U of S to host People Around the World research conference

Dr. Alaa Murabit of the UN is keynote speaker

Saskatchewan-born physician Dr. Alaa Murabit, one of the United Nations’ (UN) 17 Global Sustainable Development Goal Advocates, will be the keynote speaker for the University of Saskatchewan’s (U of S) first People Around the World (PAW) conference focused on international research and development.

Recognized by Forbes magazine as one of Forbes’ influential 30-under-30, Murabit, who also holds a master’s degree from the London School of Economics, serves at the UN as High-Level Commissioner on Health Employment and Economic Growth. She leads transformational change in global policy, working to elevate the role of women, particularly young minority women. Most recently she was appointed executive director of Phase Minus 1 initiative which provides thought leadership in conflict resolution, inclusive and co-operative security, peace building and sustainable development.  


Feb. 7, 2018
9– 10 am
Marquis Hall
University of Saskatchewan
97 Campus Drive

The conference, organized by the U of S International Research and Partnerships Office, will highlight the impact of the university’s international research, through a series of 12 short talks by U of S researchers. The day-long program will also assist faculty, staff and students in building a more globally engaged university, one that works hand-in-hand with communities and is responsive to the Canadian government’s commitment to the gender equity in funding. Nearly all funding from the Canadian government, in particular international funding agencies, now requires full integration of gender into the research design and research questions.

Other keynote speakers include:

Karen Craggs-Milne uses a transformational approach to gender equality and inclusion in her work with the international development sector and with private sector corporations. She brings over 17 years of diverse experience working across multiple sectors and countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and North America. As a leading Canadian expert, she is the go-to person for organizations seeking to understand and implement Canada’s commitments to gender equality ––domestically and internationally.

3- 3:45 pm Marquis Hall

Luc Mougeot, a senior program specialist with the Technology and Innovation Division of Canada’s International Development Research Centre (IDRC), will address building community partnerships. The Canadian government recognizes that the best way to build a more sustainable, peaceful, and prosperous world is to support targeted investments for partnerships with communities, including development, innovation and advocacy efforts.  

1–2:45 pm Marquis Hall

Media are welcome to attend all sessions of the conference. The full program is here.

Registration is available via paw2018.eventbrite.ca.


For more information, please contact:

Sarath Peiris
Assistant Director, Research Profile and Impact
University of Saskatchewan

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