Add to Calendar Europe/London DD/MM/YYYY 15/9/2015 09:0016/9/2015 18:00Global Grand Challenges Summit 2015Chinese Academy of Engineering, Beijing, China

The Chinese Academy of Engineering will be hosting a major international summit on Global Grand Challenges, a series inspired by the  NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering 14 ambitious goals identified by some of this generation’s leading technological thinkers and doers that are believed to be both achievable and necessary to help people and the planet survive.

The Royal Academy of Engineering had the pleasure of hosting the inaugural Global Grand Challenges summit in 2013, with speakers including Bill Gates, Professor Craig Venter, the first person to sequence the genome, and Professor Frances Arnold, Professor of Chemical Engineering, Bioengineering and Biochemistry at the California Institute of Technology and the only woman to be elected to membership into all three US National Academies of Science, Medicine, and Engineering.

The 2015 GGCS will focus on a number of Grand Challenge themes, including sustainability, health, security and resilience, joy of living, education, energy, and restoring and improving urban infrastructure.

Confirmed speakers include Alibaba Group Founder and Executive Chairman, Jack Ma; Chair of the Academy Standing Committee for Education and Training, Professor Helen Atkinson; Princeton University sustainability expert, Professor Robert Socolow and Charles Holliday, Chairman of Royal Dutch Shell.

The day before the summit will be a Student Day during which undergraduate teams from the three host countries will compete in pitching entrepreneurial ideas with the aim of addressing one or more of the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering.

A detailed agenda, information on how to register and additional information including sightseeing tours and other excursions can be found at the Global Grand Challenges Summit website .

Fees and deadline

The fee for the two-day event is $200 (approximately £125).

Current students will receive a $100 discount.

The registration code for UK attendees is: E6FWMB

The deadline is 31 August 2015. Unfortunately, travel subsidies are not available.

If you have any questions, please contact Samantha Frost