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Innovation for Sustainability (I4S) Final Conference
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Innovation for Sustainability (I4S) Final Conference

The conference will represent the final event of the Innovation for Sustainability project led by ABIS.

Date 28 October 2016
Host ABIS - The Academy of Business in Society
Venue Ateliers des Tanneurs, Brussels, Belgium
Focus Innovation for Sustainability


I4S is a research initiative that provides training and funding for 8 early-stage researchers (PhD students) and 2 experienced researchers to investigate sustainability-driven innovation in business. The project is grounded in collaboration and partnership between academia and industry. Eight academic institutions (all members of ABIS) and eight associated business partners, are engaged in this collaborative project (2013-2016) which has received a grant of Euros 2.5 million from the European Commission’s Marie Skłodowksa-Curie Initial Training Network (ITN) funding scheme.

The final event organized by the ITN will be hold on October 28th in Brussels, the day after the 15th ABIS Annual Colloquium. Participation to the event is open for all and free of charge.





(All times local)



Coffee and Pastries

09:00 – 09:20

Opening and Welcome 

Origins of the I4S project

Joris Lenssen, Managing Director of ABIS

09:20 – 09:35

Bridging academia and business in developing the sustainability & innovation leaders of the future: The vision and delivery of the I4S project (+video)

Prof Sally Randles, ABIS I4S ‘Scientist in Charge’ & Professor of Sustainability and Innovation, Manchester Met University Business School

9:35 – 10:20

Academia’s responsibilities in forming the sustainability & innovation leaders of the future

Prof Piet Naudé, Director Stellenbosch Business School, South Africa



Sustainability & innovation  leaders of the future: the view from business and  practice (1): Skills, Competences and a Personal Journey

Kene Umeasiegbu, Head of Climate Change and Sustainable Agriculture, Tesco PLC, UK



Coffee and Pastries


Sustainability & innovation  leaders of the future: the view from business and  practice (2):

A multi-actor collaborative approach to sustainability and innovation : The case of Active House ice

Lone Feifer, Programme Director, Sustainable Living in Buildings, Velux, DK


11:45 – 13:00


Doctoral Researchers –  break-out groups around poster presentations to discuss  key findings and implications of their research (Science-café format) 

I4S and other PhDs (9-10 PhDs)

Chair: Mario Pensera


Lunch Break and Networking


Elevator pitches : Key messages from the I4S project: academic, policy and business  perspectives

Followed by Audience Discussion

I4S Senior Academics and partner businesses, joined by the ESRs

Chair: Sally Randles


Plenary Q&A stock-take from earlier sessions

Chair: Simon Pickard, ABIS

15:15- 15:30

Coffee Break

15:30 – 15:45

Key take-home messages from the I4S project, conference & future agenda bridging Academia and Business

Simon Pickard, ABIS 

15:45 – 16:00

Next steps, Thanks, and Close

 Joris Lenssen, Managing Director, ABIS

16: 00-17:00

Drinks reception and networking




Get the Registration Form for our special Hotel Rate with 4* NH Collection Hotel in close range to the Colloquium venue.

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