Beyond Boundaries: Realising the UN Sustainable Development Goals

Beyond Boundaries: Realising the UN Sustainable Development Goals

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This conference is taking place from the 19th - 29th October 2020. Please register for individual sessions via the links below.

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From 19 - 29 October 2020, UCL Grand Challenges (Office for the Vice-Provost Research) and the Global Engagement Office (Office for the Vice-Provost International) will host a two-week virtual conference exploring the role of universities in achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.

Comprising of 12 sessions, the conference aims to understand universities’ approaches to the SDGs and how we can move forward to develop cross-disciplinary and beyond-boundary research and activities with our partners to address the goals. During the conference, we will collectively share our enthusiasm, commitment and innovative approaches to the SDGs. We will explore how the impact of the higher education - through research, global engagement, sustainability, teaching and community activities – can be greater than the sum of its parts.

Read the Event Programme or click on the sessions below to register.

Session Information - please register for individual conference sessions separately

Session 1: Sustainability in a COVID-19 World

Monday 19th Oct 9.00 - 11.00


Session 2: Universities & the SDGs

Tuesday 20th Oct 9.00 -10.30


Session 3: Sustainability & the Water Cycle

Wednesday 21st Oct 9.00 - 10.30


Session 4: Global Inequalities in a COVID-19 World

Thursday 22nd 14.00 - 15.00


Session 5: Positive Partnerships: Assistive Technologies

Friday 23rd 14.00-15.30


Please note that times shown change from GMT+1 to GMT after Sunday 25th October.


Session 6: Transforming Infrastructure: Energy Transitions

Monday 26th Oct 12:30-14.00


Session 7: Behaviour: The Climate & Sustainability Crises

Tuesday 27th Oct 12.00 - 13.30


Session 8: Students Beyond Boundaries

Tuesday 27th Oct 15.00 - 16.30


Session 9: Cross-Border Translational Research Post-COVID

Wednesday 28th 9.00 - 10.30


Session 10: Engaging Communities for Sustainable Cities 

Wednesday 28th 13.00 - 14.30


Session 11: Achieving Inclusive Wealth

Thursday 29th Oct 12.00 - 13.30

Session 12: Next Steps for UCL

Thursday 29th Oct 13.40 - 14.40


More information on speakers and sessions will be announced soon.

Follow @UCL_SDGs on twitter for updates.

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