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Volume 6, No. 13, September 28, 2012
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President Jackson Participates in 2012 World Economic Forum in China

President Jackson was a panelist in two forums, “The 7 Billion Challenge” and “The Future of Innovation.” Photo courtesy of World Economic Forum

President Jackson Participates in 2012 World Economic Forum in China

President Shirley Ann Jackson participated in the 2012 World Economic Forum’s (WEF) “Summer Davos,” held Sept. 11-13, in Tianjin, China.

Considered “the foremost global business gathering in Asia,” according to WEF officials, this Sixth Annual Meeting of the New Champions engaged more than 1,000 participants from 90 countries in forums designed to share strategies and solutions and to discuss global issues and risks. The meeting of global leaders in government, business, academe, media, the arts, and civil society focused on “Creating the Future Economy.”

“Successful innovation—essential to strengthen the global economy and to meet the grand challenges of our time—will be driven by creative collaboration among the business, government, and academic sectors. This gathering of global leaders provides an invaluable opportunity to enhance the interconnections that can help strengthen our various and collective institutions as we work to meet the
challenges and tap the opportunities before us,” said President Jackson.

President Jackson was a panelist in two forums. The first, titled “The 7 Billion Challenge,” focused on innovations required to meet the basic
needs of a growing population (to view the video, go to

The second was a discussion on “The Future of Innovation,” focusing on how leading innovators are reshaping models of research and development (for a summary of the session, go to

“The solutions to our global water, food, health, housing, transportation, and energy challenges will come from entrepreneurial scientists and engineers such as the faculty and student researchers at Rensselaer who are working on the frontiers of discovery and innovation in energy, health, transportation, infrastructure, high-performance computing, advanced manufacturing, and other arenas,” President Jackson said. “Universities play a significant, though perhaps underrecognized, role in generating the ideas and sparking the innovations that drive the global economy and sustain our security.”

President Jackson was joined by Jonathan Dordick, vice president for research, director of the Center for Biotechnology and Interdisciplinary Studies, and Howard P. Isermann Professor of Chemical and Biological Engineering. In addition to attending the WEF forums, Dordick met with Tianjin area university, business, and government officials, as well as Rensselaer alumni and alumnae. He also delivered a lecture titled “New Technologies Shaping Pharmaceutical Discovery” at Tianjin University.

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