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2020 Student Conference on Global Challenges: Waste


Date: February 27, 2020

Time: 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. 

Venue: Behrakis Grand Hall, Creese Student Center, 3210 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104


The Office of International Programs is pleased to announce the 13th Annual Student Conference on Global Challenges. Focusing this year on Waste, the conference provides students a place to share their research and engage in critical reflection and dialogue on how creative and innovative solutions shape our global context.

Some of the biggest global challenges that we face today, such as climate change, security, migration, access to healthy food and clean water, education, infrastructure, healthcare and community engagement are being approached with sustainable solutions and creative technologies to reduce waste. With increasing global interdependence we need to tackle these challenges both locally and globally and from a variety of different perspectives – scientific, economic, political, social, and cultural. 

With this is mind, Drexel University's Office of Global Engagement’s 13h Annual Student Conference on Global Challenges will have the theme of WASTE. The conference offers undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to share their work, discuss, and reflect on how creativity and innovation shape our society today from all disciplines.

The student conference is free, open to the public, and will include breakfast, lunch, and a networking reception. If you have any questions about applying to present or attending the event, please contact the Office of Global Engagement and Education Abroad at

  • Apply to present their research on one of six student panels, open to undergraduate and graduate students
  • Submit an abstract to present a poster or showcase their innovative solutions during our networking reception
  • Join Us as attendees for all or part of the conference activities

The deadline to apply is February 1st, 2020. For help with answers to frequently asked questions pertaining to the conference, click here.

We are looking for enthusiastic faculty moderators for our six panels. If you have questions, are interested in moderating, or if you would like us to come speak to your class about conference opportunities, please contact Adam Zahn at