Hart gives keynote address at HRA annual meeting

David Hart, director of the Senator George J. Mitchell Center for Sustainability Solutions at the University of Maine gave the keynote address at the annual meeting of the Highly Integrative Basic and Responsive (HIBAR) Research Alliance on May 3, 2022. The HIBAR Research Alliance (HRA) is an international network of research universities focused on using stakeholder-engaged, interdisciplinary research to solve society’s biggest problems.

Hart’s address was entitled “Building strong research partnerships between universities and diverse stakeholders.” Hart was also invited to speak earlier this year in a scientific session, “Evidence from Implementing Strategies for Aligning Research with Societal Needs,” organized by HRA leaders at the 2022 Annual Meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). The AAAS session was inspired by a 2020 paper “Rebuilding the Ivory Tower: Aligning Research with Societal Needs” published in the journal Issues in Science and Technology by Hart and Linda Silka, senior fellow at the Mitchell Center.