We are pleased to report that the conference was a great success! The Organizing Committee would like to thank the speakers, participants, sponsors and supporting organizations for helping to make it so. Speaker presentations are available on the Presentations page.

The conference book, entitled “Education for Innovation: Implications for India, China and America” will be published at the end of 2007 by Sense Publishers. The book can be pre-ordered at a 10% discount from the Emory Druid Hills Bookstore by calling 1-404-727-2665.


In his 2006 State of the Union message, President George W. Bush called upon the U.S. to bolster mathematics and science education and to nurture corporate innovation. In the same month, Chinese President Hu Jintao outlined major strategic tasks for building an innovation-oriented society. And Atul Khekade, COO of India’s BrainReactions LLC, asked in a widely read news source if his country will become “India, the next innovation giant?”

Two strong beliefs that have influenced national economic policy in recent years are that vibrant economies are driven by innovation, and that innovation can be taught and nurtured in schools and colleges. These ideas have been especially important in the India-China-U.S. relationship. India and China look at education and innovation as pathways to "upscaling" and diversifying their economies. The U.S. views education for innovation as a key competitive advantage and the means by which it will remain an economic superpower.

Emory University and the India, China and America (ICA) Institute are pleased to announce an international conference on “Education for Innovation in India, China and America,” to be held on March 2-3, 2007 at the Emory Conference Center Hotel in Atlanta, USA. The goals of the conference are to examine the evidence that innovation and ingenuity can in fact be taught, to explore the most effective educational strategies to promote these abilities, and to identify the relationship between education for innovation and national competitiveness or economic development.

An exceptional lineup of distinguished speakers will present papers on this timely topic:

  • Richard G. Baraniuk, Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering, and Founder of Connexions, Rice University, Houston, TX, USA
  • Sir John Daniel, President and CEO, The Commonwealth of Learning, Vancouver, Canada
  • Maryann Feldman, Miller Distinguished Professor, Institute of Higher Education, University of Georgia, Athens, GA, USA
  • James C. Kaufman, Director, Learning Research Institute, California State University, San Bernardino, CA, USA
  • R. A. Mashelkar, President, Global Research Alliance and President, Indian National Science Academy, New Delhi, India
  • William F. Massy, Professor Emeritus and former VP for Business and Finance, Stanford University; President, The Jackson Hole Higher Education Group, Inc., Jackson Hole, WY, USA
  • Barry McGaw, Director, Melbourne Education Research Institute, University of Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia
  • Katherine K. Perkins, Associate Director, Physics Education Technology Project, University of Colorado, Boulder, CO, USA
  • Denis Fred Simon, Provost and Vice-President for Academic Affairs, Levin Graduate Institute, State University of New York, New York City, NY, USA
  • Zhou Mansheng, Deputy Director -General, National Centre for Education Development Research, Ministry of Education, Beijing, PRC

The Conference proceedings will be published as a book by Sense Publishers. Additional contributors to the book include Dr. Carl Wieman, Nobel Prize winner in physics, and Dr. Dan Steinbock author and ICT Research Director, India, China and America Institute.

All conference attendees are invited to attend a special reception at the Michael C. Carlos Museum at Emory University on Friday night. This will include a viewing of the exhibit "Domains of Wonder: Selected Masterworks of Indian Painting." From fourteenth-century paintings of Jain saints and religious manuscripts from Gujarat to vivid paintings from Rajasthan and the Punjab hills that relate stories of Hindu gods and court ceremonies of local rulers, Domains of Wonder: Masterworks of Indian Painting is a stunning visual survey of 123 master paintings and two bound illustrated manuscripts conveying the beliefs and values of the diverse regions of India in dazzling color and rich detail.

Conference registration is $95. A limited number of reduced price student registrations are available. Registration includes all sessions, lunches, snacks and the Friday night reception.