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Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation

A functioning and resilient infrastructure is the foundation of every successful community. To meet future challenges, our industries and infrastructure must be upgraded. For this, we need to promote innovative sustainable technologies and ensure equal and universal access to information and financial markets. This will bring prosperity, create jobs and make sure that we build stable and prosperous societies across the globe.

Engagement

SFU Interactive Arts and Technology Professor Sylvain Moreno, special advisor to the vice-president research and international, chief executive officer and scientific director, B.C. Centre for Agritech Innovation, at the provincial government’s $6.5-million funding announcement for the centre.

B.C. Centre for Agritech Innovation

In September 2022, the B.C. Centre for Agritech Innovation (BCCAI) officially opened its doors at SFU's Surrey Campus. BCCAI will accelerate the research and development of new technologies in the agritech space, ultimately driving economic growth and recovery in British Columbia, while addressing climate change and food security challenges in the region.

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SFU students to create solutions for a more sustainable, local textile industry

SFU’s unique SFU-Emily Carr Sustainable Design Entrepreneurship Program—a collaboration between SFU’s Beedie School of Business and SFU’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT)—partnered, for the first time, with Emily Carr University of Art and Design to offer a series of four courses between fall 2019 and summer 2020.

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Canada’s science innovation ecosystem needs a build-for-scale strategy

Canada is well-positioned to be a global leader in clean technology.  Our university scientist-researchers continue to make breakthrough inventions in this area, our workforce is highly educated and our industries are ready to partner in a thriving Canadian clean tech economy. Elicia Maine, SFU's associate vice-president, knowledge mobilization and innovation and SFU Beedie’s VanDusen professor of innovation and entrepreneurship, explores how leveraging Canadian research innovation will not only facilitate the vital transition, but will also aid in post-pandemic economic recovery.

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Research

SFU Mechatronic Systems Engineering Professor Woo Soo Kim is collaborating with Swiss researchers to develop an eco-friendly, 3D-printable solution for producing wireless Internet-of-Things sensors. The research team is using a wood-derived cellulose material to replace the plastics and polymeric materials currently used in electronics.

COLLABORATION SPARKS SUSTAINABLE ELECTRONICS MANUFACTURING BREAKTHROUGH

SFU and Swiss researchers are developing an eco-friendly, 3D printable solution for producing wireless Internet-of-Things sensors that can be used and disposed of without contaminating the environment. Their research has been published as the cover story in the February 2019 issue of the journal Advanced Electronic Materials

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SUPPORT FOR RESEARCH INNOVATION AT SFU

FACTS AND FIGURES

  • 258 publications related to SDG 9, 2017-2021 (source: SciVal)
  • 99 active research projects related to SDG 9 funded from 2016 - 2020

Teaching and learning

Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certificate

SFU Beedie School of Business' Innovation and Entrepreneurship program's training develops renewable competencies such as creativity and adaptability, team work and collaboration skills, communication and implementation—which prepare students for an employment landscape that is rapidly changing.

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I2i graduate certificate in science & technology commercialization

Invention to Innovation (i2I) is a unique and rewarding entrepreneurship program offered by the Beedie School of Business that helps scientists and engineers commercialize their inventions and overcome marketplace challenges.

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Facts and Figures

  • 8 courses relating to SDG 9, representing 1,196 students, offered between the 2018/19 and 2020/21 academic year

Operations

Operations

Surrey building nets LEED gold certification for leadership in sustainability

SFU has been recognized as a sustainability leader for its new building in Surrey. Opening in 2019 as the first phase of its Surrey campus expansion, the new building has earned the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification—one of LEED’s highest ratings—in recognition of its sustainable design and operations.

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Oscar the trash-sorting robot reduces waste at SFU's Surrey Campus

The artificial intelligence (AI) robot “Oscar”,  founded by two SFU Mechatronic Systems Engineering students, uses a display screen and powerful AI camera to identify recycling from trash and instruct users which bin to use when disposing of their waste. 

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