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2017 Global Science, Technology & Innovation Conference (G-STIC)

23-25 October 2017 | Brussels, Belgium

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Bernice Dapaah, Ghana, presented her bamboo bike to Louise De Tremerie, a PhD student from Ghent.


Highlights for Wednesday, 25 October 2017

Discussions on the final day of G-STIC 2017 focused on the draft Chairpersons’ summary and key findings from the conference. Possible themes for future iterations of the G-STIC were also considered.

Robby Berloznik, VITO, presented the draft Chairpersons’ summary. On agroecology for sustainable food systems, he indicated that agricultural systems need to be integrated, affordable, socially acceptable, environmentally sound and gender sensitive. On circular economy, he noted the need for both political will and finance, and highlighted the importance of ICT in many applications.

On energy positive communities, Berloznik highlighted decentralized systems that are affordable, appropriate, and allow for bottom-up distribution. On urban electric mobility, he noted that a technological shift without changes in behavior is not sufficient, and emphasized urban planning. On smart water, Berloznik highlighted the need for integration of ICTs into existing water-related technologies.

On urban design and sustainable building, he stressed the importance of an integrated approach in which design, construction, operation and use all need to change, with ICT and the internet of things as important enablers. On waste water as a resource, Berloznik noted the need to think of wastewater not as a burden, but rather a potential provider of energy, nutrients and clean water for irrigation and human use.

Veerle Vandeweerd, Director of Policy, G-STIC, summarized progress made at the event. She highlighted the creation of communities of practice and consensus on the need for a paradigm change. She identified four key findings, namely that: many of the needed technologies already exist; technology needs to be widely distributed and bottom-up; the circular economy is a key concept, with industry 4.0 as a driver; and ICT is a key enabling tool. She emphasized that the G-STIC “is more than a conference; it is a process aimed at putting technology into practice in ways that contribute significantly to achieving the SDGs.”

In closing, Dirk Fransaer, VITO, thanked the participants and partners, and invited them to gather once again at G-STIC 2018 in Brussels in November.

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Presentation of the Chairpersons' Summaries and Key Findings of G-STIC 2017

Jan Staman, Staman Consultancy, moderates the closing plenary


Jukka Uosukainen, Climate Technology Centre and Network

Robby Berloznik, VITO


Luis Neves, Global e-Sustainability Initiatives

Yannick Glemarec, UN Women


Dessima Williams, UN Special Adviser for Implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals, participates in the closing discussion


Veerle Vandeweerd, G-STIC

Donovan Guttieres, UN Major Group for Children & Youth


Visionary statements

View of the Panel (L-R): Al Hammond, Allen L. Hammond & Associates; Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, UN-Habitat; Malcolm Johnson, ITU; and Nebojsa Nakicenovic, International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis (IIASA)


 


Closing of the Conference

Dirk Fransaer, VITO, closes G-STIC 2017


Highlights for Tuesday, 24 October 2017

On Tuesday morning, a CEO panel took place focusing on oceans. The panel brought together a range of ocean industries to consider the ocean aspects of Agenda 2030. The issues discussed included the development, dissemination and deployment of technology and collaboration among science, technology and innovation communities.

Throughout the day, participants at G-STIC 2017 convened in breakout sessions to consider thematic clusters on: agroecology for sustainable food systems; circular economy and the role of industry; urban electric mobility; urban design and sustainable building; smart water solutions; waste water as a resource; energy positive communities; and sustainable technology and development. Topical sessions were also held on bamboo and innovative building materials.

In the afternoon, the Clean Ganga event took place. All thematic clusters and topical sessions concluded presentations and wrapped up. Participants worked in the evening on the chairpersons’ summaries and key findings, to be considered on Wednesday morning.

In the evening, G-STIC 2017 was suspended to celebrate the UN day. A high-level colloquium took place with presentations.

Nikhil Seth, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Executive Director of UNITAR, discussed the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and their role in technology.

The keynote presentation was given by Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecommunication and Postal Services, Belgium.

Yannick Gelmarec, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director for Policy and Programme for UN Women, highlighted the importance of technology to achieve the SDGs.

Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Executive Director of UN-Habitat, discussed the SDGs and the urban agenda.

Li Yong, Director General, UNIDO, highlighted, inter alia, multistakeholder partnerships and enabling environments.

Christine Vermylen, CIFAL Flanders, delivered closing words.

The high-level colloquium was followed by a reception.

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UN DAY HIGH LEVEL COLLOQUIUM

Alexander De Croo, Deputy Prime Minister, and Minister of Development Cooperation, Digital Agenda, Telecommunication and Postal Services, Belgium

Dirk Fransaer, VITO


Yannick Glemarec, UN Women

Nikhil Seth, UNITAR


Aisa Kirabo Kacyira, UN-Habitat

Dessima Williams, UN Special Adviser for the Implementation of the SDGs

Li Yong, Director General, UNIDO


Ibernice Macbean sings to the plenary


CEO OCEANS PANEL

A panoramic view of the CEO Oceans Panel


Mikael Thinghuus, Royal Greenland A/S

Bert Groenendaal, ATSEA Technologies


​Pål Bakken, Seaweed Energy Solutions

Alain Bernard, DEME Group



Thematic Clusters and Topical Sessions

Ashok Bihari Lall, interacts with participants during the Urban Design and Sustainable Building session

Antonis Mavropoulos, International Solid Waste Association (ISWA), speaks during the Circular Economy session


Ragab Ragab Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, speaks during the Sustainable Technology and Development session

Christine Leurquin, SES S.A., speaks during the Smart Water and ICT as Enabling Technologies joint sessions


Highlights for Monday, 23 October 2017

The Global Science, Technology and Innovation Conference (G-STIC) 2017 opened on Monday morning with a high-level plenary session and welcoming addresses by the co-hosts.

Dirk Fransaer, VITO, emphasised the G-STIC’s focus on how technology can contribute to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). He highlighted the importance of integrated technologies that contribute to solving more than one problem at the same time.

Ajay Mathur, TERI, stressed the importance of dialogue involving the technology and innovation communities as well as policymakers and civil society.

Ambuj Sagar, Indian Institute of Technology, highlighted the importance of forming a community of individuals across disciplines and countries working to advance technological innovation and implementation.

Surendra Shresta, Asian Institute of Technology, expressed hope that innovative technologies would serve as “the glue” between the private and public sectors to enable achievement of the SDGs.

Kennedy Orwa, African Centre for Technology Studies, emphasized that G-STIC 2017 comes at “a critical and timely moment” by pointing to ways to scale up technological innovations and taking up the challenge of linking with policymakers who can facilitate the fast adoption of these technologies.

The welcoming addresses were followed by opening remarks by several invited speakers.

In the afternoon, participants convened in breakout sessions to consider thematic clusters on: agroecology for sustainable food systems; circular economy and the role of industry; urban electric mobility; urban design and sustainable building; smart water solutions; waste water as a resource; as well as a joint session on energy positive communities and sustainable technology and development. Topical sessions were also held on ICT as enabling technology and carbon dioxide (CO2) as a resource.

In the evening, a plenary session took place to consider the chairperson's summaries and key findings of the G-STIC 2017, especially from the youth perspective.

The day ended with with a closing keynote speech by Ad Lansink, a former Dutch politician and the father of waste hierarchy, based on his book "The Ladder of Lansink" (1979).

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High-Level Plenary Opening Session

View of the Panel (L-R): Dirk Fransaer, VITO (Flemish Institute for Technological Research); Ajay Mathur, Director General, The Energy & Resources Institute (TERI); Ambuj Sagar, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi; Surendra Shrestha, Asian Institute of Technology (AIT); and Kennedy Orwa, African Centre for Technology Studies (ACTS)


Dirk Fransaer, VITO


Elioda Tumwesigye, Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Uganda

Her Royal Highness Mona Al-Said, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman


A section of the audience during the opening plenary session



U. P. Singh, National Mission for Clean Ganga - Ministry of Water Resources, River Development & Ganga Rejuvenation, India

Li Yong, Director General, UN Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO)



A panoramic view of the delegates networking area


 

 


Thematic Clusters and Topical Sessions


Malcolm Johnson, ITU, presenting during the session on ICT as an Enabling Technology

Quentin de Hults, BASF Group, presenting during the Urban Design and Sustainable Building session


Participants during the joint session on energy positive communities and sustainable technology and development




Around the Venue


 

 


 

 


 

 


IISD Reporting Services Team Members (L-R): Brandon Jourdan, Tasha Goldberg, Langston James Goree IV, Kati Kulovesi, Maria Gutierezz, Herman Njoroge Chege; and Aaron Cosbey



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