Join us on this educational day, the Educators' Challenge Awards, co-hosted by LSE Institute of Global Affairs, and meet the finalists of the Educators' Challenge competition who will pitch their ideas and methods to address some of the most pressing issues of our time.

The event aims to explore how to effectively communicate and increase engagement among young people and the general public around global risks such as climate change, nuclear weapons, and pandemics, which require improved global cooperation.

The day will begin with a panel discussion on how to raise people's awareness and communicate global risks beyond specialty scientific and policy circles.

Finalists will pitch their ideas and methods in front of the final jury. 
The ceremony awards the winners of the Educators' Challenge Competition as well as announces the winner of the People's Choice Award, a one month contest where the people voted for their favorite finalist entry.


  • 09:30 Panel - How do we raise people's awareness and communicate global risks beyond specialty scientific and policy circles?

    The panelists:


    • Boniface Mwangi, award-winning Kenyan photographer; Founder, Pawa 254
    • Mette Hoffmann Meyer, Co-founder and CEO, The Why Foundation
    • Jakob Trollbäck, Founder and Executive Creative Director, The New Division
    • Jens Orback, Executive Director, Global Challenges Foundation; former Swedish Minister for Democracy
    • Patrizia Mosca, COO & Executive Producer, In a Nutshell – Kurzgesagt GmbH

    Moderator: Katrine Marçal. Author of the August prize nominated book “Who Cooked Adam Smith’s Dinner?”, journalist and London correspondent for Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

  • 12:30 Finalists of the Educators' Challenge - Presentations

    Finalists of the Educators’ Challenge present their proposals publicly.


    The distinguished jury, comprised of the following, is on stage to assess each proposal:


    • Deanna Raineri, vice president and vice provost for digital learning and mobility strategy at Northeastern University.
    • Elisabeth Steib, Head of Research at Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell.
    • Erik Berglöf, Professor and inaugural Director of the Institute of Global Affairs at the London School of Economics and Political Science.
    • Jakob Rhyner, Professor for Global Change and Systemic Risks at the University of Bonn, and Director of the Innovation Campus Bonn.
    • Kaitlin Yarnall, Senior Vice President of Storytelling at the National Geographic Society.
    • Kwesi Aning, Director at the Kofi Annan International Peacekeeping Training Centre.
    • Martin Rapetti, Director of the Economic Develop Program at CIPPEC and Head of Policy and Research of the T20 Argentina.

    Main Emcee: Katrine Marçal.

  • 16:30 Educators' Challenge Awards Ceremony

    The winners of the Educators’ Challenge Competition and the People’s Choice Award are announced.


Panel at the Educators' Challenge Awards discussing on how to raise people's awareness and communicate global risks. Photo: Global Challenges Foundation.

Victoria Wariaro, Project manager of the Educators' Challenges Prize, introduces the competition's finalists. Photo: Global Challenges Foundation.

The ten winners of the Educators' Challenge lining up with their diplomas. Photo: Global Challenges Foundation.