8:30-10:00 a.m.

Creating an Environment for Productive International Collaboration

The role of international collaborations in advancing knowledge and offering economic opportunities worldwide is growing, thanks to factors such as access to the Internet; globalization; and greater mobility of information, ideas, and people. Though international research collaborations also are growing (as measured, for example, by multinational co-authorship on publications and shared funding for international research projects), there are bottlenecks and frictions that can pose impediments to meaningful and successful international collaborations. This track will look broadly at trends and issues that pertain to fostering productive international collaboration from the point of view of governments, universities, and industry.


•   Moderators—Celia Merzbacher, Vice President, Innovative Partnerships, Semiconductor Research Corporation and John Carfora, Associate Vice President for Research Advancement and Compliance, Loyola Marymount University-Los Angeles

•   Five speakers (15 minutes each)


— Lawrence Gumbiner, Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Science, Space & Health, U.S. Department of State


— Rafic Makki, Executive Director and interim Executive Director of Higher Education, Abu Dhabi Education Council


— John Kirkland, Deputy Secretary General, Association of Commonwealth Universities, London


— Low Teck Seng, Executive Director, A*STAR’s Science and Engineering Research Council (Singapore)


— Eduardo Lopez Moreno, Director, Urban Monitoring Division, United Nations Human Settlements Division


•   Q&A (15 minutes)

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