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May 21 @ 8:30 am
May 23 @ 2:30 pm
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University of Arkansas
Fayetteville, AR
United States

U-I Outside Major Metros Workshop: University of Arkansas

May 21 @ 8:30 am - May 23 @ 2:30 pm

University-Industry Engagement outside Major Metropolitan Areas and Megacities: Identifying Issues and Finding Solutions

The University of Arkansas and UIDP are hosting an NSF-supported workshop in Fayetteville, Arkansas. The workshop brings together thought-leaders from academic, corporate, government and non-profit sectors to discuss and consider practical and effective strategies that can be used to propel university-industry partnerships and advance local innovation ecosystems.

The event will be held May 21–23, 2019 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. For this event to be a success, we are seeking teams strategically comprised of senior research officers, corporate relations liaisons, industry partner representatives, and local and state economic development leaders to bring diverse voices to this discussion. We encourage you to assemble such a team for participation at this event. Please feel free to pass this information along as needed.



Attendees will consider current models, propose new programs and ideas, and develop steps that can be taken to improve academic-corporate engagement outside major metropolitan areas. Objectives are to advance university missions (teaching, research, service, and economic development), company goals in working with these universities, and local and state economies.

Sessions and topics include:

  • Getting the Most from Strategic Industry University Visits
  • Creating High-Impact Industry/University Collaborations Through Strategic Facility Design
  • Role of Local Government and Regional Economic Development Groups in Advancing U-I Collaborations
  • Students as Conduits between Industry and Academia
  • Engaging Researchers on and off Campus to Nurture Sustainable Corporate Partnerships
  • Maximizing Impact in the Face of Resource Scarcity
  • Involvement with Centers of Expertise & Schools
  • Role of Local and Regional Economic Development Professionals

Panel Discussions

  • Global Perspectives on University-Industry Collaborations
  • Communication Strategies
  • Regional University Collaborative Efforts

Optional Workshop

Tues., May 21 • 9:30 AM – 1 PM

Using Research Data to Enhance Collaborations

During this workshop, case studies will be presented that provide specific examples of how data can be used to develop strategies through the use of objective data.  Having decided to rebrand itself as an information analytics company, Elsevier has been investing in the development of systems that can help bring efficiency at an enterprise scale. This interactive workshop will provide learnings from across the country and the world; allow for brainstorming with participants on practical steps and expectations; and sharing examples of where it has worked well and learnings from prior experiences.

Post Workshop Event

Thurs., May 23 • 2:30 – 5 PM

Tool-Kit Development Session

During this free workshop, we will amalgamate the lessons from the event to begin drafting a toolkit that can be used by attendees and other interested parties.

Topics to include:
Access to specialized facilities
Attracting capital
Clinical trials and enrollment
Global perspectives
Innovation parks, design, and funding
Role of local/regional/state governments
Using data to drive decision making
Workforce issues

Networking Opportunities

Tues., May 21 • 6 – 9 PM

Sassafras Springs Vineyard
6461 E. Guy Terry Road
Springdale, AR 72764


Wed., May 22 • 6 – 9 PM

Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art
6900 Museum Way
Bentonville, AR 72712



University of Arkansas
Reynolds Center for Enterprise Development
145 N. Buchanan Ave.
Fayetteville, AR 72701

The Chancellor Hotel
70 N. East Ave
Fayetteville, AR 72701
(479) 442-5555

A block of rooms has been held at the Chancellor Hotel, located just off the square in downtown Fayetteville. The Chancellor is a boutique-style retreat offering casual ambiance and chic design.

Please mention the group name UIDP Workshop to receive the special rate of $114/night (single) plus tax. Reservations must be received on or before April 23, 2019, at 5 p.m. CST.

Reserve your room now!


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3-Day Workshop

  • $250 until April 15/$350 after April 15 

Using Research Data to Enhance U-I Collaborations Workshop

  • $50 until April 15/$100 after April 15 


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