2019 ICA Rectors & Deans Forum Detailed Programme 2019

Collaboration between European & African Life Science Universities
for a Sustainable Future

Wednesday 23 October to Friday 25 October 2019
to be held at UniLaSalle – Campus de Beauvais, 16 rue Pierre Waguet, Beauvais, FR

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Thursday 24 October

Welcome by Marek Szyndel, President of ICA & Carolyn Glynn, President of AGRINATURA

Introduction to the Forum
Alex Evans, Vice President of ICA

Session 1 Setting the stage

Overview of the societal challenges and a reflection of those faced in Africa in particular – the UN Agenda 2030, the Sustainable Development Goals. How do we envisage the role of agricultural and life science universities and their place in society may have evolved in both continents by 2030.

Africa and Europe cooperation in building a sustainable African agri-food sector
Tom Arnold – Chair, EU Commission Task Force for Rural Africa.
Overview of Challenges facing African Agriculture and Life Science Universities towards 2030: Perspectives from South/Southern African Region
Daniel Brink, Dean, Faculty of AgriSciences, Stellenbosch University, South Africa

Additional Paper submitted:
Overview of the challenges facing African agricultural and life science universities, and how they see their development to 2030
Anthony Egeru, Manager, Training and Community Development, Regional Universities Forum for Capacity Building in Agriculture (RUFORUM), Makerere University, Kampala, Uganda

Overview of the challenges facing European agricultural and life science universities, and how do they see their development to 2030
Alex Evans, Dean of Agricultural Science & Head of UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science, University College Dublin, IE and Vice President of ICA
Structures and aims of European life science universities' engagement with African partner universities
Carolyn Glynn, Professor, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and President of AGRINATURA, SE

Session 2 Current and future initiatives for collaboration/engagement

Keynotes focusing on the agriculture and life sciences sector addressing the imperative for change: effective strategic structures for supporting collaboration between European and African agricultural and life science universities.

A vision for EU engagement with Africa in agricultural research
Marc Duponcel, Research Programme Officer, DG for Agriculture and Rural Development, EU Commission, Brussels, BE
The research and innovation agenda for Africa in the agricultural and life sciences
Kwesi Atta-Krah. Director for Advocacy and Country Alignment Function (ACAF), Office of the Director General, International Institute for Tropical Agriculture (IITA)
LEAP4FNSSA: towards a Europe Africa Research and Innovation (R&I) Platform for joint action in science, technology and innovation on Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture (FNSSA)
Philippe Petithuguenin, Deputy Director for Research and Strategy, CIRAD, FR
Partnerships to enhance Africa's scientific capacity: PASET's Regional Scholarship and Innovation Fund
Julius Ecuru, Manager, Bioinnovate Africa Programme, International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe). Kenya
Roundtable discussions
Report back

 Friday 25 October

Session 3 Developing a new Agenda for engagement/collaboration between European and African Universities

Our expectation is to create shared values and understanding in addressing the key global challenges. What should change in our EU life science universities to enhance the collaboration, directly or through engaging with EU overarching organisations, to better collaborate with African life science universities in address the challenges for achieving a sustainable world. Who sets the Agenda within our universities for long term collaboration – what does each party expect to gain.

Future EU-Africa Collaboration: what will it take?
Achille Assogbadjo, University of Abomey-Calavi, Cotonou, Benin
Unlocking the hidden potential of Sub-Saharan universities
Pascal Boeckx, Professor, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, BE
Changing minds and promoting the social-biophysical interface-rethinking South-North academic cooperation
Luis Artur, Dean, Faculty of Agronomy and Forestry Engineering, Eduardo Mondlane University, Maputo, Mozambique
Future opportunities for bi-directional learning in Europe-Africa university collaboration
Ken Giller, Professor, Plant Production Systems,
Wageningen University and Research (WUR), NL
Austrian - African University Network: engagement for mutual benefit for a sustainable future
Hubert Hasenauer, Rector, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), AT
Roundtable discussions
Report Back
Wrap up

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