The Royal Academy of Engineering is co-sponsoring the third Global Grand Challenges Summit in Washington DC in July, providing an opportunity for engineers at every career stage to gather with educators and students and seek solutions to challenges ranging from healthcare to environmental security.

Jointly supported by the American National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, the event is inspired by the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering – 14 ambitious but achievable goals that are necessary for the world’s survival. These include providing affordable renewable energy, access to clean water, and enhanced virtual reality for sharing knowledge and education. Each challenge requires the skills and problem-solving teamwork of engineers from all sectors to tackle it.

This year’s summit, hosted by the NAE from 18-20 July 2017, follows similar events hosted by the Royal Academy of Engineering in London (2013) and by the Chinese Academy of Engineering in Beijing (2015). Confirmed speakers for the Washington DC event include Dame Sally Davies DBE FMedSci FRS, Chief Medical Officer for England; virtual reality expert Michael Abrash, Chief Scientist of Oculus; Molly Stevens FREng, Professor of Biomedical Materials and Regenerative Medicine at Imperial College London; and entrepreneur, philanthropist and musician Will.i.am.

In advance of the event, the Royal Academy of Engineering invited undergraduate students to take part in the Engineering a Better World Student Innovation Competition - a seven-month programme of innovation, design and business development, culminating in five teams attending the summit in July to present to over 400 engineering leaders and young emerging engineers from the UK, the US, and China. The university teams have been confronted with a global challenge and tasked to develop a solution that engineering expertise can address in an innovative and effective way.

Registration for the summit is now open. Further details and registration forms for both students and professional engineers can be found on the Global Grand Challenges Summit website.

Notes for editors

  1. Global Grand Challenges Summit – registration is open now at the Global Grand Challenges Summit website.
  2. Royal Academy of Engineering. As the UK’s national academy for engineering, we bring together the most successful and talented engineers for a shared purpose: to advance and promote excellence in engineering. We provide analysis and policy support to promote the UK’s role as a great place to do business. We take a lead on engineering education and we invest in the UK’s world-class research base to underpin innovation. We work to improve public awareness and understanding of engineering. We are a national academy with a global outlook.

    We have four strategic challenges:
    - Make the UK the leading nation for engineering innovation
    - Address the engineering skills crisis
    - Position engineering at the heart of society
    - Lead the profession

For more information please contact:

Aaron Boardley at the Royal Academy of Engineering
T: 020 7766 0655
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