2017 ICA Forum Programme & Presentations


Life Science Universities Deliver Impact
in Addressing the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)

Thursday 19 and Friday 20 October 2017
to be held at Université Catholique de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium


Following the keynote presentations, panel comments and the roundtable discussions the Forum identified the most important challenges for life science universities in responding to the global drivers for change exemplified by the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals

This Summary of the discussions was prepared by Alex Evans, Dean and Head of School of Agriculture and Food Science, University College Dublin on behalf of the ICA Board.


Wednesday 18 October

   Registration and Welcome Coffee and Tea
 17.00  ICA General Assembly
 19.30  Reception

Thursday 19 October

  9.00  Welcome
 Marek Szyndel, President of ICA & Warsaw University of Life Sciences, PL 
  9.15 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?
  Keynote: 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)
  Keynote: 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)
  Panel Discussion
  Philippe Baret, Dean Faculty of Bioscience Engineering ,Université Catholique de Louvain, BE
  Alex Evans, ICA Vice President & Dean of Agricultural Science & Head of UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science, University College Dublin, IE
  Michal Lostak, Vice Rector, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague, CZ
  Isabel Odriozola, Professor, University of Lleida, ES
  Roundtable Discussions and Report Back
13.00 Lunch
14.00 Session 2: What is the impact of the SDGs on the Life Science Universities' education programmes – reflection to meet the expectations of national, international students, and life long learners?

Keynote: 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)
  Panel Discussion will include
  Emmanuel Hanert, Vice-Dean Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Université Catholique de Louvain, BE
  Barbara Hinterstoisser, Vice Rector for Teaching and International Affairs, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, AT
  Karen Keaveney, School of Agriculture and Food Science, University College Dublin, IE
  Frank Nevens, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, BE
  IAAS Representative tbc
  Roundtable Discussions and Report Back

Forum Dinner

Friday 20 October

 9.00 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? 
  Keynote: 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)
  Keynote: 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)
  Panel Discussion
  Frederic Francis, Dean, Gembloux Agro-Bio Tech, University of Liege, BE
  Josef Glößl, Vice Rector for Research and International Research Cooperation, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna, AT
  Zoran Grgić, Dean Faculty of Agriculture, University of Zagreb, HR
  Kurt Nielsen, Vice-Dean for Knowledge Exchange, Science and Technology, Aarhus University, DK
  Roundtable Discussions and Report Back
12.30 Closure
13.00 Lunch & Depart

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