BERLIN THINKING A STEP FORWARD. THE NEXT GRAND CHALLENGE OF THE BUA. CREATE KNOWLEDGE TOGETHER.
Berlin thinks ahead. Researches differently. More innovatively. And confronts the global challenges of our time. The Berlin University Alliance (BUA) is a consortium consisting of Freie Universität Berlin, Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin, Technische Universität Berlin, and Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. The scholars and scientists of the BUA's partner institutions have come together to find answers to the major questions of the 21st century and thus to confront its global challenges – Grand Challenges.
In a joint process of participants from science and society, we are seeking to identify the topic for our Next Grand Challenge. The selected topic will be researched by the BUA scholars and scientists in an inter- and transdisciplinary approach.
We consciously rely on this open and innovative approach to topic identification and seek topics from the existing research priorities as well as from emerging and new fields of research.
We are therefore particularly curious to find out which global issues are currently of most interest to young people, researchers, and students in Berlin.
Our cooperation is divided into four phases. The entire process from the collection to the selection of topics is transparent and can be watched online. The topic collection phase ended on 31 October 2022. Subsequently, the topics were grouped into topic areas. For more details on the four phases of topic submission, please refer to the FAQs.