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HEI Grand ChallengeStewarding the Transition
LeadAndrea Deverell

Mission Statement

By 2030, UL’s Mission Lab will have orchestrated and led its extended community to achieve the UL Mission Portfolio
Successfully completing missions requires a hub that can shape and manage such a grand set of challenges. This mission sees UL establish a Mission Lab that will be responsible for leading the orchestration and progression of the mission portfolio. In doing so, collaborators and partners will have a central lab that supports their mission projects through research and education, design, funding and collaboration processes.

Sustainable Development Goals

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are a set of 17 global goals adopted by the United Nations in 2015 to promote sustainable development and address social, economic, and environmental challenges. Each mission and associated project within the Mission Lab portfolio is directly linked to one or more SDGs, ensuring all efforts are in service of true impact.

Sustainable Development Goals in Focus

01No Poverty
02Zero Hunger
03Good Health and Well-being
04Quality Education
05Gender Equality
06Clean Water and Sanitation
07Affordable and Clean Energy
08decent work and economic growth
09Industry, Innovation and infrastructure
10reduced inequalities
11Sustainable Cities and Communities
12Responsible Consumption and Production
13Climate Action
14Life Below Water
15Life on Land
16Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
17Partnerships for the Goals


+sustainability research
+sustainability education
+international collaboration
+open innovation
+knowledge transfer
+place-based interventions
-siloed research
-decontextualised solutions
-knowledge hoarding
-disconnected strategies


Official metrics are yet to be defined by the mission team and additional key stakeholders. This will occur upon commencement of the mission projects and will be influenced by data derived from baseline studies of the systems relevant to each mission.

Mission Model

The mission model is a structured framework that guides the development and execution of each mission. This model allows for a flexible and dynamic approach to mission-based work, where diverse stakeholders can come together to create positive change.
HEI Grand Challenge
Stewarding the Transition
Mission Lab
Cross Sector Innovation
Higher Education Institutions
Citizens Mission Council
Local Authorities
Student Groups
Advisory Board
Philanthropic Funders
Industry Representatives
Project Portfolio
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