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UNSW Sydney aims to lead the debate and shape the public discourse on the greatest issues facing humanity. The Grand Challenges Program has been established to facilitate these critical discussions, and in the process raise awareness of the ground-breaking research and excellent initiatives undertaken by UNSW academics, staff and students.

There are currently four declared Grand Challenge topics – Climate Change, Refugees & Migrants, Inequality, and Living with 21st Century Technology. Each Grand Challenge will feature a series of events and activities for both staff and students to contribute to, so please sign-up to our mailing list to keep informed of current events.


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Climate Change Blueprints

These blueprints describe the challenges and opportunities facing society in the areas of: Energy Transitions; Climate Change, Air Pollution and Health in Australia; and Justice and Climate Change. 

Find out more about the Blueprints

Matthew England, Robert Brooks, Jane McAdam

Welcome to Grand Challenges

UNSW’s Grand Challenges Program is designed to define and lead open, informed public debate about the biggest challenges of our time – and the potential solutions

Scientia Professor Rob Brooks - Grand Challenges Academic Lead.

Talks & Ideas