International Events

Photo By
Phantom Services: Deflecting Migrant Workers in China
As China continues to urbanize, more migrants need and expect public services. Many municipalities, however, deflect demands for benefits instead of meeting them or denying them outright, for both political and practical reasons. UC Berkeley Professor Kevin O'Brien describes how "phantom services" are politically appealing at a time when the central government is calling for greater benefits for non-locals and urging people to move to small cities while migrants continue to appear in large numbers in the biggest, most desirable cities. Presentation and Q&A will be followed by a reception. The event will take place in GPS classroom 3201 (directions). Closest parking will be at the Pangea Parking Structure. There will be signage to direct you from Pangea to GPS.

Location: School of Global Policy and Strategy GPS classroom 3201 International Lane La Jolla, CA 92093
Event Date: May 04, 2017
Photo By GSP
California & Climate Change
David Hults, assistant chief counsel for the Air Resources Board of the California Environmental Protection Agency, will give a talk on "California & Climate Change: Global Leadership in the Face of National Uncertainty." He will be joined by GPS Professor David Victor. With the Trump Administration now in power, California has said it will take the lead in advancing important policy goals even if the federal government doesn’t act. This is now reflected in a range of topics — from immigration to civil rights to marijuana. Nowhere is this effort more visible than on global climate change — an area where CA has its own aggressive laws and policies and, increasingly, a global leadership role as it tries to get the rest of the world to reduce emissions. This talk will discuss what California is doing at home, the tricky legal issues that arise as one state moves in ways that may differ from federal policy and how it could affect the global picture as more nations try to implement the Paris accord. Agenda: 5–5:10 p.m. Welcome and Introductions 5:10-5:40 p.m. Presentation 5:40-6 p.m. Q&A 6-6:30 p.m. Networking Mixer

Location: School of Global Policy and Strategy, GPS classroom 3201 International Lane La Jolla, CA 92093
Event Date: Apr 27, 2017
Photo By GPS
Barbarians at the Gate: Corporate Takeovers & the Rise of Shadow Banking
Veteran journalist WANG Shuo and managing editor of Caixin chronicles a hostile corporate takeover war of Vanke, the largest property developer in China, that sent waves of deep shock to the entire capital market and opened eyes for those who had thought they already understood everything about the dynamics of China's financial industry. Behind the emergent corporate raiders is a seismic shift of China's financial sector, a giant shadow banking system has arisen. No one is prepared. GPS Professor Barry Naughton will moderate a discussion followed by a reception. The event will take place in GPS classroom 3201 (directions). Closest parking will be at the Pangea Parking Structure. There will be signage to direct you from Pangea to GPS.

Location: School of Global Policy and Strategy GPS classroom 3201 International Lane La Jolla, CA 92093
Event Date: Apr 25, 2017
Photo By Calit2
QI April 2017 Monthly Mixer
Members of Calit2's Qualcomm Institute community at UC San Diego are invited to the April 2017 QI Happy Hour and Monthly Mixer on Tuesday, April 25 from 3:30-5:00 p.m. in the Calit2 Theater (aka Black Box/VROOM). Meet and get to know fellow collaborators, staff, building residents and QI-affiliated researchers from across campus. At the April Mixer, you'll hear from Falko Kuester and Dominique Rissolo of the QI Cultural Heritage Engineering Initiative (CHEI) about their Bermuda 100 Challenge, an ambitious project to digitally document 100 shipwrecks and artifacts as well as culturally and naturally significant sites in Bermuda's shallow reefs. QI Program Manager (and former Mixer host) Alexandra Hubenko will also lead us through a 'guided tour' of the many QI projects she's worked on over the years. For more information or to suggest future speakers for the monthly series, contact Tiffany Fox at

Location: Calit2 Theater - Atkinson Hall
Event Date: Apr 25, 2017
Photo By
The Global Forum at International House
Join us for Spring Quarterly Conversations in Global Health Global Forum Event focusing on Climate Change from a Global and Local Perspective. Brought to you by: Global Forum, UCSD Students for Global Health, The Global Health Program and the UCSD Global Health Institute.

Location: The Great Hall
Event Date: Apr 19, 2017
Photo By UC San Diego School of Global Policy and Strategy
San Diego Global Forum: Europe Between Brexit and the Migration Crisis
Former Prime Minister of Italy Enrico Letta, current dean of the Paris School of International Affairs at Sciences Po, will share his views on the changing priorities of the European Union with regard to the migration crisis and its shift toward foreign policy. The event will start with a talk at 5 p.m., followed by a reception at 6 p.m. It will be held in the Atkinson Pavilion at the UC San Diego Faculty Club (directions). This event is a part of the San Diego Global Forum, brought to you by GPS's Center on Global Transformation with support from Bank of America and the World Trade Center San Diego.

Location: UC San Diego Faculty Club, Atkinson Pavilion, 9500 Gilman Drive La Jolla, CA 92093
Event Date: Apr 12, 2017
Photo By George Pavlidis
Digital Cultural Heritage in Greece and Beyond
Date: 2017-03-27 Time: 5pm - 7pm Location: Calit2 Auditorium, Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego Guest Speaker: George Pavlidis, ATHENA Research Center (Greece) Research Director Host: CCAS Director Thomas E. Levy DESCRIPTION/ABSTRACT: This special lecture by Greek engineer and research director George Pavlidis is organized by the Center for Cyber-Archaeology and Sustainability (CCAS) in the Qualcomm Institute, in which Pavlidis is an International Partner. For more than 15 years, Dr. George Pavlidis and his team at the ATHENA Research and Innovation Center in Information, Communication and Knowledge Technologies in Greece have been digitally recording, measuring, analyzing, studying and disseminating Greek cultural heritage, from antiquity to the present day. In collaboration with professor Tom Levy in the UC San Diego Department of Anthropology at UC San Diego and the UC CCAS, Pavlidis has been studying the sanctuary at Delphi, one of the most famous ancient sites in Greece. He will present the results of his research in this talk on Greece's cultural heritage. Among the questions that Pavlidis will try to answer: What is cultural heritage? Why is it important and what do we do to preserve it? How can modern digital technologies help us study, conserve, preserve and disseminate cultural heritage: and How can we all gain from digital cultural heritage, whether we are scientists, researchers, teachers or perpetual learners. This special seminar is co-organized by CCAS, the UC San Diego Division of Arts and Humanities, and the Center for Hellenic Studies in the UC San Diego Department of History. Come celebrate Greek Independence Day! SPEAKER BIO: Dr. George Pavlidis received his Ph.D. in Electrical and Computer Engineering from Democritus University of Thrace in 2005, with a dissertation on digital image processing, which earned him an Ericsson Award of Excellence in Telecommunications. Since 2001, he has worked on many R&D projects with an emphasis on multimedia systems in culture and education. Pavlidis is currently Research Director at the ATHENA Research Center, where he heads the Multimedia Research Group and the Clepsydra Cultural Heritage Digitization Center. Pavlides is also an adjunct faculty member at TEI of East Macedonia and ThraceHis research interests involve 2D/3D imaging, CBIR, multimedia technologies, human-computer interaction, intelligent user interfaces, multi-sensory environments and ambient intelligence, 3D digitization and reconstruction, 3D-GIS and mixed/augmented/virtual reality.

Location: Calit2 Auditorium, Atkinson Hall, UC San Diego
Event Date: Mar 27, 2017
Photo By
Global Health challenges in the transition from infectious to non-communicable diseases
Dr. William Hancock "Global Health challenges in the transition from infectious to non-communicable diseases in low-and-middle income countries with insulin as an illustrative example" Bradstreet Chair in Bioanalytical Chemistry, Barnett Institute, and Department of Chemistry, Northeastern University Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 12:00 – 1:00 pm Skaggs School of Pharmacy: Room 1186

Location: Skaggs School of Pharmacy: Room 1186
Event Date: Mar 23, 2017
Photo By Mark A. Rothstein
Regulation of International Direct-to-Participant Research
Date: 2017-03-21 Time: 4:30pm - 6:00pm Location: Medical Education-Telemedicine (Bldg #845)., School of Medicine, UC San Diego Guest Speaker: Mark A. Rothstein, University of Louisville Director, Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy and Law, School of Medicine *Registration is Required. Host: UC San Diego Research Ethics Program DESCRIPTION/ABSTRACT: This seminar with University of Louisville bioethicist Mark A. Rothstein is part of the Research Integrity Series at UC San Diego, supported by the Vice Chancellor for Research and the Research Ethics Program. On March 21st, the Research Ethics Program invites you to attend the fifth seminar in our Research Integrity Series, “Regulation of International Direct-to-Participant Research,” with guest speaker Mark A. Rothstein, J.D., Director of the Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy, and Law at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. Dr. Rothstein will discuss how the Direct-to-Participant (DTP) research is a novel strategy using the internet to recruit, consent, and enroll individuals. This technique is especially valuable for research on rare disorders. It can be more expeditious, generate more representative and diverse samples, be more participatory and democratic, and lead to discoveries of greater relevance for heterogeneous populations. The main impediments stem from legal, ethical, and cultural concerns about possible exploitation by foreign researchers. This talk will address whether it is possible to use DTP research in a legal and ethical manner around the world. To learn more visit the Research Integrity Series web page. The Research Ethics Program serves as a resource for the entire UC San Diego campus to identify and address ethical challenges intrinsic to the conduct of science, engineering, and other forms of academic scholarship, foster learning about research ethics, and meet federal funding requirements for education in research ethics. The Program seeks to maintain and sustain UC San Diego's success and identification as an international leader in fostering integrity in research. SPEAKER BIO: Professor Mark A. Rothstein, J.D., holds the Herbert F. Boehl Chair of Law and Medicine in the University of Louisville School of Medcine. He has concentrated his research on health privacy, research ethics, genetics, and public health. He serves as Department Editor for Public Health Ethics of the American Journal of Public Health and he writes a regular column on bioethics for the Journal of Law, Medicine & Ethics. Rothstein is Director of the Institute for Bioethics, Health Policy and Law at the University of Louisville School of Medicine. MORE INFORMATION: Light refreshments will be served. Continuing Medical Education (CME) credit available. *Registration is Required

Location: Medical Education-Telemedicine (Bldg #845)., School of Medicine, UC San Diego
Event Date: Mar 21, 2017
Photo By Inamori Foundation
2017 Kyoto Prize Symposium
Renowned medical scientist and recipient of the 2016 Kyoto Prize in “Basic Sciences,” Tasuku Honjo, M.D., Ph.D. will speak at UC San Diego on March 15 as part of the 2017 Kyoto Prize Symposium. Dr. Honjo has elucidated the mechanism for the functional diversification of antibodies by clarifying Class Switch Recombination and its responsible enzyme, AID. He also identified several important immunoregulatory molecules, including PD-1, whose function has led to the development of effective cancer immunotherapy. As reported by “New Scientist” magazine, Dr. Honjo’s work has initiated a historic turning point—a so-called “penicillin moment”—in the fight against cancer. The Kyoto Prize—Japan’s highest private award for global achievement—was established by the Inamori Foundation in 1985 to honor significant contributions to the scientific, cultural and spiritual betterment of humankind. The prize is presented annually in three categories: Advanced Technology, Basic Sciences, and Arts and Philosophy. For more information and to register for the free symposium, visit

Location: Price Center East Ballroom
Event Date: Mar 15, 2017