Friday 4 May 2018, 09.30 - 10.30

Global research is growing, but the positive impacts of international collaboration are not always felt locally, and technical barriers impede international collaboration. More must be done to facilitate collaboration and to ensure the benefits are relevant and targeted. Is it therefore time to measure postgraduate research against the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)?

Delivering each SDG requires practitioners, industry, academia and society to collaborate, with clear metrics and mechanisms for how research can address specific goals.

In this interactive panel discussion we will examine how universities can align their research agenda with advancing the SDGs, and we will develop a strategy for how institutions can contribute to the SDGs.

Key questions and takeaways:

  • How are the SDGs relevant to academic institutions? What is their impact on the SDGs?
  • How can research and innovation improve social impact? Should the academic community assume a larger role in fulfilling the SDGs?
  • What are the barriers to collaboration and how do we navigate/remove them?
  • How do we enhance existing mechanisms for research collaboration?
  • Are there ways to develop a new wave of international research collaboration opportunities?
  • What are the existing international research funding mechanisms?


  • Professor Richard Davies, Vice-Chancellor, University of  Swansea, UK
  • Professor Sayed Azam-Ali, CEO, Crops For the Future, Malaysia
  • Professor Graham Kendall, Provost and CEO, University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, Malaysia