Workshop on Convergence Research (Location: The Graduate Center, CUNY)
- Workshop on Convergence Research
- Friday, September 14, 2018
- 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Location: The Graduate Center, CUNY, Segal Theatre
- The Advanced Science Research Center’s (ASRC) Sponsored Programs Administration (SPA) office — along with ASRC’s Environmental Initiative; Research Foundation of CUNY, Office of Award Pre-Proposal Support; and The Grove School of Engineering at The City College of New York — announces a full-day workshop including speakers from the NSF and the NIH, on the topic of Convergence Research. It will be a day of sharing information, interactive activities, and lively discussions. The goals are to help faculty understand how sponsors are thinking about convergence, to provoke thinking, and to foster community building to enhance collaborative research across disciplines.
- Register here no later than 9:00 a.m., September 10, 2018. (For those who have already RSVP’d to the Save-the-Date announcement, please complete this new registration that includes questions about your research area and dietary needs).
- Target participants: CUNY faculty interested in learning about Convergence Research and the possibilities in participating in cutting-edge research. The workshop should be of interest to a wide array of disciplines, for example:
- Sciences: All science and engineering disciplines funded by NSF and NIH
- Social Sciences: All scientific disciplines funded by NSF and NIH (e.g., urban studies, geography, anthropology, education, psychology, economics, sociology, etc.)
- Humanities: Scholars interested in collaborating on research with scientists to address significant societal challenges (e.g., philosophy, ethics, linguistics, the arts, etc.)
- Target opportunities:
- NSF’s Dear Colleague Letter: Growing Convergence Research, with an October 15th submission deadline for a two-page white paper.
- Workshop participants interested in submitting to this Dear Colleague opportunity may be invited to join a dedicated proposal writing bootcamp, to be facilitated by Dr. Linda Vigdor, Associate Director of Proposal Development at the ASRC.
- Find out more about Convergence Research and new opportunities on our new dedicated website, here (https://convergence.commons.gc.cuny.edu/)
|9:00 – 9:30 a.m.||Registration and Light Breakfast
NOTE: Seating in Segal Theater will be available for the first 64 attendees. Additional guests may watch via livestream.
|9:30 a.m.||Welcome Remarks: Dr. Joshua C. Brumberg,
Dean for the Sciences, The Graduate Center
|9:40 a.m.||Cross-disciplinary Empathy Warm-up & Overview
Dr. Linda Vigdor, Associate Director of Proposal Development, ASRC
|10:30 a.m.||Perspectives from NIH on Convergence and Team Science
Dr. L. Michelle Bennett, Director, Center for Research Strategy, National Cancer Institute, NIH and co-author of “Collaboration and Team Science: A Field Guide.”
|11:40 p.m.||Perspectives from NSF on Convergence Research
Dr. Joanne Tornow, Acting Assistant Director of Biological Sciences, NSF. She has held leadership positions across NSF directorates and in strategic thinking about convergence.
|12:30 p.m.||Summary: Dr. Peter Groffman, Professor of Earth & Environmental Sciences, ASRC and Brooklyn College
|Interactive discussion: What does a convergence research question look like? (potential topics for breakout group discussions); Moderators: Drs. Vigdor, Bennett and Tornow
|2:00 – 3:50 p.m.||Breakout Groups (groups to be assigned to rooms 6304.01, 6304. 02, 8400, 8402, and the Segal Theatre)
|4:10 p.m.||Full Group Reports: Breakout group reports on their discussions
|4:40 p.m.||Closing Remarks, Next Steps, & Workshop Evaluations:
Drs. Groffman and Vigdor
Evening post-workshop dinner groups
There will be an opportunity to continue discussions over dinner, for those who are interested. Reservations will be made at several restaurants within walking distance of The Graduate Center. If interested, please sign up for a dinner on the main workshop registration site. Groups will organize at the end of the conference. All dinner participants will be responsible for paying for their own meal.
September 14, 2018
9:00 AM — 5:00 PM
Advanced Science Research Center, GC/CUNY
365 5th Avenue
The Graduate Center