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Royal Academy of Engineering announces 'Global Grand Challenges'

15 November 2012

The Royal Academy of Engineering will host an international summit in London next year to explore new approaches to solving some of the world's most pressing challenges.

The Global Grand Challenges summit, to be held in London on 12 and 13 March 2013, will bring together leading thinkers and innovators with the next generation of engineering talent from across the world.

The inaugural Global Grand Challenges Summit, to be held in London on 12 and 13 March 2013, is a new collaboration of the Academy and the national academies of engineering in the USA and China. Sessions will focus on issues of sustainability, health, education, technology and growth, enriching life and resilience.

Speakers will include: Bill Gates, Professor Frances Arnold, Lord Darzi, Dame Professor Ann Dowling, Professor John Hennessy, Dr Robert Langer, Dr Regina E. Dugan and Professor Chris Wise. More speakers will be announced in the coming months.

The academies are organising this summit in partnership with Lockheed Martin and with the UK's Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC).

In the run up to the Summit, a short film competition for 18-27 year-olds will be launched. Creative entrants are called to produce a two minute film highlighting the importance of engineering in tackling a global grand challenge.

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