Changing directions: Steering science, technology and innovation for the Sustainable Development Goals

This short film accompanies the project’s final report, and features members of the project team outlining the key research findings and recommendations, alongside case studies from Kenya, Argentina and India.

Re-imagining research excellence & cultures of policymaking

Professor Joanna Chataway talks about the changing cultures of policymaking, rethinking the definition of research excellence, and the challenges of being a science-for-policy practitioner at the coalface.

Mapping and Characterising SDG-Related Research

A presentation from Dr Tommaso Ciarli as part of INGSA 2021.

Is there consensus on the alignment of science, technology and innovation with the SDGs? A global survey informing policy design.

Dr Ine Steenmans presents her digital poster for INGSA 2021 on the STRINGS project.

Research, Innovation and Democracy: a new initiative for the UNDP

A presentation from Andrew Stirling as part of INGSA 2021

Involving different actors to achieve the SDGs

Heidi Hackmann, CEO of the International Science Council, discusses how the International Council is helping different communities and stakeholders understand, and support them towards, the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.

The obstacles for aligning science technology and innovation investments with SDGs

Svend Remoe, from the Research Council of Norway, advocates better adoption and use of knowledge to better orient STI investments towards the Sustainable Development Goals.

A how-to checklist for the SDGs

Tracey Elliot, Project Director for the Interacademy Partnership, discusses how the organisation has been developing a guide so that academics and scientists can more systematically engage with the UN and the Sustainable Development Goals on varying levels.

Making science, technology, and innovation more accessible

Keshab Das, Professor at the Gujarat Institute of Development Research, describes how institutional and organizational innovations are probably now key to bridge the gap between the benefits of STI and final users.

Engaging different voices in the SDG discussion

Hebe Vessuri, Visiting Professor at the Universidad de los Andes, Bogota, Colombia, and Emeritus Professor from the Venezuelan Institute of Scientific Research, discusses the need to reach as many actors as possible to engage in the Sustainable Development Goals discussion.

Science, Technology and Innovation working towards sustainable development

Melody Brown Burkins, Associate Director of the John Sloan Dickey Center for International Understanding, Adjunct Professor of Environmental Studies and Chair of the US National Academies Board on International Scientific Organisations, argues that there is a need to work collectively within and beyond the science technology and innovation community for a more sustainable world.

The difference between the North and South for the SDGs

Idayat Hassan, Director of the Centre for Democracy and Development based in Abuja, encourages all SDG discussion and actions to be context specific and relevant. There is a huge difference between the North and South: What is good for Nigeria, what our priorities are in terms of achieving the Sustainable Developments Goals, are quite different from that of neighboring Ghana – let alone when we talk about Japan, or Brazil.

SDGs require different approaches in different contexts

Susan Cozzens, Professor of Public Policy, Director of the Technology Policy and Assessment Center and Associate Dean for Research, Ivan Allen College, thinks that when it comes to the Sustainable Development Goals, different contexts warrant different approaches. Top down won’t work! She also discusses the US’s role in the SDGs and why it should be as important to affluent countries as to developing nations.

Connecting Science, Technology, and Innovation to the SDGs

Paulo Gadelha from the Oswaldo Cruz Foundation, Fiocruz, talks about the need to direct science, technology and innovation towards the Sustainable Development Goals. The role of states is crucial to this. He also posits that Digital Technology would be the most impactful, which could be both positive and negative.

Optimising technical innovation to meet the SDGs

Mutuma Ruteere, Director of the Centre for Human Rights and Policy Studies, discusses how multiple actors from both the public and private sector need to get involved to find the technology needed to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.

Accountability systems need putting in place to meet the SDGs

GV Ramanjaneyulu from the Centre for Sustainable Agriculture, India, discusses how the public sector needs to be held accountable in order for things to change and for the Sustainable Development Goals to be effectively met. Accountability structures should be built in to both government and other public institutions with monitoring by civil society.

Informal Economy and sustainable development

Dipak Gyawali, Nepal Academy of Science and Technology, claims that before technology addresses the Sustainable Development Goals, societal and political issues must first be resolved and the informal economy officially recognised.

Raise awareness between communities to align science and technology with the SDGs

Franklin Carrero-Martinez, Director of the programme at the National Academy of Sciences for Global Development and Sustainability, discusses how in order to align STI and the Sustainable Development Goals, there needs to be a level of awareness among the scientific community of what the goals are and what actions have been agreed, as well as increased dialogue between scientists and policy-making communities.

Behind on the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals

Nicole Igloi, Policy Specialist in the United Nations Development Programme, highlights that, globally, we are off-track to achieving the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030. She discusses the UN Secretary General’s call for a Decade of Action to push the effort forward.

Increase public sector finance for science and technology in order to meet the SDGs

Carlos Paolino, Member of the Council of Agronomy Faculty of the University of Uruguay, describes the need to increase public sector finance for science and technology in order to meet the Sustainable Development Goals.