UCL Grand Challenges celebration | How does Civilisation get to 22nd century without collapse? asks Professor Price

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How does Civilisation get to the 22nd century without collapse or catastrophic discontinuity? asked Professor David Price in his welcome address at the fifth anniversary celebration of UCL Grand Challenges (UCL GC) programme held on 13 October 2014.

 

UCL Grand Challenges is the mechanism that brings together the university’s researchers from different disciplines in order to address questions of global significance. For an overview, please visit:

 

UCL Grand Challenges | Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Intercultural Interaction and Human Wellbeing http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140911112647-101066234-ucl-grand-challenges-global-health-sustainable-cities-intercultural-interaction-and-human-wellbeing

 

Reflecting and building upon the personal and institutional experiences gained over the last five years, this celebratory evening defined the actions needed to strengthen, enhance and enable further cross-disciplinary engagement within and beyond the university, for the benefit of the wider society.

 

In his welcome Professor David Price (UCL Vice-Provost, Research), who leads the UCL GC programme, emphasised that a cross disciplinary approach is necessary to find solutions to the world’s complex problems because no single discipline is capable of solving these on their own.

 

After a short film on the GC programme, Dr Ian Scott (Principal Facilitator UCL GC) presented how the programme was developed to what it is today, and Professor Yvonne Rydin (Chair of Planning, Environment and Public Policy, UCL Bartlett School of Planning) and Professor Nick Tyler (Chadwick Chair of Civil Engineering, UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering) presented reflections on the programme. They all elaborated how the GC programme advances cross–disciplinary research across the institution.

 

Professor Michael Arthur (UCL President and Provost) chaired UCL Grand Challenges 2034, a discussion by a panel comprising:

  • Dr Tim Beasley-Murray (Director of UCL Global Citizenship Programme)
  • Dr Sarah Bell (UCL Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering)
  • Professor Anthony Costello (Director of the UCL Institute for Global Health)
  • Professor Alan Penn (Dean of the UCL Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment)
  • Professor Maria Wyke (UCL Greek and Latin)

 

Among other things, the panellists were asked to present their ‘manifesto’ for the future of Grand Challenges and this resulted in a variety of responses, including co-existence; cultural identity and conflict; women’s rights; development and voice; meeting basic needs; and disease and antibiotic resistance.

 

The evening came to a close with a drinks reception.

 

For an overview on the evening, please visit UCL Grand Challenges storification https://storify.com/UCL_GCSC/grand-challenges-celebration#publicize

 

Photographs by Asitha Jayawardena

 

 

See also…

 

UCL Grand Challenges | 5-year celebratory event on 13 October (pre-event news post) https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2014/10/08/ucl-grand-challenges-5-year-celebratory-event-on-13-october/

 

UCL Grand Challenges | Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Intercultural Interaction and Human Wellbeing http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140911112647-101066234-ucl-grand-challenges-global-health-sustainable-cities-intercultural-interaction-and-human-wellbeing

 

UCL Grand Challenges http://www.ucl.ac.uk/research/grand-challenges | Global Health http://www.ucl.ac.uk/global-health | Sustainable Cities http://www.ucl.ac.uk/sustainable-cities | Intercultural Interaction http://www.ucl.ac.uk/intercultural-interaction | Human Wellbeing http://www.ucl.ac.uk/human-wellbeing

 

Green UCL http://www.ucl.ac.uk/greenucl

 

UCL Conference: Denaturalising nature, just sustainabilities and an ‘Environment Domain’ https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/06/19/ucl-conference-denaturalising-nature-just-sustainabilities-and-an-environment-domain/

 

UCL symposium focuses on Sustainable Resources for Sustainable Cities https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/11/14/ucl-symposium-focuses-on-sustainable-resources-for-sustainable-cities/

 

NEW BOOK: Imagining the Future City: London 2062 https://sunewsinfo.wordpress.com/2013/12/05/new-book-imagining-the-future-city-london-2062/

 

LSBU MSc in Education for Sustainability | How it enriched my perspective http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140507110247-101066234-lsbu-msc-in-education-for-sustainability-how-it-enriched-my-perspective

 

Can’t fit 7 billion into a six-bed (space) hotel? But we live as if we could….! http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140827190849-101066234-can-t-fit-7-billion-into-a-six-bed-space-hotel-but-we-live-as-if-we-could

 

Making sense of sustainability (or sustainable development) | A look at seven definitions http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140414095133-101066234-making-sense-of-sustainability-or-sustainable-development-a-look-at-seven-definitions

 

Sustainability | A balancing act? Four of them? https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140409090334-101066234-sustainability-a-balancing-act-four-of-them

 

A game of plates at ‘Growth vs. Earth’ Café | Who depends on whom? http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140407045738-101066234-a-game-of-plates-at-growth-vs-earth-caf%C3%A9-who-depends-on-whom

 

‘A cylinder of oxygen, please!’ | Why we should be worrying about natural resources http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140729065705-101066234–a-cylinder-of-oxygen-please-why-we-should-be-worrying-about-natural-resources

 

Why universities should lead their wider communities’ sustainability endeavours | Three reasons https://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140606053309-101066234-why-universities-should-lead-their-wider-communities-sustainability-endeavours-three-reasons

 

Positioning itself at the pinnacle of global higher education | Can UK higher education use sustainability as a vehicle? http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140817165316-101066234-positioning-itself-at-the-pinnacle-of-global-higher-education-can-uk-higher-education-use-sustainability-as-a-vehicle

 

re:centre at Bradford | RE-thinking business in the emerging era of the Circular Economy http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140829203957-101066234-re-centre-at-bradford-re-thinking-business-in-the-emerging-era-of-the-circular-economy

 

OISD at Oxford Brookes | Building the way for sustainable development http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140903092422-101066234-oisd-at-oxford-brookes-building-the-way-for-sustainable-development

 

Surrey-coordinated SLRG | Nurturing sustainable living through research http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140907210503-101066234-surrey-coordinated-slrg-nurturing-sustainable-living-through-research

 

Newcastle Science Central | University-City Council partnership bringing together science, business and sustainable living http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140909120325-101066234-newcastle-science-central-university-city-council-partnership-bringing-together-science-business-and-sustainable-living

 

Education for Sustainability MSc at LSBU | A pioneer that brings together environment, development and education http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140905133659-101066234-education-for-sustainability-msc-at-lsbu-a-pioneer-that-brings-together-environment-development-and-education

 

UCLan’s CSD | Advancing Sustainable Development through Architecture, Construction and Environment http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140906165944-101066234-uclan-s-csd-advancing-sustainable-development-through-architecture-construction-and-environment

 

UWE’s Institute for Sustainability, Health and Environment | Towards a healthy, sustainable and low carbon future http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140912120741-101066234-uwe-s-institute-for-sustainability-health-and-environment-towards-a-healthy-sustainable-and-low-carbon-future

 

Essex Sustainability Institute | A platform for interdisciplinary teaching and research with a sustainability focus http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140919083819-101066234-essex-sustainability-institute-a-platform-for-interdisciplinary-teaching-and-research-with-a-sustainability-focus

 

INSPIRE at Wales TSD | Delivering a Sustainable Wales through higher education – locally to internationally http://www.linkedin.com/today/post/article/20140925100523-101066234-inspire-at-wales-tsd-delivering-a-sustainable-wales-through-higher-education-locally-to-internationally

 

 

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