W100 Annual Conference 2017: Utrecht, Netherlands




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Outline schedule for World 100 Conference and Study Tour 2017

02 - 03  October

W100 Research Members' Study Tour hosted by the University of Groningen. (Arrive Groningen 01 October independently, then depart as a group late afternoon on 03 October to travel to Utrecht by train.) W100 has booked NH Hotel de Ville for the study tour group for 01 and 02 October, and will arrange the train journey for the group from Groningen to Utrecht. (Whilst the actual Study Tour days are free of charge for Research members, we will invoice you for the cost of the hotel and the train journey from Groningen to Utrecht).


04 October

W100 Members’ Day in Utrecht (free of charge for all World 100 members), to include a boat tour along the beautiful canals of Utrecht. The day will start at approximately 10.00 and finish at 16.00. It will be followed by the World 100 Members' dinner in the evening.

05 - 06  October

World 100 Conference hosted by Utrecht University, including the conference dinner on Thursday 5th October. The days run from 08.45 to 17.00 and include lunch.

Line up for this year's World 100 conference in Utrecht:


American universities - navigating in changing times
Professor Joanna Regulska, Vice Provost and Associate Chancellor for Global Affairs, UC Davis, California

Rescuing the soul of a liberal education: the Dutch influence on the global stage, and the creation of the Dutch Liberal Arts College
James Kennedy, Dean, Utrecht University College

Connecting with employers and industry as a way to strengthen global influence
Dasha Karzunina, International Education Specialist, QS Intelligence Unit

City influence: brand, engagement and civic power
Alan Ferns, Associate Vice-President for External Relations and Reputation, 
University of Manchester and Tania Rhodes-Taylor, Vice-Principal, External Relations, University of Sydney

Guess where I'm working! Using graduates to support student recruitment
Arlene Tan, Associate Director, Strategic Communications, NUS

Influencing the influencers: how to persuade academics and employers to vote for you in the rankings! Findings from W100 research
Louise Simpson, Director of The World 100 Network

The future of the university
Prof Bert van der Zwaan, Rector of Utrecht University and Chairman of the League of European Research Universities (LERU)

Global influence from a multinational perspective
Saskia Kapinga, Vice President, External Relations at Shell International

Campaign influence to support university expansion
Rachel Sandison, Director, Marketing, Recruitment & International, University of Glasgow

Punching above your age – how to influence as a young global university?
Ulla Gjørling, Head of Rector’s Office, Aalborg University, Denmark

From potholes to performance: Learnings from a five-year journey to create a top-class university relations practice from scratch
Diane Kenyon, Vice-President (University Relations), University of Calgary, Canada and Kim Lawrence, Associate Vice-President, Marketing (University Relations), University of Calgary, Canada; International Brand Master 2016


We are pleased to announce the following research cafes are being held at Utrecht Science Park on Day 1:


Infectious diseases research - visit One Health/One Medicine, a multidisciplinary centre of excellence in animal and human research.

Energy transition - be inspired by the latest innovations in the transition towards non fossil fuel energy such as solar power.

Future food research - how to be prepared for the 10 billion World population in 2050?

Science park development - Utrecht Science Park: results and immediate challenges of its ecosystem.

Child expertise centre - find out how researchers of different disciplines in the interplay between biology and environment integrate their expertise to answer the question: how can our children develop into well-balanced individuals?


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