Grand Challenges Sessions

The Human Mind Conference is organised by the New Directions in the Study of the Mind project at Cambridge University, and The Human Mind Project at the School of Advanced Study of the University of London.

The Human Mind Project is an interdisciplinary programme bringing together people from across academic disciplines to explore and facilitate research on the mind. Led by world-renowned neuroscientist Colin Blakemore and managed by philosopher Mattia Gallotti, the Project has an international Advisory Board of leading experts from across the arts, humanities, social and natural sciences. Championing interdisciplinary potential and building new collaborative partnerships, The Human Mind Project looks towards the future of research on the mind.

The Grand Challenges exercise is an invitation for people across the higher education sector, and beyond, to contribute to the life and activity of The Human Mind Project. The exercise is the first of its kind to be conducted across the mind and brain sciences, and aims at reaching a series of recommendations on the major intellectual challenges in the study of the mind, and how funders can best design and support new styles of interdisciplinary research to address them.

Grand Challenges at The Human Mind Conference

At the conference, The Human Mind Project will be running two dedicated Grand Challenges Sessions.

These structured group workshops facilitated by world-renowned LSE expert, Professor Lawrence Phillips, will ask all 140 conference speakers and attendees to work together to produce new questions for interdisciplinary investigation, and new criteria for conducting interdisciplinary research.

Group work will be structured around a discussion and evaluation of a series of Grand Challenge questions, which were collected by The Human Mind Project during a one month Public Consultation.

We ask all conference attendees to work with us on the Grand Challenges in these interactive and challenging sessions. We hope your input will help us build a stronger interdisciplinary foundation for new research on the mind.

Find out more

You can find out more information about The Human Mind Project’s Grand Challenges on their website, or by following them on Twitter @HumanMindDebate.