Monthly Archives: March 2013

The GGCS two weeks on: What’s next?

It has been two weeks since the inaugural Global Grand Challenges Summit took place in London, and I am still in awe of everything I saw and heard as well as of everyone that I had the pleasure of meeting. … Continue reading

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BEST SUMMIT EVER! Thank you to everyone who made it so special – Let’s keep the momemtum going!

 

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Health session comment piece: Professor Ara Darzi on his GGCS appearance on ‘Engineering Surgery’

Engineering Surgery  This lecture, titled ‘Engineering Surgery’, will provide an insight into the technological innovation that can be used to address rising global healthcare issues and the need to continue to nurture multidisciplinary research, from the view of a practising … Continue reading

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Technology and growth session: “Academics need connections in places they didn’t know” – Dr Margaret Anne Craig

In order to get great research to products, academics need connections in places they didn’t know. They need active encouragement and confidence to step into the commercial world. The skills and mentorship largely don’t exist or aren’t part of a … Continue reading

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Resilience session comment peice: New Challenges for Water Security by Professor Jianyun Zhang

New Challenges for Water Security Water-related disasters represent the most frequent and most damaging natural disasters affecting human society. Environmental changes, including climate change, population increase, rapid social and economic development, and impacts of human activities on land use, bring … Continue reading

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Resilience session comment piece: Arups’ Jo da Silva shares her views about the need for creating resilient communities

The frequency and impact of disasters is increasing, whether measured by loss of life or economic costs. This trend is set to continue as the risks associated with climate change are compounded by rapid urbanisation and environmental degradation. In 2010, … Continue reading

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Education session comment piece: “Education is not about filling a pail, it is about lighting a fire” – Dean Kamen

If we are to meet our global challenges, we need to educate a new generation of engineers who are more representative of our society, and have a portfolio of skills and attributes which go beyond traditional engineering curricula.  To meet … Continue reading

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