SEMI PLENARY SESSIONS
In these sessions, different topics about the thematic of the conference are going to be laid on the table with exceptional intellectuals that are going to exhibit their profuse knowledge and understanding on the topic.
Each session will be held as a round table and will have a moderator along with three international expert speakers. The moderator will be in charge of the introduction of the topic to be debated and guiding the discussion of the speakers. Each session will be closed with a space for questions from the audience.
There are going to be two Semi Plenary Sessions per day that are going to last 1 hour each.
SEMI PLENARY SESSION 1
Environmental, Social and Governance
The business community is recognising the significance of sustainable development goals (SDGs) and environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG). Two concepts which organizations are dovetailing into their business to improve their operations. To stay ahead of the competition and prosper in any field, it is necessary for firms to adopt these ideals. Environmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) is a term frequently used in business and finance to describe the success of a firm in three major areas.
They include the company’s environmental effect, its treatment of employees and investors, and its general corporate governance standards.ESG-focused investments prioritise ethical and sustainable operations in addition to financial gains. There is mounting emphasis on firms to emphasise social good when making decisions regarding their operations. In this way, ESG data may assist organisations in measuring and monitoring their sustainability KPIs. Adopting good environmental and social policies has been demonstrated to be essential for long-term success.
This session will bring together representatives of international companies to share their good practices and insights on ESGs.
SEMI PLENARY SESSION 2
Driving Forces for Regional Sustainable Development - The role of Universities
Regional development may be defined as a comprehensive endeavour to minimise regional inequities through supporting (job-creating and wealth-generating) economic activity in areas. Universities, as key sociocultural institutions in their communities, foster technological innovation, employment, university-industry collaboration, and a variety of sociocultural activities, while also encouraging this local and regional economic development. This Institutions are also impartial conveners, talent assemblers, and unrivalled idea factories where exceptional minds, young and old, can apply their passion, creativity, and idealism to problem-solving and promoting our societal and economic well-being.
OECD representatives will bring to the table all their experience in economic development to promote sustainable development from Universities.
SEMI PLENARY SESSION 3
It is increasingly evident that commercialization of university based technology is a key ingredient to vibrant clusters of innovation. Such innovations are not restricted to technology innovations, but also incorporate business model and other social and business innovations. How does a university enable and accelerate this contribution to the communities well-being? What about the university itself? What practices and resources are key to enabling prioritizing such activities. Do they require a shift in the very culture of academia?
These questions will be the core of the conversation of diverse panel of participants, sharing their experiences in divergent settings around the world. We will also invite active participation from session attendees.
SEMI PLENARY SESSION 4
Sustainable Areas of Innovation: Sustainable Ecosystems of Innovation: Green & Digital
The synergy of green and digital technologies is driving transformative change in sustainable areas of innovation. Through renewable energy, eco-friendly practices, and resource management, the green revolution aims to reduce our ecological footprint. Simultaneously, digital innovation harnesses artificial intelligence, smart systems, and data-driven approaches to optimize sustainability efforts. This dynamic fusion of green and digital holds tremendous potential for creating a more connected, efficient, and environmentally conscious world.
Together, they pave the way for a sustainable future where technology acts as a catalyst for positive change, enabling us to build a greener and more resilient society.
SEMI PLENARY SESSION 5
Embedding Sustainability in Universities
The paths towards sustainable universities are multifaceted and crucial for building a greener future. Firstly, universities can prioritize renewable energy sources, implementing solar panels or wind turbines to reduce their carbon footprint. Secondly, promoting sustainable transportation options like biking or public transit can minimize campus emissions. Additionally, universities should incorporate eco-friendly practices, such as recycling programs, composting, and reducing water consumption. Educating students about sustainability and integrating it into the curriculum is also vital. Finally, fostering partnerships with local communities and businesses can lead to collaborative efforts for sustainability.
By treading these paths, universities can serve as beacons of environmental stewardship and inspire generations to create a more sustainable world.