2020 University Research Forum Virtual Executive Roundtable

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2020 University Research Forum Virtual Executive Roundtable

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Join us at a 2020 Virtual Executive Roundtable

Given today’s hypercompetitive funding environment, outdated physical infrastructure and antiquated centers and institutes can hinder institutions’ ability to achieve their strategic goals.

Join our virtual executive roundtable sessions to hear insights from EAB experts on how to modernize research labs and leverage centers and institutes to advance your research strategy. Research leaders will also have the opportunity to discuss these issues with their peers to hear what other institutions are doing to tackle these challenges.

Sessions

Sessions are best suited for chief research officers, vice presidents/associate vice presidents for research, deans of research, vice presidents/associate vice presidents for research facilities, and center/institute directors.

Each session is limited to three participants per institution and 30 participants total to enable active discussion. Use the drop down in the banner above to register for one or both of the sessions:

  • Tuesday, August 11 | 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Friday, August 21 | 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time
    *For UK and European partners, please note the session is scheduled at 14:00 – 16:00 British Summer Time or 16:00 – 18:00 Eastern European Summer Time
  • Wednesday, August 26 | 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Thursday, September 3 | 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Eastern Time
  • Friday, September 18 | 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Eastern Time
    *For UK and European partners, please note the session is scheduled at 14:00 – 16:00 British Summer Time or 16:00 – 18:00 Eastern European Summer Time

Agenda

State-of-the-art labs are critical for competing in today’s hypercompetitive funding environment and achieving research growth goals. Yet, most institutions struggle to upgrade outdated campus labs due to a high cost of renovation and limitations on new construction. On top of that, decentralized space governance complicates lab management and makes it difficult to maximize the value of campus lab space.

In this session, we will discuss tactics for modernizing research lab design and management. Topics include:

  • How to hardwire new research buildings to promote interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Ways to eliminate pain points in the lab renovation process to expedite timelines
  • How to create incentives to encourage more productive use of existing lab space

As universities seek to hone their research strategy and amplify their strengths, antiquated centers and institutes present a roadblock. On one hand, institutions struggle to maintain and enforce sufficient standards that support high-priority centers, all while the price tag of supporting centers continues to grow. On the other hand, centers and institutes have never been more important to pursuing large and complex funding opportunities, thereby increasing the need to promote the most competitive research assets on campus.

This session will cover tactics to streamline center and institute administration while growing funding through differentiated promotion. Topics include:

  • How to structure center and institute hierarchies that better distinguish multidisciplinary efforts from interdisciplinary efforts
  • Ways to use centers and institutes to increase competitiveness, attract new funding, and differentiate research strengths
  • How to enforce performance standards across centers and institutes, and how to create offramps for faculty in underperforming centers

"Just making the dedicated time to think deeply about these issues is a welcome opportunity to be strategic rather than tactical."

Chief Research Officer

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