THE NEW GLOBAL INITIATIVE WILL FOCUS ON DEVELOPING NATURE-INSPIRED TECHNOLOGIES THAT ARE LESS RESOURCE-INTENSIVE AND MORE ECO-FRIEDNLY
YEKATERINBURG, Russia, 11July 2019 – The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) announces a new global initiative in response to the President of the Russian Federation, Vladimir Putin, call for action to develop nature-inspired technologies that are less resource-intensive and more eco-friendly, as indicated in the President’s Keynote Address given at the Summit in Yekaterinburg, Russia.
President Putin said: “I am convinced that ensuring clean air, water, food, and quality of life and life expectancy for billions of people requires drastically new technologies and technical devices, which are less resource-intensive but much more eco-friendly. Such uber efficient scientific engineering, manufacturing solutions will allow us to strike a proper balance between bio and techno spheres. This includes the so-called nature-inspired technologies. They imitate natural processes and systems. They follow the laws of nature. I believe that in our era of tectonic changes and uncertainty, the priority for us are the intrinsic values, the creation of better opportunities for life and development of people. This great responsibility lies with us for the future of our planet and we need to work together.”
In collaboration with Kurchatov Institute, the Skolkovo Foundation, and the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade, the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) announces its second initiative to drive the research and deployment of innovative technologies, resulting in the tangible transformation of industries.
The New Global Initiative will call for research papers through an academic network, focusing on biomimicry and sustainable industrial technologies that are inspired by nature. With the Kurchatov Institute, the new global initiative will assess and review the most viable solutions that can be forwarded to Skolkovo Foundation for prototyping. The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit and Skolkovo Foundation will then invite start-ups and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) from around the world to participate in the challenge of developing the solution, and thereafter collaborate with the Russian Ministry of Industry and Trade for wide-spread industrial deployment.
Under the theme of Nature-Inspired Technology and the Future of Manufacturing, GMIS 2019 highlighted some of the greatest innovations in biomimicry through dedicated sessions exploring the many ways manufacturing is drawing inspiration from existing systems in the natural world to solve complex human problems.
The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit continues its commitment on creating tangible outcomes by the launch of its second global initiative that is focused on helping industries transform without aggravating ecological challenges, such as resource depletion and climate change. The Summit’s first initiative – The Mohammed bin Rashid Initiative for Global Prosperity – was launched at its inaugural edition that took place in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, and is aimed atbringing together companies, startups and entrepreneurs, governments and NGOs to create an ecosystem designed to enable new businesses to be built, new jobs to be created, and new solutions to be unlocked in support of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.It combines the MBR Global Maker Challenge – an online open-innovation platform for ‘makers’ and innovators to solve specific real-world challenges, and the MBR Global Prosperity Award – a prestigious global accolade that recognizes and rewards social innovation brought by manufacturing for the betterment of humanity.
Badr Al-Olama, Head of the Organising Committee for the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS), said: “Nature should continue inspiring us on our path of technological innovation and transformation in the advent of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. This will allow for clean air, water, food, and quality of life to be sustained for generations to come. We are proud to announce our second global initiative that is inspired by the President of the Russian Federation, Valdimir Putin, and his vision of using sustainable and eco-friendly solutions that are inspired by nature. We look forward to the realisation of this global vision in partnership with academia, the start-up community, and the manufacturing sector.”
The new global initiative was launched at the closing ceremony of the Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit, that took place from 9-11 July.
The Global Manufacturing and Industrialisation Summit (GMIS) was established in 2015 to build bridges between manufacturers, governments and NGOs, technologists, and investors in harnessing the Fourth Industrial Revolution’s (4IR) transformation of manufacturing, to enable the regeneration of the global economy. A joint initiative by the United Arab Emirates and the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), GMIS is a platform that presents the manufacturing sector with an opportunity to contribute towards global good, and that is committed to bringing benefit to all. As the world’s first cross-industry initiative, GMIS offers a platform for leaders to engage on the issue of the future of manufacturing, highlighting the need for greater investment in capabilities to foster innovation and drive skills development on a global scale. Uniting key stakeholders - including world leaders, industry CEOs, and specialist researchers and academics - GMIS has placed manufacturing at the heart of economic transformation and government policy-making, promoting it as a tool for global cooperation and collaboration.