AIEA Thematic Forum: Developing Institutional Strategies for Growing Global Research
The AIEA Thematic Forum: Developing Institutional Strategies for Growing Global Research was held on April 6-8, 2014 at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida. The Forum was organized by the University of South Florida (USF) and the University of North Texas (UNT) and was sponsored by the Association of International Education Administrators (AIEA), Elsevier Publishing Company, and the National Organization of Research Development Professionals (NORDP). The Forum was attended by more than 100 senior administrative leaders representing offices of research and/or international engagement representing over 40 U.S. universities and 15 funding agencies from 12 countries.
The Forum opened with a dinner and keynote address by Dr. Rob Bertram, Director of the Office of Agricultural Research and Policy in the Bureau for Food Security at the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID). The first day’s sessions included a panel and participant discussion on “Articulating the Value Proposition—Making the Case for Institutional Global Engagement in Research.” The afternoon included thematic sessions in which participants worked collaboratively in groups to discuss effective practices universities utilize as they engage in global research and how research and international offices can better cooperate to advance global research. The evening sessions included a social networking reception with representatives of international funding agencies and a dinner with a keynote address by Dr. Bill Colglazier, Science and Technology Adviser to the Secretary of State at the U.S. Department of State. The last day of the Forum included a morning reporting out session that synthesized the information gathered during the previous day’s afternoon thematic sessions followed by a lunch with a keynote address by Dr. Kathie L. Olsen, Founder and Managing Director of ScienceWorks and former Deputy Director and Chief Operating Officer of the National Science Foundation. The afternoon included concurrent presentations on global research opportunities by funding agency representatives. The proceedings of the Forum will be published by Elsevier Publishing Company and released later this year.