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Global Grand Challenges Summit Report

Report coverOne year ago today, around 450 leading engineers, scientists, policy makers, industry leaders, artists, economists, educators, designers and philosophers from across the globe gathered in London for the inaugural Global Grand Challenges Summit, organised by the Royal Academy of Engineering.

To mark the anniversary of the summit, and the start of National Science and Engineering week in the UK, we have published a report to serve as a reminder of the inspirational two days.

Read more and download the Global Grand Challenges Report


International research support schemes – Open for applications

Picture from the M0U Signing CeremonyOn 18 September the Academy hosted its annual Engineering Research Forum which was attended by several recent Research Exchange with China and India awardees and Distinguished Visiting Fellows. These Academy sponsored researchers are working on a wide range on engineering challenges – from sustainable construction materials and laser micromachining of semiconductor materials for solar cells, through to water quality management and biofilm control.

The Research Exchange with China and India scheme and the Distinguished Visiting Fellowship scheme are both currently open for applications. For full details please see the scheme webpages and please contact Catherine Lawrence, Programme Manager, International on if you require any further information.


Global Grand Challenges Summit 2013

On the 12-13 March 2013 the Academy hosted over 450 leading engineers, policy makers and stakeholders from related disciplines from across the globe at the inaugural Global Grand Challenges Summit.

The Summit, organised by the Royal Academy of Engineering in partnership with the national engineering academies of the US and China, and supported by Lockheed Martin, the EPSRC and the IET, sought to provide a new global platform for the world’s leading thinkers to share their ideas with the next generation of engineers on how to develop the international frameworks, tools and collaborations needed to solve our common global challenges.

Further information

Global Grand Challenges Report


Link to International Activities pdf (164KB)The Royal Academy of Engineering is the UK’s national academy for engineering and technology. As such, it seeks to use its leadership position to strengthen the contribution of UK engineering to sustainable wealth creation and quality of life. Despite its national remit, achievement of the Academy’s objectives requires a global outlook. Engineering research, practice and markets rely on transnational flows of goods, services, knowledge and people, and engineers have essential roles to play in addressing the world’s most pressing challenges, including climate change, global poverty and international security.

The Academy's international interests are growing and include: developing relations with other national academies; leading debate and public policy projects; promoting UK engineering capability; and building capacity in developing countries.



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