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Event summary: Speakers, panellists and guests come together to explore steering STI for SDGs at STRINGS’ UN STI Forum side event

Key messages

  • The STRINGS projects’ unprecedented mapping of how different areas of STI relate to SDGs has highlighted the potential misalignments between countries’ research priorities and SDG challenges.
  • The mapping and characterisation of published research also highlighted the stark inequalities between where the research capabilities are built and where they are most needed.
  • During the side event, it was argued that funders, donors and international organisations should seek to steer research priorities to address this. Recommendations based on experiences in Brazil, Germany and South Africa were discussed.
  • Measures that were discussed include: consulting with a wider range of stakeholders and reflecting the views of different communities across different contexts; improving the assessment of research’s (unequal) impact on societies; and introducing new forms of global governance to better analyse R&D allocations and STI strategies.
  • STRINGS will publish a full report and recommendations from its research later this year You can receive regular updates on the project’s research and findings by joining the STRINGS mailing list.

Event summary

The STRINGS project’s side event at the UN STI Forum 2021 explored how policymakers, funders and international organisations can harness the power of science,

By |2021-05-14T17:13:47+01:00May 13th, 2021|News|0 Comments

To meet the Sustainable Development Goals, we must transform innovation

Dr Saurabh Arora and Prof Andy Stirling

In 1925, Mahatma Gandhi famously included ‘science without humanity’ and ‘knowledge without character’, alongside ‘politics without principle’ and ‘commerce without morality’ in listing Seven Social Sins. Today, we can see these social sins of Modernity as central to unsustainability, ranging from climate disruptions and toxic wastes, to rampant inequality and poverty.

The United Nations (UN) Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) are arguably the most comprehensive modern attempt to tackle unsustainability challenges. Yet it remains to be seen if they can deliver the ambitious transformations in science, technology, politics and commerce needed to avoid reproducing Gandhi’s compellingly diagnosed syndromes – and so achieve genuine sustainability.

While the “development, transfer and dissemination” of relevant sciences, technologies and innovations (STIs) is central to the UN’s 2030 Agenda for transforming our world, the need to transform incumbent structures governing the development of modern science and technology is left largely out of the picture. Meanwhile, transformative social and political innovations are also neglected.

The UN promotes the following STIs as relevant for the SDGs: modern energy generation and distribution infrastructures; pharmaceutical innovations; agricultural and marine technologies for environmental monitoring; and information and communication technologies for bridging

By |2021-04-20T10:47:16+01:00April 19th, 2021|Blogs|0 Comments

STRINGS launches global survey on science, technology and innovation for the SDGs

STRINGS has launched a global survey to gather different views on how science, technology and innovation (STI) can support the delivery of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and we want to hear from you.

Billions of dollars are spent every year on STI but our understanding of how that investment supports the SDGs is limited. The survey is part of our work to improve this understanding and provide decision makers with evidence and tools to align STI with the SDGs to create a better, fairer and more sustainable world.

What does the survey involve?

In the survey we ask you to tell us which areas of STI you believe have the most potential to help achieve the SDGs. We ask you to focus on the SDGs you are most familiar with, and the survey will tailor itself to reflect your expertise.

How will it help to achieve a more sustainable world?

By taking part, you will be:

  • Building a picture of which STI should be prioritised in the next 10 years to achieve the SDGs
  • Making sure that different experiences, areas of expertise, disciplines and contexts are included in debates on what is funded and how, including yours!

Our findings will be shared with

By |2021-04-16T14:43:31+01:00April 16th, 2021|News|0 Comments

Knowledge integration for societal challenges: from interdisciplinarity to research portfolio analysis

Dr Ismael Ràfols

This post was originally published on Leiden Madtrics, the official blog of STRINGS partner the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) at Leiden University.

For research to address societal challenges, indicators of average degree of ‘interdisciplinarity’ are not relevant. Instead, we propose a portfolio approach to analyze knowledge integration as a systemic process; in particular, the directions, diversity and synergies of research trajectories.

By |2021-02-05T11:04:19+00:00February 5th, 2021|Blogs|0 Comments

STRINGS newsletter: winter 2020

The winter 2020 edition of the STRINGS newsletter is out now, including:

  • Spotlight on our mapping work
  • An update on our Chagas case study
  • Webinar recording – How do evidence-based models contribute to the SDGs?
  • Latest blogs
  • Recent publications and reading recommendations from the STRINGS team.

Read the newsletter and join our mailing list to have future editions sent straight to your inbox.

By |2021-04-13T10:27:17+01:00January 5th, 2021|News|0 Comments

UNDP launches Human Development Report 2020, The Next Frontier: Human Development and the Anthropocene

STRINGS partner the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) has launched the 30th anniversary edition of the Human Development Report (HDR), The Next Frontier: Human Development and the Anthropocene.

Thirty years ago, UNDP created a new way to conceive and measure progress. Instead of using growth in GDP as the sole measure of development, they ranked the world’s countries by their human development: by whether people in each country have the freedom and opportunity to live the lives they value.

The 2020 HDR doubles down on the belief that people’s agency and empowerment can bring about the action we need if we are to live in balance with the planet in a fairer world. It shows that we are at an unprecedented moment in history, in which human activity has become a dominant force shaping the planet. These impacts interact with existing inequalities, threatening significant development reversals. Nothing short of a great transformation – in how we live, work and cooperate – is needed to change the path we are on. The Report explores how to jumpstart that transformation.

Explore the Report.

By |2021-02-04T15:25:16+00:00December 16th, 2020|News|0 Comments

Spotlight on STRINGS’ mapping work

Based on work by STRINGS partner CWTS, we have developed a tool to explore the extent to which research communities (i.e. different areas of research) relate, or not, to SDGs.

Since May, we have worked hard to define the set of search terms we use to identify academic papers that relate to the SDGs. Differently from most exercises like this (such as SIRIS, Dimensions, Elsevier, Aurora Universities, and Bergen), we assess the allocation of publications across research communities that, as a whole, may be working on SDG related topics. This approach acknowledges that what may be contributing to the SDGs is a combination of research outputs, rather than a single paper.

By |2020-12-16T12:14:00+00:00December 16th, 2020|News|0 Comments

Where have academic and policy discussions on science, research, technology and innovation for the SDGs focused?

Dr Hugo Confraria and Agustina Colonna

The 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) acknowledge that science, research, technology and innovation (STI) are vital drivers of the global transformation towards a better and more sustainable future for all.

However, the impact of STI investments and policies on the SDGs is complex, often intangible and full of synergies and trade-offs.

As part of STRINGS’ work to better understand these complex relationships, we set out to analyse the main findings from publications (both scientific papers and grey literature) that examine the relationship between STI and the SDGs. This blog summarises the themes emerging from this literature review, and the implications for efforts to better align STI with the SDGs.

By |2021-04-20T10:48:43+01:00December 16th, 2020|Blogs|0 Comments
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