ICA-CEDIA-KUleuven Conference 2010

Models for successful collaboration and partnerships of purpose between universities, industry, and NGOs – in education, research and innovation

held at the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe, Leuven, Belgium from 10 to 12 June 2009

Conference focus

The products of universities are their degree programmes, and their research and development outcomes.  Businesses and NGO’s depend on universities to deliver degree programmes which develop graduates with the desired skills and attributes.  Businesses and NGOs benefit from the skills of university staff in research, development and consultancy.

The challenge is to foster collaboration and more formal partnerships of purpose between universities, businesses and NGOs that will enhance the outcome of this knowledge triangle (research, education and innovation) for the benefit of society. 

The conference examined successful strategies for gaining these benefits.  The outcomes of the conference will assist universities in addressing the European political imperative for enhanced university - business partnerships.  Businesses and NGOs will be better informed of the issues to address and appreciate when collaborating with universities. 

The Conference themes were:

  • The Political Context – EU and Government
  • University Strategic Development – working with businesses
  • Research and Innovation – models for collaboration and partnerships
  • Education – developing a partnership
  • Start up proposal for the ICA University-Business Forum for the Life Sciences

See an overview of the presentations 

Thursday 11 June

Theme 1         Political Context


Keynote: University-Business collaboration - the EU perspective . Peter Baur, DG Education and Culture, European Commission, Brussels

Theme 2         University Strategic Development – working with businesses


Keynote: The Faculty Senate: challenges, opportunities and experiences in engaging with corporate representatives .  Staf Van Reet1 and Jos Van Pelt2, Managing Director Viziphar Biosciences1 and Secretary of the Senate of the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven2.


Keynote: University spin-offs a commercial reality - models for successful technology transfer.  Koenraad Debackere, General Manager, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Leuven, Belgium


Keynote: Industry in collaboration and partnership with the university .  Peter Olesen, ActiFoods ApS, Denmark

Theme 3         Research and Innovation – models for collaboration and partnership


Regional clusters and strategic development of Kiel University. Ingmar Schmidt, Director General Research and Planning, Kiel University, Germany


French competitiveness clusters: example of Picardie-Champagne Ardennes world class cluster on bio-renewable resources. Nina Quelenis, Responsable Intelligence Economique, Pôle de Compétitivité « Industries et Agro-Ressources » Picardie-Champagne Ardennes


Discussion Opener:Collaborations in research in agriculture and food at Laval University.   Jean-Paul Laforest, Dean, Faculté des sciences de l'agriculture et de l'alimentation, Université Laval, Canada


Collaboration and partnerships between universities and companies – a research benefit.   Ole Green, University of Aarhus, Denmark


The REAL project: the platform for collaboration between companies and university research units in Portugal and Spain.  Eduardo Rosa, Vice-Rector, University of Trás-os-Montes and Alto Douro, Portugal


Experience with research collaboration between University of Applied Science and the agricultural and forestry sector.  Harald Menzi, Swiss College of Agriculture (SHL), Switzerland


Networking in a Development Cooperation context, with focus on sustainable resource management in Ethiopia Willibald Loiskandl, University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences (BOKU), Austria

Friday 12 June

Theme 4         Education - developing a partnership between universities & business


“Grandes Ecoles” and companies in France : a story of strong ties - the case of the Institute Polytechnique LaSalle Beauvais.  Valerie Leroux and Philippe Choquet, Executive Vice President and Executive President, Institute Polytechnique LaSalle Beauvais, France


EuroAquae: university industry collaboration in the design, delivery and evaluation of the Master degree programme.  Philippe Gourbesville, Director, Polytech'Nice-Sophia / Nice-Sophia Antipolis University, France


IAAS support of the engagement of students with industry.  Stephanie Klaedtke, International Association of Students in Agricultural and Related Sciences, Belgium.

         Developing and delivery of Life Long Learning programmes


The MBA in Agribusiness and Commerce (AGRIMBA) as a tool in life long learning for professionals and academics.  Wim Heijman, Wageningen University, The Netherlands and Member Executive Board AGRIMBA


Successful cooperation of stakeholders in the lifelong learning model focusing on water disasters.  Pavel Kovar, Vice Rector, Czech University of Life Sciences (CULS), Czech Republic


Professional accreditation of agronomists in Spain.  Charo García Moreno, National Council of Professional Associations of Agricultural Engineers, Spain


Accreditation of work-based and lifelong learning for rural professions and professionals: A UK case study. Andrew Cobb, Dean, Harper Adams University College, UK


Providing a framework for CPD management for professional agriculturists in Europe.  Maureen Murphy, Aurion Learning, Northern Ireland

Start up proposal:     ICA University-Enterprise Forum for the Life Sciences


Keynote: Benchmarking of university-enterprise co-operation – possible indicators . Nadine Burquel, Secretary General of the European Centre for the Strategic Management of Universities (ESMU), Belgium


“University - Enterprise Cooperation” in Biosystems Engineering: an ERABEE Thematic Network European survey.  Antonio Comparetti1 Pierluigi Febo1, Giacomo Scarascia Mugnozza2, Demetres Briassoulis3, Panagiotis Panagakis3 and Effie Nikopoulos3.  

University of Palermo1 and University of Bari2 Italy, Agricultural University of Athens3 Greece


Discussion of the proposal for the ICA University-Enterprise Forum led by Philippe Choquet

Final overview – political context


Keynote: Government in support of university business collaboration and partnerships .  Patrick Cunningham, Chief Scientific Adviser to the Irish Government, Ireland