The UCL Grand Challenges Research Summer School will be held again this year in the Summer Term. The three-day course will run from 26–28 May 2015.
The summer school is designed to introduce the research students to the Grand Challenges philosophy, and also to help them develop the skills required to prepare research proposals that combine expertise from different academic disciplines.
The summer school is open to all research students at UCL: from any course and at any stage of their studies.
UCL Grand Challenges Philosophy
The underlying philosophy of UCL’s Grand Challenges (GC) is that solutions to complex and systemic problems emerge only when different kinds of expertise and methodologies are brought together: that our collective wisdom is greater than the sum of our expertise.
This entails breaking down the silos that compartmentalise knowledge and research into different disciplines.
Such work has variously been called inter-disciplinarity, multi-disciplinarity or trans-disciplinarity; at UCL we use the term ‘cross-disciplinarity’, i.e. collaboration between experts in different disciplines, transcending subject boundaries.
The work of the OVPR through the agenda set by the Grand Challenges – of Global Health, Sustainable Cities, Intercultural Interaction and Human Wellbeing – and, increasingly, through wide-reaching Research Domains is seeking to embed this approach within UCL. The GC Research Student Summer School fits within the spirit of this UCL agenda.
UCL Grand Challenges is part of the implementation of the UCL Research Strategy.