UCL Grand Challenges



Come together with the finest minds to discuss, debate and explore topics through a cross disciplinary lens.

There are exhibitions, lectures, seminars, discussions and performances every day at UCL. You can find out more on the UCL Events website.

Below we have picked out some of the events supported and inspired by the UCL Grand Challenges:

Loneliness: Challenges in definition and measurement

Friday 20th July, 14:00-17:00

Room 642, Institute of Education, 20 Bedford Way, UCL, London, WC1E 7HB

In the UK, 1 in 8 adults report having no close friends, 17% of older adults have contact with family, friends and neighbours less than once a week and 40% of those aged 75+ live alone.

What is the best way to define and measure loneliness in today's societies? In this seminar, we will discuss this multifaceted and complex issue.

This event stems from a 2017-18 Grand Challenges Doctoral Students’ project, ‘Interdisciplinary approach to research on social relationships and health across the lifespan’, run by Doctoral Students from UCL Psychiatry and UCL Epidemiology & Public Health.

Find out more and register for the event.

UCL - Japan Grand Challenge Symposium: Ageing Society – Our life in an ageing society

3rd August, 13:00 - 20:00

Christopher Ingold Building, 20 Gordon Street, London, WC1H 0AJ

UCL’s Japan Ambassador, Professor Shin-Ichi Ohnuma (UCL Institute of Ophthalmology), and Dr Yasu Takeuchi (UCL Division of Infection and Immunity) have organised a special workshop and public symposium on 3 August 2018 for UK and Japan high school students, focused on how young people see their futures in countries where there are more and more elderly people relative to the younger generation in the population. The symposium is one of several 2018 activities supported by the UCL Grand Challenges ‘Society’s Response to Ageing’ initiative. Forty-five students from 14 Japanese high schools, and about 40 British 6th-form students will participate in a special discussion workshop, followed by an afternoon public event and evening reception, to which members of the public of all ages, including working and retired people and students are warmly invited.

Please register here, if you would like to attend.