Global Grand Challenges Summit: Engineering in an unpredictable world

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GGCS logoEPSRC, part of UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), is proud to be supporting this year’s Global Grand Challenges Summit, the second in a series of summits jointly hosted by the UK, US, and Chinese academies of Engineering. 

Under the theme Engineering in an unpredictable world, the Global Grand Challenges Summit will convene approximately 900 of the next generation’s engineers, researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs and policy makers to build creative collaborations and solve the grand challenges facing our future.  The Summit’s subthemes include Will AI and other transformational technologies change humanity for the better? and Can we sustain 10 billion people?  

EPSRC will be hosting an evening event as part of the Summit, entitled EPSRC Engineering Research for Grand Challenges, and we will be showcasing a selection of our over £50 million investment into research which tackles the grand challenges facing our future.  Our exhibition will showcase a number of EPSRC-funded research projects which will include:

  • Frontier Engineering projects - announced at the inaugural Global Grand Challenges Summit in 2013 with an aim to bring leading engineers and scientists together to deliver ambitious and long-term engineering research to address major societal challenges facing our world
  • Engineering Grand Challenges projects - inspired by the themes of the inaugural Global Grand challenges Summit in 2013 and aim to tackle the engineering challenges facing our future
  • Global Challenges Research Fund projects – tackling global development challenges through engineering and digital technology research

“EPSRC’s investment in these ground-breaking programmes has allowed some of our world-leading multi-disciplinary research groups to pioneer novel Engineering solutions for today’s global challenges” says Andrew Lawrence, Head of Engineering at EPSRC “and we can take further inspiration from the themes at this year’s summit to explore how ambitious, long-term Engineering research can address some of the most critical technological and societal issues that face our planet and its population in the future.”

The three day summit will take place on 16-18 September 2019 in London, at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall and will also be broadcast worldwide, with satellite events on every continent. 

EPSRC’s evening showcase event, EPSRC Engineering Research for Grand Challenges will be held in the Weston Roof Pavilion from 18.00hrs to 20.30 hrs – offering a fantastic vantage point with iconic views of the London skyline, the Houses of Parliament and the London Eye.

Further details about the three day event can be found on the RAEng website