CITRIS Innovation Hub

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The CITRIS Innovation Hub fosters interdisciplinary innovation in the interest of society, expands on-ramps for next-generation talent and promotes greater workforce inclusion.

Take advantage of CITRIS expertise

Harness the strengths of four top University of California campuses at Berkeley, Davis, Merced and Santa Cruz to explore:

  • Deep tech and “frontier tech” research, innovation and commercialization 
  • Responsible innovation and policy to promote ethics and inclusion in the tech sector
  • Engagement and exchange with visiting affiliates to foster global collaboration

Gain professional and leadership skills, innovate tech solutions and expand your career path.

Collegiate programs:

Pre-university programs:

  • NexTech Robotics Program at UC Merced: STEM and robotics curriculum for middle school students taught by undergraduate students.
  • FLY CITRIS at UC Merced: Hands-on lessons on drones and robotics for all ages.
  • CITRIS INSPIRE at UC Davis: Workshops to help local teachers incorporate data science into their curriculums, and engineering summer camps to introduce high school students to hands-on activities, college-level laboratories and STEM career opportunities.  
  • C-STEM GIRL and GIRL+ Camps at UC Davis: Summer camps for middle school and high school students to inspire the next generation of female innovators and leaders.

Learn, research and network to advance your innovation goals with three months or a semester of on-site coworking. Choose the CITRIS research initiative and host campus that match your needs, and receive:

  • Access to top faculty and experts across the four CITRIS campuses
  • Immersion in a vibrant multicampus community
  • Guidance for ethical and inclusive innovation in the interest of society

Ideal for visitors from government, industry and academia.

Five-day CITRIS Innovation Intensives dive deep into a signature CITRIS research area through immersive visits to all four CITRIS campuses, conversations with top faculty, interactive experiences with advanced technology, and networking opportunities with a cohort from around the world. Upcoming opportunities include:

  • Climate at CITRIS Innovation Intensive: Oct. 28–Nov. 1, 2024

Perfect for corporate leaders, faculty members and graduate students, government representatives building technology development ecosystems, startup founders, and others breaking new ground around the topic of the intensive.

If you want to make the most of a short trip to the University of California, join us for a half-day or whole-day program at CITRIS. Highlights include:

  • Guided tours of key facilities and labs 
  • Curated talks on your choice of research in aviation, climate, deep tech, health, responsible AI and tech policy 
  • Strategy sessions for creating innovation ecosystems, fostering the workforce of tomorrow and building inclusive on-ramps into emerging technologies

Great for groups from governments, corporations, universities and other organizations seeking inspiration, UC connections and global partnerships.

Learning for Everyone

Stay on top of emerging trends in deep tech and the societal impact of AI, tech policy, and more. 


Jill Finlayson
Managing Director, CITRIS Innovation Hub