A Conference on the Cutting Edge

A four-day conference held each spring in Lauder-Fischer Hall on the campus of the University of Pennsylvania, the Global Trend Lab brings together academic luminaries from the Lauder Institute, the Wharton School, the School of Arts & Sciences at Penn, and other institutions around the world to provide context for and insight into the day’s most pressing issues and challenges.

The topics change from year to year. Since 2011, the conference has taken on global risks, sustainability, poverty and inequality, the future of the state, and the infrastructure gap. These topics are significant to the world of global business as well as scholars in the social sciences and the humanities. The conference aims to provide new perspectives and identify opportunity in the light of significant challenges.

Previous Conferences

Globalization TrendLab 2016: “Water: Scarcity, Excess and the Geopolitics of Allocation” March 22-24, 2016

Globalization TrendLab 2015: “Overcoming the Infrastructure Gap,” March 17-20, 2015

Globalization TrendLab 2014: “The Future of the State,” April 15-14, 2014

Globalization TrendLab 2013: “Reducing Poverty & Inequality: New Perspectives & Opportunities,” April 8-12, 2013

Globalization TrendLab 2012: “Sustainability: New Perspectives and Opportunities,” April 12-13, 2012

Globalization TrendLab 2011: “Global Risk,” April 7-8, 2011

Contact Information

For additional information, please contact Kimberly Norton.

The Globalization TrendLab is funded through a generous gift from Santander.