Cambridge Grand Challenges (CGC) is a framework for collaboration between industry, government, and academia, designed to help deliver the UK's Industrial and Innovation Strategy.

By bringing Cambridge academics together with partners across industrial, third sector and Government departments, we can apply relevant scientific research and methods to tackle local, national, and global issues. Working together we can increase innovation and improve skills.

The insights academic and scientific disciplines produce are among the UK’s greatest strengths. They are crucial to help solve the most significant challenges we face in the world today, from climate change, to health and meeting the needs of an ageing society, and tackling poverty.

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The ‘Cambridge Grand Challenges’ Initiative

Dr Konstantina Stamati giving presentation

Growing up around a small family business, from an early age I was aware that there are many factors influencing sustainability, and the value chain effect of the environment on local economy and the business. This understanding has moulded the way I think and plan my research activities over the last 20 years. 

Bringing together my passions for education, collaboration and innovation to enhance skills, productivity and growth across multiple sectors in the UK, the Cambridge Grand Challenges is created to connect industry, government, and academia to address the largest challenges the world faces today, from climate change and the ageing society to global pandemics. 

We currently cover 26 departments across the six schools of the University. With a network of 60+ non-academic partnerships, CGC enables opportunities for academics to explore gaps in our knowledge and create innovative solutions. 

Our PhD students and early career students have the chance to enhance their skills and employability, build on their entrepreneurship abilities and leadership skills by providing solutions to real-world challenges.

Dr Konstantina Stamati

Founder and Director, Cambridge Grand Challenges 

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