UCL Grand Challenges


Who we are

The working group informs the academic direction of the UCL Grand Challenge of Transformative Technology


Working Group


Professor Patty Kostkova

Patty Kostkova (UCL Institute for Risk and Disaster Reduction) is Professor in Digital Health and the Director of UCL IRDR Centre for Digital Public Health in Emergencies. Patty was appointed ISI Foundation Fellow for her research into digital epidemiology. She was a consultant at WHO, ECDC, Telefonica and Foundation Merieux. Over two decades, Prof Kostkova is an internationally leading researcher in the novel interdisciplinary domain of digital public health.

Dr Jack Stilgoe

Jack Stilgoe conducts research on the governance of emerging technologies, including genetically modified crops, nanotechnologies, geoengineering, machine learning and self-driving cars. He is a Senior Lecturer in Social Studies of Science at University College London. He has spent his professional life in the overlap between science policy research and science policy practice at UCL, the think tank Demos, the Royal Society and the University of Exeter.

Professor Marc-Olivier Coppens (currently on sabbatical)

Marc-Olivier Coppens (UCL Chemical Engineering) is Ramsay Memorial Professor in Chemical Engineering and Head of Department. He directs the EPSRC Frontier Engineering Centre for Nature Inspired Engineering at UCL, which applies this approach to engineering challenges related to sustainability and scalable manufacturing, in collaboration with colleagues from a broad variety of disciplines.

Working Group Members

The working group is drawn from academic units ranging from Engineering to Life Sciences and Fine Arts.

Download the Terms of Reference for the Grand Challenges Working Groups.

* Working Group Co-Chair
Prof Jon AgarScience & Technology Studies
Dr Youngjun ChoGDI Disability Hub & UCLIC
Louise ChisholmeResarch Domain
Mollie ClaypoolBartlett: Architecture
Prof Marc-Olivier Coppens*Chemical Engineering
Dr Mutlu CukurovaInstitute of Education
Dr Carina FearnleyScience & Technology Studies
Prof Patty Kostkova*Institute for Risk & Disaster Reduction
Dr Zoe LaughlinInstitute of Making
Dr Ben LittlefieldUCL Culture
Kieren ReedThe Slade School of Fine Art
Dr Jack Stilgoe*Science & Technology Studies
Prof Mark G. ThomasDepartment of Genetics, Evolution and Environment

Office of the UCL Vice-Provost (Research)

The working group meetings are also attended by OVPR staff including:

  • Sarah Chaytor, Director of Research Strategy and Policy
  • Dr Ian Scott, Director of Grand Challenges & Cross-Disciplinary Development
  • Dr James Paskins, Deputy Director, UCL Grand Challenges
  • Katherine Welch, Head of External Engagement and Partnerships
  • A representative of the SLASH & IOE Research Facilitation Team
    • Jacob Leveridge, Deputy Director of Research Facilitation
    • Steve Morrison, School Research Facilitator

GCTT Coordinator

Sophie Mepham is the Coordinator of the UCL Grand Challenge of Transformative Technology. Contact her with your questions, proposals and ideas, to take the Grand Challenge forward.

Email: sophie.mepham@ucl.ac.uk

You can also find out the latest by following @UCL_GCTT on Twitter.