New webinar series "Innovation for SDGs: inspirational tools towards sustainability challenges"


The Universitat de Girona, in collaboration with GUNi, is organizing a webinar series under the title “Innovation for SDGs: inspirational tools towards sustainability challenges” (15-25 March, 2021) to promote an SDG-sustainability approach to research and innovation projects among researchers and the overall innovation community.

The webinar series “Innovation for SDGs: inspirational tools towards sustainability challenges” focuses on opportunities and new trends in the fields of research and innovation. The goal is to debate and advance towards the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The diverse and inspiring presentations will highlight emerging opportunities as well as unveil challenges to reflect upon and pave the way for innovative projects. Each session aims to provide ideas to promote knowledge transfer that may lead to developing and testing new solutions and, above all, to overcoming obstacles regarding the attainment of the SDGs and overall sustainability linked to Agenda 2030.

All webinars will be conducted in English. Registrations are now open! Register here.

Day1: March 15th, 11.00h – 13.00h (CET) - “Transforming Towards Sustainable Development" (video)


Day2: March 17th, 11.00h – 13.00h (CET) -  “Aligning science with society” (video)

  • Opening words. Sílvia Llach, Vice-Rector for Territory and Social Commitment of the Universitat de Girona
  • “Co-creation: science and society” (pdf). Norbert Steinhaus, Director of the WilaBonn Science Shop (Germany) and coordinator of the H2020 TeRRIFICA project.
  • “RRI and science with and for society” (pdf). Dobrivoje Lale Eric, Head of Department of International Cooperation at Center for the Promotion of Science (Serbia)
  • Chair and Moderator: Pere Condom-Vilà, Director of the Research and Technology Transfer Office of the Universitat de Girona (TBC)


Day3: March 19th, 11.00h – 13.00h (CET) - “Communication and Advocacy for the 2030 Agenda and the SDGs” (video)

  • Opening words. Sílvia Simon, Director of the Chair Scientific Culture and Digital Communication of the Universitat de Girona
  • "Communication and advocacy for the Agenda 2030: learnings from ESDN and SOS UK". Eric Mulholland, European Sustainable Development Network Office and Researcher at the Vienna University of Economics and Business (Austria) (Presentation pdf) and Rachel Soper, Project Manager at Students Organizing for Sustainability - SOS UK (Presentation pdf)
  • Closing remarks. Daniella Tilbury, Commissioner for Sustainable Development and Future Generations, Her Majesty’s Government of Gibraltar (Presentation pdf)

  • Chair and Moderator: Marta Cayetano, Communications Manager at the Global University Network for Innovation (GUNi)


Day 4: March 22nd, 11.00h – 13.00h (CET) - “Inequality and health: innovation facing challenges in the context of Covid19” (video)


Day 5: March 23rd, 11.00h – 13.00h (CET) - “Wise water management in cities” (video)


Day 6:  March 24th, 14.00h – 16.00h (CET) - “Moving sustainability forward: regenerative tourism as one of the next steps” (video)

Day 6: March 24th, 18.00h – 20.00h (CET) - "Robotics for Nature: disruptive technological approaches to tackle conservation challenges” (video)

Day 7: March 25th, 11.00h – 13.00h (CET) - “Improving the sustainability of the food production system along the entire value chain”



  • UNESCO. United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization
  • The Catalan Association of Public Universities (ACUP)

Sponsored by

  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry of Business and Employment. Department of Research and Universities
  • Generalitat de Catalunya. Ministry for Foreign Action and Open Government