Are you interested in understanding and reducing the personal and societal burden of global health issues? Are you looking for collaborators to explore new dimensions of global health research? Then the Iowa Global Health Network Speed Networking event is the answer for you! Speed Networking is designed to help you quickly meet new collaborators and brainstorm novel ideas leading to potential new avenues for your research and funding portfolio.


With increased global trade, travel, migration, and climate variability, local health concerns are now global health concerns with significant impacts. Due to this complexity and scale, engaging global health issues require multidisciplinarity, whether it’s looking at communicable or noncommunicable diseases, injury prevention, maternal and child health, food (in)security, or social dynamics. Recognizing the need for bringing together disparate disciplines to advance multidisciplinary approaches, the World Health Organization (WHO) created a science division in 2019 to strengthen their approach towards global health issues. Dr. Soumya Swaminathan, WHO science division director, noted in an April 2019 Nature article titled, “How to Shape Research to Advance Global Health” that a multidisciplinary approach including trial methodologists, virologists, statisticians, and public health experts led to a breakthrough in the West African Ebola epidemic – “an efficacious vaccine amid a terrible outbreak.” As this example illustrates, working responsibly in global health benefits from attentiveness to multidisciplinary perspectives in order to develop new, effective, and ethical approaches to alleviate these global health problems.

You are invited to participate in the speed networking event to meet others interested in global health on Friday, February 7, 2020, from 1:30 pm-4:00 pm in S401 PBB. The afternoon’s agenda follows:

  • 1:30-1:45 pm: Introduction
  • 1:45-3:30 pm: Speed Networking
  • 3:30-4:00 pm: Mix and Mingle (appetizers provided)

The Iowa Global Health Network Speed Networking event aims to achieve the following:

  • Brainstorm potential multidisciplinary research collaborations around global health related topics
  • Identify potential research partnerships
  • Identify potential funding sources for global health research

Target Audience

Faculty from all disciplines interested in global health, broadly defined.

Register to Participate

To register, please complete this short survey. The deadline to register is Friday, January 31, 2020. Please contact the Research Development Office with questions ( 
Please note that due to the highly structured nature of speed networking, registration will be capped at 30 participants. 

Registration survey questions include (see example):

  • Demographic Information 
  • What is your interest in global health research?
  • What expertise are you looking for in a collaborator?
  • What expertise can you offer a research partner?
  • Upload a head shot and two-page CV or biosketch

Funding Opportunities from Pivot

Global Infectious Diseases
Global Maternal Health
Global Violence
Global South
Global Anthropology
Global Geography
Global History
Health Activism
Noncommunicable Diseases
Universal Health Coverage
Disease Outbreaks
Environmental Risks

Sponsored by:
OVPR Research Development Office and the Iowa Global Health Network