Global Grand Challenges Summit 2013: Ministerial Address from Rt Hon David Willetts MP

12 March 2013

Exploring collaborative approaches to tackling global grand challenges

Venue: IET London: Savoy Place, London WC2R 0BL
Date: March 12-13 2013

Address by the Rt. Hon. David Willetts MP, Minister for Universities and Science

On the 12-13 March 2013 over 450 leading engineers, artists, economists, designers, philosophers, scientists, politicians, industry leaders, educators and policy makers from across the globe gathered in London to attend the inaugural Global Grand Challenges Summit.

With the prosperity of future generations relying on unprecedented levels of inter-disciplinary and international cooperation in pursuit of solutions to the world's most pressing challenges, the Summit, organised by the Royal Academy of Engineering in partnership with the national engineering academies of the US and China, sought to provide a new global platform for the world's leading thinkers to share their ideas with the next generation of engineers on how to develop the international frameworks, tools and collaborations needed to solve our common global challenges.

The audience of the two day event heard from panels of leading experts in six different sessions covering the themes of sustainability, health, education, enriching life, technology and growth and resilience. The Summit also included plenary addresses from Dr Craig Venter, Founder of J. Craig Venter institute and Bill Gates, Co-founder and trustee of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and an additional surprise address from will.i.am on the need for new approaches to STEM education.

Keywords: David Willetts, Government, Global Grand Challenges Summit, GGCS2013, innovation

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