Virtual Events

UC Davis is a research powerhouse, taking on some of the greatest challenges of our time. You are invited to this exclusive online event series where you will get an insider’s look into the innovative ways our university is making a positive impact on the world. 

Past Events

From Dead Heads to Depression Meds: How Psychedelics are Impacting Mental Health

Gain valuable insights into the therapeutic potential of psychedelics. Psychedelics reduce inflammation and promote neural plasticity, producing healing effects on the brain and lasting benefits for patients. Whether you're a mental health professional, researcher, advocate, or simply curious about the intersection of psychedelics and mental health, this event offers a unique opportunity to contribute to the conversation shaping the future of mental health care.

Hear from the Director of the UC Davis Institute for Psychedelics and NeurotherapeuticsDr. David E. Olson, associate professor of chemistry and biochemistry and molecular medicine. He shares how psychedelics induce neuroplasticity and why that is relevant to treating a variety of brain conditions. Viewers will also learn about the institute's efforts to develop safe, effective and more scalable analogues of psychedelics.

The Future of California: Agricultural Innovation and Sustainability

Join us as leadership and esteemed faculty from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences share some of the latest and most exciting discipline-spanning research that addresses California's most pressing issues.
As part of UC Davis’ enduring commitment to addressing the current challenges in agriculture and environmental sustainability, we are excited to share updates regarding the new Lynda and Stewart Resnick Center for Agricultural Innovation. This state-of-the-art facility will bring together experts from across UC Davis, focusing on five thematic research areas including:

  • identifying innovative solutions for agricultural byproducts
  • maximizing water and energy efficiencies
  • developing next-generation technologies
  • making crops more resilient and sustainable in the face of a rapidly changing climate
  • expanding access to nutritious food

Hear from our academic leaders as they integrate the elements that make our world a safe, sustainable place to live—the food we eat, the air we breathe, the animals we nurture, the communities we engage and the planet we cherish.

How Veterinary Medicine is Benefitting Human Health

UC Davis Veterinary Medicine has the potential to do more for humanity than ever before. What will we do in the next 75 years? Animals are benefiting greatly from human health innovations, while veterinary medicine is also becoming increasingly important to human health.

Hear from Dr. Kathryn G. Koehler about the groundbreaking translational medicine research taking place and how the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine is leading the way. Dr. Krystle Reagan shares how artificial intelligence (AI) is being integrated into clinical decision-making and how it can be utilized in human health diagnostics. Dr. Michael Kent and Dr. Robert Rebhun are working on cures for cancer in animals, and in partnership with UC Davis Health, they are working to translate this research into cures for cancer in humans.

Digitizing Agriculture: Drone-based Plant Monitoring

Professor Alireza Pourreza describes some of the exciting research of the Digital Agriculture Laboratory underway on the UC Davis campus.

Dr. Pourreza presents his research on the use of digital agriculture and aerial sensing for monitoring specialty crops and generating site-specific management zones for precision farming.

Learn how digital agriculture, through the use of drones equipped with cameras and other sensors, collects high-resolution data on crop health, water stress and nutrient deficiencies. By using this information to create site-specific management zones, farmers can more efficiently apply inputs like water, fertilizer and pesticides resulting in higher yields and improved environmental sustainability.

2023 Outlook on Neurological Health for All

UC Davis Health is providing world class care, education and empowerment for patients with neurological health issues.

Learn how those affected by Alzheimer's/dementia, stroke, Huntington's, Parkinson's disease, epilepsy and other neurological disorders can live healthier lives, and why UC Davis Health is the #1 medical community to serve patients, families and caregivers on this journey.

Grand Challenges: Harnessing the Power of UC Davis

Our world faces a myriad of challenges, the most complex of which require new perspectives and visionary action. At UC Davis, our solutions-driven Grand Challenges program seeks to solve the Earth’s most pressing challenges.

Learn how our expert faculty and researchers are unpacking the complex issues of climate change, social justice, unsustainable food systems and emerging health threats, while developing innovative solutions to create a better world for us all.

Behind the Science to Save the Lake: The UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center

Known for its remarkable clarity, Lake Tahoe is considered the jewel of the Sierra Nevada. However, over recent decades, factors such as land-use changes, habitat destruction and the introduction of non-native species have led to the degradation of the Tahoe Basin.

Join us to hear from the Director of the UC Davis Tahoe Environmental Research Center (TERC), Dr. Geoffrey Schladow, professor of civil and environmental engineering. He will share how TERC is advancing the knowledge of aquatic and terrestrial ecosystems, how it communicates science-informed solutions to the public and its goal to use the research and education lessons from Lake Tahoe to lakes around the world.

Vertical Watercress: Health Benefits From Growing Leafy Greens Indoors

Professor Gail Taylor describes some of the exciting research on indoor vertical farming underway on the UC Davis campus.

This research includes training the next generation of vertical farmers and growing diverse wild germplasm of the superfood watercress in these exacting conditions. Watercress is the most nutrient-dense leafy green on the planet, and in addition to being packed full of vitamin C, also has a peppery chemical that is known to have anti-cancer properties.

Learn how growing indoors provides an opportunity to produce this food crop in clean and highly sustainable conditions with a 90% reduction in water and land requirements. In addition, we show how these conditions can help to enhance cancer-busting chemicals.

Becoming Global Aggies

UC Davis students graduate into a world that’s highly interconnected. That's why UC Davis is working towards Global Education for All -- a goal to provide 100% of our students with global learning opportunities that will prepare them to collaborate across cultural and geographic boundaries. Global Aggies are learning to make positive change equitably and effectively, all for a greater world.

Join us as we hear from students and recent alumni about how they’ve built these skills on campus, online, in our region and around the planet.

How COVID-19 Changed Education

The UC Davis School of Education is at the forefront of devising innovative solutions for learning in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic.

At this Plugged In event, you will hear from campus leaders who are playing an integral role in focusing on the impacts of COVID-19 on education and who are supporting teaching and learning during this unprecedented time, especially for those in our K-12 education systems.

Our experts are building unique ways to foster equity in education for all—even during this unforeseen global crisis. We invite you to learn more!

Fostering Healthy Living and Wellness: Student Well-being at UC Davis

We all know college is about much more than classwork. That's why the UC Davis Division of Student Affairs supports students in every facet of wellness, from mental health and counseling to stress management, nutrition and exercise.
Join this exclusive event to hear from campus leaders working collaboratively across campus to bolster all aspects of Aggie life. We'll also hear from students themselves, who will share their experiences leading Student Affairs programs — and benefitting from them too.

The Study of Global Tea Culture and Science

UC Davis is home to the world’s first holistic program for the study of tea, the UC Davis Global Tea Initiative for the Study of Tea Culture and Science (GTI). Learn how our faculty are studying the science, art and culture behind the multibillion-dollar global tea industry. You will also discover how the research and teaching of the new UC Davis GTI Professional Tea Program is helping the global tea industry, and how we understand, enjoy and perceive tea.

Going for Gold: Setting the Standard for Equine Athletes

A powerhouse competitor in every Summer Olympic Games since 1912, the U.S. ranks second on the all-time equestrian medal table with 52 medals. Just like elite human athletes, it takes passion, expertise and the most advanced approaches in medicine to keep these sport horses at the top of their game. 
Join us for a behind the scenes look at how the #1 ranked UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine's new Equine Performance and Rehabilitation Center will enable an Olympic-level approach to sport horse health and injury prevention. You will also learn about the unmatched educational opportunities the center provides our veterinary students.

Neuroengineering & Medicine to Benefit Society

Join us as we delve into how scientists and engineers at the UC Davis Center for Neuroengineering & Medicine aim to repair, restore and augment human capacity to benefit society. You will hear from four esteemed faculty members who have been at the forefront of discovery, and of building the foundation of the Center for Neuroengineering & Medicine.

Extraordinary Solutions to COVID-19: The UC Davis Approach

Learn how the UC Davis Genome Center, the School of Veterinary Medicine’s One Health Institute, Healthy Davis Together and UC Davis Health partnered during the COVID-19 pandemic to bring critical resources and testing to the campus and the entire Davis community, helping prevent the spread of COVID-19 and facilitate a return to regular life. This collaborative effort between UC Davis and the City of Davis exemplifies what it means to create a healthier community for us all.

Leading the Way: Fighting for Student Basic Needs

Have you ever had to choose between paying rent and buying groceries? Over 40% of students experience low or very low food security and 18% of students experience some form of housing insecurity. These obstacles make it harder for them to achieve their dreams and further their education. In order to reach their full potential at UC Davis, Aggies need to be confident that their basic needs are covered. In this special Plugged In event, you will learn how UC Davis is sustaining a healthier community for students by providing equitable access to the resources they need to thrive.

Living With Fire

We unpack the impact of wildfires on communities and health, natural resources, diversity and the health of our forests. Originally aired April 13, 2021

Building Circular Economies While Fighting Fire

We discuss how UC Davis is thinking differently and reimagining the risk of accumulated fuel into an opportunity for a sustainable integration between our human civilization and the environment. Originally aired April 14, 2021.

Sparking Innovation and Creativity: Human-Centered Design

The UC Davis Department of Design has a very ambitious mission: to change this world for the better. As the only comprehensive design program in the UC system, our faculty and students seek to accomplish this goal in everything they do – from promoting sustainability, to solving real-world problems and addressing inequality in the industry. Join us as we interview three esteemed faculty members and showcase their ground-breaking work in the field. From developing wearable products for people with disabilities or chronic diseases to reimagining shipping containers as housing for lower-income families, the discussion will tackle the broader issues of waste, the human experience and climate change. Event originally aired January 13, 2021

Reimagining Medicine: Breakthroughs in Imaging

Unearthing a hidden cancer, studying the brain to understand schizophrenia, preventing breakdowns in horses, finding ways to image cell-based, gene editing and molecularly targeted therapies and developing new imaging technologies across the lifespan, including the nation’s only total-body PET scanner — UC Davis is doing this and more. At this Plugged In event, you’ll get an insider’s look into how we are using innovative approaches to reimagine the future of imaging in medicine. Event originally aired December 7, 2020.

Preparing Change Makers: Undergraduate Excellence

UC Davis has created a hands-on educational experience that develops the entrepreneurial minded, globally competent, critical thinkers required to be the next generation of great leaders. At this Plugged In event, you will hear from several campus leaders playing an integral role in creating this unparalleled undergraduate experience. Event originally aired October 28, 2020.

Veterinary Medicine and One Health

As the COVID-19 pandemic has confirmed, large-scale health issues between humans, animals and the environment are becoming increasingly intertwined and exigent. UC Davis has been a leader in studying this interconnectedness for decades through its One Health approach. Michael Ziccardi shares riveting examples of how the One Health Institute at the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine is addressing the challenges of diseases moving from animals to humans. Event originally aired September 2, 2020.

Institute of Transportation Studies and 3 Revolutions

Professor Dan Sperling, the founding director of the Institute of Transportation Studies at UC Davis dives into your questions surrounding the future of sustainable transportation and the three revolutionary innovations – vehicle automation, electrification, and sharing – and how they provide the potential to radically change the course of our economy and environment. Event originally aired September 9, 2020.

Virtual Innovation Spectacular: 10.10.2020

Watch our campaign launch event showcasing the many ways we are building a future that will be greater than ever imagined!