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Wednesday, November 13 • 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Keynote Session: Not a palaver! How can interdisciplinary, intersectoral and international collaboration be successful? / Pas un palabre! Comment assurer la réussite de la collaboration interdisciplinaire, intersectorielle et internationale?

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Panel Organized by: UK Research and Innovation North America 

Increasingly, complex research problems are not solved by single disciplines and research at the frontiers of disciplines can be transformative. Bridging another gap – that which can exist between research and innovation – is the next necessary transformation but can be a difficult process. As public funders we have a responsibility to help these transformative outcomes flourish by fostering collaboration not only at disciplinary interfaces, but between sectors and where there is mutual benefit between nations.

In the 21st century research is firmly accepted as a global enterprise, with increasingly interdisciplinary underlying questions, and solutions requiring cross-sector collaboration. With so many actors involved, how do we handle the complexity and mitigate the potential for confusion?

This panel will explore how funders, business and academia can work together to develop shared languages, clear objectives and simplified structures. We will explore how national strategies for research and innovation can shape collaboration, how structural changes can help organisations achieve their ambitions, identify challenges and solutions for working across disciplines, sectors and nations, and give examples of how this plays out in practice.

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Jean Lebel

President, International Development Research Centre
Jean Lebel was appointed president of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC) on May 1, 2013. As part of Canada’s foreign affairs and development efforts, IDRC invests in knowledge, innovation, and solutions to improve lives and livelihoods in the developing world... Read More →

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Melanie Welham

Executive Chair, UKRI Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council
From 1 April 2018, Professor Melanie Welham has been Executive Chair of the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC), part of UK Research and Innovation, and for two years prior to this she served as Interim Chief Executive of the Council. Melanie joined BBSRC... Read More →
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Joy Johnson

Vice-President Research and International, and Professor Health Sciences, Simon Fraser University
Joy Johnson leads Simon Fraser University’s strategic research initiatives and facilitates international opportunities that foster research collaborations and student exchange. Her work focuses on facilitating research excellence and helping the university respond to new opportunities... Read More →
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Ted Hewitt

President, Social Science and Humanities Research Council of Canada; Chair of the Canada Research Coordinating Committee
Ted Hewitt was appointed president of SSHRC in March 2015. Since 2017, he also has served as the inaugural Chair of the Canada Research Coordinating Committee. Ted was vice-president, research and international relations, at Western University in London, Ontario, from 2004 to 2011... Read More →
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John Laughlin

Chief Technology Officer, Next Generation Manufacturing Canada (NGen)
John is the CTO at NGen, a not-for-profit organization which funds Advanced Manufacturing R&D projects to drive innovation and create jobs in manufacturing across Canada. John joined NGen from the UK where he was responsible for setting the strategies and running some of the UK government’s... Read More →

Wednesday November 13, 2019 6:30pm - 7:30pm EST
Confederation Ballroom