Come together with the finest minds to discuss, debate and explore topics through a cross disciplinary lens.
Below we have picked out some of the events supported and inspired by the UCL Grand Challenges:
The science and culture of sleep and sleeplessness
Wednesday 10th January, 11:15 - 21:00
Free Word Centre, 60 Farringdon Road, London, EC1R 3GA
Sleep is an enormous part of our lives and has fascinated scientists, artists and writers for centuries: Why do we sleep? And why do we sometimes struggle to sleep? Join us for a day of informal talks – with perspectives on sleep and sleeplessness from biologists, historians, artists, medics and cultural critics from UCL and beyond – and continued discussion over drinks in the evening.
The Jagdish Gundara Memorial Symposium
Friday 9th February, 09:30 - 15:30
1-19 Torrington Place, London, WC1E 7HB
This one-day symposium focuses on the future of intercultural education in the face of global challenges to social justice and equity. Issues concerned with truth, equity, social division and diversity are highlighted as a backdrop to a discussion of signposts for positive intercultural engagement at all levels of education. While recent political events and continuing violence and warfare, together with migration and refugee ‘crises’, fuel an ongoing climate of fear and reaction there is also an impetus to engage with more imaginative perspectives in the pursuit of increased global justice. Accordingly, there are contributions from those in fields of law and the social sciences as well as those involved in pedagogy, adult learning and teacher education.
Interdisciplinary Conference on Disability
Wednesday 9th May, 10:00 - 17:00
The Bartlett School of Architecture, 22 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0QB
The First UCL Interdisciplinary Conference on Disability aims to bring together the most cutting-edge research on disability across departments and research centres, framing its evolving nature within the present situation and supplying a wide spectrum of academic perspectives with the purpose of favouring the effective, just and equal participation of disabled people in society.