The Legatum Institute - an international think tank based in London - has just launched its annual policy ideas competition with insurance firm AIG. This year we are looking for the best minds 35 and under to answer the question: "How can we ensure that ageing societies are more prosperous societies?" 

The competition is a great opportunity for young thinkers to share their ideas, win cash prizes, have their work published and pitch their policy proposals to a panel of expert judges. See below or here for full details.

The competition has been covered in City AM and in the Spectator

Candidates are required to submit an essay in one of the research areas below. The essay should explain how changes to current policies can be enacted to help ageing societies prosper. Essays should be no longer than 2,000 words and can focus on any country(s) or region(s). Based on these essays, ten shortlisted candidates will be selected. Shortlisted candidates will need to prepare a presentation and pitch their policy idea to the panel of judges at the Symposium.

Research Areas and Suggested Questions

This year the Legatum Institute is seeking submissions that address questions in the following areas:

How can societies respond to the macroeconomic and fiscal challenges of ageing populations?
What are the political implications of an ageing electorate?
Do healthcare systems need to be reformed to adequately support ageing populations? If so how?

The Symposium

Shortlisted entrants will be invited to pitch their policy ideas to our panel expert judges in this year’s Charles Street Symposium. The Symposium will take place in London on 17-18 March 2016. At the Symposium judges will decide upon the winners based on their essay submission and presentation.


The AIG Legatum Prize: £3,000.
2nd Prize: £1,500.
3rd Prizes: £500.
All shortlisted entrants will also be offered the opportunity to have their work published in a volume produced by the Legatum Institute.

The Judges

This year judging the competition we have Martyn Lewis CBE, broadcaster, journalist and Chairman of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO), Julia Manning, founder and Chief Executive of 2020health, Rudi Westendorp, Professor of Old-Age Medicine at the University of Copenhagen, and Adam Winslow, Chief Executive Officer of AIG Life.

Essays should be submitted to before midnight on 25th January

For full details please see here