The BBC launched the Longitude Prize 2014 on Monday 19 May, announcing the six challenge themes:
- Flight – low carbon
- Food security – nutritious, sustainable
- Antibiotics resistance
- Paralysis – assistive tech/neuro advances etc
- Water – clean, safe access etc
- Dementia – assistive tech etc
£10M is available over 5 years to demonstrate proof of concept and ability to scale. All of the 6 challenge themes map to Imperial activities and expertise!
Tony Hall, Lord Rees Brian Cox, Kevin Fong and Attenborough were all there to launch the Prize. Lord Rees Chairs the committee which has short-listed the six themes.
The Longitude Prize 2014 has been set up by the BBC, Nesta and the TSB, to mark 300 years since the (original) Longitude Prize.
Find out more about the challenges: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-27425224
Details were broadcast on the One Show and on a special Horizon episode (celebrating 50 years of Horizon), after which, voting opened. The nation gets to vote on the six challenge areas, with only the most popular being tackled. The chosen theme will be announced 25 June.
Dr Claire Thorne
Executive Coordinator to Professor David Gann CBE, Vice President (Development and Innovation)