Forum for Global Challenges 2022: Call for contributions

The Forum for Global Challenges is a major biennial conference seeking to catalyse solutions to the some of the most pressing challenges of our time: climate change and inequality.

The 3,000-delegate Forum 2022 will be held in Birmingham, UK, between 3-5 May 2022, and will be fully hybrid.

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.

Confirmed keynote speakers include presidents, leaders of international organisations and NGOs, business leaders, politicians, philanthropists, practitioners and thought leaders from academia and beyond.

Make a contribution

Do you have solutions to the global challenges? If yes, the Forum for Global Challenges call for contributions is for you.

Proposals are sought for contributions in the areas detailed below, from business, academia, the public sector and civil society, from all parts of the world.

Deadline for proposals 3 December 2021.


The Forum for Global Challenges seeks solutions to the overarching challenges of climate change and inequalities. Proposals are invited for contributions to several topics, with details on each topic provided in the call guide. In brief these are:

  • Green Economy
  • Restoring Nature
  • Future of Cities
  • Mobilities and Migration
  • Food and Nutrition Security
  • Health and Wellbeing
  • Education and Employment Futures
  • Gender Equality
  • Making Change Happen

Proposals for contributions can address more than one of these topics, as many challenges lie at the intersections between them.

The contribution proposal is limited to 3,000 characters covering the problem, solution and evidence.

Contributions can be on anything related to the topics above, but are particularly encourage submissions on descriptions, research, and evaluation of policy, societal and technical solutions that have been tried and implemented, whether successful or not, or on ideas for novel solutions, with the evidence and rationale underpinning them.

Selected contributions will be presented in the form of:

  • Live Presentation (in person or virtual)
  • Live Poster Presentation (in person)
  • Digital Posters (this also can include a 3 minute recorded presentation)

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