Global School Virtual Event Series Oct. 2020-May 2021

The Global School Virtual Event Series 2020-2021

View on-demand content from the 2020-2021 event series that celebrated The Global School at WPI. These monthly events focused on regional and grand challenge themes within the context of ongoing collaborations with partners from Africa, Latin America, the Middle East, Oceania, Asia, Europe, and Glocal (Global/local), and included plenary talks by leading luminaries. 

October 2020

October 9, 2020


The kickoff event included an overview of The Global School at WPI, a session on Global Grand Challenges, and a presentation by Dr. Robert Langer, Institute Professor at MIT. If you missed the event, click the links below to view presentations.


November 2020

November 6, 2020


This event celebrated WPI's rich partnerships and deep engagements with organizations based in and doing work in sub-Saharan Africa. The exciting work WPI and its partners are carrying out in Africa under the auspices of Science and Technology for Development was shared.

December 2020

December 2, 2020


Sustainability and the environment are global grand challenge themes that this event focused on. Dr. Carlos Nobre, who was a co-author on the Fourth Assessment Report of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which received the 2007 Nobel Prize for Peace, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences, delivered the plenary address.

January 2021

January 27, 2021


This event focused on building partnerships with the Middle East a vision for the future.

February 2021

February 9, 2021 5:00 - 7:45 pm ET


The Oceania event began with two keynote speakers: an interview with Mele Wendt, MNZM from Wellington New Zealand and a talk from Professor Holger Droessler, Assistant Professor of History at WPI. Panels reviewing WPI's existing project centers in the region and regional topics including climate change, nature and society, and indigeneity followed.

March 2021

March 18, 2021, 8:00-11:00 AM


This program focused on faculty research and student projects, WPI’s institutional partners in Asia, and what future collaborations in the region could look like. Meng Bo, Associate Dean of the Office of International Affairs at Tsinghua University, delivered the keynote address.

April 2021

April 21, 2021, 8:30-11:30AM


Mark Leonard, co-founder and director of the European Council on Foreign Relations, delivered the keynote address. Panels featuring WPI alums, faculty, and partners discussed the outlook for business in Europe after the coronavirus and the circular economy.

May 2021

May 3, 2021, 8:00 am - 10:30 am


This program featured a keynote talk by Dean Kamen '73 and focused on the future of work and the worker as well as the role of new technologies going forward.