Join ICA

How will my institution benefit?


ICA organises and promotes projects/initiatives/conferences that enhance networking in the life sciences to share expertise and understanding. Attendance at ICA conferences and workshops supports the establishment of communities of practice in which the members build confidence in each others capabilities which lead to new initiatives.

Professional updating

ICA’s conferences and workshops for faculty, researchers and university leaders serve as a forum to discuss innovative practice and concerns, and act as a clearinghouse for information exchange and updates on strategic issues. These conferences and workshops are regularly organised in association with the Standing Committees and our associated international networks (APLU, CEDIA, GCHERA), the topics focusing on education and research.

European dimension

ICA organises and promotes joint EU applications, supplies member institutions with EU information, and articulates the priorities for life science universities within the European Higher Education and Research Areas.

  • ICA represents/defends the general interest of its members in EU organisations and European Networks.
  • ICA can support new initiatives.
  • ICA represents its members in a number of asociated networks:  European networks (CEDIA) as well as international organizations (APLU, CFAVM and GCHERA) and international student associations (IAAS and IFSA)

Will your institution become a member of ICA?

Membership of ICA is open to individual higher education institutions which have a focus in the life sciences relating to the circular bioeconomy (agriculture, forestry, food value chain & biobased economy), the sustainable use of natural resources, biodiversity, the protection of the environment and rural development.

  • Full membership is open to higher education institutions which are from countries which are signatures to the Bologna Process.  The higher education institution will normally award as a minimum MSc degrees by both taught and research elements.
  • Asscoiate membership is open to higher education institutions from countries outside the area covered by the Bologna Process agreement. Application for Associate Membership can also be made by educational organisations which relate to ICA’s discipline area but which are not higher educational institutions.

The ICA Full Membership Subscription is based on the number of students in the institution as a whole, or from certain faculties at the Bachelor, Master and Doctorate levels relating to the bioeconomy (agriculture, forestry, blue economy, food value chain and the biobased economy), the sustainable use of natural resources, the protection of the environment and rural development.

Member Institution size (university or faculty) indicated by the number students

Annual Full Membership Subscription

Small (≤ 1000 students)


Medium (>1000 students ≤ 2000)


Large (>2000 students ≤ 5000)


Extra large ( > 5000 students)


For institutions who have an Associate Membership of ICA, and for institutions coming from countries with a GDP/capita of ≤ $9,000 the Membership Subscription will be 50 percent of the applicable Full Membership Subscription.

We look forward to welcoming your institution to the ICA-network of higher education institutions and working with you in the future.  If you have any queries please do not hesitate to contact Simon Heath, Deputy Secretary General (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. )

Download your Full Membership Application Form or Associate Membership Application Form   There is an application fee of 650€ which will be invoiced as soon as ICA receives your application form. Once the application fee is recieved you will have all the membership rights that you will have as a member.  Your membership will be proposed at the next ICA General Assembly.

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ICA Magazine 2023