Summit 2022


Date: 14–15 November 2022

Location: Cape Town, South Africa


WAITRO Summit 2022


WAITRO’s flagship event brings together key research and innovation stakeholders from around the world. This year’s theme is inspired by the Sustainable Development Goal 17 “Partnerships for the Goals”. The face-to-face Summit provides opportunities for networking, learning, and initiating new collaborations to achieve the SDGs. It is also a space to celebrate and recognize the impact achieved by researchers and innovators from WAITRO member organizations.

Welcome Message

HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, WAITRO President

Our 2022 summit will re-unite those who have worked apart for so long and will introduce many of you to a world of creative possibilities.
In our challenged world, the importance of partnerships cannot be overstated, and those partnerships must be real, resourceful, and multilateral.
Partnerships across borders and stretched over cultural divides are investments by all of us in all of us.
How can we better work together collaboratively and practice what we preach?
As we explore the potential of Innovative Partnerships at the WAITRO Summit 2022 and imagine the truly Global Impact that we might have, I know that answers will be found by you through novel collaborations.
I wish you all well and I very much look forward to sharing the next stage of our journey with you.


Why Join the Summit?

  • Make business connections
  • Meet innovators and potential partners
  • Engage with researchers that created impact on the SDGs
  • Connect with funders and investors
  • Get and share insights in various workshops and panel discussions
  • Become a member of WAITRO’s SDG Working Groups

Key Themes

  • Innovative mechanism and partnerships for the SDGs
  • Catalysing finance for innovative, high-impact projects
  • Bridging the gaps between the private sector and innovative and high impactgroups
  • Maximizing the impact of applied research on the SDGs
  • Commercializing research results
  • Benchmarking to identify best practices in RTO management

Typical Attendees

  • Research and Technology Organizations (RTOs)
  • Research Universities
  • Multilateral Institutions
  • Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs)
  • Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs)
  • Start-ups
  • Governments



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