The researchers affiliated with the Coastal Highway Route E39-project were recently gathered at Chalmers University of Technology. Their topic for the workshop was how their research can contribute to achieving the United Nations'  Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). 

The UN's sustainability goal is the world's joint workplan for eradicating poverty, combating inequality and stopping climate change by 2030. 

How can innovation help achieve sustainability goals?

Sustainability objective number 9 is about sustainable infrastructure: 

"It has long been recognized that growth in productivity and incomes, and improvements in health and education outcomes require investment in infrastructure." 

Investments in transport, irrigation systems, energy and information technology are crucial for sustainable development. Infrastructure is the underlying structure that must be in place for a society to function. Infrastructure is a prerequisite for growth in productivity and productivity improvements. Technology and innovation can help solve environmental challenges that follow the development of infrastructure.

Read the full description of SDG goal 9

The E39 researchers from The Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU), The University of Stavanger and Chalmers University of Technology, respectively, were tasked with presenting their projects and explaining how their research topics can help towards meeting the global sustainability goals. 

Watch all the group presentations

Group number one

Alexander Hellervik, Peter Nilsson, Dragan Sekulić, Weizhi Wang and Etienne Cheynet.

Group number two

Jungao Wang, Nicolò Daniotti, Ashenafi Yifru, Zhenhua Sun and Thomas Viuff. 

Group number three

Sabina Karacic, Yanyan Sha, Martin Kristoffersen, Govindan Induchoodan and Babak Ebrahimi. 

Group number four

Mitja Papinutti, Chavin Nilanga Naotunna, Maria Taljegård and Ibuki Kusano. 

Group number 5

Paulos Wondimu, Raheb Mirzanamadi and Bernardo Costa.