The Office of Sustainability and the Environment is collaborating with OVPR’s Research Development Office (RDO), and researchers from across The University of Iowa and Iowa State University to catalyze collaborative research focused on climate change, health, and sustainability. With the company KnowInnovation, we are initiating Innovation Labs around this subject, which are tied in with the recent announcement of OVPR’s Interdisciplinary Research Scholars Awards focused around the “Climate-Environment-Health Nexus”. There is still time to join your fellow researchers to learn about possibilities for collaboration around some of the most important challenges facing Iowa and the world.

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• Innovation Lab #1 – Network and ideate: Wednesday, February 23 @ 9:30am-11am • Innovation Lab #2 – Network and refine ideas: Wednesday, March 2 @ 9:30am-11am • Innovation Lab #3 – Network, refine ideas, and pitch ideas: Wednesday, March 9 @ 9:30am-11am CLAS’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment serves as a focal point for sustainability activities on campus and to expedite action and change through: • Communicating challenges and successes; • Connecting individuals and organizations to catalyze action; • Promoting a culture of sustainability; • Coordinating events and activities to build awareness; and • Maintaining the credibility and public trust of the University of Iowa. We look forward to discussing your bold ideas for advancing Iowa’s climate change and sustainability research agenda through the Innovation Labs.

Orienting questions:

If climate change is not addressed, what will Iowa look like in 50 years? Do you want to expand your network to explore this topic and capture expected climate change research funding while contributing your talents towards building a more just, healthy, and sustainable future? What are the interdisciplinary climate change and/or sustainability research challenges that Iowa researchers are particularly well positioned to explore in the next three to five years?

Stratis Giannakouros Director, Office of Sustainability and the Environment

The Innovation Labs:

The Innovation Labs will connect UI and ISU researchers and networks to generate novel interdisciplinary research ideas, help refine research questions, build interdisciplinary teams, and begin the important task of writing team-based, impactful, winning research proposals. With your involvement, expertise, and enthusiasm, new and exciting paths can be charted for Iowa researchers leading to the capture of climate change and sustainability science research funding.



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