Society

  • Presenter: Stephanie Eyocko, Johns Hopkins University (USA)

Evaluating Options for Knowledge Transfer between Njala University Extension Services and Local Stakeholders in Sierra Leone

  • Presenter: Liberty Galvin, Njala University (Sierra Leone)

Train-the-Trainer: Urban Agriculture Method to Increase Access and Consumption of African Indigenous Vegetable

  • Presenter: Emily Merchant, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey (USA)

Judging the Online Judges: The Two #MeToo Cases in Hong Kong

  • Presenter: Chris Y.H. Tsui, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Hong Kong)

Q & A

11:00 a.m. - 11:15 a.m.        Coffee / Networking Break

Location: UC Davis Conference Center, Lobby

11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.        From California to the World: Innovations in Research at the University of California

Location: UC Davis Conference Center, Ballroom

Session Description: This "TED-style" talk will highlight faculty members' ground-breaking work of faculty from the University of California system that is having a transformative impact.

  • Chair: Patricia Conrad, Associate Dean for Global Programs; Professor of Parasitology, UC Davis Veterinary Medicine (USA)

Participatory Research to Address Sustainable Development Challenges

  • Speaker: Kate Scow, Professor of Soil Science and Microbial Ecology; Director of the Russell Ranch Sustainable Agriculture Facility, UC Davis (USA)

How Can We Stop Africa’s Scientific Brain Drain 

  • Speaker: Kevin Njabo, Africa Director and Assistant Adjunct Professor, Center for Tropical Research, UCLA (Cameroon/USA)

Addressing the Refugee Health Care Crisis through Research and Practice

  • Speaker: Fatima Karaki, M.D., Assistant Professor; Founder and Director of the Refugee and Asylum seeker Health Initiative (RAHI), UC San Francisco (USA/Lebanon) 


12:15 p.m. - 1:45 p.m.        Lunch with Consuls General from Northern California

Location: UC Davis Conference Center, Ballroom


  • Venkatesan Ashok, Consul General of India in San Francisco
  • Liliana Ferrer, Consul General of Mexico in Sacramento
  • Lorenzo Ortona, Consul General of Italy in San Francisco
  • Natalia Ariza-Ramirez, Former Vice Minister of Education in Colombia 
  • Sabine Blankenship, Science Liaison Officer German, Consulate General of Germany in San Francisco

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

Afternoon Session

2:00 - 3:15 p.m.    Connecting Transdisciplinary Research to Multiple Stakeholders 

Session 1:   Academic-Industry Partnerships on New Research Frontiers

Location: UC Davis Conference Center, Ballroom

Session Description: This session will explore how academia is partnering with industry to develop breakthroughs for pressing global problems.

  • Chair:  Paul Dodd, Associate Vice Chancellor for Interdisciplinary Research and Strategic Initiatives, UC Davis (USA) 

Tackling Big Science Challenges with Research Innovation 

  • Speaker:  Michael Battaglia, Research Director, Agriculture and Global Change, Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) (Australia) 

Entrepreneurship and Innovation: Sharing Knowledge between Academia and Industry

  • Speaker: Rosa Grimaldi, Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management; Deputy Rector for Entrepreneurship, University of Bologna (Italy) 

Driving Industry Engagement and Partnerships with Universities: Perspectives from the South Asia/ASEAN Region

  • Speaker: Lily Chan, Chief Executive Officer, NUS Enterprise, National University of Singapore (Singapore) 

From Campus to Market: Delivering Impact Through Academic-Industry Research Partnerships

  • Speaker: Paul Townsend, Director, Irish Photonic Innovation Center (IPIC), Tyndall National Institute (Ireland) 

Q & A

Session 2:  Applying Critical Research for Global Challenges 

Location: Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, Community Room

Session Description: This session will explore the perspectives of other stakeholders, including funders and government agencies, on the research landscape and the current and emerging global challenges that require sustained research efforts.

  • Chair: Montague (Tag) W. Demment, Vice President for International Programs, Association of Public and Land Grant Universities (APLU) (USA) 

Research Support for Policy and Practice Change

  • Speaker: Gabriele Bammer, Professor, National Centre for Epidemiology and Population Health, Research School of Population Health, Australian National Univeristy (ANU) (Australia) 

Highly Integrative Basic and Responsive (HIBAR) Research and International Engagement 

  • Speaker: Lorne Whitehead, Professor of Physics and Astronomy, University of British Colombia (Canada)

Engaging Globally on Common Agricultural Challenges

  • Speaker: Otto Gonzalez, Center for International Programs, National Institute of Food and Agriculture,  United States Department of Agriculture (USA) 

The Role of Federally Supported Research in Supporting Critical Research

  • Speaker: Jessica Robin, Countries and Regions Cluster Lead, Office of International Science and Engineering, National Science Foundation (USA) 

Q & A

3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.        Walk to Next Session / Coffee / Networking Break

Location: UC Davis Conference Center, Lobby

3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m.  Leadership Roundtable: Higher Education Strategies for Research in an Uncertain World

Location: UC Davis Conference Center, Ballroom

Session Description: This session will highlight the ways in which political, economic and social shifts at the national, regional and global levels are necessitating new approaches to international research and partnerships for higher education institutions.               

  • Chair: Roger Brindley, System Vice President, USF World, University of South Florida (USF) (USA)

Developing Sustainable Global Research Partnerships: Opportunities and Challenges

  • Speaker: Dolores O’Riordan, Vice President for Global Engagement, University College Dublin (Ireland)

Connecting Research to Citizen Concerns

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

Global Engagement and Empowerment for Sustainable Development

  • Speaker: Shinki An, Director, Institute for Global Engagement and Empowerment of Yonsei University (South Korea) 

Q & A

4:45 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.        Concluding Remarks

  • Speaker: Joanna Regulska, Vice Provost and Associate Chancellor, Global Affairs, UC Davis (USA)

5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.       Conference Reception

Location: Jan Shrem and Maria Manetti Shrem Museum of Art, Lobby