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2021 Student Conference on Global Challenges: Disaster!

SCGC 2021

Date: May 18th, 2021

Venue: The conference was held virtually on Symposium. The keynote speeches and panels will be accessible via Zoom, and the poster presentations will be accessible on Symposium. Access to Symposium will be granted to those that register. 


The Office of Global Engagement is pleased to announce the 14th Annual Student Conference on Global Challenges. This year, the conference was held during the Week of Undergraduate Excellence on Tuesday, May 18, 2021. 

Some of the biggest global challenges that we face today, such as climate change, healthcare, security, justice & equity, access to food and clean water, education, and infrastructure are being approached with sustainable solutions, creative technologies, and a commitment to community engagement. 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 in mind, Drexel University's Office of Global Engagement’s 14th Annual Student Conference on Global Challenges had the theme of “Disaster!” The conference gives undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to present their research and engage in critical dialogue regarding the multitude of perils that impact society's well-being --  from climate and natural disasters to pandemic and economic threats.


9:15 am

Welcome from Vice Provost Rogelio Miñana

9:30-10:30 am

Keynote 1:Dr. Regina Folorunsho

Climate Change Driven Disasters: Need for Pragmatic Mitigating Policies

10:45-11:45 am

Concurrent Panel 1

Community Solutions 

Global Justice, Security and Sustainability 

12:00-1:00 pm

Concurrent Panel 2

Global Science, Technology and Society (Zoom Room A)

Global Social and Political Trends (Zoom Room B)

1:00-1:30 pm


1:30-2:30 pm

Keynote 2: Dr. Ksenia Chmutina

​Frames of Disasters: Are Natural Hazards Really A Problem?


2:45-3:45 pm

Concurrent Panel 3

Global Business and Economic Trends 

Global Health 

4:00-5:00 pm

​Closing Remarks and Poster Session

Missed the 2021 Conference? Check out recordings of our Keynote speeches below, and read a re-cap here.

Keynote 1: Dr. Regina Folorunsho - Climate Change Driven Disasters: Need for Pragmatic Mitigating Policies

Keynote 2: Dr. Ksenia Chmutina - Frames of Disaster: Are Natural Hazards Really A Problem?