THE GLOBAL SUSTAINABLE TECHNOLOGY & INNOVATION CONFERENCE

CONNECTING TECHNOLOGICAL INNOVATION TO DECISION MAKING FOR SUSTAINABILITY

Market-ready integrated technological solutions

Cross-sectoral approaches to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals


Four years after the launch of Agenda 2030 and its associated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by the United Nations, there is a consensus among experts that progress is lacking. This is a clear sign. Achieving the SDGs with business-as-usual is just not possible.

If we want to transform the current production and consumption patterns and open doors to new development and growth opportunities for all, the deployment of market-ready integrated technological solutions is a crucial step. Integrated technological solutions tackle multiple sustainable development challenges across disciplines and sectors and cover aspects of health, housing, food, water, education, energy and climate at the same time. These solutions also take the environmental, the social and the economic dimensions into account.

Identifying clusters of integrated technological solutions

Building a living library of breakthrough transformative technologies

With G-STIC, we aim at accelerating the transition to a wide-scale deployment of market-ready integrated technological solutions that can have a big impact on the achievement of the SDGs. 

Bearing this goal in mind, we identify clusters of market-ready integrated technological solutions and we define the actions that are needed to forward their implementation and set up the institutional, regulatory, policy and business frameworks that are needed to achieve the SDGs.

This identification process will result in a living library of breakthrough transformative technologies across sectors, illustrated with best practices and inspiring examples. 

This library is indispensable for policymakers developing Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) roadmaps for the SDGs, while captains of industry can use this library for exploring new business opportunities.

Starting from 6 societal challenges

Addressing 5 cross-cutting themes of crucial importance


During the G-STIC conference this year, we will identify clusters of market-ready integrated technological solutions that contribute to 6 societal challenges. In 2020, “Nutritious food for all” and “Housing for all” will be added.

In addition, we will also address aspects of 5 cross-cutting themes that are of crucial importance to these 6 societal challenges.


Geospatial data

ICT as enabling technology

Gender mainstreaming

Geospatial data

ICT as enabling technology

Gender mainstreaming

Geospatial data

ICT as enabling technology

Gender mainstreaming

Solutions tackling multiple SDGs at the same time

Zooming in on real-life examples

Wastewater as a resource

Turning wastewater into new resources, such as water, bio-energy and fertilizer, contributes to water security and the food & energy production.

Geothermal energy

Geothermal energy may be one of the technological solutions in specific regions to provide energy to all when the right infrastructure, 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.

Join the G-STIC community

The third edition of G-STIC takes place in Brussels, November 20 - 22

G-STIC is the key meeting place and global platform for market-ready integrated technological solutions that have the potential to contribute to the achievement of the SDGs. 

During our third conference, you can participate in semi-plenary discussions and deep dives focusing on the 6 societal challenges.

Semi-plenary discussions

Bring your perspective to the discussions


The semi-plenary sessions will identify and select clusters of market-ready integrated technological solutions to tackle the different societal challenges. We will also discuss why these solutions can substantively contribute to the achievement of one or more SDGs, taking into account their economic and social feasibility, acceptability and affordability.

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Deep dives

Expand your knowledge on crucial transition processes


Deep dives focus on one specific cluster of technological solutions for one or more societal challenges. They are built around in-depth discussions on the key policy recommendations and actions that are needed to deploy these technological solutions at scale under different socio-economic conditions worldwide.

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Previous G-STIC conferences

The first edition of G-STIC took place in 2017. The conference was attended by more than 1000 participants, representing policymakers, technology researchers, captains of industry, and civil society representatives. This conference promoted market-ready integrated technological solutions needed to achieve the SDGs.

Chair summary 2017

The second conference in 2018 was attended by 1400 participants. This edition gave strategic information and insights into the requirements to replicate and upscale the deployment of integrated technological solutions throughout different regions of the world and under different socio-economic conditions.

Chair summary 2018

7 international co-hosts

G-STIC is hosted jointly by VITO (the prime research and technology organization on cleantech and sustainable development in Belgium) and 6 other not-for-profit independent technology research institutes: ACTS (African Centre for Technology Studies, Kenya), FIOCRUZ (Fundação Oswaldo Cruz; Brasil), GIEC (Guangzhou Institute of Energy Conversion, China), IITD (Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India), NACETEM (National Centre for Technology Management, Nigeria) and TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute, India).

Institutional and corporate partners

Official suppliers

Strategic, lead & thematic partners


Strategic & lead partners take the lead or co-lead in one of the societal challenges, 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 societal challenges or one or more of the cross-cutting themes.


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