OVPR Hosting Virtual COVID-19 Research Networking Event

By Dan Kirkpatrick, Iowa State University Office of the Vice President for Research

While the COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically affected the professional and personal lives of many, it is also an opportunity for Iowa State University to positively impact Iowa, the nation, and the world.

Collaborating with the colleges across campus, the Office of the Vice President for Research is facilitating a virtual networking event to explore interdisciplinary research opportunities addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. The event will take place over Zoom from 2 – 4 p.m. on April 28, 2020. Interested faculty need to register by 12 p.m. on April 23, 2020.

“During this period of self-isolation and social distancing, it’s important to come together as colleagues in the sciences, engineering, social sciences, business, and the arts and humanities to share expertise and ideas that can help us identify research avenues for making positive contributions in combatting the COVID-19 crisis,” said Associate Vice President for Research Surya Mallapragada.

The range of discussion topics during the networking event can include – but are not limited to – diagnostics, therapeutics, vaccines, socioeconomic dimensions of the pandemic, supply chain issues, strategies for people to cope, and future preparedness for pandemics. The event will be structured to include:

  • Lightning talks (not to exceed three minutes) – all participating faculty are expected to outline their expertise and how it can address COVID-19, while also potentially specifying the sorts of complementary expertise they are seeking;
  • A virtual networking session in breakout groups with a moderator, following the lightning talks;
  • An overview of the Research Insight tool to help you identify potential collaborators at other institutions.

If you are interested in networking on this topic, but unable to participate in the session, please complete the registration and indicate that on the form so you can have access to information from the event, including a recorded video of the lightning talks, as well as a list of COVID-related funding opportunities.