relating to the circular bioeconomy, the sustainable use of natural resources, the protection of the environment and rural development.

We aim to enhance our members’ success in education, research and innovation for a sustainable bioeconomy and society,
by engaging with European and global institutions and networks, to share experience,
cooperate in new ventures, and benefit from the resulting synergy.

COMMUNIQUÉ to LEADERS at COP26 - 22 October 2021


We, the Rectors, Deans and Senior Management of the Association for European Life Science Universities at our Forum focusing on the Role of Life Science Universities in Transitioning to Climate Neutrality held in Leuven, Belgium on 21 and 22 October 2021;
Recognising that university education, research and innovation are a vital pillar for transitioning to a sustainable bioeconomy with net-zero greenhouse gas emissions;
Placing climate change and climate neutrality at the centre of our learning, research, our collaboration with societal partners, and in our campus operations;

Pledge to leaders at COP26:
1. We will enhance our understanding of climate change and transition pathways in our curricula and provide our students – the future professionals and decision makers - with all available understanding of the need, means and paths for society to move to climate neutrality,

2. We will enhance our research into understanding of and integral solutions for climate neutrality, designing concrete pathways towards sustainable bioeconomies,

3. We will seek active collaboration with the agrifood, biobased, marine, forestry and other economic and societal actors and sectors in our locations across Europe to help implement concrete products, technologies, activities and practices that severely reduce climate change impacts and advance net-zero greenhouse gas emissions systems, and

4. We will engage with our life science institutions and campuses in moving towards climate neutrality so that they become beacons of progress and exemplary for other research and teaching institutions.

Signed by 66 Attendees of the Rectors and Deans Forum

Download the full text COMMUNIQUÉ with the list of signatories


Forum voor Rectoren en Decanen - KU Leuven - ICA - 21/10/2021 - Faculty Club, Leuven.

INTRINSIC Project Final Conference

First International Conference on Sustainable Entrepreneurship Education was held online on 25 and 26 November 2021 from BOKU, Vienna.  The Conference will Blend the Three Colours of Sustainability, Entrepreneurship Education and Higher Education for Sustainable Entrepreneurship Education.  Download the conference flyer and view the programme and presentations on the website

The focus of the conference is to inspire and engage higher education teachers to embed Sustainable Entrepreneurship
Education in Life Science degree programs

The ICA Board is pleased to be a partner in the ERASMUS + Strategic Partnership Project led by the University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU). The INTRINSIC project addresses Innovative Education for Sustainable Entrepreneurship in Life Sciences - download the flyer and goto to the project website


ICA & ICA Standing Commitee Events 2021

ICA Rectors and Deans Forum 2022: 20 and 21 October

The ICA General Assembly 2022 will be held on 19 October

ICA Board Committees Events

ICA-Edu Colloquium: 18 to 20 May 2022

ICA CoP Bio-Edu Summer School for the Bioeocnomy: 6 to 10 September 2022

ICA Standing Committees Events

AGRINATURA Conference: 18 to 20 May at University of Cork, Ireland

CASEE Conference: 22 to 24 June 2022 in Chisinau, Moldova

IROICA Conference: 8 to 10 June 2022 at Mendel University, Brno, Czech Republic