Semi-plenary session

Health for all

Chairperson: Paulo Gadelha

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 determinants of health (for example, climate change, urban life, food safety, and environmental degradation).

Trending technology clusters for the health-related SDGs
Health systems, innovation, technology and the 2030 Agenda

Well-functioning health systems play a crucial role in achieving good health for all, while they contribute to economic growth at the same time. Among the many factors that impact the achievement of good health for all, the successful implementation of innovative technologies in health systems is of the utmost importance. Rifat Atun will discuss innovative technologies for use in health systems and the dynamic complexity that comes with their implementation.

Rifat Atun
Genomics and Health

Genomics plays an important role in detecting, preventing and treating diseases. Yu Decan will inform you about the most recent genomics innovations for the improvement of health and healthcare. He will focus on topics such as genomics for precision medicine, for direct and indirect healthcare, as well as wearables.

Duncan Yu
A global strategy to fight mosquito-borne diseases

According to the World Health Organization, more than half of the world’s population live in areas that are vulnerable for the spread of mosquito-borne diseases such as Zika, dengue and chikungunya, which cause millions of contamination cases and deaths every year. Shane Fairlie will talk about the World Mosquito Program and its self-sustaining technology that protects communities from mosquito-borne diseases, without posing risk to natural ecosystems or human health.

Shane Fairlie
The impacts of environment on health

It is impossible to think of health without taking into account clean air, safe drinking water, sufficient food, and proper sanitation, amongst other factors. Maria Neira will discuss the cross-cutting nature of health, and how the environment and climate change directly impact health.

Maria Neira (TBC)
Interactive discussion with the audience

Deep dive on Health & Education

Education & health care

Throughout life, conditions at home, socioeconomic status, and other contextual factors can create stress, cause illness, and deprive individuals and families of resources for success in school, the workplace, and healthy living. Education can create opportunities for better health because it ensures a better job, higher earning and with that is ensures resources for better health. There are also social and psychological benefits as social networks and psychological skills. A poor health also affects education, it can cause educational setbacks and interfere with schooling. Expanding access to health and education services is a central element for any strategy to eliminate poverty and reduce inequality.


- Prof. dr. Guy Hans, CEO of the University Hospital Antwerp
- Prof. dr. Pierre Van Damme, Centre for the Evaluation of Vaccination



- Prof.dr. Steven Poelmans, Chair in Neuroscience- & Technology-enabled High

Performance Organizations, Antwerp Management School

- Prof. dr. Piet Stinissen, Director BioVille, Research incubator Health and Care

- Ms. Lieve Fransen, Senior policy advisor European Policy Centre

Interactive panel discussion

Deep dive on Health & ICT

Big data for health

The use of big data technologies for health has the potential to bring knowledge and life-saving outcomes. This session will look deeper into the universe of big data for health, and will highlight the technology built by the Genomic Expression project, which provides precise diagnostics for cancer treatment based on RNA sequencing.

More information will be available soon.

Deep dive on Health & ICT


Chairperson: Lieve Fransen

The use of digital and distant communication technologies, such as computers, mobile devices, and wearables, can be a solution to expand access to and quality of health care services. The smart glasses developed by Iristick to improve health assistance, and the ethical, contextual and privacy challenges embedded in its use, will have a special place in this debate.

More information will be available soon.

Deep dive

Building resilience to improve disaster response

Catastrophic disasters require faster and more efficient responses. They also require effective preparedness. This session will look at technologies that can facilitate response and preparedness for natural disasters and have a deeper look at the work of the Atlantic International Research Centre (AIR Center) on mapping and discussing vulnerabilities caused by oil in coastal cities.

Keynote presentation

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