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Retrofit for... Series

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Join us for a series of panel discussions covering the issues in non-domestic retrofit. Successful retrofit schemes depend on a number of factors, including available technology, current policy, making a business case and understanding human behaviour. This panel discussion will explore how these considerations interact and how to approach the challenges they pose.

2014 Small Grants Scheme Launched

2014 Small Grants Scheme Open for entries

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.

Apply for Small Grants Funding


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.

Citizen Cyberscience Summit 2014

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-streamedblogged and the hashtag #CCS14 filled the twittersphere with comment and pictures.

You can find out more here.

Citizen Cyberscience 2014

Research Summer School

Are you a research student at UCL? Then check out the UCL Grand Challenges Summer School at blogs.ucl.ac.uk/gc-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

Visualisation of cross-disciplinary research at UCL

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

The second Publication in the Urban Pamphleteer series is now available

Regeneration Realities is the second publication in the Urban Pamphleteer series. You can find out more here.

Urban Infrastructure Film

UCL GCSC Urban Drainage from Charlotte Johnson on Vimeo.

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.

You can find more GCSC related audio and video in the Outcomes section.

Imagining the Future City: London 2062

London 2062 book out now

You can download a copy of Imagining the Future City: London 2062 in pdf or epubformat.

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".

 

UCL GCSC Urban Drainage from Charlotte Johnson on Vimeo.

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.

Thinking Across Boundaries

Thinking Across Boundaries: Planning Dilemmas in the Urban Global South

UCL's Development Planning Unit (DPU) is critically reflecting on the "urban global south". The DPU is bringing together key actors to debate the notion.

Sustainable Resources for Sustainable Cities Conference

Sustainable Resources for Sustainable Cities Conference Page

On November 5 and 6, 2013, the BHP Billiton Sustainable Communities/UCL Grand Challenge Symposium Series will focus on the Grand Challenge for Sustainable Cities, with a particular interest in the more sustainable use of natural resources.
The symposium will specifically look to address the challenges around provision of resources for growing urban populations, with regard to the physical built environment, infrastructure, transport and water.

Visualising Small Grants Links

Click on the image below to see the cross-departmental links that have been made through small grants funding.

Go to Departments linked through GCSC Small Grants Funding

Small Grants Poster Galleries

There are galleries for posters produced by the recipients of the GCSC small grants in2011 and 2012.
  • GCSC (Campos) Integrated Production of Algal Biomass poster
  • GCSC (Fraser) Gaza Learning Room poster
  • GCSC (Hui) New Loos for London poster
  • GCSC (Lemanski) The City in Urban Poverty poster
  • GCSC (Nasiri) Water Reuse Networks poster
  • GCSC (Shepley) One Day in the City poster
  • GCSC (Wood-Hill) Whose Olympics?
  • GCSC (Wilson) Planning the Healthy City
  • GCSC (Taws) Ephemeral Cities-Sustainable Research into Non-Sustainable Urban Objects
  • GCSC (Chang) Developing Sustainable Agri-Food Systems in London
  • GCSC (Lipietz) Community Participation in City Wide Planning
  • GCSC (Stewart) MyStreet & Open Citys Doc Festival
The small grants programme runs annually, and includes all of the Grand Challenges

First report from the London 2062 symposium series is available.

Decentralised Energy: Could London Emulate Copenhagen? is a collection of essays from the collaboration between Future of London and UCL. The report considers what we can learn from the Danish decentralised energy network, and  features contributions from Luke Hildyard, Peter North and Bob Fiddik.

Olympics and Sustainable Cities

There are two Olympics related Grand Challenge of Sustainable Cities events coming up in September.

Transport and the Olympic Legacy - Driving Innovation (11 September)

The Long Legacy: London 2062 (13 September)

There is also a website covering all of UCL's Olympics related activity.

UCL Lancet Healthy Cities Report

The video below is Professor Yvonne Rydin's introduction to the UCL Lancet Healthy Cities Commission. Video taken from the UCLTV, UCL's YouTube Channel.


You can read a blog about the Healthy Cities Launch event here, there are also videos from the panel presentations and the Q&A session.

There is a website dedicated to the UCL Lancet Commission on healthy cities. The site includes the Lancet article "Shaping Cities for Health: Complexity and the Planning of Urban Environments in the 21st Century"

www.ucl.ac.uk/healthy-cities


London 2062 Symposium Presentations

Presentations are available from the London 2062 Symposium series.

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