Cleantech Symposium

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Can Tech Save the World? 

Cleantech Symposium at UGA

April 20, 2022

Humanity's annual consumption of resources currently far exceeds the planet's capacity to regenerate itself sustainably. To preserve the environment for the generations to come, it is vital that we shift to cleaner technologies. While efforts in various countries are underway, global collaboration on cleantech innovation is critical to achieve environmental objectives such as water conservation, biodiversity preservation, and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. The ever-growing challenges facing the world of environmental protection can only be met if the international community works together and coordinates its efforts. 

With the aim of creating a dialogue and accelerating the sharing of solutions around major environmental challenges across the Atlantic, the Consulate General of Switzerland in Atlanta, the Swiss Business Hub in Atlanta, the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and the Office of Sustainability at the University of Georgia are partnering to host a Cleantech Symposium. Centered around the exhibition "CAN TECH SAVE THE WORLD? Swiss solutions to protect the environment," the symposium will showcase innovative cleantech solutions from Switzerland to make our societies resolutely more sustainable. This event will be a unique opportunity for Switzerland to demonstrate the vibrancy of their sustainability industry. UGA looks forward to hosting this event as a way to engage with a vibrant, international sustainability industry, display its own research and outreach activities in the area of clean technologies, and expose faculty and students to fresh ideas and new possibilities.

On April 20, join entrepreneurs and scientists from both Switzerland and the state of Georgia to get exclusive insights on clean technologies that can effectively address today's challenges! 

Event Details

Date: Wednesday, April 20, 2022

LocationUGA Delta Innovation District, 210 Spring St., Athens, GA

The symposium will be held in-person at the Spring Street Building in the UGA Delta Innovation District during the afternoon of April 20. It focuses on two key areas of sustainability research and development:

·       Water management and water conservation

·       Biodiversity and sustainable agriculture

Register for the Cleantech Symposium

The event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is required. Faculty, staff, students, postdocs entrepreneurs, and friends of UGA with an interest in sustainability research and development are especially invited to attend.






12:00 – 1:00pm



12:30 - 1:00pm

Welcoming Remarks

  • Peter Zimmerli, Consul General of Switzerland in Atlanta
  • Ian Biggs – Director of UGA Innovation District
  • Commissioner Tim Echols, Georgia Public Service Commission


Input by Adrian Robbins, student founder of AgLite


1:30 - 2:30pm

Panel discussion: Academic-industry partnerships to develop clean technologies that can save the world


2:30 - 3:15pm

Business Case Rotations*


3:15 - 3:30pm

Coffee Break


3:30 - 4:15pm

Business Case Rotations*


4:30 – 6:00pm

Reception & Poster Competition


5:00 – 7:00pm

Networking & Exhibition



Remarks by Invited Guests



Poster Winner Announcement

*Attendees will get the chance to meet with the entrepreneurs individually and learn about their startup journey, education and tips for the next generation of business leaders.

Student Poster Contest

In conjunction with the Cleantech Symposium, UGA is organizing a student (graduate and undergraduate) poster display and contest to showcase student research pertaining to the two main focus areas of the conference.

The student poster display and contest is open to any UGA undergraduate and graduate student whose research topic is related to Water Management and Conservation or Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture. 

Cash prizes will be awarded for the best undergraduate and graduate student posters, as judged by a panel formed by UGA faculty members and industry delegates from Switzerland and Georgia.

Student Poster Contest Details

Who: UGA undergraduate and graduate students

Topics:  Water Management and Conservation

                Biodiversity and Sustainable Agriculture

Location & date: The poster session will be held in the UGA Delta Innovation District on April 20, from 4:30 to 6:00 PM. Students are expected to stand by their posters during that time to discuss their research with interested attendees and answer questions posed by the poster judges.

Prizes (separately for graduate and undergraduate categories): 

·         1st place - $500

·         2nd place - $100 

·         3rd place - $75

Judging criteria:

·         Poster appearance

·         Content (Objectives, Methodology, Results, Discussion)

·         Quality of the delivery during the Q/A session

Poster Session Registration (deadline April 7, 11:59pm):

Students interested in participating in the poster display and contest must pre-register with a title and a brief abstract of their poster by April 7 at 11:59pm. Submission of posters is due by April 13 (link will be provided after successful submission of title and abstract).

Register for the student poster contest

Please contact Harald Scherm for more details:

Event contact:

Fabienne Egli

Coordinator Public Diplomacy & Cultural Affairs, Consulate General of Switzerland, Atlanta GA



Poster contact:

Harald Scherm

Professor & Department Head, CAES Plant Pathology



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