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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Fostering the Culture of Convergence in Research: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25271.
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Appendix A

Workshop Agenda

Workshop on Fostering the Culture of Convergence in Research

OCTOBER 23

8:30 AM Welcome and Introduction to the Workshop
  • Marcia McNutt, National Academy of Sciences (NAS) President
  • C. D. (Dan) Mote, Jr., National Academy of Engineering (NAE) President
  • Victor J. Dzau, National Academy of Medicine (NAM) President
  • Robert W. Conn, President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO), The Kavli Foundation
9:00 AM Embedding Convergence in Federal Funding for Research
  • France Córdova, Director, National Science Foundation (NSF)
9:20 AM The Promise of Convergence for Scientific Challenges: How Science Can Propel Sustainable Agriculture and Lower the Sector’s Greenhouse Gas Emissions

Chair: Steven Chu, Professor of Physics and Molecular and Cellular Physiology, and William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University

Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Fostering the Culture of Convergence in Research: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25271.
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  • Zach Serber, Chief Science Officer and Vice President of Development, Zymergen
  • Richard Broglie, Chief Technology Officer, Pivot Bio
10:30 AM Break
10:45 AM Overview: Strengthening the Ecosystem for Convergence Discovery and Translation
  • Daniel Stokols, Chancellor’s Professor Emeritus, University of California, Irvine (UCI)
11:15 AM Panel: Supporting the Life Cycle of Convergence. Leaders of institutional change discuss active efforts and lessons learned.

Chair: Gene E. Robinson, Director, Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology and Swanlund Chair of Entomology, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

  • George Poste, Del E. Webb Professor of Health Innovation and Chief Scientist, Complex Adaptive Systems Initiative, Arizona State University
  • James C. Carrington, President, Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, St. Louis
  • Charles A. Wilson, Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative
  • Edison Liu, President and CEO, The Jackson Laboratory
12:30 PM Lunch
1:20 PM Panel: Leading for Convergence. University leaders discuss how to stimulate and support a convergence culture.

Chair: Peter Schiffer, Vice Provost for Research and Professor of Physics, Yale University

  • Taylor Eighmy, President, The University of Texas at San Antonio
  • Ann Arvin, Vice Provost and Dean of Research Emeritus, Lucile Salter Packard Professor of Pediatrics, and Professor of Microbiology and Immunology, Stanford University
  • Pramod P. Khargonekar, Vice Chancellor for Research and Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, UCI
2:40 PM Break
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Fostering the Culture of Convergence in Research: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25271.
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3:00 PM Panel: Convergence in Action. Investigators undertaking convergent research and representatives of funding organizations discuss what works and lessons learned.

Chair: Cato Laurencin, University Professor, CEO, Connecticut Institute for Clinical and Translational Science (CICATS), and Director, Institute for Regenerative Engineering, University of Connecticut

  • Maria Pellegrini, Executive Director of Programs, W.M. Keck Foundation
  • Joseph DeSimone, Chancellor’s Eminent Professor of Chemistry, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Chemical Engineering, North Carolina State University, and of Chemistry at University of North Carolina; and CEO of Carbon
  • Joanna Aizenberg, Amy Smith Berylson Professor of Materials Science and Professor of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, Harvard University
  • Dragana Brzakovic, Senior Staff Associate, Office of Integrative Activities, NSF
4:15 PM Introduction to Breakout Sessions
4:20 PM Brief break and move to Parallel breakout discussion sessions
Group 1 (NAS 120): Institutional Incentives that Enable Convergence.

Chair: Michael Witherell, Director, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and Professor of Physics, University of California

Group 2 (NAS 118): Funding Structures that Support Convergence.

Chair: Sue Merrilees, Advisor, Science Philanthropy Alliance

Group 3 (Members Room): Changing Norms and Culture of Academic Research Toward Convergence.

Chair: Joseph DeSimone, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, and Carbon

5:35 PM Brief Summing up of Day 1 and Preparation for Day 2
  • C. D. Mote, Jr., NAE President
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Fostering the Culture of Convergence in Research: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25271.
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OCTOBER 24

8:45 AM Welcome and Goals of Day 2
  • Victor Dzau, NAM President
9:00 AM Achieving Institutional Culture Change

Chair: Tamar Gendler, Dean of the Faulty of Arts and Sciences, Yale University

  • Holden Thorp, Provost and Rita Levi-Montalcini Distinguished University Professor, Washington University in St. Louis
9:45 AM Break
10:00 AM Snapshot Insights from Breakout Groups
10:15 AM Panel: Strategic Perspectives

Chair: Peter Lee, Corporate Vice President, Artificial Intelligence and Research, Microsoft

  • Robert W. Conn, President and CEO, The Kavli Foundation
  • Megan Smith, CEO, Shift7, and Third U.S. Chief Technology Officer
  • Peter Highnam, Deputy Director, Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
  • Fleming Crim, Chief Operating Officer, National Science Foundation
  • Carrie Wolinetz, Associate Director for Science Policy and Acting Chief of Staff, National Institutes of Health
11:45 AM Lightning Round: Innovative Ideas from Participants.
Ideas for strategies, opportunities, or potential pilot projects.

Chair: Tamar Gendler, Dean of the Faulty of Arts and Sciences, Yale University

12:20 PM Wrap Up and Closing Remarks: Key Messages from Workshop and Next Steps
  • Marcia McNutt, NAS President
12:45 PM Adjourn
Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Fostering the Culture of Convergence in Research: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25271.
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Suggested Citation:"Appendix A: Workshop Agenda." National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. 2019. Fostering the Culture of Convergence in Research: Proceedings of a Workshop. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press. doi: 10.17226/25271.
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Convergence-based research approaches are critical in solving many scientific challenges, which frequently draw on large teams of collaborators from multiple disciplines. The 2014 report Convergence: Facilitating Transdisciplinary Integration of Life Sciences, Physical Sciences, Engineering, and Beyond describes the term “convergence” as a multidisciplinary approach that melds divergent areas of expertise to form conclusions that are inaccessible otherwise. However, a convergence-based approach involves hybrid systems of people, buildings, and instruments, which pose complex structural and managerial challenges.

In October 23–24, 2018, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine convened a workshop to explore efforts to promote cultures that support convergence-based approaches to research. The 2014 report served as a foundation for this workshop, allowing participants to further explore convergence as a valuable and adaptable approach to organizing research. This publication summarizes the presentations and discussions from the workshop.

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