Societal challenges

Focus on 6 societal challenges from a multidisciplinary viewpoint

Identifying clusters of market-ready integrated technological solutions

During the G-STIC conference this year, we will identify clusters of market-ready integrated technological solutions that can have a major impact on the achievement of the SDGs. More particularly, we will identify technological clusters that contribute to 6 societal challenges.

In addition, we will also address questions related to 5 cross-cutting themes that are of crucial importance to these 6 societal challenges. This way we focus on multidisciplinary viewpoints and we maximize the coverage of all aspects and issues.










Discussing critical issues during semi-plenaries and deep dives

How to move forward with market-ready integrated technological solutions?

During the third edition of G-STIC, you can participate in semi-plenary discussions and deep dives addressing the critical issues to move forward with integrated technological solutions:

  • Which technologies exist that can help us to achieve the SDGs through integrated solutions?
  • Are these technologies currently used? If yes, how and where? What makes them successful?
  • How do we bring these technologies to the market at scale?
  • What are the enablers and hurdles to accelerate the adoption of these technologies? How do we engage the stakeholders to use these technologies?
  • Which changes are needed in policy, institutions and regulation to accelerate the scale-up of these integrated technologies?
  • Which investments and opportunities are needed to accelerate development and access to those technologies?
  • Which financial models can be used to initiate the scale-up of these technologies?

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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Building a living library of breakthrough transformative technologies

Best practices and inspiring examples for policymakers & captains of industry

The focus of the semi-plenary sessions and deep dives during the conference will also be on defining the process for identifying and selecting clusters of integrated technological solutions.

In 2020, that process will be further optimized and complemented with the selection of additional innovative technology clusters.

The discussions during the semi-plenary sessions and deep dives will help us chart the way for 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.

Solutions tackling multiple SDGs at the same time

G-STIC gives centre stage to 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.

Keeping a multi-stakeholder perspective at all times

Make sure we hear your voice too

If we want the deployment of technologies with a transformational impact to be successful, the societal challenges have to be approached from an angle which engages all stakeholders in realising change. We therefore use a multi-stakeholder approach, breaking down barriers between policymakers, technology researchers, captains of industry, and civil society representatives.

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