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CONVERGENCE:
OPTIMIZING CROSS-SECTOR & iNTERDISCIPLINARY PARTNERSHIPS

Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable Meeting

June 2-3, 2014

National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20418

AGENDA

While traditional research methodology has resulted in innumerable scientific discoveries, many of today’s research questions are not effectively addressed within the context of a single scientific discipline. Therefore, convergence is emerging as a new model for scientific research and innovation. In this context, convergence means the merging of previously distinct disciplines to create new disciplines which promote rapid innovation and the emergence of new scientific principles. This meeting will focus on how convergence is created, what it has delivered to date, the advantages of and challenges to convergence-driven research, and the near-term applicable domains for convergence.

 

Monday, June 2, 2014

Location:      National Academy of Sciences Building

5:30-                  Cocktails
6:30 PM

6:30-                  Keynote Address
7:30 PM                           
                            Moderator: Dr. Uma Chowdhry, Chief Science and Technology Officer Emeritus, DuPont and GUIRR Co-Chair

                            QUANTITATIVE HUMAN PHENOTYPING: OPPORTUNITIES FOR CONVERGENT SCIENCE IN THE NOVEL MEASUREMENT OF 
                            HEALTH AND DISEASE IMPROVED FUNDING MECHANISMS TO SUPPORT CREATIVE, HIGH-RISK/HIGH-REWARD RESEARCH
                            
                             
Dr. Dennis Ausiello, Director, Center for Assessment Technology and Continuous Health (CATCH), Physician-in-Chief,
                                                                  Emeritus, Massachusetts General Hospital and Jackson Distinguished Professor of Medicine,  
                                                                  Harvard Medical School

7:30-                   Dinner
8:30 PM

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Location:         National Academy of Sciences Building

7:30-                   Continental Breakfast
8:00 AM

8:00-                   Welcome Remarks
8:15 AM              
                            Dr. Jack Gansler, Roger C. Lipitz Chair in Public Policy and Private Enterprise and Director of the Center for Public Policy and 
                                                            Private Enterprise, School of Public Policy, University of Maryland and GUIRR Co-Chair           

8:15-                 CONVERGENCE: EXAMPLES FROM NSF OF AN EMERGING RESEARCH PARADIGM
8:50 AM                           
                           Dr. Pramod Khargonekar, Assistant Director for Engineering, National Science Foundation                    

8:50-                  GOVERNMENT – UNIVERSITY – INDUSTRY PANEL
10:35 AM           Presentations and Panel Discussion 

                            Moderator: Ms. Amanda Arnold, Associate Director for Federal Relations – Convergence, Biosecurity & Health Affairs, 
                                                                                      Texas A&M University

                            Fostering Convergent Scientific Research and Industry Engagement in a University Setting: Challenges and Strategies
                            
                            Dr. Colin Duckett, Director of Program Development, North Campus Research Complex (NCRC); Co-Director, Cancer Cell 
                                                             Biology Program; Professor, Departments of Pathology and Internal Medicine, University of Michigan

                            Workforce 2030: Impact of Convergence on Innovation
                            
                            Mr. Melvin Greer, Senior Fellow and Chief Strategist, Lockheed Martin Information Systems and Global Solutions

                            Transdisciplinary Research in Energetics and Cancer: Lessons Learned from a NCI 
                            Program Perspective
                            
                            Dr. Linda Nebeling, Chief, Health Behaviors Research Branch, National Institute of Health 

                            Crowdsourcing to Address Wicked Problems
                            
                            Dr. Sonny Ramaswamy, Director, National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture

10:35-                Break
11:05 AM

11:05 AM-          WHAT HAS CONVERGENCE ACCOMPLISHED & WHAT WERE THE OBSTACLES ALONG
12:00 PM           THE WAY?
                            Panel Presentations followed by Q&A

                           The Energy Biosciences Institute: A $350 Million Experiment in University-Industry Collaboration
                           
                           Dr. Chris Somerville, Philomathia Professor of Alternative Energy and EBI Director, University of California, Berkeley 

                           Unlocking Convergent Potential Through Shared Risk
                           
                           Dr. Steve Briggs, Distinguished Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology, University of California, San Diego

12:00 -              Lunch – West Court
1:15 PM

1:15-                 MAPPING THE CONVERGENCE AND EMERGENCE OF SCIENTIFIC FIELDS
1:40 PM            
                           Dr. Richard Klavans, Founder, SciTech Strategies, Inc.

1:40-                 FOSTERING CONVERGENCE: CHALLENGES AND LESSONS LEARNED
2:20 PM            Presentation followed by open discussion of convergence challenges
                          
                           Dr. Robert M. Nerem, Institute Professor Emeritus, Georgia Institute of Technology (Coming Soon)

2:20-                 PROPOSAL OF NEW TOPICS AND PROJECTS FOR GUIRR
2:35 PM            Summary of votes for next meeting topic and proposal for Convergence Challenges Workshop Series

2:35-                 UPDATES AND DISCUSSION ON CURRENT GUIRR PROJECTS
3:00 PM            Moderator: Ms. Susan Sloan, Director, GUIRR
    • University-Industry Demonstration Partnership (UIDP) – Dr. John Hickman, Director of Global University Relations and Life Sciences, Deere & Company and UIDP President Federal
    • Federal Demonstration Partnership (FDP) – Dr. Susie Sedwick, Associate Vice President for Research and Director, Office of Sponsored Projects, University of Texas at Austin and FDP Chair
    • GUIRR Webinars and Other Activities – Ms. Kristina Thorsell, Associate Program Officer, GUIRR
 3:00 PM           Adjourn
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