UGPN Annual Conference 2018

Date • Time

Monday, April 9, 2018 - 09:00 to Wednesday, April 11, 2018 - 17:00


University of Surrey
388 Stag Hill


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The University Global Partnership Network (UGPN) is an academic network spanning four continents which brings together some of the world’s leading universities: North Carolina State University (NCSU), USA; the University of São Paulo (USP), Brazil; the University of Surrey (UoS), UK; and the University of Wollongong (UoW), Australia. Established in 2011, the UGPN aims to “develop sustainable world-class research, education and knowledge transfer through an active international network of selected universities collaborating in research, learning and teaching to benefit global society”.

The UGPN Annual Conference 2018, hosted by the University of Surrey, will take place from 9th – 11th April. The Conference supports the mission of the network, providing unique opportunities for interaction and discussion on a variety of topics, including academic workshops on four key research themes:

  • Digital Innovation & Applications
  • Delivering Global Health & Wellbeing
  • Producing a Smarter Planet
  • Entrepreneurship & Economic Development
Professor G. Q. Max Lu Professor Derk-Jan Dijk Vivienne Stern


The Conference will be officially opened by Professor G. Q. Max Lu (Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey) and includes a keynote speech from Professor Derk-Jan Dijk (Director Surrey Sleep Research Centre) and a guest lecture from Vivienne Stern (Director of Universities UK International (UUKi), on international funding opportunities. Research workshops focusing on each of the four key themes will be led by senior academics from each of the UGPN Partner institutions.

The Conference is open to all staff at UGPN Partner institutions. Postgraduate students and external visitors may also attend by invitation of the workshop leads:

Digital Innovation & Application: Professor Liqun Chen -

Delivering Global Health & Wellbeing: Professor Simon de Lusignan -

Producing a Smarter Planet: Professor Matt Leach and Professor Richard Murphy –

Entrepreneurship & Economic Development: Professor Maria Laura Di Domenico -

In addition to research workshops, the programme includes ample time for networking and arranging 1:1 meetings with participants from UGPN partners. Attendance of those who have not yet worked with UGPN colleagues is particularly encouraged.

To register your attendance at the opening and closing sessions please follow the link to our Eventbrite page. To express interest in participation in any of the academic workshops please contact the workshop leads in the first instance. General enquiries should be sent to:

View the UGPN Annual Conference 2018 programme.