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UCL Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities
Cities – now home to more than half the world’s population- face complex and systemic problems. UCL is concerned with contributing to urban sustainability in the spheres of, for example, ecology, aesthetics, health, economics, culture, equity and intellect.
Our great strengths are the variety of prisms through which we can examine the sustainability of cities and the range of methodologies with which we can bring about change.
Across our disciplines members of the UCL community all have significant contributions to make. We seek to build on existing work, to enhance and integrate it, and to maximise its impact – through working together.
UCL’s Grand Challenges focus on areas that are of pressing importance for society. Areas that can be best understood and resolved through joined up thinking from a wide range of experts from different academic disciplines. The programme provides institutional encouragement and support for researchers from a diversity of disciplines to work together.
The UCL Grand Challenges Small Grants Scheme supports this core strategic objective, by supporting activities that bring together staff in different UCL departments and faculties. The scheme will provide up to £4,000 for cross-disciplinary activity that combines scholarly excellence in different fields with the aim of producing novel insights and impacts.
As you might expect for a celebration of the power of using ubiquitous, powerful, networked technology for science and inclusion, the Citizen CyberScience is being live-streamed, blogged and the hashtag #CCS14 filled the twittersphere with comment and pictures.
Research Summer School
If you are a research student at UCL, you should consider applying to attend the UCL Grand Challenges Summer School.
Interactive cross-disciplinary research map
Together with the UCL ISR (Institute for Sustainable Resources) and CASA we have produced an interactive map of researchers involved in sustainable cities.
Urban Pamphleteer #2
A short film on London's main drainage. Starting with Bazalgette's construction of London's embankment and ending with green roofs in The City, this film explores how technical knowledge shapes our cities and creates habits of resource consumption that prove hard to break. The narrative is driven by interviews with three UCL academics who bring historical, engineering and anthropological insights to the study of urban infrastructure.
Imagining the Future City: London 2062
UCL President and Provost inaugural Lunch Hour Lecture
Inaugural lecture from the new Provost and President of UCL, part of the UCL Lunch Hour Lecture Series. The Grand Challenges are covered at around 8:30, we are told that they have gained the university a "phenomenal reputation".
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