About the Conference

In September 2015, Heads of State and Government agreed to set the World on a path towards sustainable development through the adoption of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.


This agenda includes 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which set out quantitative objectives across the social, economic, and environmental dimensions of sustainable development – all to be achieved by 2030.

The goals provide a framework for shared action to be implemented by all countries and all stakeholders, acting in collaborative partnership with a global North and Southern perspective.


Universities and Institutions of Higher Learning are not only mind-changing Environments but also birthplaces for innovation through technological advancements. However, how has this led humanity not only to act smarter but also more sustainably?

Has the publics’ expectations and concerns in terms of affordability been considered? What are the possible approaches and challenges of know-how transfer from Lecture halls to making SDGs a reality?

The SDG Winter School 2018 shall be of two aspects

  • BRAIN-GAIN Conference
  • BRAIN-GAIN Awards for Innovation- Official launching

THEME: Innovations through BRAIN-GAIN, The SDG’s and the Next Generation

Of the 17 SDGs in the Agenda 2030, the Conference will focus on

  • Goal 2: No Hunger
  • Goal 4: Quality Education
  • Goal 5: Gender Equality.
  • Goal 9: Industry Innovation and Infrastructure
  • Goal 11: Sustainable cities and communities
  • Goal 12: Responsible Consumption and Production
  • Goal 13: Climate Action.

The Conference aims at

  • Providing an open discourse about the Status-Quo regarding the SDGs, an in-depth examination of their implications as well as the opportunities provided through innovation in order to make the SDGs a reality.
  • Will offer participants the opportunity not only to engage in a “North”-“South”-Dialogue and Network.

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About Winter School 2018