McDonnell Academy 7th International Symposium

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35 Premier universities united to address the world’s most critical problems of the 21st century at the McDonnell Academy 7th International Symposium, cohosted by Tsinghua University in Beijing, China, October 11-14, 2018.

The meeting created space for joint investigation on complex global issues, drawing on a diversity of perspectives from multiple countries and disciplines. It offered a unique opportunity to engage and connect with leading scholars and experts from around the world. The summary below provides an overview of the value and impact of the Symposium and highlights collaborative accomplishments and key outcomes.

McDonnell Academy Symposium Summary 2018

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The Symposium convened presidents, faculty and graduate students from the Academy’s partner institutions to discuss new approaches to research and education in three thematic areas:

  • Agriculture, Food & Water
  • Energy & Environment
  • Public Health & Aging
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OPENING Keynote Speaker

DR. JOHN P. HOLDREN | Science Advisor to President Barack Obama

Plenary and lecture sessions were held at the Grand Hyatt Beijing, and workshops were hosted on Tsinghua University’s campus.