The Evolving Role of Universities in the American Innovation System Virtual Conference


Thursday, March 3, 2022, 1:15pm to Friday, March 4, 2022, 1:00pm


The conference is free and open to everyone; however, registration is required.- online

Thursday, March 3, 2022, 1:15 p.m.-6:00 p.m.
Friday, March 4, 2022, 9:20 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

The conference is free and open to everyone; however, registration is required.

There is great interest across government, industry, and academia in improving the U.S. innovation system, particularly in light of competitive threats from countries like China. American universities have long been a foundation of U.S. leadership in science, technology, and innovation. As with other U.S. innovation institutions, however, universities face complex challenges. National security concerns have put a damper on many aspects of cross-border funding and collaboration. Restrictive immigration policies have raised questions about the talent pipeline into U.S. universities and the private sector. Meanwhile, collaborations across the university/industry divide, encouraged by U.S. legislation for over 40 years, continue to raise new questions.

This conference aims to outline a new framework for America’s universities in the context of the country’s long-term competitive future. The conference will address four key questions within this framework:

  • What leadership role should universities play in addressing America’s innovation challenges?
  • How should immigration policies be structured so that universities, corporate research units, and government labs can attract the talent they need in the future?
  • How should we balance the imperatives of national security and the value of cross-border cooperation across universities?
  • How should university-industry linkages better address current competitiveness challenges?

To discuss these issues, the conference  will feature important academic, government, and industry leaders including the keynote speaker Michael Crow, President of Arizona State University. Each session will feature ample time for audience questions to the speakers.

Sessions include

  • The Future of the University in the U.S. Research and Innovation Ecosystem
  • Immigration Policy and the Availability and Cultivation of Talent to Support U.S. Universities’ Missions
  • National Security and the Integrity of the Research Enterprise at U.S. Universities
  • The Role of University-Industry Relationships in Universities’ Research Missions

The conference is free and open to everyone; however, registration is required.

Find out more and meet all of the speakers here.

Co-sponsored by The Center for Innovation Policy at Duke Law and Duke Law’s Center on Law, Ethics and National Security.