ICA Forum 19 & 20 Oct 2017

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The Life Science Universities Deliver Impact
in Addressing the Sustainable Development Goals


Thursday 19 and Friday 20 October 2017
to be held at the University of Louvain la Neuve, Belgium


This annual Forum aims to provide university decision makers from ICA's member universities with the opportunity to meet, to discuss current issues in life science universities and to exchange views on these issues with relevant stakeholders in industry, government and NGOs. This Forum follows the successful Forums from 2011 to 2016.


We will discuss how life science universities should respond to the global drivers for change exemplified by the sustainable development goals (SDGs) in agriculture, and the food and non food value chains through the development of the education programmes, the application of science in a the social context and in support of governance in the region and globally.
The three Forum themes are:

  • Food for the world and the SDGs – how should the SDGs change our Life Science Universities' perspectives and actions to support the provision of a healthy diet with enough food for everyone in a sustainable world?
  • What is the impact of the SDGs on the Life Science Universities' education programmes in a sustainable university – to meet the expectations of national, international students, and life long learners?
  • How can Life Science Universities provide leadership in the delivery of the SDGs through engagement in policy development and governance, at the national, regional and global levels?


Each Forum theme will be addressed by two keynote speakers followed by a panel of four ICA members giving their experience, and then round table discussions in the conference room (5 - 8 people around a table) with a report back from each table.


The role of life science universities in addressing the Sustainable Development Goals in support of global development through education, the application of science – both natural and the social sciences - in support of innovation and policy development.


The Forum seeks to attract those who in are in charge of strategic decision making in Universities /Faculties of Agricultural and Life Sciences. The ICA Board invites Rectors, Vice Rectors and Deans, or persons of equivalent status in their university, college, school or faculty being responsible for education, research and innovation to participate in the Forum.