Implementing sustainable health technologies

The World Health Statistics report of the World Health Organization shows that at least 50% of the world’s population do not have access to essential health services, while many of those who do suffer undue financial hardship. At the same time, this report confirms that progress has stalled and is not happening fast enough with regard to addressing major diseases, such as malaria and tuberculosis.

Concerted efforts to implement sustainable health technologies on a national scale are required to achieve universal health coverage. Health plays a central role in the implementation of the 2030 Agenda and needs more interaction with different areas, such as climate, nutrition, and water, for the overall achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Health technologies at the G-STIC conference

A first selection of market-ready integrated technological solutions

During the conference, we will review and discuss a first selection of market-ready integrated technological solutions that can lead to a major impact on the achievement of the health-related SDGs, in close interaction with the audience, panel members and keynote speakers. These solutions tackle multiple sustainable development challenges across disciplines and sectors and take the environmental, social and economic dimensions of these challenges into account.

Big data for health

The use of big data technologies for health services has a clear potential to help us build knowledge, gain new insights and achieve life-saving results. The technologies developed by the Genomic Expression project, which focuses on precise diagnostics for cancer treatment based on RNA sequencing, provide a concrete and interesting example of the use of big data for health.


The use of computers, mobile devices, and wearables to provide healthcare, monitor progress and train healthcare professionals can significantly improve the quality of healthcare services and facilitate access to these services. But even if technologies such as smart glasses, for example, can be instrumental in delivering better healthcare services and training, a debate on the related ethical, contextual and privacy challenges is inevitable.

Technologies to fight health emergencies

Catastrophic disasters require a faster and more efficient response. That, in turn, cannot be achieved without being effectively prepared for health emergencies. A wildfire monitoring system that is currently deployed in the Amazon Forest, and which has been composed by an open-source platform, is an excellent example of a working approach to engage citizens in public health risk prevention.

Education & healthcare

Bring your perspective to the discussions

Join the semi-plenary session – November 21, 9:00 – 10:50

The semi-plenary session on November 21 will identify and select clusters of market-ready integrated technological solutions that can have a significant impact on the achievement of the health-related SDGs on a global scale. To reflect the holistic approach of the 2030 Agenda, keynote speakers, panel and audience members will discuss the social and economic determinants of health and healthcare (for example, climate change, urban life, food safety, and environmental degradation).

Keynote speakers

Expand your knowledge on crucial transition processes

Participate in the deep dives – November 21 & 22

All deep dives will focus on one specific cluster of technological solutions, and discuss the key policy recommendations and actions that are needed to deploy these technological solutions at scale under different socio-economic conditions worldwide.

Education & healthcare

November 21, 14:00 – 15:20


November 21, 15:30 – 16:50

Big data for health

November 21, 17:00 – 18:20

Building resilience to improve disaster response

November 22, 9:00 – 10:30

Check the programme

A library of breakthrough transformative technologies

The process supported by the semi-plenary session and the deep dives is to deliver a living library of breakthrough transformative technologies to tackle the ‘Health for all’ societal challenge and achieve the health-related SDGs, 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.

Impact on the Sustainable Development Goals

Addressing societal challenges far beyond water

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