ICA Rectors and Deans Forum programme 2019 | Print |

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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Programme Overview:

Wednesday 23 October: 19.00 Forum Reception and Walking Dinner

Thursday 24 October

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 of the Task Force for Rural Africa, (confirmed)

Overview of the challenges facing European agricultural and life science universities, and how do they see their development to 2030, Adipala Kwamu, Executive Secretary, RUFORUM (confirmed)

How do European and African Life Science Universities currently collaborate and what are the impediments to further developments, Alex Evans, Dean of Agricultural Science & Head of UCD School of Agriculture and Food Science, University College Dublin, IE and Vice President of ICA (confirmed)

Structures and aims of European life science universities' engagement with African partner universities, Carolyn Glynn, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences and President of AGRINATURA (confirmed)

Session 2 Current and future initiatives for collaboration/engagement

1) Research and knowledge transfer opportunities for collaboration between European and African universities
2) Education as the enabler to address the societal challenges: Europe-Africa collaboration
Keynotes focusing on the agriculture and life sciences sector addressing the imperative for change: effective strategic structures for supporting collaboration between European and African life science universities.


A vision for EU engagement with Africa in agricultural research. Agnieska Romanowicz, EC/DG AGRI (with input from other DGs in particular DG RTD and DG DEVCO), on the EU AU High Level Policy Dialogue on agricultural research and the Food and Nutrition Security and Sustainable Agriculture Research and Innovation Roadmap. TBC

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) (confirmed)

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, CIRAD, FR (confirmed)

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.

• Short presentations from ICA Member Institutions and from Institutions in Africa with a focus on either on education, research and innovation, third mission of universities
• Followed by round table discussions

European Contributions:
Pascal Boeckx
, Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, Ghent University, BE (confirmed)
Hubert Hasenauer, Rector, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU), AT (TBC)
Ken Giller, Plant Production Systems, Wageningen University and Research (WUR), NL (confirmed)

African Contributions
Achille Assogbadjo, University of Abomey-Calavi, Cotonou, Benin (confirmed)
Kora Tushume, Vice President, Jimma University, Jimma, Ethiopia (confirmed)
a.n.other invited

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