Plenary Sessions

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Plenary Session 1: Innovation and Ingenuity - A Partnership for Resilience

The last few decades have been dominated by the concept that innovation in technology and process causes better outcomes to occur for societies and their economies. In earlier times when new technologies were scarcer, the idea that ingenuity was the way to improve matters and achieve progress for society was dominant. We are now entering an era where resilience of our society to a range of stresses such as extreme weather, demographic change, food and energy security, and political unrest are causing us to reconsider how we can use a combination of innovation and ingenuity to achieve more resilient outcomes. Societies need to be better prepared for the plausible but unexpected situations that we will find ourselves in.

This Opening Plenary address will address how these interlinked concepts affect education, research and governance of this complex world that we have created and what steps need to be taken in research and innovation programmes such as Urban Solutions and Sustainability (USS) to improve matters.

Date: 4 October, Wednesday
Time: 10.00am – 10.30am

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Plenary Session 2: Translation to Impact in the Resource & Environmental Sustainability Sector

Given the risks associated with climate change, there has been growing awareness of the need for environmental sustainability. Focusing on three key resources (energy, water, food), this plenary session will present a panel discussion on how R&D could be an enabler, enhancer or even game changer to resource and environmental sustainability, as well as the opportunities and constraints for the industry.

Date: 4 October, Wednesday
Time: 11.00am – 12.30pm

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Overview of Urban Solutions and Sustainability: Focus Areas for Research and Innovation

De En's presentation will provide an overview of the research directions of the Urban Solutions and Sustainability Domain (USS), and how R&D will support the Singapore Green Plan (SGP). He will be highlighting the priority areas and desired outcomes for innovations in the built environment, water, transportation, energy, and waste management sectors. The session will provide an introduction for deeper dives into the other sessions in the programme for Congress 2023. Attendees can expect to gain insights into the latest research and development efforts in USS areas, and how these efforts are contributing to a more liveable and sustainable environment for Singapore.

Date: 4 October, Wednesday
Time: 1.30pm – 2.00pm

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Innovation and Enterprise - Bringing Technology to Market

What is Innovation and Enterprise? What does it take to bring technology to the market, successfully? Join the Urban Solutions & Sustainability Innovation & Enterprise Office at this sharing session to learn about how Innovation and Enterprise go hand in hand to bring new technologies to market, to serve the needs of the market. This session will highlight two specific examples of partnerships between Singapore's Centers of Innovation and companies, to show what it takes to successfully onboard technology into a company.

Date: 4 October, Wednesday
Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm

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