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Collaborative Summits


Upcoming Summits

Broadband Initiatives

Broadband is a critical factor in economic growth, educational opportunity and access to healthcare — for all of Missouri and beyond.

Focused on the theme "Broadband Initiatives," this summit with showcase interdisciplinary work from all four universities and provide a forum to stimulate systemwide collaboration and innovation around this important topic. 

The most recent rankings on broadband accessibility from the Federal Communications Commission shows that Missouri has work to doour state is ranked 41st  in the country. The speed, stability and availability of the internet is key to education, innovation and progress in our state. Experts will discuss regulatory issues, education, technology advances and potential partnerships needed to make high-speed internet available throughout the state. 

  • Date: Wednesday, February 5, 2020
  • Location: Stotler Lounge, Memorial Union – MU Campus
  • Click here to RSVP. Can't attend? A livestream link will be available. 


Past Summits

Converging Disciplines to Support Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

In 2015, Member States of the United Nations adopted “The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development” to support global action toward peace and prosperity for all nations. The agenda includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to guide the global community in critical action to sustain the health and wellness of our planet and its inhabitants. The UM System Summit will focus on several of these goals, including: no poverty; zero hunger; quality education; gender equality; affordable and clean energy; decent work and economic growth; reduced inequality; and peace, justice and strong institutions.

The summit was held Wednesday, November 20, 2019, at the University of Missouri-St. Louis. View session one and session two from the summit on  YouTube.


Data Science in Healthy Communities

On September 25, 2019, UMKC hosted “Data Science in Healthy Communities,” a Research Summit to showcase interdisciplinary work from all four UM System universities and provide a forum to stimulate system-wide collaboration and innovation around this important research subject. Presentations included topics such as promoting independence of young adults with disabilities through the health care system; mapping and reporting tools for visualizing community health; digital storytelling as a community-based therapeutic intervention; deep learning in health; and data-driven approaches to early childhood obesity, among others. View the archived livestream of the event to learn more.


Engineering and Health

Missouri S&T hosted the UM System Engineering and Health Summit on Wednesday, April 10. This research summit showcased interdisciplinary work from all four UM System universities and provided a forum to stimulate systemwide collaboration and innovation around this important research topic. To learn more about the innovation shared at the event, you can watch the summit online.


Cybersecurity Summit

The University of Missouri System Cyber Security Summit, hosted at Missouri University of Science and Technology on April 11, 2018, highlighted the breadth and quality of cyber security research activities within the UM System. Speakers shared the extensive cyber security initiatives occurring across all four system campuses in order to collaborate more effectively and compete for new funding opportunities.


Precision Medicine Summit

The Translational Precision Medicine Complex (TPMC) was selected as the top priority for the University of Missouri System and the four campuses. The objective of the TPMC initiative is to enable researchers and clinicians to collaborate using the most advanced technologies and data analysis tools. This “bench-to-bedside” paradigm will accelerate the development of novel diagnostic tools and treatments and allow for fast tracking of the application of proven medical strategies to clinical settings.

The University of Missouri System Precision Medicine Summit, hosted at the University of Missouri-Columbia on June 20, 2018, brought together top faculty researchers from each of the four system campuses to highlight the breadth and quality of precision medicine research activities across the UM System. The presentations shared important initiatives occurring across the UM System and helped uncover synergies that will lead to effective collaborations designed to compete for major new funding opportunities. View session one and session two from the summit on our YouTube channel.


Human in the Digital Age

Human in the Digital Age featured faculty representatives from each of the four campuses who provided three to four sets of 5-minute TED Talk-style presentations that explored how the digital age has forever changed and impacted our everyday lives and challenged our interpretation of what it means to be human. Each set of talks was followed by a discussion led by the speakers. There was also be a general discussion at the end of the summit. Presentations included discussions of:

  • Digital humanities
  • Technology in teaching/learning
  • Computational technologies and the human experience
  • Artificial intelligence
  • Machine learning
  • Smart and connected human environments
  • Ethical and legal considerations of the digital age

Rebuilding the Civic Compact: Interdisciplinary Research and Collaboration in the Behavioral & Social Sciences

Missouri’s metropolitan areas, like many large US cities, face significant social challenges. These problems are often amplified in rural areas of the state. However, because of population density, severity of problems, and critical mass of providers, urban areas provide ideal laboratories for researching society’s biggest problems. Hosted at UMSL, the University of Missouri System Rebuilding the Civic Compact Summit featured the significant depth the system has in the social sciences--as well as its ability to inform solutions to these challenges through funded, collaborative, interdisciplinary work that effectively translates research into practice. Featured areas of discussion included:

  • Addiction, Trauma and Gun Violence
  • Data-driven and Collective Action Approaches to Systems Change
  • Community-informed and engaged Approaches to Reducing Racial and Health Inequities

Road to Resilience – Disaster to Social and Environmental Resilience

Road to Resilience – Disaster to Social and Environmental Resilience Summit showcased interdisciplinary work from all four UM System universities and provided a forum to stimulate systemwide collaboration and innovation around recovering from and preparing for disasters. Presentations included topics such as transportation and planning response to natural disasters; counseling children who have been exposed to trauma or adversity; the human dimensions of disaster prevention; and emergency and disaster planning and policy. View session one or session two from the summit on our YouTube channel. You can also learn more about existing systemwide resources and support efforts for current natural disasters on the Disaster Resources and Support webpage.

Reviewed 2020-01-16