Columbia World Projects Timeline

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April 2017

Columbia University President Lee C. Bollinger announces the creation of Columbia World Projects.

November 2017

Columbia Journalism School Dean Emeritus Nicholas Lemann named Columbia World Projects’ inaugural Director.

February 2018

Columbia World Projects holds its first Forum, convening experts from within and beyond the university to develop ideas for specific projects that will address the challenge of expanding energy access.

March 2018

Columbia World Projects announces that it will host an annual cohort of Obama Foundation Scholars for year-long residencies beginning in the fall of 2018.

May 2018

Columbia World Projects issues its first report, “Expanding Access to Energy,” based on the findings of its February 2018 Forum on the topic.

June 2018

Columbia World Projects hosts a second Forum, on inequality, as well as a workshop with participants from all over the world on effective techniques for implementing research in the field. A report from the workshop is available here.

August 2018

The inaugural cohort of Obama Foundation Scholars arrives on campus to begin year-long residencies.

September 2018

Columbia World Projects moves into its new home in The Forum, a new building on Columbia’s Manhattanville campus, and holds a third Forum there, on the topic of cybersecurity.

November 2018

Applications for the 2019-2020 Obama Foundation Scholars Program at Columbia University open and a report of findings from the June 2018 Forum on inequality is published. Columbia World Projects hosts “The Will of the People,” a convening of international scholars to share and debate recent work on the topic of rising illiberalism around the world.

December 2018

Columbia World Projects publishes a report on its September cybersecurity Forum, detailing key projects that emerged from the meeting.

January 2019

A range of topic experts take part in a Forum on improving maternal health.

May 2019

Columbia World Projects and Microsoft announce plans to partner on a forthcoming election security project.

June 2019

Columbia World Projects holds Forum on "Disaster Preparedness, Resilience and Response" to help develop ideas for projects that CWP can implement to better anticipate, prepare for, mitigate the impact of and improve responses to natural disasters such as pandemics, hurricanes and floods.

August 2019

The second cohort of Obama Foundation Scholars arrive on campus.

September 2019

Columbia World Projects holds Forum on decarbonization, and hosts first public event, with Shaun Donovan and Kate Orff.