The 1st Global Grand Challenges Summit

2013 Summit Program

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 on the need for new approaches to STEM education.

March 12, 2013
8:00 AM
Registration and welcome reception
9:00 AM
Welcome by Chair – Professor Dame Ann Dowling, Head of the Department of Engineering, University of Cambridge
Dame Ann Dowling, University of Cambridge
9:10 AM
Welcome Address
Welcome Address by Sir John Parker, President, the Royal Academy of Engineering, with responses from Professor CD Mote Jr, Officer and President-nominee, US National Academy of Engineering (NAE) and Dr Jian Song, Honorary Chairman, Governing Board of the
John Parker, Royal Academy of Engineering
Dan Mote, US National Academy of Engineering (NAE)
Jian Song, Governing Board of the Chinese Academy of Engineering (CAE)
9:25 AM
Address by Dr J Craig Venter, Founder, the J. Craig Venter Institute 20 minutes speaking followed by Q&A
Craig Venter, J. Craig Venter Institute
10:10 AM
10:50 AM
Keynote speaker
Jeffrey Sachs, The Earth Institute, Columbia University
John Loughhead, UK Energy Research Centre
Calestous Juma, Harvard Kennedy School, Harvard University
12:20 PM
UK and US short film competitions – screening of runner-up films
12:30 PM
1:15 PM
Keynote speaker
Frances Arnold, Caltech
Ara Darzi, Imperial College London
Rebecca Richards-Kortum, Rice 360°: Institute for Global Health Technology
Qimin Zhan, Chinese Academy of Medical Sciences
3:25 PM
4:00 PM – 5:30 PM
Keynote speaker
John Hennessy, Stanford University
Dame Dowling, University of Cambridge
Dean Kamen, Founder & President of DEKA Research & Development Corporation
Robert H Matheson, Wake NC State University STEM Early College High School
Chris Wise, Expedition Engineering
5:45 PM
Reception for all
March 13, 2013
8:00 AM
Welcome reception
9:00 AM
9:05 AM
Keynote speaker
Neil Gershenfeld, Centre for Bits and Atoms, MIT
Eric Brown, IBM Research
Alexandra Ginsberg, Stanford University and University of Edinburgh
Helen Storey, Catalytic Clothing
10:30 AM
11:00 AM
Keynote speaker
Mike Lynch, Invoke Capital
Margaret Craig, Clyde Biosciences
Regina Dugan, Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP), Motorola Mobility
Andy Hopper, University of Cambridge
Andrew Simms, New Economics Foundation
Li Yingtao, The 2012 Laboratories, Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd
12:30 PM
1:55 PM
Keynote speaker
Jo da Silva, Arup
Bran Ferren, Applied Minds
Paul Golby, National Grid
Robert Mair, University of Cambridge
Jianyun Zhang, Nanjing Hydraulic Research Institute
3:15 PM
3:45 PM
Address and Q&A from Bill Gates, Co-chair and Trustee, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation (by video link)
Bill Gates, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
4:30 PM
Final discussion, led by a panel of rising stars in engineering and intersecting fields, on how the grand challenges agenda can be used to drive change in the future.
5:30 PM