The next Annual Meeting for the Global Research Council (GRC), originally scheduled to take place in Durban, South Africa will now take place 24-28 May 2021 using a fully virtual platform.

The co-hosts, the National Research Foundation (NRF) of South Africa, and UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), along with the GRC Governing Board, have agreed to postpone the 9th Annual Meeting from 2020 to 2021 with a virtual format in response to the global pandemic. 

A high-level summary of the tentative virtual programme for the Annual Meeting includes:

All timings indicated are in South Africa Standard Time (SAST) (GMT +1).

 Pre-Meetings (BY INVITATION ONLY)           

17 May
Meeting of the Partnered Research Programmes Working Group
Meeting of the Gender Working Group

18 May
Meeting of the Executive Support Group (ESG)

19-20 May
GRC Regional Meetings

Sub-Saharan Africa19 May12:00 - 14:00CAT time
MENA19 May13:00 - 15:00Makkah time
Americas20 May13:00 - 14:00Washington time
Europe20 May13:30 - 15:30CEST time
Asia-Pacific20 May03:30 - 04:30UTC time 


20 May
STFC-NRF Workshop on Research Infrastructures (12:30-16:00)

21 May
Meeting of the Governing Board
Meeting of the International Steering Committee (ISC)

DAY 1: MONDAY, 24 MAY 2021

Opening Remarks and Welcome Message (14:00-14:20)
Keynote: Global futures, multilateralism, and the science community’s response towards transition (14:20-15:00)

Session 1: Mission-Orientated Research (15:00-17:45)
Opening Remarks
including a presentation of the Statement of Principles on Mission-Oriented Research
Keynote: The Context and Renewed Focus of Mission Research – Impacts for Funders
Facilitated Panel Discussion: Strategies Towards Action
Open Discussion: GRC Participants
Funding Science Missions for Sustainability
GRC Multilateral Engagements and Innovation

DAY 2: TUESDAY, 25 MAY 2021

Session 2: Public Engagement (13:00-15:30)
Opening Remarks – including a presentation of the Statement of Principles on Public Engagement
Keynote: The Criticality of Engaging With and For Science
Facilitated Panel Discussion: Strategies Towards Action
Open Discussion: GRC Participants
Launch of Case Study Book: 21st Century Public Engagement and Mission-Orientated Research:
Advancing Sustainable Futures for All
Dialogue: Promoting the Equality and Status of Women in Research

DAY 3: WEDNESDAY, 26 MAY 2021

Session 3: How the World Will Be Different (14:45-17:00)
GRC Regional Meetings on Emergency Responses
Keynote Speaker
Panel Discussion: The Role of Science and Funding Agencies in Addressing the Pandemic

Session 4: GRC Strategy and Reporting (1) (17:15-17:45)
Context and Focus of the GRC Vision

DAY 4: THURSDAY 27 MAY 2021

Break-out Groups – Round 1: Actions Towards the Development and Implementation of the
GRC's Vision and Roadmap: Discussion in Break-out Groups (09:00-11:45)

  • The GRC’s Strategic Communication Strategy for Impact
  • The GRC’s Stakeholder Engagement Approach
  • GRC Models to Support Collaboration

Session 5: GRC Strategy and Reporting (2) (12:00-14:15)
Opening Remarks
Reporting from the GRC Working Groups
Science Diplomacy Workshop Report
Responsible Research Assessment

Break-out Groups – Round 2:
Actions Towards the Development and Implementation of the GRC's Vision and Roadmap: Discussion in Break-out Groups (18:00-20:45)

  • The GRC’s Strategic Communication Strategy for Impact
  • The GRC’s Stakeholder Engagement Approach
  • GRC Models to Support Collaboration

DAY 5: FRIDAY, 28 MAY 2021

Session 6: GRC Strategy and Reporting (3) (14:00-16:30)
Reporting from Group Discussions:
Actions Towards the Development and Implementation of the GRC's Vision and Roadmap
Open Discussion and Way Forward
Reports by the Chairperson of the GRC Governing Board and Executive Secretary
2022 GRC Annual and Regional Meeting Announcements and Invitation to the 10th Annual Meeting
Closing Remarks

 

Enquires from GRC participants should be sent to: grc@ukri.org

Media and Press Enquiries should be sent to: 
press@ukri.org (UK and international) or 
thabiso@nrf.ac.za (South Africa and international).