9th - 11th April 2018, UGPN Annual Conference, hosted by the University of Surrey

The UGPN Annual Conference 2018, hosted by the University of Surrey, will take place from 9th – 11th April. The Conference supports the mission of the network, providing unique opportunities for interaction and discussion on a variety of topics, including academic workshops on four key research themes:

  • Digital Innovation & Applications
  • Delivering Global Health & Wellbeing
  • Producing a Smarter Planet
  • Entrepreneurship & Economic Development

The Conference will be officially opened by Professor G. Q. Max Lu (Vice-Chancellor of the University of Surrey) and includes a keynote speech from Professor Derk-Jan Dijk (Director Surrey Sleep Research Centre) and a guest lecture from Vivienne Stern (Director of Universities UK International (UUKi), on international funding opportunities. Research workshops focusing on each of the four key themes will be led by senior academics from each of the UGPN Partner institutions.

The Conference is open to all staff at UGPN Partner institutions. Post-graduate students and external visitors may also attend by invitation of the workshop leads:

Digital Innovation & Application: Professor Liqun Chen -

Delivering Global Health & Wellbeing: Professor Simon de Lusignan -

Producing a Smarter Planet: Professor Matt Leach and Professor Richard Murphy –

Entrepreneurship & Economic Development: Professor Maria Laura Di Domenico -

In addition to research workshops, the programme includes ample time for networking and arranging 1:1 meetings with participants from UGPN partners. Attendance of those who have not yet worked with UGPN colleagues is particularly encouraged.

To express interest in participation in any of the academic workshops please contact the workshop leads in the first instance. General enquiries should be sent to:


3rd - 5th April 2017, São Paulo, Brazil

UGPN Annual Meeting

The sixth UGPN Annual Conference, hosted by the University of São Paulo, will take place at the main São Paulo campus as well as the Piracicaba and São Carlos campus sites. Academic workshops include:

  • Health & Biomedical Related Technologies
  • Early Years Development
  • Natural Resources: Agriculture & Biomass Production
  • New Materials & Photonics

Staff interested in attending the UGPN Conference should contact their International/Global Engagement Office for further information. 


29th February - 3rd March 2016, Wollongong, Australia

UGPN Annual Meeting

The fifth annual meeting of the UGPN will be hosted this year by the newest member of the consortium, The University of Wollongong. The programme will see all four members presenting on student and staff mobility programmes, Research Collaboration Fund projects and concurrent workshops run on Materials Research, Physics and Biosciences and Health. Further details including the full programme will be made available to all delegates shortly. 


20-25th July 2015 at Surrey:

UGPN Doctoral Seminar at the University of Surrey
Programme includes:
A focus on modelling for improved health outcomes with sessions on modelling in Biosciences, Health Sciences, Vaccines and Mathematical Modelling in Biology.Off-campus visits to London and Guildford as well as welcome and farewell dinners and networking opportunities. 

To view the programme follow this link

For more information please contact your Academic Coordinator (see programme) or Miss Louise Lawton:


23-24th March 2015 at NC State:

UGPN conference and Executive Committee Meeting: North Carolina State University
Programme includes:
Focus on sustainable funding for international research projects
Announcement of the fourth call for applications to the UGPN Research Collaboration Fund
Presentations from the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research & Innovation) and the Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), Wollongong University, Australia


26-28th February 2014 at Surrey:

UGPN conference and Executive Committee Meeting: University of Surrey Programme includes:
One Health Conference
Thematic sessions on Nutrition, Infectious Diseases, Environment and Cancer Treatment

23-25 September 2013 at USP:

UGPN conference and Executive Committee Meeting:  University of São Paulo
Programme includes:
Festival of Research: Engineering; Health Sciences; Humanities
Thematic seminars:  Entrepreneurship; Student Mobility
Campus Visits : San Carlos; Ribeirão Preto; Pirassununga


21-28 July 2013 at USP:

Second UGPN Interdisciplinary Doctoral Seminar:  Water Security
Hosted by the University of São Paulo, five doctoral students from each UGPN partner University will discuss water and economic development, water and human health, wastewater treatment and reuse, adaptation to extreme events, ecosystems and agriculture, and water governance.


28-30 January 2013 at NC State:

Opportunities to grow new faculty-based partnerships and to enhance existing partnerships. There will be a particular focus on water resources, with sessions on dams, climate change, energy, water quality, biodiversity and water resources for agriculture and fisheries.  

Further information is available on the NC State website.

12-14 September 2012 at the University of Surrey:

Ways to deepen and expand the collaboration between the three partners (University of São Paulo, North Carolina State University and the University of Surrey). Programme includes:

  • Keynote speeches from leading academics at each of the UGPN partners
  • In-depth discussions on a range of research themes, including: business management; cardiovascular disease; biosensors; engineering and tourism
  • A workshop on international research funding opportunities
  • A meeting of the UGPN’s Executive Committee to discuss the future direction of the partnership
Draft programme Sept 5 (225.8KB - Requires Adobe Reader)

Please contact Peter Shelley for further information

21-29 July 2012

UGPN Doctoral Seminar on International Climate Change

North Carolina State University will host the The University Global Partnership Network (UGPN) doctoral seminar on International Climate Change from 21 to 29 July, 2012. Five doctoral students from each UGPN partner University (University of São Paulo, North Carolina State University and the University of Surrey) will explore the latest International research on climate change with academics, researchers and policy-makers from around the world.

19-22 March 2012

UGPN meeting and mini-conference hosted by USP

Between March 19-22, Universidade de São Paulo hosted the UGPN (University Global Partnership Network) meeting, with representatives of the three universities involved - USP, the University
of Surrey (UK) and the North Carolina State University (NC State).

Tuesday 15 November 2011

Mini conference strengthens partnership

A mini-conference examining entrepreneurship and innovation, corporate governance, and sustainability is the latest activity of the University Global Partnership Network (UGPN).

30 August to 1 September 2011

University Global Partnership Network Launch

A new learning and research partnership will be launched at the University of Surrey at the end of this month.  

The University Global Partnership Network (UGPN) sets out to create a foundation for international collaboration enabling academics and students from some of the world’s top universities to work together on issues of global importance.

Over time, the UGPN will give serious international experience both to the research communities and student bodies of all partner organisations.

Current joint projects already underway include research into climate change, care for the aged, cardiovascular disease, neuropsychology, political intervention and veterinary science.