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The need for transformative changes is clear if we want to achieve the SDGs by 2030. Technology represents only one dimension of change, though. Changes in the social, financial, regulatory, institutional systems are urgently needed as well, and financial inclusion is vital. The G-STIC conference and its partner events, including the SDG Forum and the Voka Sustainable Business Day, feature tens of inspirational sessions zooming in on all these aspects of the change that we need.

Be inspired by world-renowned keynote speakers on sustainable development at the G-STIC conference

Eager to learn from champions of change sharing their story and presenting real-life examples of technological solutions for the SDGs? Which technological solutions should policy and decision-makers keep an eye on? What changes are needed to accelerate their deployment at scale? How can we strengthen cross-sectoral collaboration to address social and economic challenges related to the SDGs? Get inspired by world-renowned keynote speakers and thought leaders on sustainable development and enter into the discussion with experts and discover business opportunities for scalable technological solutions.
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Join Brave Blue World's exclusive European premiere

The Brave Blue World documentary paints an optimistic picture of how humanity is adopting new technologies and innovations to re-think how we manage water. The story follows Paul O'Callaghan, a water industry expert and the CEO of BlueTech Research, visiting sites around the world that are employing novel ways of tackling existing water problems. As he meets with pioneers and innovators who are addressing global water and sanitation challenges, their stories reveal a hopeful future for our most precious resource.
Watch the trailer

Discover circular business models at the Voka Sustainable Business Day

The Voka Sustainable Business Day highlights various circular business models. 88 companies will receive the UNITAR 'SDG Pioneer' Certificate after 3 years of successful participation in the Voka Sustainable Entrepreneurship Charter. UNITAR's executive director Nikhil Seth will pay tribute to the laureates.
Read more about the Voka Sustainable Business Day

Join the sustainable development sector at the SDG Forum

The SDG Forum is the multi-stakeholder forum on the SDGs in the Benelux which involves a wide range of sectors. It features plenary sessions assessing the implementation of the SDGs within Belgian organisations and nearly 30 workshops on a variety of themes such as SDGs and Education, SDGs and Finance, SDGs after COVID-19, SDGs and local government, SDGs and Policy guidelines.
Read more about the SDG Forum

Organised by 8 international co-hosts

The G-STIC conference is hosted jointly by VITO (the prime research and technology organization on cleantech and sustainable development in Belgium) and 7 other not-for-profit independent technology research institutes: ACTS (African Centre for Technology Studies, Kenya), FIOCRUZ (Fundação Oswaldo Cruz, Brazil), GIEC (Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, China), GIST (Gwangju Institute of Science and Technology, South Korea), IITD (Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India), NACETEM (National Centre for Technology Management, Nigeria) and TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute, India).

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Schedule

· Sessions
Deep Dive - Water & Food
Technology mix for sustainable irrigation
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Deep Dive - Education
Aligning curricula with the need for innovation
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Thematic Opening Session - Climate
Accelerating climate change adaptation: a human, environmental, and economic imperative
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Thematic Opening Session - Energy
Accelerating integrated technological solutions against background of energy transition
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Deep Dive - Health
Air quality and its linkages to health
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Deep Dive - Education
Digital technologies for lifelong learning
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Deep Dive - Climate
Sector-oriented climate services
· Stage
Sponsored Session - ING
Sustainable finance and the role of banks as enabler of green transition
· Stage
High-Level Inaugural Session
Setting the scene - Why do we need deep technological transitions to achieve the SDGs and climate goals?
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Deep Dive - Energy
Environmental impacts and public perception of geothermal energy
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Deep Dive - Health
Major technology clusters for the prevention and treatments of COVID-19
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Thematic Opening Session - Circular Economy
Digital technologies for circular value chains
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Deep Dive - Health
Digital revolution and social technologies for pandemic control and social resilience
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Special Session - CCU
CO2 capture: from postponed, cyclic to zero emissions economics and opportunities
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Deep Dive - Circular Economy
Digital technologies and novel data sources
· Stage
Brave Blue World
Exclusive European premiere of Brave Blue World, a documentary on how we are adopting new technologies and innovations to re-think how we manage water.
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Deep Dive - Circular Economy
Digital twins of biological cycles
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Deep Dive - Energy
Geothermal energy in district energy systems
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Special Session - IEEE
Incentivising tech development to realize the Green Deal
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Deep Dive - Water
Upscaling solutions for water supply systems
· Stage
Plenary Session - Water
Roundtable: Cooperation towards resilient water systems
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Workshop - Energy
How SDG-proof is deep geothermal energy?
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Deep Dive - Energy
Increasing the sustainability of energy storage
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Deep Dive - Health
Air quality monitoring and forecasting
· Sessions
Sponsored Session - Aquafin
No water resilient cities without engaged citizens
· Sessions
Deep Dive - Climate - TEC Session
Innovative approaches for climate adaptation technologies
· Stage
Voka Day Sustainable Business (in Dutch)
Voka - Dag Duurzaam Ondernemen 2020 (Plenaire opening)
· Sessions
Voka Day Sustainable Business - Break-out 1 (in Dutch)
Break-out sessie 1: Circulaire input
· Stage
Voka Day Sustainable Business - Break-out 2 (in Dutch)
Break-out sessie 2: Grondstoffen herwinnen
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Special Session - Siemens Stiftung
Fostering job creation by social entrepreneurs in Africa
· Stage
Plenary Session - Expo2020 Roundtable
Special plenary session in preparation of G-STIC 2021 that will take place during Dubai Expo in 2021
· Stage
Voka Day Sustainable Business - Break-out 4 (in Dutch)
Break-out sessie 4: Levensduur verlengen
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Voka Day Sustainable Business - Break-out 3 (in Dutch)
Break-out sessie 3: Product als een dienst
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Deep Dive - Circular Economy
Connecting digital and circular strategies
· Stage
Deep Dive - Oceans
The future of ports and energy hubs
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Special Session - UN TFM 10-Member Group
Roundtable with the United Nations Technology Facilitation Mechanism’s 10-Member Group of High-level Representatives
· Stage
Voka Day Sustainable Business (in Dutch)
Voka Dag Duurzaam Ondernemen (Plenair slot - Huldiging SDG Pioneer-laureaten door Nikhil Seth (UNITAR))
· Stage
Thematic Session - Oceans
The Blue Innovation Awards
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Deep Dive - Health
STI roadmaps as a tool for preparedness and build resilience to COVID and future health crisis
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Deep Dive - Education
Inclusive early childhood education
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Thematic Session - Food
Technological innovations to realise sustainable food systems – part 1
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Thematic Closing Session - Education
Top priorities for developing a future-proof educational system
· Stage
Deep Dive - Oceans
Co-creating blue innovation
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Thematic Closing Session - Water
Key learnings from water technological solutions
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Thematic Session - Food
Technological innovations to realise sustainable food systems – part 2
· Stage
Thematic Closing Session - Circular Economy
Smart connections between the Green Deal and the European Industrial Strategy
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Workshop - STEAM* education
Future of education to trigger a positive and responsible economic growth for all
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Deep Dive - Climate - CTCN Session
CTCN session - Adaptation Fund Climate Innovation Accelerator
· Stage
Special Session - IEEE
IEEE’s support of sustainable development – Thoughts and actions
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Youth Session
Announcement of the winners of the Video Pitch Competition
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Plenary Session - Health
Looking beyond COVID-19: Integrated pathways to address health, economy, and climate
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Workshop - Energy & Climate
Energy statistics, modelling and forecasting in support of NDCs
· Stage
Plenary Closing Session
High-Level dialogue on Sustainable Development
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State of the art

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Vision on technology for a better world

Oswaldo Cruz Foundation (Fiocruz)

Fiocruz Strategy for 2030 Agenda

GIST/ IERI

A New Frontier for Global Science and Technology

IEEE Entrepreneurship

Fostering entrepreneurial engineering and technological innovation for the benefit of humanity.

DEME

Let’s make progress

ING

Empowering people to stay a step ahead in life and in business

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Going Electric, Staying Mercedes.

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Streams and brooks full of life

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Brewing Better Together

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Come and discover the Gare Maritime

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Future Economy

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