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Challenge-Oriented Innovation (COIN) meetings

COIN brings together academics and external partners to explore how UCL expertise might be applied to the challenges of the day.

COIN is a programme of physical and virtual meetings. The initiative gives invited external partners an opportunity to outline their key challenges to UCL staff and students with relevant research and professional interests.

The meetings are intended to identify and support timely applications of UCL expertise.

What to expect

COIN meetings run for one hour. They include short informal presentations from external organisations or partners setting out current live challenges. The presentations are followed by questions and open discussion with UCL’s academics and students.

During the meeting our expert team note opportunities to apply UCL know-how. We follow up each meeting with an interactive workshop, hack or evaluation. 

In the last year, COIN meetings have addressed topics such as sharing city infrastructures, tackling the challenge of high streets, accelerating digitisation in construction, and adapting innovation methods amid crises.

Outcomes from COIN meetings have included collaborative research bids to UKRI, support to develop a new UCL Institute, a pro bono advisory service for local authorities and ongoing policy work around the COVID recovery in London.

Who can attend

COIN meetings are open to all UCL staff and students with an interest in the topic under discussion. We also welcome selected collaborators from outside UCL.

Our guests have included large companies and corporations, small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs), local authorities, creative industries, voluntary sector and community groups, and startups. 

Upcoming meetings

Details of upcoming meetings will be published on this page when confirmed.   


If you have a challenge you would like COIN to address, please contact b.malkani@ucl.ac.uk

Watch a video about our COIN event on circular solutions in fashion

COIN brought UCL’s community together with Liverpool John Moores University, UCL’s Institute of Making, UCL’s Institute of Global Prosperity and Barclays Eagle Labs to look at circular solutions in fashion. Participants explored a series of pattern cutting techniques to repurpose existing garments provided by SevenStore.com

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UCL staff support Camden Council through the pandemic

The skills and expertise of UCL staff have helped Camden Council evaluate its service delivery during the coronavirus pandemic.