Open Events

The open events that Grand Challenges ran this year can be seen below. This should allow you to get a picture of the topics/sort of events that may happen next year. 


1st June, 17:30-18:45 - 'What would Adam Smith have said about Brexit?'

Adam Smith would have liked the idea of the EU single market but not everything about the way it’s run. So would he have said Leave and trade more with the rest of the world? Or would he try & stay in the single market even if no longer in the EU? Find out and challenge what Smith’s biographer Eamonn Butler (Director of the Adam Smith Institute) has to say. Location: XFI Henderson LT

6th June, 10:00-11:00 - 'Brexit: A game of chess or Chinese checkers?'

Linda Middleton-Jones runs a Devon-based consultancy which advises firms on how to export or increase their overseas trading. Ms Middleton-Jones, who has had a long career working with top business organisations, said firms should be building their contacts with foreign trading partners now. Location: Amory Moot Room

6th June, 14:00-15:00 - 'Can education continue to be mobile in a post-Brexit world?'

Student mobility, research funding, collaboration and partnerships are all set to be affected by Brexit, but it's not just UK Universities who are bracing themselves for the storm. Beth Button is a representative of the European Students' Union, and joined us to explore the challenges and potential opportunities facing European higher education in a post-Brexit world.

Climate Change

5th June, 15:00-16:00 - Master-class: Communicating Climate Change

Led by Leo Hickman, of the Carbon Brief, and Doug McNeall of the Met Office. Location: Queens LT1

6th June, 10:00-11:00 - Inspiring Talk: Policy-Relevant Climate Science

Led by Peter Stott (Director of the Met Office-Hadley Centre). Location: Queens LT1

7th June, 10:00-11:00 - Provocative Debate: 1.5°C: Is it just pie in the sky?

Professor Peter Cox chaired the debate, with Stewart Barr, Jim Haywood and Saffron O'Neill the panellists. Location: Queens LT1

7th June, 19:00-20:00 - IPCC Panel Event

Members of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) were at the University to host a panel event discussing all things climate change. Location: Forum Alumni Auditorium

Food for Thought

5th June, 10:30-11:30 - The Global Food Security Challenge

In this lecture Michael Winter set out the main characteristics of the global food security challenge – a growing population changing diets, and competing demands on land in the context of climate change. He then explored the possibilities and prospects for a sustainable intensification of agriculture to meet these challenges. Location: Amory Moot Room.

5th June, 14:00-15:00 - Vision For UK Farming

Andrew Butler, of the National Farming Union, discussed the future of British farming, particularly in the light of Brexit. Location: Amory Moot Room 

7th June, 16:00-17:30 - Screening of Food Inc.


8th June, 13:00-18:00 - Sugar Smart event

Sugar Smart is a national campaign run by Jamie Oliver and Sustain. Members of Jamie's team were at the University for an exciting event, looking at how Exeter can become more 'Sugar Smart'. Location: Princesshay

Global Security

8th June, 13:30-15:00 - Fake News

Dr Steve Tatham, of the Strategy and Security Institute, discussed the new phenomena of 'fake news'. Location: Forum Alumni Auditorium

Mental Health

6th June:

10:00-11:00 - Patient Level Barriers

Ursula James, a Programme Manager at the NHS, looked at a range of factors as to why people don't seek help. Location: Queens LT2

11:00-12:00 - Computer Based Self-help

James Woollard, of the NHS, discussed the delivery of Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) through computer platforms. Location: Queens LT2

13:00-14:00 - Reading and despression

Dr Johanna Harris, a Senior Lecturer in English, looked into reading fiction to maintain and enhance wellbeing. Location: Queens LT2

14:00-15:00 - Physical Activity

Dr Melvyn Hillsdon, of the Sport and Health Sciences, discussed physical activity, not only for the treatment of depression, but also as a way to maintain or enhance wellbeing. Location: Queens LT2 


The Showcase

9th June, 13:30-15:00

Past Talk: 'Brexit: what sort of future?' Former Energy Secretary, Chris Huhne

On Monday 13th March former Energy Secretary Chris Huhne visited us to talk about his take on the future of Brexit. The University website covered the event in depth click here to read more! This event was organised in conjunction with the Economics Society, and we are excited to welcome more speakers in the near future.