22 October 2015 - 23 October 2015
Universita Cattolica del Sacro Cuore, Piacenza, Italy

ICA Forum: Educating young professionals to feed the planet and provide for a sustainable bioeconomy

The annual forum of the Association for European life science universities (ICA) brings together academic leaders to discuss current issues in the bioeconomy.

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IIASA Director General and CEO Professor Dr. Pavel Kabat will give a keynote presentation at the forum entitled, "Addressing the societal challenge of climate change." Joining him for discussion will be John Porter, an expert on climate and food security from Copenhagen University in Denmark.

Other sessions in the forum will focus on sustainable natural resource management, the challenge of nutritional security, or feeding the planet's growing population. Alpbach Forum president Franz Fischler, also the chair of the EXPO 2015 EU steering committee and a member of the Alpbach-Laxenburg Group, will provide the introduction to the event, speaking about a research agenda for global food and nutrition security.

Final Program (PDF)

ICA Rectors and Deans Forum 2015

The ICA annual forum aims to provide university decision makers from ICA's member universities with the opportunity to meet, to discuss current issues in the bioeconomy and to exchange views on these issues with relevant stakeholders in industry, government and NGOs. This forum follows the successful forums from 2011 to 2014

Our universities must deliver graduates who have the knowledge, skills and competences for careers in industry, NGOs and government to address the challenges in the bioeconomy in 21stC. These challenges include:

  • Climate change
  • Food and nutritional security for an ever increasing world populatio
  • Soil and Water resource management
  • Biomass supply for the non food value chain
  • Risk assumptions (GMO, nanotech etc.)
  • Environmental sustainability

The bioeconomy encompasses the food and non-food value chains, the production of renewable biological resources and the conversion of these resources and waste streams into value added products, such as food, feed, bio-based products and bioenergy. The bioeconomy must be managed with due regard to environmental sustainability.

The ICA forum will exchange ideas and views on three of these challenges with a view to asking whether our life science degree programs are fit for purpose to deliver graduates who are qualified to address these 21st century challenges.

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