With G-STIC 2017 & G-STIC 2018havingraised awareness on the need of technological transitions to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the world community is making strides in recognising the potential of integrated technological solutions to help make the SDGs a reality.
It is therefore time for G-STIC to move on to the next phase, and take the discussion to an altogether different level. Future G-STIC editions will focus on identifying clusters of market-ready technological solutions that can make a major contribution to achieving the SDGs, and discussing the critical levers of change that are needed to deploy these solutions at scale.
Focusing on real-world challenges
The G-STIC 2018 conference made it crystal clear that G-STIC is uniquely positioned to
build a bridge between public & private policy-making and technological innovation, both at global, regional and national levels,
focus on market-ready transformative technologies that have the potential to impact the achievement of specific SDGs.
To develop these value-adding qualities more comprehensively, G-STIC 2019 & 2020 will increasingly focus on real-world challenges by taking up a number of specific SDG objectives:
As a first step, G-STIC 2019 will be geared towards selecting clusters of technologies to be discussed in detail during G-STIC 2020. G-STIC 2019 will also prototype such discussions in a couple of thematic areas such as
Using the latest drilling technologies, geothermal energy may be one of the technological solutions in specific regions to provide energy to all when the right financial incentives, regulations, and legislation are in place.
Carbon capture & re-use
Capturing carbon from the air may help provide decent housing to all while helping to fight climate change.
Bamboo as a resource
Bamboo housing may provide a cheap disaster-resistant alternative for low-cost housing.
(Waste)water as a resource
Using wastewater as a resource and desalinating salt water may provide economically feasible and affordable approaches to deliver safe water for all.
Using geospatial data effectively in agriculture may assist in providing food for all.
...G-STIC 2019 charts the way for a solution repository
The process of selecting technological clusters during G-STIC 2019 will not be an exhaustive one. It will instead be a first step in identifying integrated technological solutions that can substantively contribute to the achievement of specific SDG targets. The selection process will need to be further developed over time and to be complemented with pilot or full-scale applications in the field. That will chart the way to a repository of market-ready technological solutions for consideration by policy and decision makers in the public and private sectors when developing STI roadmaps for the SDGs or new business opportunities.
G-STIC 2019 will lay the foundations of a comprehensive approach to identifying and discussing integrated technological solutions that can significantly impact the achievements of the SDGs. It will also test this approach on a number of concrete integrated technological solutions.
G-STIC 2019 is hosted jointly by VITO (the prime research and technology organization on cleantech and sustainable development in Belgium) and its international partners ACTS (African Centre for Technology Studies), FIOCRUZ (Fundação Oswaldo Cruz), GIEC (Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, Chinese Academy of Sciences), IITD (Indian Institute of Technology Delhi) and TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute). The third edition of this conference series will be organised in Brussels from November 20 to November 22, 2019.
Join us at G-STIC 2019 if you want to be part of the technological transitions that will move the world onto a more sustainable development path and the integrated technological solutions that will help make the SDGs a reality.
Strategic & lead partners take the lead or co-lead in one of the thematic clusters, or coordinate one of the cross-cutting themes. Lead partners are actively involved in the preparation process, the design of the different outputs and the impact strategy.
Thematic partners are involved in one or more of the thematic clusters or one or more of the cross-cutting themes.