Infrastructures for Innovation: Aligning Policy and Practice

Promoting innovation is a priority for Houston business leaders and policymakers. Developing innovation centers in urban areas, however, is a complex process that is shaped not just by funding opportunities, but also by local policies and infrastructure. At this event, experts will examine the policies that guide and shape innovation in the United States and consider how those policies can inform the construction of the Ion, Rice University’s new innovation hub in Houston. Panelists will also address the city’s growing innovation district and share insights for building successful and equitable policies to transform Houston into a smart city of the future.

This T.T. Chao Symposium on Innovation event is co-sponsored by the Baker Institute Science and Technology Policy Program and the Science History Institute. The symposium is made possible by a gift from the Ting Tsung and Wei Fong Chao Foundation. Follow @stpolicy on Twitter and join the conversation online with #BakerScience.



5:30 p.m. — Reception
6:00 p.m. — Presentation



Admission is free, but registration is required. 



Dan Berglund
President and CEO, State Science & Technology Institute

William Fulton
Director, Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Rice University

John Hardin, Ph.D.
Executive Director, Office of Science, Technology & Innovation, North Carolina Department of Commerce

Julia Woertink, Ph.D.
Research & Development Director, Packaging & Specialty Plastics, Dow Inc.


Moderated by

Reginald DesRoches, Ph.D.
William and Stephanie Sick Dean of Engineering, George R. Brown School of Engineering, Rice University



Tue, March 31, 2020
5:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.
(GMT-0600) US/Central


James A. Baker III Hall
Rice University's Baker Institute – 6100 Main St
Houston, TX 77005

Doré Commons