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


Events facts

Participating network members
European Hydrogen Association
World Intellectual Property Organization
Gaia Consulting Ltd
Wuppertal Institute for Climate, Environment and Energy
International Centre for Integrated Mountain Development
Alterra, Stichting DLO
Partners for Innovation
3 ideas B.V.
23 October 2017 > 25 October 2017 CEST
Vlaamse Instelling Voor Technologisch Onderzoek

The G-STIC 2017 A Global Science, Technology & Innovation Conference that  aimed to accelerate the development, dissemination and deployment of technological innovations that enable the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The SDGs are 17 internationally agreed ambitious goals to move the world to a more sustainable future by 2030.

Focused on integrated technological solutions that are good for the planet, for the people and for the economy, G-STIC 2017 provided a unique chance to join the global technological innovation community that is single-mindedly devoted to enabling transitions to less carbon and resource-intensive economic development models. 

G-STIC 2017 focused on integrated technological solutions that potentially have a large impact on the achievement of the SDGs and climate change goals. The activities in G-STIC 2017 were organized and structured in 12 thematic areas, including 8 thematic clusters and 4 cross-cutting themes addressing aspects that are of global importance to the thematic clusters.

8 thematic clusters

  • Agriculture & food
  • Circular economy
  • Energy positive communities
  • Sustainable technology and development
  • Urban electric mobility
  • Urban design and sustainable building
  • Waste water as a resource
  • Smart water

4 cross-cutting themes

  • ICT as enabling technology
  • Youth engagement
  • Gender mainstreaming
  • Climate-smart technology

The CTCN engaged in particular in the cross cutting theme:


Assessing the impact of technological solutions on climate change 

This cross-cutting theme aimed to articulate the climate-smart qualities of the technologies discussed in each of the thematic areas. Inspired by how the Food and Agricultural Organisation of the United Nations (FAO) defines “climate-smart agriculture”, climate-smart qualities were considered to be qualities that make it possible to transform and reorient technological development under the new realities of climate change. Climate-smart technologies “sustainably increase productivity, enhance resilience (adaptation), reduce/remove greenhouse gases (mitigation) where possible, and enhance achievement of sustainable development goals”.

Thanks to its cross-cutting nature, climate-smart technology can potentially impact all SDGs, and in particular the SDGs that are impacted by the thematic areas in which climate-smart technology qualities are articulated.