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ABIS Knowledge Into Action Forum 2018

This year’s Knowledge Into Action Forum is an answer to the call from the business community to academia to facilitate and provide best practices through research and knowledge development on business models for driving sustainability.

Date 28 March 2018
Host ABIS - The Academy of Business in Society
Venue ING Belgium, Avenue Marnix 24, B-1000 Bruxelles
Focus Business Model Innovation in the SDG Era


Building on the 16th ABIS Colloquium, this year’s Knowledge Into Action Forum is an answer to the call from the business community to academia to help develop competitive and innovative business models for the UN SDGs through research and knowledge development.

We therefore aim to answer how businesses can integrate the SDGs into their corporate strategy, how to define KPIs and how to measure progress. If these questions are not answered, new business models cannot be developed and there is a risk of undermining the implementation and achievement of the goals.

The Knowledge Into Action Forum will therefore give the opportunity for interactive discussions around creating innovative business models for the SDG era. In addition, it will give space for our Participants to disseminate research results, case studies and initiatives, as well as the opportunity to start new and innovative research projects.

Within the SDG framework, the ABIS Knowledge Into Action Forum is designed to:

  • Understand emerging trends and state of the art research for business model innovation
  • Offer a space to our network to disseminate knowledge, research and results
  • Enable partnerships between business and academia
  • Raise awareness of funding opportunities for international research consortia


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Call for Proposals

As in previous years, we are hosting an interactive Market Place during our Knowledge Into Action Forum. This year’s Market Place will not only focus on potential Research Projects but also give a space to showcase initiatives your Institution is taking forward to research, explore or implement with regards to Sustainability-Driven Business Model Innovation.

The Market Place is also designed to be a forum to make dynamic project pitches to the broader communities of science, business, policy and civil society. This aims in part to solicit feedback and additional ideas from the network, but primarily to identify partners willing to engage in a collaborative development process.

Download the Call for Proposals




(All times local)


09.00 – 09.30    Welcome Coffee

09:30 – 09:45    Introduction: Rudi Plettinx, CEO, ABIS

09:45 – 10:00    Keynote: Wayne Visser, Academic Director Knowledge Community The Sustainable Transformation Lab, Antwerp Management School

10:15 – 10:30    Keynote: Frans Timmermans, First Vice-President, European Commission (TBC)

10:30 – 11:00    Coffee Break

11:00 – 12:00    Roundtables: The SDGs beyond the rhetoric - The need for Innovative Business Models

12:00  13:00    Lunch

13:00 – 13:45    Panel: Challenging the economic paradigm: The role of knowledge & research

13:45 – 14:15    Coffee Break

14:15 – 15:45    Project Marketplace

15:45 – 16:15    Closing Keynote: Erik Van Den Eynden, CEO, ING Belgium

16:15 – 16:30    Closing Remarks

16:30 – 17:30    Cocktail





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