Engineering a Better World is a unique programme focused on achieving sustainable development, through innovative, collaborative, challenge-led engineering. It aims to affect a sea change in the reputation and status of engineering for development within the research community, and to build partnerships between engineers and the international development community to ensure engineering innovation and expertise are reaching the poorest, most vulnerable communities and tackling global challenges.

The programme began with the first Global Grand Challenges Summit in September 2013 in London, delivered in cooperation with the US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE) and continued with the realisation of two more Summits, respectively in China and the US. The aim of the Global Grand Challenges Summits is to explore how engineering can drive progress towards the NAE 14 Grand Challenges for Engineering and the UN Sustainable Development Goals and transform the future of the world we live in through cross-country partnerships and collaboration.

As part of this programme, the UK, US and Chinese academies of Engineering are coming together once again on 16-18 September 2019 in London, at the Southbank Centre’s wonderful Queen Elizabeth Hall, to launch the second series of summits, with approximately 900 of the next generation’s engineers, researchers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and policymakers in attendance.

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Clips from our 2016 conference