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PLuS Alliance Symposium 2019 Agenda - latest!

PLuS Alliance Symposium 2019 Agenda - latest!

Saturday, November 09, 2019



PLuS Alliance Symposium  Agenda - 12th – 13th November 2019

Arizona State University

Tempe, AZ

Registration link:

Tuesday 12th November

  • Old Main 8:00 – 4:00
  • ISTB4/Marston Theatre 4:00 – 7:30

8:00 – 8:30 Breakfast & Registration

8:30 – 9:45 Welcome & Keynote Speaker. Malcolm Grant, Master of Ceremonies

  • Welcome  - Stefanie Lindquist, Deputy Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs, Arizona State University
  • Keynote – Astronaut Cady Colman, Global Explorer in Residence, Arizona State University

9:45 – 10:00 Break

10:00 – 12:00 PLuS Global Pathways

Join us for an overview of PLuS Alliance collaborations that have been built on both research and education. Learn how the PLuS community has collaborated to have global impact and where their projects will advance next.

  • Smart Cities: Expanding beyond Phoenix, Sydney and London
  • Partnering with Indigenous Communities
  • PLuS, Graduate Experiences: Developing Networks through Transdisciplinary Teams
  • Signature PLuS projects: Connecting with Global Partners
  • PLuS Global Hack-a-thon: Fast Fashion

12:00 – 1:00 Lunch

1:00 – 2:15   TEDI - London

Are you interested in how engineering education can change? Have you heard about TEDI - London, being engineered by the PLuS Alliance partners? Join this session to learn about the curriculum, hear from an ASU student who participated in TEDI – London’s 2019 summer school, and engineer your own product.

Lead: Judy Raper, Founding Dean TEDI - London

2:15 – 2:30 Break

2:30 – 3:45 The Evolving World of Higher Education Partnerships

Higher Education has a specific education mandate: advance the knowledge of its students. But higher education institutions are not islands, they are increasingly embedded in their communities and their students have become all kinds of learners. During this session we’ll examine how partnerships have been used to expand the PLuS Alliance universities’ reach and discuss what the next generation of partnerships will need to address.

Lead: Sean Hobson, Chief Design Officer, EdPlus at ASU

3:45 – 4:30 Transition to ISTB4 building and introduction to ASU space exhibitions – ISTB4

4:30 – 5:30 Keynote: Micro factories: Our secret weapon on the War on Waste. Marston Theatre, ISTB4

As images of rising landfills and environmental devastation dominate our news feeds, society is officially awake to the impact that waste is having on our planet. While keep cups and reusable grocery bags have become common totems of progress, Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla is leading her own quiet revolution against waste, with incredible results. Under her leadership, the dynamic team at the UNSW Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology (SMaRT) aims to eliminate the concept of ‘waste’ through bold new Micro factory TM recycling capabilities. Professor Sahajwalla, will explain how an unwanted shirt, coffee grounds, tires and other common waste items can be transformed into sustainable building materials. Through exploring this ground-breaking work, Professor Sahajwalla’s presentation will unpack how such initiatives are crucial to help create a circular economy where materials are kept in use for as long as possible, to create a more sustainable society.

Presenter: Veena Sahajwalla, Scientia Professor and Director Centre for Sustainable Materials Research and Technology

5:30 – 7:30 PLuS Reception – ISTB4 3rd floor

Network with new and old colleagues, take a trip through space while you browse the world’s largest university-based collection of meteorites, and cheer as the PLuS hack-a-thon winners are announced.


Wednesday 13th November 2019

SkySong Building 3, ASU Scottsdale Innovation Center

The Day 2 sessions are focused on showcasing research collaborations across the PLuS Alliance and developing opportunities for cooperation in anticipation of the next round of PLuS seed grants (to open after the symposium). You are invited to attend a variety of sessions throughout the day, including lunch, which will provide an overview of the next round of PLuS Alliance seed grant funding.

More information about each session is available on the registration page:

8:30 – 10:00

  • The Energy Transition
  • Governance Challenges of Crises and Disasters in the 21st Century: Understanding Implications for Policy and Practice
  • Progressing the PLuS Alliance Gender Equity & Intersectionality
  • Learning about metal ion metabolism

10:15 – 11:45

  • International cultural adaptation of efficacious indigenous health interventions
  • Forensic Behavioral Science & Forensic Science: New Opportunities
  • Reimagining Learning Online: Education through Exploration

11:45 – 1:15 Lunch and seed grant program overview

1:15 – 2:45

  • Mobilizing knowledge for social impact
  • Cross-Institutional Course Development: International Indigenous Health and Principles for Action:
  • Adaptive/Active Learning Initiatives @ ASU: Three Perspectives

3:00 – 4:30

  • Smart Futures for Refugees: What can we Co-Imagine, Co-Design, and Co-Develop?
  • Collaborate, Create & Kick-off
  • What is the Future of War? How an Alliance of Innovative Global Universities Can Improve Research and Policy

Locations - Arizona State University

Old Main

400 East Tyler Mall

Tempe, Arizona 85287

ISTB4/Marston Exploration Theatre

781 S Terrace Rd,

Tempe, AZ 85281

First Floor ASU's Interdisciplinary Science and Technology Building IV (ISTB 4) near the intersection of Rural and Terrace Road in Tempe on the east side of campus.  

View a map of ISTB 4 and nearby visitor parking and click here for additional directions.

Wednesday 13th November 2019
ASU SkySong Building 1 (SICB1)
1475 N. Scottsdale Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85257-3538
Click here for a map with directions and parking information.

Click here for Tempe Campus Map

Hotel Options

For Preferred ASU for the following recommended hotels, use this link-  (select Hotels near Tempe Campus)

                        Graduate Tempe

                        Tempe Mission Palms

                        Element Scottsdale at SkySong


Parking and Transit:

We recommend using Uber to reach campus. However the nearest parking structures to the two event locations are the Fulton Center garage and the Rural Road garage.

Hourly parking fees must be paid by credit card.

Tickets and fees:

There is no registration fee to attend the Symposium and you do not need to bring a printed registration. If your plans change you can adjust your registration in the system using your reference number.


If you have questions, please direct them to your program manager at your home institution:

Agnes Hall, King's College London -

Janice Kleinwort, ASU -

Sarah Jones, ASU -

Tracey Bruce, UNSW –