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:

Health Systems

Friday 16th November, 11:00 - 12:30

2 Taviton Street

This workshop is intended to be an opportunity for UCL researchers to meet potential partners from different schools, disciplines, and fields across UCL; and ask questions of the Grand Challenges team and academic co-chairs of the Grand Challenge of Global Health working group before submitting an application to the Health Systems call for proposals.

If you are interested in attending this event, please register here before Tuesday 13 November. 

Free Speech in the Age of Social Media

Monday 3rd December, 18:30 - 21:00

Bentham House Lecture Theatre, UCL Laws, 4-8 Endsleigh Gardens, London, WC1H 0EG

Organised by the Grand Challenge of Justice & Equality, this evening of discussion will explore the difficulties of upholding freedom of speech in an age when communications cross geographical boundaries, and consequently, country-specific laws governing such practices. The event will comprise a screening of a short historical film from the British Film Institute archive, followed by panel debate around the pressures and means of regulating free speech in cross-governmental organisations. The evening will conclude with a drinks reception. The event will be chaired by Professor Margaret O’Brien, (Director of Thomas Coram Research Unit, UCL Institute of Education) with invited speakers:

  • Dr Myriam Hunter-Henin (Reader in Law and Religion and Comparative Law, UCL Laws)
  • Dr Saladin Meckled-Garcia (Director of UCL Institute for Human Rights and Associate Professor in Human Rights and Political Theory)
  • Mr Colm McAuliffe (PhD candidate at Birkbeck College, University of London and Archive TV curator) 

Please register for the event here.