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GSAS Sessions address global challenges...

such as Energy, Environment, Health, Communications, and Security. Specific research themes are selected by host institutions based on their strategic goals.

"What great about this [Session} is that we are united in a common purpose. It’s not just one particular country that needs to get off fossil fuels and it’s not just one particular country that needs to make this technology innovation - we all need to make it!" - GSAS Scholar

Sessions last about 10 days and involve Scholars and  Fellows from around the world.


A few months before the Session 

GSAS Scholars are grouped into Global Research Teams and begin plans for an innovative collaborative Global Research Project.

“I started developing the ability of doing research in a larger group than just myself; this will be a very important tool. ”  - GSAS Scholar

At the Session

Scholars attend a "systems-based" lecture series linking policy, technology transfer, and manufacturing considerations with relevant science and engineering concepts.


Teams continue their collaborative project planning with mentoring from GSAS Fellows.

"I was given the freedom to think on a subject that is not my own. I find that I have something to add." - GSAS Scholar

Scholars and Fellows enjoy cultural activities and  visits to local research facilities.

"I’m more willing to seek collaboration from experts from all different backgrounds regardless of culture or nationality." - GSAS Scholar

Nanotechnology Research Center, ITRI

ITRI, Taiwan

At the end of the Session

Teams present their project plans for review by a panel of experts.

"This was the first time I have tried to devise a new research proposal, and the attempt was educational.”  - GSAS Scholar

The most promising projects are selected for implementation at GSAS host institutions.



Feedback from Scholars

What I appreciated most:
What I have appreciated the most is the chance to do something relatively new to me: get to quickly know a team of (wonderful) people and use the short time available in order to come up with a good project proposal. I have also appreciated the opportunity to interact with and be mentored by people with in-depth knowledge of their field of work. Last but not least, I have appreciated the organizers' efforts, which made our stay there very pleasant.

Feedback from Fellows

What I appreciated most:
"What I appreciated here most was this very intense atmosphere which you normally do not have at a workshop. There was this intense atmosphere between the ones giving the lectures but also then between the young researchers on the teams. In the end, I was astonished by the really high quality of scientific background they achieved in such a short time."