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Culture Matters: An Approach to International Research Agreements


Government-University-Industry Research Roundtable Meeting
July 29-31, 2013
National Academy of Sciences Building
2101 Constitution Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20418

With this GUIRR workshop, we intend to address how culture and cultural perception influence and impact the process by which research agreements are made and negotiated across international boundaries.  Representatives from around the world and from GUIRR’s three constituent sectors – government, university, and industry – will gather to provide input into four specific meeting tracks or domains.  The tracks will focus on research and agreements affecting or involving:
(1) People / Human Subjects
(2) Environment and Natural Resources
(3) Science, Engineering, and Manufacturing
(4) Agriculture and Animal Issues
The task for the experts involved in each track will be to examine the domain under discussion and the role that culture and cultural expectations may have in the forging and implementation of international research agreements.  In addition to the domain tracks, a set of six plenary sessions will be held, addressing topics of a cross-cutting nature and engaging all workshop participants.

Monday, July 29, 2013

4:00 pm     Welcome
                     - Dr. Barbara Mittleman, Vice President for Immunology, Nodality, Inc.
                     - Ms. Susan Sloan, Director, GUIRR
                     - Dr. Dan Mote, President, National Academy of Engineering
4:20 pm     Global Trends 2030: Alternative Worlds     (no slides used)
                     Moderator: Ms. Katie Kalinowski, Senior Program Associate, The National Academies
                     - Dr. Mat Burrows, Counselor, National Intelligence Council, Office of the Director of National Intelligence
4:50 pm     Plenary #1 - Designing Projects with Culture in Mind
                    Moderator: Ms. Susan Sloan, Director, GUIRR
                    How might one design international research projects while being cognizant of cultural distinctions, mannerisms, and sensitivities?  
                    What cultural issues should be taken into consideration?
                    - Towards Culturally Responsible Conduct of International Research
                       Dr. Frederick Leong, Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry and Director, Consortium for Multicultural Psychology Research, 
                       Michigan State University
                    - Why Culture Matters in Cancer Research
                       Dr. Ted Trimble, Director, Center for Global Health, National Cancer Institute

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

8:30 am     Welcome and Review Agenda
                    Dr. Barbara Mittleman, Nodality
8:45 am     Plenary #2 - Wealthy vs. Poor Underdeveloped Countries
                    Moderator: Mr. Patrick Schlesinger, Assistant Vice Chancellor, University of California, Berkeley
                    How does or should research efforts differ in underdeveloped countries with significant financial resources versus those with 
                    very limited resources?  how do you make research / science policy when there are lots / limited resources?  How do governance
                    structure and principles differ?
                    - International Research Agreements University Perspective
                      Dr. Benjamin Caballero, Professor of International Health, Bloomberg School of Public Health and Professor of Pediatrics, 
                      School of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University
                       Prof. Ames Dhai, Director and Head - Steve Biko Centre for Bioethics, University of Witwatersrand

9:45 am     Break
10:15 am    Breakout Session #1
                      - People / Human Subjects
                      - Environment and Natural Resources
                      - Science, Engineering, and Manufacturing
                      - Agricultural and Animal Issues
12:00 pm    Lunch
1:00 pm     Plenary #3 - Language
                    Moderator: Ms. Mary Jordan, Senior Technical Advisor for Public-Private Partnerships, Office of HIV/AIDS, U.S. Agency for International 
                    How does language influence the ability to have successful international research agreements?  What are differences in acceptable
                    terminology, how people use language and interpret words differently, etc.
                      - Understanding the Global, Regional and National Dynamics of Interdisciplinary Research Lessons from a Multi-Year, 
                         Multi-Institutional Collaborative Cyberlearning Program     (slides not available)
                         Dr. Derrick L. Cogburn, Associate Professor, School of International Service and Executive Director, COTELCO/IDPP, American
                         Mr. Scott L. Montgomery, Affiliate Faculty Member, Henry M. Jackson, School of International Studies, University of Washington
2:00 pm      Breakout Session #1
                     - People / Human Subjects
                     - Environment and Natural Resources
                     - Science, Engineering, and Manufacturing
                     - Agricultural and Animal Issues
3:30 pm     Break
4:00 pm     Plenary #4 - Urbanization, Ecological Sustainability, and Social Resilience
                    Moderator: Dr. John M. Carfora, Associate Provost for Research Advancement and Compliance, Loyola Marymount University
                    How are changing population patterns and demand for access to urban infrastructure changing cultures?  What do these changes 
                    mean for international research collaboration?
                       Dr. Eric G. Strauss, President's Professor of Biology and Executive Director, Center for Urban Resilience, Loyola Marymount 
                       Dr. Osman Ahmed, Head, Global Research and Innovation, Siemens Building Technologies, Inc.
                    - Culture Through the Numbers.  Analytics Applied to Cities     (slides forthcoming)
                       Dr. Jurij R. Paraszczak, Director of IBM Research Industry Solutions and Leader of the Research Smarter Cities Program, IBM
5:30 pm     Reception Sponsored by Noblis
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
8:00 am     Welcome, Recap, and Review Agenda
                     Dr. Barbara Mittleman, Nodality
8:15 am     Breakout Reporting - All Tracks
                    - People / Human Subjects
                    - Environment and Natural Resources
                    - Science, Engineering, and Manufacturing
                    - Agricultural and Animal Issues
9:15 am     Plenary #5 - IP
                    Moderator: Dr. James Casey, Interim Director of Pre-Award Services, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
                    How do differing cultural attitudes towards ownership of ideas / IP affect cross-cultural partnerships?  What constitutes IP and what 
                    can you protect?  How is IP enforced?  Research integrity and IP. 
                    - Ms. Julissa Reynoso, U.S. Ambassador to the Oriental Republic of Uruguay     (no slides used)
                    - Intellectual Property Development Across the Globe     (no slides used)
                       Mr. Robert L. Stoll, Partner, Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP
                    - Culture and Personality in Global Business
                       Mr. Daniel Satinsky, Vice President, Business Development, Foresight Science and Technology
10:30 am    Break
10:50 am    Plenary #6 - Change and Drivers
                      Moderator: Dr. Lida Anestidou, Senior Program Officer, The National Academies
                      What changes are on the horizon that will influence international research agreements?  How can positive change be driven through
                      such work?  What drives / motivates people to get together to do research? 
                         Dr. Robert Bertram, Director, Office of Agricultural Research and Policy in Technology, U.S. Agency for International Development
12:00 pm    Wrap-up
                      Dr. Barbara Mittleman, Nodality and Ms. Susan Sloan, GUIRR
12:15 pm    Adjourn