Cultivating resilience, changing the world

19-22 April 2021

The global outbreak of Covid-19 has disrupted life as we know it. Now, more than ever, society is looking to the global research community to respond to the emerging existential challenges to global development, and our survival.

During this four-day virtual summit, we will examine the critical factors for supporting research impact and ask:

  • Who should ultimately benefit from world-class research and innovation?
  • Can innovation be directed towards creating resilience?
  • In the pursuit of excellence, how can academia, government and industry align to ensure the knowledge economy supports all facets of society?
  • Have crises such as the Covid-19 pandemic forced policy-makers to re-assess their impact measures and targets?
  • By turning crisis into opportunity, can universities create strategies looking further than 2030, and aim to foster innovation that benefits this century?
  • What do university leaders need in order to deliver more impactful research?


The summit will also feature the exclusive live reveal of the THE University Impact Rankings 2021 as well as a live Q&A session for delegates.

Topics we will discuss include:

  • What are the key drivers of global innovation?
  • Do we have the right vision of impact?
  • Does impact create resilience?
  • Do universities know what they need?

The networking among participants deepened over the three days, offering plentiful opportunities for collaboration.

Miho Suzuki
Senior supervisor
Shinken-Ad Co., Ltd.


This event opened access for me to build relationships with peer institutions that would have been difficult for me otherwise.

Gretchen Neisler
Vice-provost of international affairs
University of Tennessee


The THE Innovation & Impact Summit was quite outstanding and thought-provoking, it successfully gathered lots of expertise in the field which is good for building networks.

Kitty Leung
Project officer of the Office of Service-Learning
Lingnan University


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