Iowa State University Research Day

Research Day 2020

Tuesday, March 24 & Wednesday, March 25

Click here to register to attend or participate in Research Day.

March 24

Keynote Speaker, time and location to be determined

Back for its fourth year, Iowa State University’s annual Research Day event will kick off a day early to welcome science comedian Brian Malow as keynote speaker. With two decades as a stand-up comedian blended with a passion for science, Malow specializes in the intersection between knowledge and entertainment. During his Research Day keynote speech, which will take place the evening of March 24 and will be open to the public, Malow will deliver advice (and jokes) to help Iowa State researchers communicate better, with topics including stage presence, connecting with audiences, using analogies, and abusing PowerPoint.

Malow has given science communication talks for NASA, Apple, and the National Science Foundation, among other organizations, as well as produced science videos for Time Magazine and audio pieces for Neil deGrasse Tyson’s StarTalk radio show. He has also blogged for Scientific American, worked in science communications at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences, and annually produces live videos from the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meetings in Germany.

March 25

9 a.m. Registration, Memorial Union West Lounge

9:30 a.m. Welcome, Memorial Union Sun Room

9:45 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Story Collider, Memorial Union Sun Room

10:45 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. Refreshments, Memorial Union South Ballroom

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Grand Challenge Networking, Memorial Union South Ballroom

11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Resource Fair, Memorial Union Oak Room

12:15 p.m. – 1:45 p.m. Posters, Exhibits, Creative Scholarship, and Research Art, Memorial Union Great Hall

2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Lightning Talks, Memorial Union Sun Room

As in previous years, the Research Day 2020 agenda will offer opportunities for attendees to listen to stories of real-life research and scholarship experiences through Story Collider talks, modeled after the popular Story Collider podcast series, discover campus research services, present a poster showcasing their research interests and project results, and give lightning talks about their research focal areas.

During the Story Collider session, researchers will weave narratives about their personal experiences in research and scholarship. The Resource Fair will assemble campus services for researchers including information about trademarks, patents, industry relations, and more.

In addition to providing an opportunity for researchers to talk broadly about their research interests and the skills they have to share with potential collaborators, the annual posters, exhibits, creative scholarship, and research art session will feature an innovative #betterposter design template to foster increased audience engagement. Two lightning talk sessions will give attendees a chance to hear from their peers or give a talk of their own to highlight their research interests. Each of the four-minute lightning talks will be recorded for individuals to keep for professional use.

New to the 2020 event is a reimagined networking session, which will invite attendees to discover and create collaborations to help address Iowa State’s five grand challenge research themes:

  • Promoting healthy lives
  • Building sustainable human and natural ecosystems
  • Designing next-generation materials and manufacturing technologies
  • Enabling data-driven discovery and secure cyber systems
  • Developing global citizens and vibrant societies