Advancing Publicly-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Learning to Address Society's Grand Challenges

A University of Minnesota system-wide conference

8 a.m. to 3 p.m., Thursday, March 1, 2018

Great Hall, Coffman Memorial Union, Minneapolis

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Explore the critical role of public engagement in addressing society's most pressing issues at "Advancing Publicly-Engaged Research, Teaching, and Learning to Address Society's Grand Challenges," a University of Minnesota system-wide conference on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at Coffman Memorial Union's Great Hall on the University's Minneapolis campus.

The day kicks off with a plenary panel discussion with scholars and community members associated with the University's Grand Challenges Research Initiatives who will share their thoughts and experiences on funding partnerships, project sustainability, and strategies for managing broad-scope, interdisciplinary projects. More than 80 concurrent sessions throughout the day will showcase the University's most innovative publicly-engaged research and teaching practices through presentations, workshops, roundtable discussions, exhibits, and live performances.

The University's 2018 Outstanding Community Service Awards winners will be announced during lunch with comments from special guest, University of Minnesota Executive Vice President and Provost Karen Hanson. The conference will be followed by a social hour hosted by members of the University's Community-Campus Liaison's Council. 

Conference activities will conclude in time for participants to attend University of Minnesota President Eric Kaler's State of the University Address at 3:30 p.m. in Coffman Memorial Union Theater. The address is free and open to the public.  

Conference registration before Monday, February 26 is $35 for faculty, staff, administrators, and community partners; free for University of Minnesota students. Late and walk-in registration is $70 for faculty, staff, administrators, and community partners; $30 for University of Minnesota students.

Conference Schedule Overview

8:00 a.m.    Check-In and Continental Breakfast

8:30 a.m.    Plenary Panel: Interdisciplinary University-Community Partnerships Addressing Grand Challenges

9:50 a.m.    Break

10:00 a.m.  Concurrent Sessions A

11:00 a.m.  Break

11:10 a.m.  Concurrent Sessions B

12:10 p.m.  Break

12:20 p.m.  Lunch and Outstanding Community Service Awards Presentation

1:50 p.m.    Break

2:00 p.m.    Concurrent Sessions C

3:00 p.m.    Post-Conference Events