UCL Grand Challenges



Come together with the finest minds to discuss, debate and explore topics through a cross disciplinary lens.

There are exhibitions, lectures, seminars, discussions and performances every day at UCL. You can find out more on the UCL Events website.

Below we have picked out some of the events supported and inspired by the UCL Grand Challenges:

Exploring the fears of old age: Addressing the fourth age

Friday 29th June, 13:30-18:00

Room 422, Roberts Building, UCL

We are familiar with the challenges that ageing represents for health and social policies in a modern society; but what does ageing mean from a cultural perspective? This workshop aims to investigate what changes in life expectancy and living standards will mean for our post-working lives.

This workshop seeks to generate dialogue on the fourth age and address the cultural dimensions of the fear of old age. As well as keynote lectures by Marlene Goldman and Chris Gilleard, this workshop includes a panel discussion with Professor Paul Higgs (UCL), Professor Ian Rees Jones (Cardiff University) and Dr Karen West (Aston University), and drinks reception.

Find out more and register to attend this event.

School students' mental health and wellbeing

Tuesday 3rd July, 11:30 - 15:00

Room MAL B02, Birkbeck College, London, WC1E 7HX

This UCL Grand Challenges 2017-18 Adolescent Lives initiative-sponsored public engagement event will include presentations from UCL IoE colleagues and Schools MHFA programme leads regarding the national evaluation of the first year of the Youth MHFA in Schools Programme. There will also be presentations from PHE (Public Health England) regarding the national picture. The afternoon participatory workshop session will create an opportunity for school students from across the country who have taken part in MHFA and LangKelly Chase projects to present some of their work and ways of working, relating to the themes of young people's mental health and wellbeing. 

Find out more and register to attend this event.