This September 17 and 18, leaders in research, international education, government and industry converged at UC Davis with a common purpose: developing innovative strategies for international research within today’s rapidly changing political and research environments. Among the lecturers, Christian Nicolai, Executive Director of CONICYT, adressed the audience on the subject of strenghtening human capital and development throught innovation in Chile, and Dr. Ariel Orellana, Vice Chancellor of Research and Innnovation at University Andrés Bello, talked about the challenges of young private universities in South America for establishing research networks and training students.
The 2018 International Research Conference at UC Davis, hosted by Global Affairs, drew over 200 experts and just as many different perspectives from every corner of the world. From 22 countries and 15 states within the U.S. to be exact.
“Today’s most pressing challenges are inherently global in scope and, therefore, can not be solved by one discipline, or by one institution, or in one country,” said Joanna Regulska, vice provost and associate chancellor of Global Affairs at UC Davis.
“Particularly during these times of great change, we must work across disciplines, sectors, and borders to create strategies and find solutions. We saw this conference as an auspicious way to bring leaders together to ask challenging questions, learn from one another, and set the stage for continued conversations,” said Regulska.
A mix of keynotes, panels, “TED-style” talks, networking breaks, and a graduate student poster session framed the conference. Dozens of speakers engaged participants in timely topics related to the changing research environments, the increasing importance of networks, the role of transdisciplinary research, and best practices in educating the next generation of researchers.