One of the Grand Plans of the new WAITRO Secretariat when it started in 2019 was to expand the scope of the popular biennial General Assembly into a “Global Innovation Summit” that would bring together the Global Innovation Family to discuss research priorities, learn from one another, and showcase the products and impacts of international collaborative research.

The location for the Summit was planned to be Pretoria, South Africa. However, the COVID-19 pandemic made impossible all travel ground, thereby the preparations had to change plans. In 2020, the Secretariat moved the entire event to the cloud, creating the first WAITRO Virtual Innovation Summit. The three-day meeting, from October 28 to 30, used the onlin