EPFL's Contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals
EPFL Tech4Impact and Ingénieurs du Monde cordially invite you to the 1st Showcase 2030 event at the Forum Rolex Learning Center on April 10!
The first EPFL Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) report provides impressive evidence of the University’s potential to advance the UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. From tackling essential technology needs in emerging countries to addressing the global energy needs of tomorrow, these disruptive research projects provide innovative technological solutions to the most pressing global challenges of our time.
Join us for an exciting evening with leading EPFL scientists and innovative start-ups who present break-through solutions that address a variety of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals! We are particularly honored to welcome UN General Director Michael Møller and Swiss Ambassador Thomas Gass to the event.
The event is free of charge and is open to everyone.
16h30 – Doors open and start of the interactive exhibition of EPFL Start-Ups working on the SDGs
17h00 – Welcome and Introduction
17h15 – Introduction to the Sustainable Development Goals
17h30 – Introduction to the 1st EPFL Sustainable Development Goal Report
17h45 – Presentations of inspiring SDG research projects at EPFL
19h00 – Closing Remarks
19h15 – Apero & interactive exhibition of EPFL Start-Ups working on the SDGs
Welcome and Introductions
Prof. Dr. Marc Gruber, Vice President for Innovation at EPFL
EPFL-Technology, Sustainability Goals, and the Scaling of Solutions: Three Key Ingredients for a more sustainable Future
Dr. Thomas Gass, Vice Director of the Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation, and former UN Assistant Secretary-General
Dr. Julia Binder, EPFL Tech4Impact Project Leader
EPFL Research Projects
Prof. Dr. Claudia Binder
Sustainable urban systems
Prof. Dr. Janet Hering
Eawag and EPFL working together for SDG 6 to “ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all
Prof. Dr. Anders Meibom
EPFL’s Transnational Red Sea Initiative/Center
Prof. Dr. Mohammad Nazeeruddin
Perovskite Solar Cells: A New Paradigm in Renewable Energy
Prof. Dr. Marcel Salathé
ITU / WHO Focus Group AI for health
Dr. Klaus Schönenberger
Technology Innovation for development and humanitarian action: The EssentialTech Centre
Prof. Dr. Karen Scrivener
Cutting 30% of CO2-emissions in constructions – while improving quality and lowering cost
Prof. Dr. Wendy Lee Queen
Realizing the environmental benefits of synthetic sponges
Michael Møller, Director-General of the United Nations Office at Geneva
The interactive start-up exhibition will showcase 12 innovative EPFL spin-offs working on different SDGs
The event will take place at the Forum Rolex Learning Center.
Doors open at 16h30 and the official program will start at 17h00.
Free registration here
For more information contact us at [email protected]
"The 2030 Agenda is our global roadmap for a better world. The incredible promise of technology and innovation will help us achieve sustainable development. We need researchers and innovators on board together with other stakeholders to think out of the box, work coherently, implement systemically and deliver SMARTly."
“EPFL research contributes to the Agenda 2030 in manifold ways – and there are plenty opportunities to further increase our sustainable impact!”
“The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is the missing (vision) piece of the globalisation puzzle.. a vision that can only be achieved with the power of innovation and creativity.”
"The transition towards sustainable urban system, e.g., including the energy transition, is a socio-technical transition"
"We are developing low-cost solution processable perovskite solar cells with >22% efficiency: a “game-changer” for supplying affordable, and clean energy for all"
“The world needs a global, independent FDA for AI algorithms"
“Science and technology can be harnessed to address essential unmet needs of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable via entrepreneurship”
"The Laboratory of Constructions Materials at EPFL developed the revolutionary cement composition “LC3“ which has the potential to lower global CO2-emissions by 1-2%."
“There are many exciting opportunities in research and education to support sustainable development projects with robust knowledge, tools and scientific methods"
"There are many ways to be successful and many ways to fail. Do things in a manner that make you feel good.”
“The UN Agenda 2030 calls for ground-breaking scientific solutions – with technology playing a primary role in accelerating societal change.”