GW4 Crucible 2021

GW4 Crucible 2021: Transitions to Net Zero in the time of COVID-19

Even before COVID-19 highlighted the need to ‘build back better’, the climate crisis has been the largest enduring global, anthropogenic threat to humanity. Without successful interventions dedicated to supporting transformations towards net-zero emissions, climate change will have a catastrophic effect on society. The GW4 Crucible offers the opportunity for future research leaders to come together to generate innovative, multifaceted responses to tackle this global challenge.

It is accepted that this will require multidisciplinary investigations – the mapping out systems, behaviours, tipping points and technologies, harnessing the expertise of anthropologists through to zoologists to bring about the transformative change necessary to achieve net zero. Crucible 2021 will foster conversations and collaborations between future research leaders across a broad range of disciplines from the natural and political sciences to the arts, humanities, and creative sectors. If you are a GW4 researcher with an interest in or expertise applicable to addressing transitions to achieving net zero, we want to hear from you.



GW4 Crucible brings together 30 competitively selected future research leaders to explore how you can enhance your career by working with researchers in other disciplines, how your research can have greater impact, and how you can build your careers.

Over a series of three online workshops, known as ‘labs’, you will explore working in an interdisciplinary and collaborative way, and will have the chance to connect with expert guest speakers, enhancing your professional networks and visibility.

GW4 Crucible is an excellent opportunity for you to consider new approaches to your research and its impact, to enhance your leadership potential and career development, and to network with peers and experts from across GW4 and beyond.

The programme will provide you with the following benefits to help you make the next steps in your career:

  • Enhanced ability to think creatively and innovatively about your approach to your research and its wider impact.
  • Increased understanding of advocating for change and how you can impact on change processes these through your research.
  • Enhanced understanding of your own personal impact and effectiveness, and how to use your skills to further your career aspirations.
  • Increased visibility amongst a range of connected, thought provoking and influential people, including senior research and external stakeholders in the GW4 institutions and beyond.
  • Opportunity to start building collaborations across disciplines and institutions.
  • Opportunity to understand and develop the key leadership skills needed to lead confidently in a collaborative environment.

If you would like to discuss GW4 Crucible and how participation will help you make the next steps in your career, your local development teams would be happy to discuss this with you.


How to apply

You are eligible to apply for GW4 Crucible if you are:

  • The holder of a PhD (or equivalent) and see yourself at the cusp of research independence.
  • Employed at one of the GW4 universities for the duration of the GW4 Crucible programme.
  • Able to commit to attending the three online, 2-day workshops (it is a requirement of the Crucible programme to attend all labs in full)

Applications for GW4 Crucible 2021 have now closed. The application window usually opens at the beginning of each academic year.

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