Below you can find a list of all GW4 Crucible programmes and link to the participants since its launch in 2017.
2023: Our Data and Digital World – Opportunities for Transformative Interdisciplinarity
From the abacus to AI, censuses to smartphones, data can transform our lives. It powers innovation at scale and at speed, generating insight, foresight and new utility in areas as varied as climate modelling and disease prediction, social justice and policy, autonomous vehicles and software engineering, immersive technologies, cyber security and more. However, events like the Cambridge Analytica scandal also highlight the potential ethical conflict between data exploitation and fundamental human rights such as privacy and anonymity, prompting significant debate. GW4 Crucible offers an opportunity for future research leaders to come together to generate innovative, multifaceted responses that harness the power of data, AI and digital approaches while challenging its misuse.
2022: Building Back Better: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Mental Health and Wellbeing Research
1 in 4 of the UK population will experience mental ill health at some point each year. The impact of the pandemic and the associated restrictions, the intensifying climate emergency, racial inequalities, and geopolitical conflicts among many other concerns, have exacerbated these problems in ways we have yet to understand. GW4 Crucible offers an opportunity for future research leaders to come together to generate innovative, multifaceted responses to the global challenges of poor mental health and wellbeing enabling individuals and communities to ‘build back better’.
2021: Transitions to Net Zero in the Time of Covid-19
Even before COVID-19 highlighted the need to ‘bring 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.
2020: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Tackling AMR
We are facing a rise in the number of bacteria becoming resistant to existing antibiotics without an increase in new antibiotics or new treatments. The GW4 Crucible offers the opportunity for future research leaders to come together to generate innovative, multifaceted responses to address the global challenge of antimicrobial resistance (AMR). Tackling this global challenge requires interdisciplinary endeavours which harness the expertise of anthropologists through to zoologists.
Whilst AMR undoubtedly entails biological processes, the context which governs the action of these biological mechanisms is influenced by social, cultural, political, and economic processes. Biomedical and clinical expertise alone cannot tackle AMR and multidimensional approaches are needed to address the challenge.