Media Advisory: Engineering Academies Host 2019 Global Grand Challenges Summit in London – Live Webcast Sept. 17-18

The fourth Global Grand Challenges Summit (GGCS), organized jointly by the U.S. National Academy of Engineering (NAE), the U.K. Royal Academy of Engineering, and the Chinese Academy of Engineering, will be held Sept. 17-18 in London. Based on the NAE Grand Challenges for Engineering, the GGCS series aims to inspire the next generation of engineers, policymakers, and the public to address critically important engineering challenges and opportunities facing humanity.

The summit’s theme is Engineering in an Unpredictable World, and it will feature more than three dozen international speakers from research institutions, industry, and the policy arena who will explore topics such as whether artificial intelligence and other transformational technologies will change humanity for the better and whether we will be able to sustain 10 billion people.

Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal at the Institute of Astronomy, University of Cambridge, and former president of the Royal Society, will give a keynote address on Sept. 18 beginning at 10:10 a.m. GMT.

An opening session will take place September 17 at 9:30 a.m. GMT and will feature a panel of the three Academy presidents:


DETAILS:
The summit will take place from 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. GMT on Sept. 17, and from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. GMT on Sept. 18.  Click here for a complete agenda.  Watch the live webcast here.

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