Submit a world-healing idea to the Forum for Global Challenges by 8 April 2022

Join us 3-5 May 2022 for the inaugural Forum for Global Challenges conference, taking place in hybrid form at the International Convention Centre in Birmingham, UK.

The conference will catalyse solutions to some of the most pressing challenges of our time: climate change and inequality.

We will do this by bringing together some of the world’s leading thinkers and do-ers, including business leaders, policy-makers, civil society representatives and academics. The conference has an impressive programme of key speakers, including David Nabarro, Special Envoy on COVID-19 for the World Health Organization; Gabriela Ramos, Assistant Director-General for the Social and Human Sciences of UNESCO; Henry Dimbleby, Lead Author of the UK National Food Strategy 2021; and, Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of UNAIDS. Several winners and finalists of the Earthshot Prize 2021 will also be sharing their entrepreneurial experience in responding to global challenges.

The Forum is organised by the University of Birmingham, through its Institute for Global Innovation, in collaboration with the World Bank, UNESCO, UNDP, the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, the Confederation of British Industry, the Thomson Reuters Foundation, the West Midlands Combined Authority, and the Association of Commonwealth Universities.

Posters with presentations

To ensure the most up-to-date solutions are showcased, we are delighted to be able to offer this late-breaking call for posters. Send in your proposals for a live poster presentation during the conference, accompanied by a recording on the conference app. You’ll have the opportunity to speak to conference participants about your ideas through a guided ‘poster train’. The deadline for submissions is 8 April 2022. Early submission is advised for a timely decision for you to have time to register and make arrangements to attend. Submitted abstracts will be reviewed on an ongoing basis.


For conference participants with an accepted poster, you will be offered the early bird rate even after the early bird deadline has passed.

Why attend the Forum for Global Challenges?

Make a positive impact

Showcase your policy, societal and technical solutions, and widen their reach and impact.

Interact with global thought-leaders and pioneers

Discover successful practical solutions and novel approaches.

Build new partnerships

Interact with global thought-leaders, visionaries, and pioneers, make new connections and build partnerships, in and beyond your sector or discipline. 

In brief these topics are: 

Poster proposals are welcome within any of the following broad topic areas. You may wish to consult the programme for information on what the Forum will focus on, but posters are welcome within any of the following:

Green economy

Food & nutrition

Education & employment

Digital access

Gender equality

The future of cities

Health & wellbeing

Restoring nature

Mobilities & migration

Making change happen

Posters can address more than one of these topics, as we recognise that many challenges lie at the intersections between them.


The types of contributions should be:

Live Presentation (in person or virtual)

Live Poster Presentation (in person)

Digital Posters (this can also include a 3-minute recorded presentation)

Any of the above

If accepted, selected contributions will be shared live – either in person or virtually.

The remainder will be recorded contributions, uploaded to the virtual conference platform. Recorded contributions can include a PowerPoint presentation or poster, both with a short supporting video.

Registration is not required to submit contributions, but registration will be required to present the accepted contributions (whether live or virtual).

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