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Association for European Life Science Universities (ICA)
the Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities (APLU), and the Association of Canadian Faculties and Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine (ACFAVM)


2050 How the Earth Survived: the contribution of Agricultural and Life Science Universities through harnessing university engagement to address the megatrends

Wednesday 21 October to Friday 23 October 2020
to be held at the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium


The goal of the ICA's Rectors and Deans Forums

This annual ICA Forum for Rectors, Deans and senior management of agricultural and life science universities in Europe aims to provide these university decision makers from ICA's member universities with the opportunity to meet, to discuss current issues in the agricultural and life sciences and to exchange views on issues with relevant stakeholders in industry, government and NGOs.

In this Forum we wish to stimulate the discussion between European and North American university members in addressing the 2030 Agenda for sustainable development.


A  Focus

Megatrends in the circular sustainable bioeconomy are those that require step changes in action to address the challenges which include those that have no easy solutions. How should our agricultural and life science universities focus to create actual and material change to address these megatrends before 2050? The 2030 SDG Agenda sets us goals in a focused time frame for change so that we have the capacity to feed the projected world's population in the year 2050, and also to act in a sustainable manner to prevent the negative impact of our actions on the earth's climate and ecosystems. The key phrases being "enough from less" and "action for transformation".

We are confronted by challenges which are often slow to be recognised by society but have large social, economic, political, environmental or technological implications. Once recognised, megatrends influence a wide range of activities, processes and perceptions, in government, industry and society, and possibly for decades.

B  Aims of the Forum

The Forum will compare and contrast the experience of North American and European agricultural and life science universities in progress towards contributing to the resolution of the challenges of the 2030 SDG Agenda by:

  1. taking strategic action to address selected megatrends from the perspective of the gaping holes through the windows of science, economics, politics and societal response. Gaping holes are defined as simple, complex or wicked problems that need resolution.
  2. adapting their agricultural and life sciences university education programmes to enable their graduates to have the knowledge, skills and competences to address foresight scenario planning to imagine diverse futures.
  3. taking strategic action to address the megatrends and the challenges of the gaping holes, through education, research, innovation and societal engagement.

C  Target Audience

The forum is primarily aimed at Rectors, Presidents, Deans and Senior Management in agricultural and life science Universities. In addition, academic/faculty staff and degree programme coordinators are encouraged to participate

Morre details of the programme to follow - (uploaded 10 March 2020)