Opportunities, News & Events from the UCL Grand Challenges

The latest from the UCL Grand Challenges, including news on cross-disciplinary projects, collaborative events and new research initiatives that you can get involved with.

Funding available now!

UCL researchers are invited to apply for Grand Challenges funding in two new priority areas:
  • Environment and Wellbeing (closes 22nd Feb)
  • Social and Ethical Aspects of Artificial Intelligence (closes 25th Feb)
Projects must be led by applicants from different disciplines, and can include third sector, or other external partners as relevant to the project proposed.
Find out more about these funding opportunities on our website

Latest News

Exploring Inequalities: new Grand Challenges initiative

This new project, run in collaboration with UCL Public Policy and the Resolution Foundation, will combine the research and evidence on inequality in the UK, with the aim of leading to informed and joined-up policy making. The project will provide a multi-disciplinary exploration of the nature of – and intersections between – different types of structural inequality in the UK. By bringing together a broad range of experts from academia, NGOs, government and elsewhere, the review will cut across standard research and policy boundaries to synthesise and deepen our understanding of this issue. Find out more about this project as the work develops.

Ed Miliband joins experts to debate the welfare state

Former leader of the Labour Party, the Right Hon Ed Miliband MP, recently joined a panel of experts from the fields of psychiatry, global health and economics to discuss the future of the UK's welfare state. You can watch videos from this Grand Challenge of Justice & Equality event online, or listen to a new Grand Challenges podcast with Professor Anthony Costello on the power of sympathy groups for our health, wealth and sustainable future.
Visit the UCL Grand Challenges website to find out more

Around the six Grand Challenges

We have been working hard to get new collaborations off the ground, help new research projects to work and set up spaces where the research community can get together across disciplinary boundaries.

Some of the activities we've supported recently include:

UCL-Lancet Commission on Migration and Health published

The UCL-Lancet commission on Migration and Health, led by Professor Ibrahim Abubakar (Institute for Global Health), published its findings in December 2018 at the Intergovernmental Conference on the Global Compact for Migration. The report contains recommendations to improve the health impact of migration, with perspectives from migration data, health systems functioning, forced and labour migration, and culture and anthropology. The Commission recently held a policy-focused event at Chatham House, supported by Grand Challenges, to discuss the barriers and means to achieving Universal Health Coverage for migrants.

You can read more and listen to a recording from the event on the Chatham House website, download the commission's report on The Lancet's website and read more about the commission on our blog.

Renowned political cartoonist speaks at UCL

Malaysian cartoonist Zunar recently spoke at UCL in an event at the Institute of Advanced Studies, supported by the Grand Challenge of Cultural Understanding. Zunar has drawn cartoons about the state of corruption in his country, leading to his arrest and persecution.

Read more about Zunar's visit on our blog, Grand Impacts

Can museums improve young people's mental health?

Researchers from UCL Museums and the Institute of Education recently came together in a fascinating project to explore what impact using ideas from museum spaces and creative practice could have on young people based at psychiatric inpatient settings. Amid an increase in demand for NHS mental health services, can cultural spaces have an impact on your wellbeing? 

Read all about the project on our blog

Public event after major DfID grant

After receiving a grant from the Grand Challenges, the T-SUM project has now received funding from DfID for their work in sustainable urban mobility in sub-Saharan African cities.

Check out the video of Dr Clemence Cavoli explaining the project above and find out more about it at an event at UCL on 7th March.

UCL takes the lead in examining the social and ethical implications of AI

Last summer, the UCL community held a Town Hall meeting, considering the Social Issues Around Artificial Intelligence from perspectives as diverse as philosophy, science, statistics, education and law.

Read more about the groundbreaking event on our blog and be inspired to apply for new Grand Challenges research funding in the area.

Trans studies event coming in May

The Grand Challenge of Justice & Equality is supporting a one-day symposium to celebrate Trans Studies and Trans Lives, to be held on Saturday 25th May. This symposium seeks to recognise the difficult histories and structural issues faced by trans people, but also to ensure the present and future of trans people’s lives are not defined by oppression.

The call for papers is now open. You can find out more about this event on the Institute of Advanced Studies website.

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