G-STIC 2018 Conference Programme

The Global Sustainable Technology & Innovation Conference


Explore the G-STIC programme below. Select a conference day, and then browse through the various themes to get an overview of the presentations.

Partner Event: Expert Group Meeting on STI Roadmaps for the SDGs - Nov 27

STI roadmaps for the SDGs are considered as a powerful multi-stakeholder engagement tool to plan, communicate and facilitate actions, track progress, and foster a learning environment for utilising Science, Technology & Innovation to achieve the SDGs.

G-STIC 2018 will co-host the next Expert Group Meeting (EGM) on STI roadmaps for the SDGs, together with the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. This offers all G-STIC participants a unique opportunity to impact the conversation about technological innovation for the SDGs.

Partner Event: TP Organics - 4th Organic Innovation Days - Nov 27

The 4th edition of the Organic Innovation Days, TP Organics’ annual event, will take place on 27-29 November 2018 in Brussels, in conjunction with the G-STIC 2018 conference (28-30 November). The first day of the Organic Innovation Days (27 November) takes place at Science14 (14b Rue de la Science, 1040 Brussels). The second and third day of the Organic Innovation Days (28-29 November) are integrated in the G-STIC programme, and take place at Tour & Taxis.

TP Organics is the European Technology Platform for organic food and farming. It unites companies, farmers, consumers, civil society organisations and researchers active in the organic value chain from production, input & supply, to food processing, marketing and consumption in Europe. The mission of TP Organics is to strengthen research & innovation for organics and other agroecological approaches that contribute to sustainable food and farming systems. 

Each year, the Organic Innovation Days gather actors from the organic and conventional food and farming sector as well as policy makers to discuss the latest innovations in organic food and farming, explore innovations outside the organic sector, and discuss EU research and innovation policy. 
This first day of Organic Innovation Days will focus on Horizon Europe, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation for the period 2021-2027. The policy debate will shine light on the political priorities for Horizon Europe, in particular on how the Framework Programme can strengthen research for organic farming and agroecology. In the afternoon, the process for a new Strategic Research and Innovation Agenda for Organic Food and Farming will take-off. In three workshops, participants will be asked what priorities and research needs should be addressed by Horizon Europe. Before going into workshops, participants will be inspired by two speeches, one about the zero-pesticide initiative of INRA, and another one about ensuring and improving fairness in the food and farming sector.


09h00
4th Organic Innovation Days

The detailed programme is available on the website of TP Organics.

High-Level Plenary Opening Session

10h30
Ministerial session: National perspectives presented by different ministers

Ministerial interventions will address the following topics:
- Illustration of technological transformation in action & national visions on the transition to sustainable development models
- What are the changes needed in the national and international policy environment to facilitate technological transformations
- Key enablers for scaling up the deployment of market-ready integrated technological solutions at scale

11h45
Introduction Expert Group Meeting on STI Roadmaps for the SDGs

STI roadmaps for the SDGs are considered as a powerful multi-stakeholder engagement tool to plan, communicate and facilitate actions, track progress, and foster a learning environment for utilising Science, Technology & Innovation to achieve the SDGs. G-STIC 2018 will co-host the next Expert Group Meeting on STI roadmaps for the SDGs, together with the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. This offers all G-STIC participants a unique opportunity to impact the conversation about technological innovation for the SDGs.

Michiharu Nakamura

Plenary Session

17h00
Ministerial Policy Dialogue

Identification of critical policy levers to bring integrated technological solutions to the market at the national level

High-Level Plenary Opening Session

10h30
Ministerial session: National perspectives presented by different ministers

Ministerial interventions will address the following topics:
- Illustration of technological transformation in action & national visions on the transition to sustainable development models
- What are the changes needed in the national and international policy environment to facilitate technological transformations
- Key enablers for scaling up the deployment of market-ready integrated technological solutions at scale

11h45
Introduction Expert Group Meeting on STI Roadmaps for the SDGs

STI roadmaps for the SDGs are considered as a powerful multi-stakeholder engagement tool to plan, communicate and facilitate actions, track progress, and foster a learning environment for utilising Science, Technology & Innovation to achieve the SDGs. G-STIC 2018 will co-host the next Expert Group Meeting on STI roadmaps for the SDGs, together with the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. This offers all G-STIC participants a unique opportunity to impact the conversation about technological innovation for the SDGs.

Michiharu Nakamura

Plenary Session

17h00
Ministerial Policy Dialogue

Identification of critical policy levers to bring integrated technological solutions to the market at the national level

Session 1 – High-level dialogue on policy actions based on the G-STIC 2017 outcomes

Agroecology is a sustainable integrated solution that is environmentally sound, socially acceptable and economically feasible. This high-level session will discuss the policy actions that are needed to upscale the use of agroecology technologies, innovations and practices in different regions of the world based on the findings and recommendations of G-STIC 2017.

High-Level Plenary Opening Session

10h30
Ministerial session: National perspectives presented by different ministers

Ministerial interventions will address the following topics:
- Illustration of technological transformation in action & national visions on the transition to sustainable development models
- What are the changes needed in the national and international policy environment to facilitate technological transformations
- Key enablers for scaling up the deployment of market-ready integrated technological solutions at scale

11h45
Introduction Expert Group Meeting on STI Roadmaps for the SDGs

STI roadmaps for the SDGs are considered as a powerful multi-stakeholder engagement tool to plan, communicate and facilitate actions, track progress, and foster a learning environment for utilising Science, Technology & Innovation to achieve the SDGs. G-STIC 2018 will co-host the next Expert Group Meeting on STI roadmaps for the SDGs, together with the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. This offers all G-STIC participants a unique opportunity to impact the conversation about technological innovation for the SDGs.

Michiharu Nakamura

Plenary Session

17h00
Ministerial Policy Dialogue

Identification of critical policy levers to bring integrated technological solutions to the market at the national level

Session 1 – High-level dialogue on policy actions based on the G-STIC 2017 outcomes

Chair person: Karl Vrancken

Circular Economy represents a fundamental alternative to the currently predominating linear take-make-consume-dispose model that is based on unlimited resource extraction but disregards the natural boundaries of planetary resources. This high-level session will discuss the policy actions that are needed to enhance the use of circular technologies, innovations and practices in different regions of the world based on the findings and recommendations of G- STIC 2017. After an opening keynote lecture we will have a debate with representatives of leading international organisations and initiatives in the circular economy field.

14h00
Panel Discussion
Circular Economy

How do we make the key findings of GSTIC 2017 more actionable and what is needed to enhance the use of technologies and innovations that follow an increasingly circular business model?

Moderator Karl Vrancken discusses this topic with all Circular Economy panel presenters.

Karl Vrancken

High-Level Plenary Opening Session

10h30
Ministerial session: National perspectives presented by different ministers

Ministerial interventions will address the following topics:
- Illustration of technological transformation in action & national visions on the transition to sustainable development models
- What are the changes needed in the national and international policy environment to facilitate technological transformations
- Key enablers for scaling up the deployment of market-ready integrated technological solutions at scale

11h45
Introduction Expert Group Meeting on STI Roadmaps for the SDGs

STI roadmaps for the SDGs are considered as a powerful multi-stakeholder engagement tool to plan, communicate and facilitate actions, track progress, and foster a learning environment for utilising Science, Technology & Innovation to achieve the SDGs. G-STIC 2018 will co-host the next Expert Group Meeting on STI roadmaps for the SDGs, together with the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. This offers all G-STIC participants a unique opportunity to impact the conversation about technological innovation for the SDGs.

Michiharu Nakamura

Plenary Session

17h00
Ministerial Policy Dialogue

Identification of critical policy levers to bring integrated technological solutions to the market at the national level

Session 1 – Introduction of the new thematic cluster Education of G-STIC 2018

High-Level Plenary Opening Session

10h30
Ministerial session: National perspectives presented by different ministers

Ministerial interventions will address the following topics:
- Illustration of technological transformation in action & national visions on the transition to sustainable development models
- What are the changes needed in the national and international policy environment to facilitate technological transformations
- Key enablers for scaling up the deployment of market-ready integrated technological solutions at scale

11h45
Introduction Expert Group Meeting on STI Roadmaps for the SDGs

STI roadmaps for the SDGs are considered as a powerful multi-stakeholder engagement tool to plan, communicate and facilitate actions, track progress, and foster a learning environment for utilising Science, Technology & Innovation to achieve the SDGs. G-STIC 2018 will co-host the next Expert Group Meeting on STI roadmaps for the SDGs, together with the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. This offers all G-STIC participants a unique opportunity to impact the conversation about technological innovation for the SDGs.

Michiharu Nakamura

Plenary Session

17h00
Ministerial Policy Dialogue

Identification of critical policy levers to bring integrated technological solutions to the market at the national level

Session 1 – High-level dialogue on policy actions based on the G-STIC 2017 outcomes

Chair person: Ajay Mathur

On day 1 a high-level panel debate will reflect on the G-STIC 2017 conclusions, with a focus on the replication of local energy communities. It will also look forward to the big challenges for merging global, national and local energy initiatives to facilitate technology innovation in energy positive communities. The general theme of combining local experiences with global initiatives is one of the key issues of the discussion. High-level representatives of worldwide active organisations as the UN, IIASA, ARE, etc. will discuss their latest views in this field.

15h15
Confirmed speakers

Ajay Mathur
Nebojsa Nakicenovic
Minoru Takada

To be confirmed: 
- International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA)
- Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE)
- Institute for Global and Environmental Strategies (IGES)

High-Level Plenary Opening Session

10h30
Ministerial session: National perspectives presented by different ministers

Ministerial interventions will address the following topics:
- Illustration of technological transformation in action & national visions on the transition to sustainable development models
- What are the changes needed in the national and international policy environment to facilitate technological transformations
- Key enablers for scaling up the deployment of market-ready integrated technological solutions at scale

11h45
Introduction Expert Group Meeting on STI Roadmaps for the SDGs

STI roadmaps for the SDGs are considered as a powerful multi-stakeholder engagement tool to plan, communicate and facilitate actions, track progress, and foster a learning environment for utilising Science, Technology & Innovation to achieve the SDGs. G-STIC 2018 will co-host the next Expert Group Meeting on STI roadmaps for the SDGs, together with the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. This offers all G-STIC participants a unique opportunity to impact the conversation about technological innovation for the SDGs.

Michiharu Nakamura

Plenary Session

17h00
Ministerial Policy Dialogue

Identification of critical policy levers to bring integrated technological solutions to the market at the national level

Introduction of the new thematic clusters of G-STIC 2018: Geospatial Data

Chair person: Ingrid Vanden Berghe

14h45
Interactive panel discussion

Guo Huadong, Professor, Dr.(H.C.), Institute of Remote Sensing and Digital Earth, Chinese Academy of Sciences
Clint Brown, Esri Director Product Engineering
Claire Melamed, Chief Executive Officer, Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data

High-Level Plenary Opening Session

10h30
Ministerial session: National perspectives presented by different ministers

Ministerial interventions will address the following topics:
- Illustration of technological transformation in action & national visions on the transition to sustainable development models
- What are the changes needed in the national and international policy environment to facilitate technological transformations
- Key enablers for scaling up the deployment of market-ready integrated technological solutions at scale

11h45
Introduction Expert Group Meeting on STI Roadmaps for the SDGs

STI roadmaps for the SDGs are considered as a powerful multi-stakeholder engagement tool to plan, communicate and facilitate actions, track progress, and foster a learning environment for utilising Science, Technology & Innovation to achieve the SDGs. G-STIC 2018 will co-host the next Expert Group Meeting on STI roadmaps for the SDGs, together with the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. This offers all G-STIC participants a unique opportunity to impact the conversation about technological innovation for the SDGs.

Michiharu Nakamura

Plenary Session

17h00
Ministerial Policy Dialogue

Identification of critical policy levers to bring integrated technological solutions to the market at the national level

Introduction of the new thematic clusters of G-STIC 2018: Health

Chair person: Paulo Gadelha

High-Level Plenary Opening Session

10h30
Ministerial session: National perspectives presented by different ministers

Ministerial interventions will address the following topics:
- Illustration of technological transformation in action & national visions on the transition to sustainable development models
- What are the changes needed in the national and international policy environment to facilitate technological transformations
- Key enablers for scaling up the deployment of market-ready integrated technological solutions at scale

11h45
Introduction Expert Group Meeting on STI Roadmaps for the SDGs

STI roadmaps for the SDGs are considered as a powerful multi-stakeholder engagement tool to plan, communicate and facilitate actions, track progress, and foster a learning environment for utilising Science, Technology & Innovation to achieve the SDGs. G-STIC 2018 will co-host the next Expert Group Meeting on STI roadmaps for the SDGs, together with the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission. This offers all G-STIC participants a unique opportunity to impact the conversation about technological innovation for the SDGs.

Michiharu Nakamura

Plenary Session

17h00
Ministerial Policy Dialogue

Identification of critical policy levers to bring integrated technological solutions to the market at the national level

Session 1 – High-level dialogue on policy actions based on the G-STIC 2017 outcomes

Chair person: Ger Bergkamp

15h20
Sustainable Development Goals: water and sanitation progress and challenges

UN SDG 6 review report and outcome of SDG 6 review session - New York, July 2018

16h00
Interactive panel discussion

- Glen Daigger, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor (United States)
- Xavier Leflaive, Principal Administrator/Environment directorate, OECD (France)

16h30
Introduction of the thematic sessions

Session 1: Wastewater and Resources Recovery: The frontier of technology and practices

Session 2: New business models and investments in wastewater - resource recovery 

Session 3: Water Partnerships and Stewardship: Multi-actor approaches catalysing water management transitions

Session 4: Synthesis and Key messages

Partner Event: Expert Group Meeting on STI Roadmaps for the SDGs - Nov 28

Partner Event: GeSI - Enabling the Global Goals

Session 1 – High-level dialogue on policy actions based on the G-STIC 2017 outcomes

Agroecology is a sustainable integrated solution that is environmentally sound, socially acceptable and economically feasible. This high-level session will discuss the policy actions that are needed to upscale the use of agroecology technologies, innovations and practices in different regions of the world based on the findings and recommendations of G-STIC 2017.

Partner Event: TP Organics – 4th Organic Innovation Days - Nov 28

Chair person: Eduardo Cuoco

10h40
Innovating for Organic, Innovating for Agroecology

Award Ceremony – Call for Innovations
Presentation of the winner

Plenary Session

Industry Night

Session 2 – Case studies of successful implementation of agroecology technologies and innovations

Session 2 will explore the contributions of agroecology technologies and innovations to addressing sustainable development challenges via concrete case studies.

Session 3 – Implementing agroecology technologies and innovations at scale

Session 3 will focus on how agroecology technologies and innovations can be widely implemented, including the issue of scaling up and scaling out, addressing the challenges and learning from the successes. It will also focus on complementary technologies that can help wider uptake of agroecology and organic farming.

Session 4 – Agroecology as an integrated technological solution for sustainable development

Agroecological technologies and innovations that contribute both to SDG 2 and also to other SDGs will be highlighted. The hurdles and solutions for the implementation and upscaling of these technologies and innovations will also be discussed. If widely applied, supported and enabled, agroecology can help achieve sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda.

17h00
Panel discussion: Pathways for transformational change in agriculture through agroecology

- European Coordination Via Campesina
- Eduardo Cuoco, Director, IFOAM EU Group
- SDSN (TBC)

Plenary Session

Industry Night

Partner Event: FUTURING H2020 Project Outreach Event – Re-industrialisation of Europe in the Circular Economy

Chair person: Lukas Borunsky

Within the context of the FUTURING Project Outreach Event at G-STIC 2018, a short introduction to the project will take place, summarizing the methodology followed and highlighting the importance of modernizing European Industry, within the context of circular economy. Circular economy represents the achievement of a great transition from a linear way of producing/consuming/wasting to a global circular optimization of the flows of products, services and sustainable employment, with several financial, societal and environmental benefits when implemented correctly. Effort should be given to facilitate the integration and maturity of technological solutions applied across different disciplines and sectors and to demonstrate how they can work in combination towards novel Circular Economy implementations. Aspects from a company’s point of view, related to Industry 4.0 and corporate responsibility, as well as additional circular economy implications for manufacturing companies, will be discussed during the session.

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Session 2 – Advanced Sorting and Characterization

Chair person: Karl Vrancken

Combining smart characterization and automated sorting through advanced robotics opens up new possibilities for re-use, remanufacturing and recycling. Session 2 focuses on technologies forhigh quality and high throughput treatment of materials flows. Advanced sorting systems use combined detection systems and machine learning provides detailed mass and composition data of complex waste flows without sampling. The use of robots opens new possibilities for the dismantling and separation. Additionally it allows for continuous processing of materials. This provides a new basis for closing material loops.

Session 3 – Virtual Product Chains

Chair person: Karl Vrancken

The life cycles of materials and products should be monitored to enable the redirection of materials into their optimal route. This may be done through tagging and identification systems. However this is only part of the solution. The linking of product chains with data science generates a circular approach to handling the life cycle of materials and products. Blockchain, for example, can be used as a data communication method, whilst digital twins offer an efficient and effective way of managing and interpreting product data. This session focuses on applying data science and its concepts to circular economy, aiming to further introduce the world of digital into material production chains.

Session 4 – Mapping Urban Metabolism

Chair person: Karl Vrancken

Increased urbanization offers various circular opportunities and challenges. Cities play a central role in developing material management systems, with active management of construction materials being essential for the development of circular building practices. Session 4 focuses on the urban metabolism and brings various approaches to material sourcing and management together that build a functioning, complex, circular system.

Plenary Session

Industry Night

Session 2 – Towards the Innovative Implementation of SDG 4: Bringing together industry, research, policy and education

11h40
Interactive panel discussion

- Mr. Jagdish D. Koonjul – President United Nations Development Program
Prof. dr. Isak Froumin - Director of the National Research University - Higher School of Economics, Russia
- Sir John Daniel – Chair International Board United World Colleges,  Chancellor of the Acsenda School of Management Vancouver

Parallel workshops 'Strategy on practical technological applications in education' - Workshop 1: STI strategies for educational systems in rural, remote and urban areas

Chair person: Liesel Ebersöhn

Parallel workshops 'Strategy on practical technological applications in education' - Workshop 2: Technologies for shaping personalised education: distance learning and home education

Parallel workshops 'Strategy on practical technological applications in education' - Workshop 3: Technological challenges for teacher training

Parallel Workshops: Special Workshop on Education Rights

Chair person: Jan De Groof

Recommendations for public authorities and the legislator

13h30
Keynote

Prof. dr. Nina Ranieri - Associate Professor, president of the Research Committee of the University of São Paulo Law School, Chair holder of the Unesco Chair to the Right to Education at São Paulo Law School

Parallel workshops 'Strategy on practical technological applications in education' - Workshop 1: STI strategies for educational systems in rural, remote and urban areas

Chair person: Liesel Ebersöhn

13h45
Panel discussion

- Ms. Ann Therese Ndong Jatta - Director Unesco Regional Office for Eastern Africa
- Mr. Loïc De Cannière – CEO Incofin Investment Management
- Mr. Donovan Gutierres, UN Major Group for Children and Youth

Parallel workshops 'Strategy on practical technological applications in education' - Workshop 2: Technologies for shaping personalised education: distance learning and home education

13h45
Panel discussion

Parallel workshops 'Strategy on practical technological applications in education' - Workshop 3: Technological challenges for teacher training

13h45
Panel discussion

- Ms. Alexa Joyce – Director of Policy, Teaching and learning for Europe, Middle East and Africa, Microsoft
- Prof. dr. Bob van den Brand, University of Tilburg
- Dr. Sunil Behari Mohanty – President All India Association for Educational Research
- Dr. Anna De Ambrosis Vigna – University of Bialystok, Poland

Parallel Workshops: Special Workshop on Education Rights

Chair person: Jan De Groof

Recommendations for public authorities and the legislator

13h50
Keynote

Prof. dr. Sally Varnham - University of Technology Sydney

14h10
Panel discussion

- Prof. dr. Asher Maoz - Peres Academic Center Law School Rehovot, Israel
- Em. Prof. dr. Hans-Peter Füssel - Institute for International Educational Research, Germany
- Ms. Camilla Croso - Board President, Global Campaign for Education, Coordinator of the Latin American Campaign for the Right to Education

Parallel workshops 'Strategy on practical technological applications in education' - Workshop 1: STI strategies for educational systems in rural, remote and urban areas

Chair person: Liesel Ebersöhn

Parallel workshops 'Strategy on practical technological applications in education' - Workshop 2: Technologies for shaping personalised education: distance learning and home education

Parallel workshops 'Strategy on practical technological applications in education' - Workshop 3: Technological challenges for teacher training

Parallel Workshops: Special Workshop on Education Rights

Chair person: Jan De Groof

Recommendations for public authorities and the legislator

Concluding Session

Partner Event: The role of Flemish Universities and University Colleges in the Innovation Strategy

Chair person: Jan De Groof

How can research contribute to the implementation of sustainability in higher education?

How can the governance model and the business operations within the higher education institutions be adapted to integrate sustainability?

18h15
Keynote

Prof. dr. Silvia Lenaerts, Vice Rector Valorization & Development, University of Antwerp

Plenary Session

Industry Night

Debate 1 – Energy positive communities: Achieving impact by combining global, national and local energy planning tools

The focus in this debate deals with the interaction of global, national and local energy planning tools.

Key questions to be addressed:
- What are the new energy planning tools on different geographical levels currently offering?
- How do they integrate global, national and local energy solutions/services?
- How can they form a portfolio of support tools with impact for energy positive communities? 

Debate 2 – Energy positive solutions: going beyond the basics

Chair person: Ibrahim Hafeezur Rehman

In this debate we highlight several innovative service and technology solutions for energy positive communities and we discuss:
- Which platforms are available to get access to these solutions
- Which initiatives are helping to make the step towards a large scale applications (from pilots to millions of projects)?
- How national energy plans take into account these new types of solutions?

Debate 3 – The impact of national energy initiatives

Chair person: Dolf Gielen

This panel debate chaired by IRENA, is placed in the framework of the Clean Energy Ministerial activity (CEM) on energy scenario’s. Governmental representatives of countries involved in the CEM and scenario experts share how they try to increase the impact and added value of their activities on energy planning.

13h30
Confirmed speakers

Aisma Vitina
Pieter Boot
- Alec Waterhouse (UK)
- Lisa Tinschert (UN)

To be confirmed
- Marius Backhaus (D)
- Thiago Ferreira (Brazil)

Debate 4 – Critical success factors for achieving impact in local energy communities

Chair person: Guy Vekemans

This debate illustrates with experience from real life projects what the current barriers and opportunities are to go from pilot project scale to an application scale of thousands, millions. It also debates on the real definition of “local energy communities” for the future.

Plenary Session

Industry Night

Session 2 – Earth Observation data availability and SDG monitoring

Chair person: Ingrid Vanden Berghe

Session 2 will focus on the role of member states and intergovernmental organisations and discuss the necessity of free and open Earth Observation data to facilitate evidence-based decision-making in support of the SDGs. Good practices will be highlighted, barriers in data availability and accessibility identified and recommendations made to alleviate geospatial data poverty.

Session 3 – Open data and business models

Chair person: Dirk Van Speybroeck

Session 3 will focus on the geospatial data value proposition, and showcase how geospatial data stimulate entrepreneurship. Concrete examples of workable business model are demonstrated. Obstacles that prevent the setting up of private initiatives in the geoinformation sector are discussed and remediations suggested.

14h00
watchITgrow

WatchITgrow is an online platform for the Belgian potato sector to monitor and increase potato yields in a sustainable way.

Romain Cools

Session 4 – Citizen initiatives

Chair person: Dirk Van Speybroeck

Session 4 showcases how Citizens and civil society groups use volunteered geographic information and geospatial data to impose better decisions, hold leaders accountable for their actions, or start a sustainable business. The hurdles and solutions for the implementation and upscaling of geospatial technologies and innovations will also be discussed.

Plenary Session

Industry Night

Session 2 – Wastewater and Resources Recovery: The frontier of technology and practice

New technologies and practices are showing the way to effective and efficient wastewater re-use. Energy and carbon neutral wastewater utilities are starting to emerge. What are the latest development in wastewater and resource recovery? How are new practices being taken-up by industries and municipalities?

11h35
Interactive panel discussion

- Menno Holterman, CEO, Nijhuis Industries (The Netherlands)
- Akisa Bahri, Professor University Tunis (Tunisia)
- Susanne Bieker, Senior Advisor, GIZ (Germany)
- Will Verstraete, University Ghent (Belgium)
- Valentina Lazarova, Suez Environment (France)

Session 3 – Investing in wastewater - resource recovery and produce clean water, bio-energy and fertilizers

To accelerate the uptake of wastewater and resource recovery and realize the SDG related to wastewater will require major investments from up to an additional USD 150 billion per year. These resources need to be mobilized at the national and international level and have to come from a mix of public and private sources. What has been the experiences with different financial instruments available to finance wastewater treatment? What are effective and sustainable business models that support mobilizing sufficient financing? What are some of the main obstacles and opportunities for financing of wastewater treatment and resources recovery?

14h05
Interactive panel discussion

- Daniel Zimmer, Programme Director, Climate KIC, Brussels (Belgium)
- Kay Pamplies – Head, Investment and Innovative Finance (DG International Cooperation and Development), Brussels (Belgium)
- Virgilio Rivera, Managing Director, Ayala Corporation (Philippines)
- Pritha Hariram, Business Development Manager, FMO, The Hague (Netherlands)
- Lydia Whyatt, Managing Director, Resonance Asset Management (United Kingdom)

Session 4 – Water Partnerships and Stewardship: Multi-actor approaches catalysing water management transitions

Water stewardship and partnerships models are key to addressing the complexity of water issues and solutions. How can these approaches be further used to accelerate the achievement of the SDGs related to water?  

With the need to involve the private sector and dramatically up-scale and improve the level of water and wastewater services world-wide, new opportunities are emerging to public-private-people partnerships. What are key challenges and opportunities to for new PPPPs? What needs to be done to facilitate the creation of new business models and partnerships in the water and wastewater services sector?

16h35
Interactive panel discussion

- Jan Goossens, CEO, Aquafin (Belgium)
- Eskild Andersen, Group Environmental Manager, Carlsberg (Denmark)
- Vangelis Constantianos, Executive Secretary, GWP-Med (Greece)
- James Dalton, Director Water Program, IUCN (Switzerland)
- Tom Vereijken, Director, Water Stewardship Academy and Innovation Centre (Belgium)

Session 5 – Synthesis and Key messages

The purpose of the closing session is to identify, discuss and agree on the policy changes that need to happen to deploy wastewater as a resource. What are some of the key policy findings and technology adoption and changes G-STIC proposes? Are the proposed policy recommendations and proposed changes doable, actionable, and ambitious enough to truly contribute to delivering the SDGs?

17h35
Interactive panel discussion

- Gaetano Leone, Coordinator, UNEP Mediterranean Action Plan-Barcelona Convention Secretariat, Athens (Greece)
- Veerle Vandeweerd, Policy Director, GSTIC (Belgium)
- TBC
- TBC

Partner Event: Expert Group Meeting on STI Roadmaps for the SDGs - Nov 29

Partner Event: FUTURING H2020 Project Outreach Event – Re-industrialisation of Europe in the Circular Economy

Chair person: Lukas Borunsky

Within the context of the FUTURING Project Outreach Event at G-STIC 2018, a short introduction to the project will take place, summarizing the methodology followed and highlighting the importance of modernizing European Industry, within the context of circular economy. Circular economy represents the achievement of a great transition from a linear way of producing/consuming/wasting to a global circular optimization of the flows of products, services and sustainable employment, with several financial, societal and environmental benefits when implemented correctly. Effort should be given to facilitate the integration and maturity of technological solutions applied across different disciplines and sectors and to demonstrate how they can work in combination towards novel Circular Economy implementations. Aspects from a company’s point of view, related to Industry 4.0 and corporate responsibility, as well as additional circular economy implications for manufacturing companies, will be discussed during the session.

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Session 2 – Case studies of successful implementation of agroecology technologies and innovations

Session 2 will explore the contributions of agroecology technologies and innovations to addressing sustainable development challenges via concrete case studies.

Session 3 – Implementing agroecology technologies and innovations at scale

Session 3 will focus on how agroecology technologies and innovations can be widely implemented, including the issue of scaling up and scaling out, addressing the challenges and learning from the successes. It will also focus on complementary technologies that can help wider uptake of agroecology and organic farming.

Session 4 – Agroecology as an integrated technological solution for sustainable development

Agroecological technologies and innovations that contribute both to SDG 2 and also to other SDGs will be highlighted. The hurdles and solutions for the implementation and upscaling of these technologies and innovations will also be discussed. If widely applied, supported and enabled, agroecology can help achieve sustainable development and the 2030 Agenda.

17h00
Panel discussion: Pathways for transformational change in agriculture through agroecology

- European Coordination Via Campesina
- Eduardo Cuoco, Director, IFOAM EU Group
- SDSN (TBC)

Plenary Session – Expert Panel Discussion: How to improve the quality of the content of sustainable technology databases?

09h00
Participating experts

Plenary Session – Presentation of the key findings of the thematic sessions of G-STIC 2018

Plenary Session – Presentation of the key findings of the cross-cutting themes of G-STIC 2018

12h00
Interactive discussion

- ICT
- Climate-smart technology
- Sustainable technology and development
- Urban development & Cities
- Youth engagement
- Gender mainstreaming

Plenary Session

Plenary Session – Expert Panel Discussion: How to improve the quality of the content of sustainable technology databases?

09h00
Participating experts

Plenary Session – Presentation of the key findings of the thematic sessions of G-STIC 2018

Plenary Session – Presentation of the key findings of the cross-cutting themes of G-STIC 2018

12h00
Interactive discussion

- ICT
- Climate-smart technology
- Sustainable technology and development
- Urban development & Cities
- Youth engagement
- Gender mainstreaming

Plenary Session

Plenary Session – Expert Panel Discussion: How to improve the quality of the content of sustainable technology databases?

09h00
Participating experts

Plenary Session – Presentation of the key findings of the thematic sessions of G-STIC 2018

Plenary Session – Presentation of the key findings of the cross-cutting themes of G-STIC 2018

12h00
Interactive discussion

- ICT
- Climate-smart technology
- Sustainable technology and development
- Urban development & Cities
- Youth engagement
- Gender mainstreaming

Plenary Session

Plenary Session – Expert Panel Discussion: How to improve the quality of the content of sustainable technology databases?

09h00
Participating experts

Plenary Session – Presentation of the key findings of the thematic sessions of G-STIC 2018

Plenary Session – Presentation of the key findings of the cross-cutting themes of G-STIC 2018

12h00
Interactive discussion

- ICT
- Climate-smart technology
- Sustainable technology and development
- Urban development & Cities
- Youth engagement
- Gender mainstreaming

Plenary Session

Plenary Session – Expert Panel Discussion: How to improve the quality of the content of sustainable technology databases?

09h00
Participating experts

Plenary Session – Presentation of the key findings of the thematic sessions of G-STIC 2018

Plenary Session – Presentation of the key findings of the cross-cutting themes of G-STIC 2018

12h00
Interactive discussion

- ICT
- Climate-smart technology
- Sustainable technology and development
- Urban development & Cities
- Youth engagement
- Gender mainstreaming

Plenary Session

Plenary Session – Expert Panel Discussion: How to improve the quality of the content of sustainable technology databases?

09h00
Participating experts

Plenary Session – Presentation of the key findings of the thematic sessions of G-STIC 2018

Plenary Session – Presentation of the key findings of the cross-cutting themes of G-STIC 2018

12h00
Interactive discussion

- ICT
- Climate-smart technology
- Sustainable technology and development
- Urban development & Cities
- Youth engagement
- Gender mainstreaming

Plenary Session

Plenary Session – Expert Panel Discussion: How to improve the quality of the content of sustainable technology databases?

09h00
Participating experts

Plenary Session – Presentation of the key findings of the thematic sessions of G-STIC 2018

Plenary Session – Presentation of the key findings of the cross-cutting themes of G-STIC 2018

12h00
Interactive discussion

- ICT
- Climate-smart technology
- Sustainable technology and development
- Urban development & Cities
- Youth engagement
- Gender mainstreaming

Plenary Session

Plenary Session – Expert Panel Discussion: How to improve the quality of the content of sustainable technology databases?

09h00
Participating experts

Plenary Session – Presentation of the key findings of the thematic sessions of G-STIC 2018

Plenary Session – Presentation of the key findings of the cross-cutting themes of G-STIC 2018

12h00
Interactive discussion

- ICT
- Climate-smart technology
- Sustainable technology and development
- Urban development & Cities
- Youth engagement
- Gender mainstreaming

Plenary Session

Register now for G-STIC 2018

Your conference registration fee includes


  • Participation in plenary sessions
  • Participation in thematic sessions of choice
  • Refreshments & Lunch
  • Welcome reception