Engineering a Better World is a unique programme focused on achieving sustainable development, through innovative, collaborative, challenge-led engineering. It aims to effect 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 a global conference in September 2016 that explored how engineering can drive progress towards 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 on 19-20 July 2017 for the third Global Grand Challenges Summit in Washington DC. Engineering leaders, educators and rising star students are invited to gather and seek solutions to humanity’s great challenges, inspiring the next generation to forge a better future for the world through engineering and interdisciplinary collaboration. 

Speakers included: Michael Abrash, Oculus; Jeffrey Dean, Google; Dame Sally Davies, Chief Medical Officer to the UK; Christof Koch, Allen Institute for Brain Science; Molly Stevens, Imperial College London; and Ding Yihui, China Meteorological Administration, and more.

Visit to register and join 800 professionals and students at the Summit.  

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Clips from our 2016 conference