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Society's Response to Ageing awards: paving the way to major UCL - Japan conference

Until late 2015 ‘Ageing’ was mainly a UK-focused priority theme in UCL’s Grand Challenge of Human Wellbeing. Then, in December of that year, Kyoto University’s hosting of a Grand Challenges Symposium on Demographic Change & Longevity provided a significant stimulus for UCL and Japanese universities to come together in their shared strong determination to address the great existential challenge of the ageing society. Japan’s experience as the world’s most long-lived society, and its great need for solutions, exemplifies the urgency of the problem, not least in regard to Dementia care. Following the UCL Provost’s visit to Osaka, Kyoto, Tohoku and Tokyo universities in the autumn of 2017, UCL agreed to organise a follow-up conference in London. Through Grand Challenges in collaboration with the Embassy of Japan, early in 2019, UCL will host a major UCL-Japan conference on ‘The Super-Ageing Society’ jointly with Kyoto University and other Japanese universities. 

Published: Feb 21, 2018 6:08:52 PM

French Embassy Collaborative Science & Technology Workshops funding available

The 6th Call for proposals for French Embassy-funded Collaborative Science & Technology Workshops is now open. UCL-based senior researchers (i.e. those with their own research groups) are invited to bid for funds to organise collaborative workshops involving participants from UCL and from research institutions in France.

Published: Nov 23, 2017 2:36:54 PM

Small Grants awarded to UCL academics to tackle the world’s Grand Challenges

The UCL Grand Challenges have awarded over £60,000 in funding to 15 cross-disciplinary projects, bringing academics, post-doctoral researchers and staff of Professional Services departments from across the University together to tackle some of the major problems affecting the world. Pairs of researchers from different Faculties, or from a Faculty and Professional Services, applied for Small Grant funding for activities relating to the Grand Challenges’ Priority Themes, including Brexit, Adolescent Wellbeing, Access & Participation and Food. Successful applicants have been awarded up to £5000 to complete projects in the coming academic year, 2017-18.

Published: Aug 4, 2017 12:07:17 PM

UCL Grand Challenges link with Hong Kong University - new funding available

UCL and Hong Kong University (HKU) established a new partnership during academic year 2016-17 encouraging joint research relating to the UCL Grand Challenges. The new scheme specifically encourages cross-disciplinary collaboration in support of research focused on some of the world’s greatest challenges. Following the scheme’s first call for proposal, for joint activities in 2016-17, the second call, for activities in 2017-18 will close at 23.59 BST on Saturday 30th September 2017.

Published: Jul 19, 2017 9:53:15 AM

Latest news including new small grant funding available

The UCL Grand Challenges have launched the first small grants call since the programme expanded to six areas of cross-disciplinary focus. UCL academics (including honorary researchers) at postdoctoral level or above can now apply for up to £4,000 in funding for a research-informed, societally relevant, cross-disciplinary activity, addressing one of the Priority Themes of the Grand Challenges.

Published: Feb 10, 2017 11:34:18 AM

Lancet Comment on India's healthcare budget

A group of researchers supported by the Grand Challenges programme have published a critique of India's latest budget and its implications for healthcare in the country in The Lancet.

Published: Feb 9, 2017 3:56:24 PM

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The latest news about or relating to the UCL Grand Challenges, including interdisciplinary research and analysis in the fields of the six Challenges.

Watch the 2017 UCL Lancet Lecture live!

Today Monday 20 November 2017, this year's UCL Lancet lecture welcomes Mrs Lilianne Ploumen, Dutch MP and former Development Cooperation Minister to speak on sexual and reproductive health and President Trump's reinstatement of the global gag rule

Published: Nov 20, 2017 10:54:27 AM