At the end of October 2021, the first edition of the 5th G-STIC Conference took place during World Expo in Dubai. The World Expo is focused on knowledge and technologies that are crucial to achieving the UN’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. It was therefore the perfect setting for holding the fifth G-STIC Conference, the first one to take place outside of Brussels (Belgium).

The conference has welcomed 250 speakers and lay on 44 sessions, 4 workshops and 2 innovation tours. Among the many esteemed speakers, we had the honour of receiving H.E. Lazarus Chakwera, President of Malawi, who used his keynote address to emphasise that technology and innovation are key enablers to curbing global challenges such as climate change.

Thematic plenary session | Oceans – Sustainable and smart shipping: all hands on deck (hosted by SDSN)

The future of shipping will require speedy and integrated technological solutions that work beyond traditional sectors. Solutions which aim to deliver greater benefits to people, communities, businesses and the planet.

Such massive transformation needs all hands on deck: researchers, industries, regulators, investors. Success will depend on various stakeholders bringing existing and emerging technologies to market at scale, while following transition pathways aligned with Agenda 2030 and the Paris Agreement.

Chaired by: Laura Cavalli, SDSN Italy and FEEM, Program Director Agenda 2030 and Network Manager


  • Paolo Pagano, CNIT/Port System Authority Northern Tyrrhenian Sea Joint Lab, Director

Presentation : “Use of 5G in improving port operations at the port of Livorno, Italy”

  • Phoebe Koundouri, Athens University of Economics and Business, Professor and Director at ReSEES Research Laboratory, co-chair SDSN Europe.

Presentation: “Technological economic and social transition pathways for implementing Agenda 2030 in our seas and oceans”

  • Alexandros G. Charalambides, Cyprus University of Technology ;Head of Department of Chemical Engineering

Presentation: “Maritime ClimAccelerator”

  • Piet Opstaele, Port of Antwerp, Innovation Enablement Manager
  • Francescalberto De Bari, Port of Livorno, Head of Economic Planning, Innovation and EU Programs

Presentation: “Technological solutions and regulation challenges on the path to making the Mediterranean a low emission area”


Watch the session here.

Learn more about the Conference here.


SDSN has recently become a partner of G-STIC and contributed to their Global Sustainable Technology & Innovation Conference that took place in Dubai (and online) in October 2021 and will contribute to their Global Sustainable Technology & Innovation Conference in January 2022.

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