Grand Challenges Annual Meeting 2018

Invitation only
October 15-18, 2018
Estrel Hotel, Berlin
Hosts: German Federal Ministry of Education & Research, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, United States Agency for International Development, Wellcome

The Grand Challenges Annual Meeting aims to accelerate the translation of innovation to impact to address the world’s most urgent global health and development problems. The meeting is a forum for researchers to share their work, learn about cutting-edge advances in the field and build collaborations with other investigators and organizations.  This year the meeting will partially overlap with the 10th World Health Summit.

The meeting consists of scientific tracks, plenary sessions, roundtable, poster sessions and two joint sessions. Scientific Tracks:

  • A Grand Challenges Model to Solve Global Health and Development Inequities
  • Crop Research
  • Developments in Research and Development Against Antimicrobial Resistance
  • Growth and Resilience
  • Health System Strengthening and Health Crisis Prevention
  • Innovating for Adolescents
  • Innovation to Impact
  • National Surveillance Systems to Support Decision Agriculture under Climate Change
  • Next Generation Sequencing
  • Optimizing Drug Discovery & Translation
  • Pest and Disease Surveillance for Human, Livestock, and Crop Health
  • Saving Brains
  • Strengthening African Research & Development Ecosystem
  • Vaccines and Global Health Technology

Grand Challenges program

Joint Keynote Grand Challenges / World Health Summit

Oct. 16, 2018, 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM


  • Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
  • German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF)
  • Grand Challenges
  • Grand Challenges Canada
  • United States Agency for International Development (USAID)
  • Wellcome Trust
  • World Health Summit


  • Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus (World Health Organization (WHO) | Director-General)
  • Bill Gates (Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation | Co-Chair | United States of America)
  • Dr. Angela Merkel (German Bundestag | Chancellor of Germany | Germany)