We are excited to announce the International Conference of Undergraduate Research (ICUR) will be taking place on 29 - 30 September 2020. Due to our existing digital infrastructure, ICUR is in a unique position to pivot the mode of delivery in order to accommodate current restrictions. ICUR may look a little different this year, but it will still facilitate and encourage interdisciplinary networking and discussion for undergraduates from around the world.
This year, both audience and presenters will join the conference virtually through the new ICUR app, where anyone, anywhere in the world can watch, participate, interact, vote and ask questions without leaving their home. No matter which time zone you live in, the ICUR app is your key to joining ICUR. The ICUR App will be available to presenters, staff and the public at the beginning of September via Apple and Google Play stores for mobile and tablet devices, as well as available for desktop use.
In 2020, ICUR will host digital international poster sessions with students from a selection of participating institutions around the world showcasing their research in a 48-hour poster session. Each presenter will host a live question time running throughout the conference via the ICUR app.
We are also excited to announce a host of a guest speakers joining the conference. This year, the University of Warwick will host keynote speaker, Helen Keen, the award-winning performer and popular-science writer. You may have heard her distinctive voice on her BBC radio show It Is Rocket Science where she has an innovative and quirky approach to discussing science.
Opening the Asia/Pacific portion of the conference, Monash University will feature two opening speakers, Dr Brian Martin, Associate Dean, Indigenous, Art Design and Architecture (MADA) and current Monash undergraduate student, Simone Pianko, founder of the Borrow Cup sustainability initiative that has taken Monash University, Clayton campus by storm.
Our final special feature this year will be our new Alumni Panel featuring past ICUR presenters and student leaders from Monash University, University of Warwick and Nanyang Technological University. The alumni panel will discuss how they translated the skills and experiences they gained from ICUR into real world opportunities, answering questions and passing along tips to current undergraduate researchers with a focus on employability.
Everyone is welcome to join the conference, please register as an audience member here.