The How to Change the World Student Challenge at the Global Grand Challenges Summit 2017 saw over 150 students explore solutions to the National Academy of Engineering's Grand Challenges for Engineering. Students worked in teams to create innovative audio or video podcasts.
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- Health and medicine
Discover the exciting technologies that are revolutionising the diagnosis and treatment of two major diseases facing society today.
Find out how we could use algorithms to advance health informatics.
Listen to a discussion on how rebuilding urban structure can impact on climate change and globalisation.
Gain insights on how renewable energy can help the city of Beijing to reduce its air pollution and energy consumption
Explore some creative solutions to tackling air pollution and improving urban infrastructure.
- Digital innovation and technology
Find out how nanotechnology can be used as a tool for scientific discovery.
Explore how we can move towards digital energy sustainability and a greener approach to the Internet.
Take a tour through the great technological discoveries of the past, from penicillin to the Internet, and find out what breakthroughs might shape the future.
Explore how technological tools that could help us to share our learning and accelerate engineering solutions.
Bethany Gordon explores how digital technology could offer new ways to mobilise engineering expertise to solve global challenges.
- Sustainability, energy and natural resources
Find out why we need policy that focuses on the reprocessing of nuclear waste and discover the potential of biological reprocessing.
Take a look at how solar energy can be made more economical.
Look at how energy plays a crucial role in establishing security and stability of developing countries, through a focus on the case of Nigeria.
Find out how innovations in the way we store energy could be the catalyst for greater change.
Take a fresh look at the issue of clean water access, through the medium of rap.
Find out what obstacles engineers face when addressing the water crisis.
Is a meat-free future key to tackling climate change? And what is the role of engineers in shaping a better world?
Explore the impact of biodiversity loss on our everyday lives.
Discover how we can create a healthy, sustainable future, by addressing the challenges of clean access to water, improving urban infrastructure and managing the nitrogen cycle.
- Advancing engineering: education, communication and diversity
Learn what personalised learning is and how can it be used by engineers.
Discover how effective public communications on complex technology and engineering can improve our quality of life.
Emilia Gan shares her own learning experiences during the Global Grand Challenges Summit 2017.
Explore how we can encourage more women to enter the engineering profession.
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- More about the programme
Working in small, diverse teams with new contacts, students were prepared and supported – through a pre-summit workshop, and in-conference coaching – to effectively engage senior engineering colleagues attending the Summit from around the world.
As part of the programme, students generated their own audio or video podcasts exploring how solving one or more of the Grand Challenges could impact real peoples’ lives for the better.
- Meet the experts
Dr Jason Blackstock
Head of Department and
Senior Lecturer, Science and Global Affairs, UCL STEaPP
Dr Rocio Carrero
Research Associate, City Leadership Laboratory, UCL STEaPP
Dr Ine Steenmans
Research Associate, Foresight and Futures, UCL STEaPP
Dr Irina Brass
Research Associate, PETRAS Internet of Things Research Hub, UCL STEaPP
Dr Carolin Kaltofen
Research Associate, Science Diplomacy, UCL STEaPP
Dr Ellie Cosgrave
Lecturer in Urban Innovation and Deputy Director of City Leadership Laboratory, UCL STEaPP
International Partnerships and Missions Manager, Royal Academy of Engineering
Programme Officer, GCRF, Royal Academy of Engineering