Integrated technological solutions

that impact the achievement of the SDGs and climate change goals

G-STIC 2017 provides a unique chance to discover opportunities for technology innovations that enable the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs, officially known as 'Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development', are 17 ambitious targets, agreed upon by all countries, for the world to transition to a more sustainable future by 2030. This conference is entirely focused on integrated technological solutions for a transition to less resource-intensive economic development models.

Creating win-win solutions

G-STIC 2017 invites you to explore how you can become part of the growing innovation community that is poised to create solutions that are good for the planet, for the people and for business.

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Thinking outside the box

G-STIC 2017 is the first in a series of Global Science, Technology and Innovation Conferences. G-STIC is all about integrated technological solutions that potentially have a large impact on the achievement of the SDGs and climate change goals, and that contribute to a systemic change. In addition to the plenary sessions, G-STIC 2017 activities will be structured in 8 thematic clusters (Agroecology for sustainable food systems, Circular economy and the role of Industry 4.0, Energy positive communities, Sustainable technology for low-income communities, Urban electric mobility, Smart water, Urban design and sustainable building and Waste water as a resource) and 4 cross-cutting themes (Climate-smart technology, ICT as enabling technology, Gender mainstreaming and Youth engagement).

More about the themes

G-STIC approaches the required technological innovations from a user perspective and takes into consideration the regulatory environment needed to introduce these integrated solutions, as well as the need for regional differentiation. The goal of G-STIC is to accelerate the development, dissemination, and deployment of integrated technological solutions that are feasible, acceptable and affordable from an economic and social point of view.

Within each cluster and theme, our speakers will inspire you to think outside the box on how to create win-win solutions for local, regional and national problems using state-of-the-art technologies.

Discover our inspiring speakers

Rendezvous in Brussels, 23-25 October

G-STIC 2017 will be an exciting meeting place for technology experts from the research community and the private sector, for national and international policy experts, and for members of civil society. Jointly hosted by VITO and its international partners ACTS, AIT, IITD & TERI, this unique conference is aimed at accelerating the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals and the climate change goals.

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More than a conference series

G-STIC aims to contribute to a systemic change

G-STIC is focused on building knowledge bases and global expert networks to support the technological transitions that are needed for the implementation of the Paris Agreement and the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.

G-STIC will draw upon the best available knowledge and real-life expertise to contribute a robust advisory system on integrated technological solutions to the United Nations and other international policy forums, as they relate to the SDGs, the climate goals and the Means of Implementation of binding multilateral environmental agreements.

G-STIC is guided by an International Advisory Committee

G-STIC is guided by an International Advisory Committee that is composed of more than 30 senior representatives from different UN agencies and expert institutes participating in one or more of the G-STIC thematic clusters or cross-cutting themes.

Student & Research Challenges

A unique opportunity to join the dialogue on technology for the SDGs - for free.

In case you win the Student or Research Challenge within any of the technology themes, you will be able to participate for free in G-STIC 2017. And your travel and accommodation costs will be on us.

The G-STIC 2017 Student & Research Challenges are launched to encourage students, PhD students and junior researchers worldwide to come up with original and innovative ideas on new technological solutions that hold great potential for achieving the SDGs. As a participant, you will not just be invited to pitch your ideas related to any of the themes addressed by the G-STIC 2017 conference. You will also be given the opportunity to join the peer review process, and elect the winning pitch within your theme. All winners of the Student & Research Challenges will be invited to participate for free in the G-STIC 2017 Conference.

Take up the challenge

Welcoming technology experts and policy makers

in Brussels, October 23-25 2017

The G-STIC Conference series will be hosted jointly by VITO (the prime research and technology organization on cleantech and sustainable development in Belgium) and its international partners ACTS (African Centre for Technology Studies), AIT (Asian Institute of Technology), IITD (Indian Institute of Technology Delhi) and TERI (The Energy and Resources Institute). The first edition of this new conference series will be organised in Brussels from October 23 to October 25, 2017.

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