19-20 October 2017. Leuven, Belgium. Association for European Life Science Universities (ICA)
ICA Rectors and Deans Forum.
This annual Forum provided university decision makers from ICA’s member universities with the opportunity to meet, to discuss current issues in life science universities and to exchange views on these issues with relevant stakeholders in industry, government and NGOs. This Forum follows the successful Forums from 2011 to 2016.
The Forum discussed how life science universities should respond to the global drivers for change exemplified by the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in agriculture, and the food and non food value chains through the development of the education programmes, the application of science in a social context in support of governance in the region and globally.
The three Forum themes were:
- How should Life Science Universities address the challenge of the SDGs to support the provision of a healthy diet with enough food for everyone – the social, economic and environmental imperatives?
- What is the impact of the SDGs on the Life Science Universities’ education programmes in a sustainable university – to meet the expectations of national, international students, and life long learners?
- How can Life Science Universities provide leadership in the delivery of the SDGs through engagement in policy development and governance, at the national, regional and global levels?
Session 1: How should Life Science Universities address the challenge of the SDGs to support the provision of a healthy diet with enough food for everyone – the social, economic and environmental imperatives?
- The Agenda 2030 – claims, challenges and imperatives Georg Gratzer, Professor, Department of Forest and Soil Sciences, University for Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna, (AT)
- Sustainable Intensification: a great idea, what’s stopping it? Allan Buckwell, Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for European Environmental Policy (IEEP) Brussels and London, and Emeritus Professor, Imperial College London (UK)
- Education for the Sustainable Development Goals, Aaron Benavot, Professor Global Education Policy, Dept. of Educational Policy and Leadership, University at Albany-State University of New York (US) and former Director, Global Education Monitoring Reports (GEM), UNESCO, Paris (FR)
- Keynote: Engendering sustainable values in our graduates, Peter Högberg, Vice-Chancellor, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala (SE)
Session 3: How should Life Science Universities provide leadership in the delivery of the SDGs through the governance of the university and engagement in policy development at national, regional and global levels?
- The civic university: combining global, regional and local responsibilities’, John Goddard, Emeritus Professor & Special Advisor to the Vice Chancellor and President, Centre for Urban & Regional Development Studies (CURDS), Newcastle University (UK)
- Strategic action to develop a sustainable university – Case Study Wageningen University and Research, Joris Fortuin, Deputy Director Facilities and Services, Wageningen University and Research (NL)
28 to 30 October 2017. Nanjing, PR China. GCHERA World Conference 2017 Global Food Security and Food Safety: The Role of Universities will be held at Nanjing Agricultural University, See the programme and register.
6 to 9 June 2018. 9th CASEE Conference Research Based Education at Life Science Universities in the Danube Region: towards a sustainable future to be held from at the University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine in Bucharest
3 to 5 July 2018, in Stuttgart, Germany. 5th International ISEKI Food Conference
This post was originally published at PAEPARD by François Stepman. It has been republished here with permission.