Add to Calendar Europe/London DD/MM/YYYY 16/9/2019 12:0018/9/2019 17:00Global Grand Challenges Summit 2019Queen Elizabeth Hall, Southbank Centre, London SE1 8XX


The Global Grand Challenges Summit 2019 will launch a second series of summits jointly hosted by the UK, US and Chinese academies of engineering, based on the 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering.

The event will convene inspirational world leaders with the next generation of engineers and changemakers to build creative collaborations to help solve the grand challenges facing our future world.

The overall theme is Engineering in an unpredictable world. Humanity is facing unprecedented challenges from a growing population growing expected to reach 10 billion by 2050, and accelerating degradation of the planet and its resources. At the same time, exponential technological changes are making the world smarter, faster and more connected, but with unanticipated consequences. Engineers are crucial to the international effort to address these rapidly evolving, unpredictable challenges.

The Summit will focus on two main sub-themes:

  • Will AI and other transformational technologies change humanity for the better?
  • Can we sustain 10 billion people?


A full list of confirmed speakers can be found here


Monday 16 September
Afternoon Registration
Evening Welcome reception
Tuesday 17 September
Morning Registration
  Welcome session: The role of engineering in an unpredictable world
  Opening keynote
  Better business: What do AI and transformational technologies mean to the world of work?
Afternoon Ethical AI: What does 'good' digital technology look like?
  Transformational technology: How will new innovations revolutionise our world?
  Improving lives: The transformational impact of engineering innovation
Evening Intergenerational evening events 
Wednesday 18 September
Morning Opening address
  Student Co-lab competition final
  A matter of fact: Engineering to mitigate climate change in an uncertain world
Afternoon Future cities: How do we create sustainable living places for 10 billion people?
  Closing session
Evening Closing reception


This event is by invitation only. 

For further information visit  GGCS2019 or email Catherine Wanjiku