How did they win the $10 million Grand Challenges?

Presented by ANU College of Asia & the Pacific

The ANU Grand Challenges Scheme has offered opportunities for researchers to think big and beyond their home discipline. Over time, we have heard a lot about the interdisciplinary research ideas from the participating teams, but less about the complex processes behind the scenes. 

For the first time, the 2017 and 2018 winners of the Grand Challenges will share their experiences of working across disciplines - from idea formation to project implementation. What makes their ideas stick? Why are they impactful? How do they integrate different bodies of knowledge? How to deal with uncertainties in collaborative research? 

Jacques de Vos Malan, who will be facilitating this Masterclass, has had extensive hands-on experience in initiating and managing interdisciplinary projects. For the Australian Council of Learned Academies, he spent 4 years directing Australia's largest interdisciplinary research program, successfully publishing evidence-based reports for Australia's Chief Scientist. As an Honorary Fellow at Melbourne University, he now consults to the Australian National Development Index, developing transdisciplinary approaches to the creation of a social progress index.

The Masterclass will present practical guidelines for structuring a major interdisciplinary project, from conception and scoping to publication and evaluation. Participants will have the opportunity to deconstruct, as a case study, a recent Australian research project that stretched across the fields of engineering, environmental studies, public health, sociology, sustainability and technology.

2017 Winner: Your Health in Your Hands: Future Personalised Medical Technologies for a Sustainable and Effective Healthcare
Antonio Tricoli, Anne Bruestle, Jane Desborough

2018 Winner: Zero-Carbon Energy for the Asia-Pacific
Emma Aisbett, Paul Burke, Mahesh Ventakataraman

Please also join us at the 'cross-cultural' afternoon tea.