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.

ICA President's New Year Greeting 2023

Arthur Mol 2023 Greeting Dear Colleagues,

I want to reach out and send my best wishes to you and yours for the coming year 2023. I hope that 2023 holds health, success and good fortune in the endeavours you pursue. I am so grateful for your continued partnership and cooperation, and I look forward to working together in the new year.

2022 started with a new and ambitious “ICA Strategy Towards 2030” and a stronger secretariat which in close cooperation with ICA Board, ICA Board Committees and ICA Standing Committees will be implementing “ICA Action plan”and “ICA Communication Plan” for the period of 2022-2024.

Moreover, the new “ICA European Board Committee” was recently established which aims to be central to implementing the “ICA strategy towards 2030” by initiating and maintaining interactions with European institutions, collecting, and disseminating EU business intelligence, and contributing to the agenda of the European Commission. The ICA European committee aims to enhance the current benefits of ICA membership and will contribute to ICA members' thought leadership, visibility, and recognition in the European Networks.

Addressing our challenges in 2022 and 2023

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Webinar 2023 Enhancing Student Engagement in the Life Sciences

Webinar Title: Using granular data sets to improve student retention, progression and outcomes and to address awarding gaps

The Webinar will be held on Tuesday 17 January 2023 from 13.00 to 14.00 CET

This webinar will outline some of the challenges associated with teaching large and diverse cohorts of undergraduate science students and showcase a range of practical ideas for encouraging and engaging with such students. The session will show how data analytics can be used to purposefully design strategies to target often scarce resources at specific student cohorts to tackle disparity in achievement of the desired learning outcomes within the student body.

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ICA & ICA Standing Commitee Events in 2022

ICA Rectors and Deans Forum 2022: 20 and 21 October at Agriculture Academy, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania. Bending the curve for biodiversity: challenges and opportunities for life science universities.

The ICA General Assembly 2022 was held on 19 October

ICA Board Committees Events

ICA-Edu Special Interest Group for Sustainable Bioeconomy Education:  18 May 2022, Ghent Belgium

ICA-Edu Colloquium: 19 to 20 May 2022, Ghent Belgium

ICA CoP Bio-Edu Collqouium: 19 to 20 May 2022, Ghent, Belgium

ICA CoP Bio-Edu 4th International Summer School on the Circular Bioeocnomy and Sustainable Development: 5 to 9 September 2022, Organised by Athens University in cooperation with American Farm School. Was held at the American Farm School Thessaloniki, Greece. 

ICA Standing Committees face to face Events

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

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

CASEE Conference: 22 to 24 June 2022 at Czech University of Life Sciences, Pargue, Czech Republic. Sustainable agriculture in the context of climate change and digitalization

SILVA Network Annual Conference: 28 - 30 June 2022 at University College Dublin, Ireland,  Higher Forestry education in times of multiple crises: crises as framework conditions, topics, challenge and as a trigger for improvements

ISLE 10th Anniversary Conference 26-29 Sept 2022 held online.  Better Education for a Better World - Innovation in Life Science Higher Education for Sustainable Change 

ISEKI Conference, 2023 in Paris

Message from the President of ICA - Ukraine

Ukraine FlagThe Board of the Association for European Life Science Universities (ICA) sends a strong message of support to the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine and to Dmytro Motornyi Tavria State Agrotechnological University who are members of ICA, and to all universities in Ukraine. 

As ICA, we strongly condemn President Putin’s military invasion of your country, of your democratically elected institutions and of your citizens. Everything we, as European citizens and European scientists, stand for – freedom, democracy, peace, evidence, facts – is being violated. Know that your ICA colleague institutions are behind you. Each in their own way will support Ukraine, morally, politically and materially. To know more about the support which ICA institutions have established for Ukrainian staff and students please visit the ICA member institutions here

The ICA Board stands against the decision of the Russian Union of Rectors supporting President Putin's devastating war on the people of the Ukraine. The Board calls upon all life science universities worldwide to cease all cooperation with those Russian universities. The ICA Board stands with the sacrifice made by those Russians who are standing out against this war.

On behalf of the ICA Board,

Professor Arthur Mol
President of ICA

13 March 2022

Call for Nominations for the ICA Excellence Award 2022

The Association for European Life Science Universities wishes to recognise individuals who have achieved excellence in furthering the values and mission of ICA as described in the ICA Strategy towards 2030. You are invited to nominate a person for the award who has achieved excellence in the following criteria:

1. Providing thought leadership, inspiration and the contribution of new knowledge through research and/or innovation for the European and global sustainable circular bioeconomy and society, and/or;

2. Enhancing education in the specific areas relevant to ICA and more generally in the areas of the bioeconomy and society, and/or;

3. Developing cooperation through contributing to platforms, joint learning, outreach and/or sharing experiences and understanding among European colleagues, and/or;

4. Achieving impact and relevance with specific reference to the ICA values and mission.


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