Robotics and Automation (R&A) offer a wide range of tools to enable enhance modern surgery. Sustainability of such a rapidly growing area – in the sense of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) – is rarely addressed. While R&A technologies could improve access to care and improve the patient outcomes, therefore improve the quality of life of people, R&A could also present itself as an inhibitor to sustainability. The aim of the proposed special co-creation workshop is to support the achievement of and awareness regarding the SDGs within the surgical robotics community, by determining the priorities to help the Medical R&A Community in achieving the SDGs and improve their attitude towards ESG.

A participatory activity “co-creation workshop” will be organised in the second half of the workshop. The attendees will be invited to join deliberation tables and hold facilitated discussions about the priorities to help surgical roboticists work towards sustainability. Note that the organisers have first-hand experience in organising such activities.

This workshop will be the opportunity to foster discussions and contribute together on research about the impacts of our work as surgical roboticists in a societal context. The deliberation activity will be held both in person and online, to allow the participation of medical experts of roboticists who could not come, could not afford to attend the symposium, or did not want to travel for sustainability reasons.


08:30Registration & Coffee
09:05The importance of sustainability in the medical domainAn Jacobs (Professor, Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
09:25Sustainability for a global companyEd Yeh (Senior manager, Intuitive Surgical) Recorded
09:45Metrics for sustainabilityJulie Legrand (S. Researcher, Vrije Universiteit Brussel) Online
10:00The EU's Corporate Sustainability Reporting Directive in Robotic SurgeryKristóf Takács (S. Researcher, Óbuda University)
10:15The business rational of surgical robotics and sustainabilityTamás Haidegger (Professor, Óbuda University)
10:30Coffee Break
11:00Co-creation workshop methos introductionAn Jacobs, Tamas Haidegger, Kristóf Takács
11:15First split workshop session along key sustainability questionsFacilitated by the orgnaizers
09:00Opening: Welcome & IntroductionTamas Haidegger (Óbuda University) and An Jacobs (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
11:50First split workshop session along key sustainability questionsFacilitated by the orgnaizers
12:25Closing RemarksTamas Haidegger (Óbuda University) and An Jacobs (Vrije Universiteit Brussel)
12:30Lunch Break

Learning Outcomes

Attendees will:

  • Learn about the current prospects of the UN SDGs, especially SDG 3 Good Health and Well Being.
  • Get engaged on the topic, to allow them to connect, and to produce interesting content from their collective experience and knowledge.
  • Identify priorities both for research and clinical application in the key aspects of sustainability


Dr. Tamas Haidegger, Obuda University
Dr. An Jacob, Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Mr Vincent Mai, University of Montreal
Dr. Bram Vanderborght, Brubotics, Vrije Universiteit Brussel and imec


This workshop is accredited for 3 CPD points.






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