OneClimate is Announced as a UC Davis Big Idea

UC Davis has chosen five bold initiatives to become the university’s newest Big Ideas:

Aggie Square: developing UC Davis’ technology and innovation campus in Sacramento. Champion: Bob Segar

Aggie Launch: offering career preparation for all undergraduates. Faculty champion: Ralph Hexter

Building the Entrepreneurial Mindset: developing entrepreneurial thinking in all students. Faculty champion: Andrew Hargadon

Food Valley: establishing a global hub for the innovations and businesses that will feed the world. Faculty champion: Justin Siegel

One Climate Initiative: creating a low-carbon society to ensure planetary resilience. Faculty champion: Benjamin Houlton

They join 12 existing Big Ideas as priorities for the university’s second comprehensive campaign, supporting projects that address the world’s greatest challenges and position UC Davis at the forefront of research and discovery today.

The Big Ideas are forward-thinking, interdisciplinary initiatives that build upon the strengths of the university to positively impact the world for generations to come. At UC Davis our researchers, scientists, clinicians and others are working in such areas as sustainability, food, water, global education, animal and human health, and more.

“Our new Big Ideas will complement the great work being done here on campus and I am excited to introduce them,” Chancellor Gary S. May said. “Now, it’s time to take all of our Big Ideas and show California, and the world, that UC Davis is a place of innovation –– we are the university that is tackling society’s biggest issues.”

Last fall, the second call for Big Ideas proposals drew 53 submissions from interdisciplinary teams across the university. The Campaign Steering Committee — comprising all permanent deans, select university administrators and the chair of the Academic Senate — reviewed and scored each submission, considered all feedback and selected five as the new Big Ideas.

The newest Big Ideas will augment the current dozen — launched in January 2017 — and accelerate the UC Davis Strategic Plan, with a focus on the student experience, entrepreneurship and the environment.

“The Big Ideas highlight UC Davis’ collaborative culture and our passion for creating a better future,” said Shaun Keister, vice chancellor of Development and Alumni Relations. “We are thrilled to move forward with these Big Ideas and believe we have the potential to change the world.”

The public will have the opportunity to learn more about all of the ideas at the Big Ideas Symposium on Friday, Oct. 18, at the UC Davis Conference Center. This free, half-day, interactive event will showcase each of the original and new Big Ideas.

Attendees will have the opportunity to meet faculty innovators and hear from the chancellor as he talks about the future of the university. Faculty, staff, students and friends of the university are all welcome