Climate change and inequality are impacting people around the world, now. Reaching a fairer, sustainable future relies on the actions of this generation and all that follow.

It is the young people of today who will be implementing the solutions for a better tomorrow, which is why the Forum for Global Challenges is an advocate for young voices. Are you aged between 18 and 25? Here are your opportunities to be heard.

Attend the Forum

Share your ideas and questions with global thought leaders, pioneers and experts through interactive conference sessions and workshops. Make new connections and build partnerships that could open doors in your career. Be inspired by the practical solutions and develop insights into how you can make a difference.

We offer discounted registration for students (of any age) and people under 25.

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Volunteer with Us

Join us as a volunteer in one or more of our roles and contribute to the Forum’s impact and legacy.

Here are the unique ways you can be involved. Register your interest for one or more opportunities using our quick sign up form, and the team will be in touch soon. All opportunities are open to anyone aged 18-25 unless stated otherwise. 

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Be a Rapporteur and Get a Free Day Pass

With 9 parallel streams of activity, we are looking for effective rapporteurs to attend sessions and efficiently summarise and share the conference outcomes with delegates and the public. Develop your critical analysis and writing skills, tweet about the Forum and inform the conference statement. Create short public facing videos to summarise sessions for the public. Contribute to the Forum legacy. Those selected will receive a free delegate pass for the day of their sessions.  

Rapporteurs can attend in-person or virtually. Open to university students at any institution.

Benefits

Free day pass at a pioneering, international conference on the global challenges

Hear from and question high-profile keynote speakers and panellists

Learn from subject-matter experts

Make new connections and build partnerships, beyond your sector

Access to other topic sessions and conference app

Develop your critical analysis and journalistic writing skills

Have your work read and used by conference attendees (~3000+)

Inform the conference statement and closing remarks

Contribute to the Forum legacy

Responsibilities

Pre Conference

  • Meet with relevant sub-committee to understand the programme
  • Attend pre-conference events (if planned), write and post short blog
  • Join online community, contribute to at least one discussion post
  • Attend training/meetings to support the conference responsibilities

Conference

  • Attend assigned sessions and write up short summary in templated format
  • Share summaries on sessions via defined channels
  • Put together short video/social media snippets on assigned session

Training and guidance will be provided regarding the required format and how to post.

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Join our Global Hackathon

Work together with like-minded young people to develop solutions to pressing challenges on the theme of the circular economy. In this structured Hackathon you will be supported to collaborate and develop your team’s solution in the run up to May 2022, beginning in March, preparing a proposal and video to be shared with conference delegates. The Hackathon will culminate in a final presentation at the Forum to an audience of global experts – a call to action from young voices. 

Participation will be online and/or face-to-face at the Forum. It is free to participate in the Hackathon, but a delegate pass is necessary if you also want to attend conference sessions.

Benefits

Receive support from global experts, including academics and Forum partners

Work with 4 other young people around the world to develop solutions

Make new connections as part of a global team

Strengthen your knowledge about the circular economy

Develop your proposal writing and creative skills

Have your work presented to conference attendees (~3000+)

Inform the conference statement and closing remarks

Contribute to the Forum legacy

Responsibilities

Pre Conference

  • Coordinate and attend team meetings
  • Attend mentoring, feedback and training sessions
  • Conduct research and utilise provided resources
  • Develop proposal documentation and video
  • Write blogs of team progress and share in the online community
  • Share required outputs with the Hackathon organisers for review

Conference

  • Work collaboratively during the Forum (virtually or in person) to collate projects into a single dossier and prepare a short presentation to the conference delegates

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Get Breaking Stories from Global Experts

Are you a budding journalist, creative media producer or videographer? We have a fantastic pool of high profile speakers. Help us to share their stories around real solutions today for a brighter future tomorrow. We are looking to develop public facing content to share on social media and other platforms, in the run up to the Forum in May. Get access to engaging stories and exposure of your work.

We will help you set up meetings with speakers virtually or in-person ahead of the Forum.

Benefits

Access high-profile global experts with engaging stories for content creation

Develop your journalistic or creative skills

Expand and diversify your portfolio of work

Have your work shared and credited on Forum and UoB platforms

Be part of the Forum public engagement campaign

Contribute to the Forum legacy

Responsibilities

  • Plan out and develop content
  • Work professionally and respectfully with speakers to develop content
  • Respond to feedback from Forum and marketing staff
  • Share work with reference to the Forum

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Become a 'My Solutions' Curator

Through our ‘My Solutions’ campaign, we’ll be collecting suggestions from the public worldwide on how to tackle climate change and inequality. Help us to judge and curate the solutions to select the best for presentation during the Forum. Find out about inspiring solutions from around the globe, contribute to the Forum legacy and help others take action.

The platform will be online, so curation can be done remotely. More details coming soon.

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Volunteer with Us

Join us as a volunteer in one or more of our roles and contribute to the Forum’s impact and legacy.

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Join our Online Community

Free and open to all, find out more about the global challenges by exploring topics, reading blogs and discussions, and through on-demand event recordings. Register for our pre-conference events. Share your thoughts, ask questions and build your network. Have an interesting project you’d like to write a blog about?

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