UM Celebrates Research, Innovation, Imagination with Four Consecutive Conferences

March 11, 2016

MISSOULA – The University of Montana will host “ix5” – four days of conferences and events that will bring together thinkers and doers from an array of fields – from Tuesday to Friday, April 12-15.

During four distinct conferences, ix5 will showcase achievements, research and stories of current and future innovators from UM and beyond. The event title, ix5, represents the themes surrounding the event: innovation, imagination, inspiration, interdisciplinary and international. All events and presentations are free and open to the public.

The ix5 event kicks off Tuesday with the Mansfield Center’s conference, Innovation and Imagination in Global Health. On Wednesday, UM’s Office of Research and Creative Scholarship will present innovateUM, a day of dialogue about issues and ideas that shape our lives and our communities. Thursday features Gradcon, formerly the Graduate Student Research Conference, and Friday concludes with the UM Conference on Undergraduate Research.

Although each day of ix5 has a distinct theme, the week will foster conversation among researchers and innovators at all stages in their education and careers.

The Mansfield Center conference will bring together international thought and industry leaders to examine health care improvements in the developed and developing world on international, national, regional and local levels. It will feature panel discussions about how geography, technology, community, human behavior and the environment affect the health of global populations. For more information visit

InnovateUM will celebrate UM thought leaders and change makers, as well as their local and national collaborators. Throughout the day, the public is invited to experience living room-style conversations with leaders such as Missoula Mayor John Engen, Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes’ Chairman Vernon Finley, Montana Public Radio’s Sally Mauk and TED fellow and neuroscientist Greg Gage; a talk-show format discussion with UM faculty trailblazers; performances; poetry; a live cooking show; and a tech expo where visitors can fly a drone, print a 3-D object, and meet UM and Montana tech entrepreneurs.

The full innovateUM agenda is available online at

The final two days of ix5 focus on undergraduate and graduate student research. Gradcon, held in the UC ballroom on Thursday, will spotlight graduate research from all disciplines and will include GradExpo, an event showcasing UM’s array of graduate degree programs. The week wraps up with UMCUR, hosted by the Davidson Honors College, on April 15. This daylong conference offers opportunities for UM students of all majors to present their research and creative scholarship through oral presentations, posters, performances and exhibits. More information on GradCon and UMCUR can be found online at and

To learn more about participating in ix5 week, call Michelle Quinn, director of Conference Planning Services with the School of Extended & Lifelong Learning, at 406-243-4866 or email


Contact: Michelle Quinn, director, Conference Planning Services, UM School of Extended & Lifelong Learning, 406-243-4866,