Research + Innovation Week is a week-long celebration of disruptive ideas, applied solutions and the real-world impacts UC research, scholarship, and creative activities have on Cincinnati, the region, and beyond. Each year, we showcase the extraordinary research of our faculty and students who are having an impact on the communities we serve.

The theme for Research + Innovation Week 2024 is Society and Culture.

Check out our awesome thought leaders!


Kickoff Day
Monday, April 29, 2024

Urban Futures Day
Tuesday, April 30, 2024

Digital Futures Day
Wednesday,May 1, 2024

Ethics Day
Thursday, May 2, 2024

Recognition Day
Friday,May 3, 2024

3:00 PM - 4:30 PM
Research + Innovation Faculty/Staff Awards Ceremony

Hosted by the UC Office of Research

Digital Futures

Patrick Limbach, PhD Valerio Ferme, PhD

The Executive Vice President and Provost along with the Vice President for Research will award the annual faculty excellence awards and the research mentoring awards to faculty nominated by college leadership in each category. These awards are co-sponsored by the Office of the Provost and the Office of Research. Recipients of these awards receive $1,500 in professional development funds to support their efforts in teaching, research, service and/or leadership development.

In addition, the Vice President for Research will recognize the Office of Research Core Value Partnership Awardees, which honors University of Cincinnati faculty and staff partners who have demonstrated respectfulness, positivity, and overall professionalism in their interactions with the staff of The University of Cincinnati Office of Research. These recipients will receive the Office of Research Core Value Partnership plaque. Learn about last year's awardees!

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
The Annual State of Research

Hosted by University of Cincinnati Vice President for Research Dr. Patrick Limbach

Digital Futures

Patrick Limbach, PhD Valerio Ferme, PhD

UC's Vice President for Research, Patrick Limbach, will kick off R+I Week 2024 at Digital Futures with the annual State of Research event at which he details the unparalleled rise of research at UC and unveils major new investments aimed at significantly advancing convergence research with Urban Impact.


Afterward, from 3:30 – 5 pm, Digital Futures hosts a reception and small poster session honoring Dr. John Michelman. The session will feature faculty members and graduate students, showcasing their work centering on Green, Clean, and Sustainable Technology research. This reception serves as a tribute to Dr. Michelman’s lasting influence on UC and a thank-you to one of our largest sponsors, the Michelman family, for their continued support in various facets of UC’s academic and research endeavors. This event is free and open to everyone!

11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
Solving Problems That Matter - Together

Queen City Club

Local businesses, educational institutions, community stakeholders, and government leaders have converged to leverage mentorship to deliver purpose to disadvantaged youth and simultaneously find solutions to our workforce crises. Click below to learn more about our partnership with Adopt-a-Class!

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11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
The Convergence of AI, Society, and Culture

Queen City Club

Experts working at the cutting edge of science & technology will discuss the perils and promise that AI offers companies, NPOs, government, and humanity. Among the experts at this panel is our partner Kendra Ramirez, co-founder of CincyAI Meetup for Humans. Learn more about our partnership and how it came to fruition!

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Later, from 1 – 5 pm, Digital Futures hosts the Advanced Manufacturing Industry Partnership event, followed by a happy hour. This is a great opportunity to network with industry leaders, share ideas, and learn about the latest innovations in Southwest Ohio. 

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Hutton Ethics Lectureship


The Hutton Lectureship in Ethics was established in 2004 by the Hutton family and the UC College of Medicine to honor John J. Hutton, MD, former dean of the college. The lecture series encourages the cultivation and maintenance of the highest standards of personal medical ethics, helping to build respect and trust for and among researchers at UC.

Speaker: Ana S. Iltis, PhD. Professor of Philosophy. Director, Center for Bioethics, Health and Society

Title of talk: Bringing a Health Equity Lens to Clinical Care and Research

Learning objectives:

1. Describe at least three examples of documented health disparities across different populations

2. Recognize at least two ways in which clinical research practices or translation of research into the clinical setting contribute to health disparities

3. Identify at least one strategy to address a health disparity in clinical or research practices.


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Catch up on Research + Innovation Week 2024 Society and Culture events at the links below:

Past Event Highlights

Research Week 2018

Instrumentations, Intelligence, Abundance, & Resilience

Thought leaders explored animal behaviors, climate change, & environmental impacts while focusing on water quality & purification technology.

Research Week 2018

Disruption !

The UC Innovation Quest Elevator Pitch Competition gave inventors & entrepreneurs the opportunity to present a short "elevator pitch" to investors in order to commercialize their ideas and launch start-up ventures.

Research Week 2018

Research + Innovation Week Awards Ceremony

The 2018 Awardees were honored for their outstanding Faculty Excellence, Mentoring, and Core Values during the closing ceremony of the week.

Research Week 2019

Acute Care Research Symposium

The Acute Care Research Council is bringing together expertise across the AHC to foster collaboration and empower ACR stakeholders amidst the ever-challenging risks that are unique to the acute care setting. Presentations included EFIC trials from CCHMC and UC, updates on changes to the Common Rule, Research vs. Critical Illness, and concluded with an audience-participation panel session.

Research Week 2018

The Presidential Kickoff

The President of the University of Cincinnati, Neville G. Pinto, kicked off Research + Innovation Week by welcoming thought leaders and intellectuals over refreshments.

Research Week 2018

Hutton Ethics Leadership – Informed Consent: Evidence and Practice

Approaches to gaining respect and consent in the research recruitment process were evaluated through informed and practical applications.