relating to the circular bioeconomy, the sustainable use of natural resources, the protection of the environment and rural development.

We aim to enhance our members’ success in education, research and innovation for a sustainable bioeconomy and society,
by engaging with European and global institutions and networks, to share experience,
cooperate in new ventures, and benefit from the resulting synergy.

12th ICA Rectors and Deans Forum 2022

Two themes will be addressed

Bending the Curve for Biodiversity: challenges and opportunities for life science universities
Life science universities addressing Knowledge Security

To be held on Thursday 20 and Friday 21 October 2022
at the Vytautas Magnus University Agriculture Academy, Kaunas, Lithuania

REGISTER HERE!!  Deadline for registration Monday 10 October!!

The ICA General Assembly will be held at 17.00 on Wednesday 19 October at the Vytautas Magnus University

ICA Education Events May 2022

ICA held three Colloquia focusing on innovation in higher education in the life sciences at Ghent University, Belgium from 18 to 20 May 2022. 

image00003   cropped ICA Education Colloquia 2022

For the two Colloquia held concurrently on the 19 & 20 May - See the keynote presentations listed in the programme of each of the two Colloquia

19 - 20 May ICA Network for Innovation in Life Sciences Higher Education (ICA-Edu)

held a Colloquium Exploring the opportunities and challenges of mainstreaming blended learning in Life Sciences Higher Education: through institutional, student and lecturer perspectives. Blended-learning practices and experiences may vary widely in design and execution. Improvements in both university curricula and learning technologies, together with the impacts of the COVID pandemic, means that it is a learning mode that continues to gain momentum and usage.


19 - 20 May ICA Community of Practice for Bioeconomy Education (ICA CoP Bio-Edu)

hedl a Colloquium to address Interdisciplinary Education for the Bioeconomy: embedding the mindset of the bioeconomy in the curricula of Bachelor degree programmes.  Students follow many different Bachelor degree programmes which provide opportunities for careers in the different fields of the bioeconomy.  The Colloquium will address how an interdisciplinarity mindset of the sustainable circular Bioeconomy can be embedded throughout the curricula of these Bachelor degree programmes.

18 May Special Interest Group (SIG) for Sustainable Entrepreneurial Education (ICA-Edu SIG)

held a Colloquium focusing on Putting Assessment of Sustainable Entrepreneurship Education in the Spotlight. The ICA Board has established a Special Interest Group (SIG) for Sustainable Entrepreneurship Education within the ICA-Edu Board Committee. The establishment of this SIG is the result of the continuing interest resulting from the two previous ICA-Edu Colloquia focusing on this topic and the INTRINSIC project. This workshop will continue to develop this important area.

Message from the President of ICA - Ukraine

Ukraine FlagThe Board of the Association for European Life Science Universities (ICA) sends a strong message of support to the National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine and to Dmytro Motornyi Tavria State Agrotechnological University who are members of ICA, and to all universities in Ukraine. 

As ICA, we strongly condemn President Putin’s military invasion of your country, of your democratically elected institutions and of your citizens. Everything we, as European citizens and European scientists, stand for – freedom, democracy, peace, evidence, facts – is being violated. Know that your ICA colleague institutions are behind you. Each in their own way will support Ukraine, morally, politically and materially. To know more about the support which ICA institutions have established for Ukrainian staff and students please visit the ICA member institutions here

The ICA Board stands against the decision of the Russian Union of Rectors supporting President Putin's devastating war on the people of the Ukraine. The Board calls upon all life science universities worldwide to cease all cooperation with those Russian universities. The ICA Board stands with the sacrifice made by those Russians who are standing out against this war.

On behalf of the ICA Board,

Professor Arthur Mol
President of ICA

13 March 2022

ICA & ICA Standing Commitee Events in 2022

ICA Rectors and Deans Forum 2022: 20 and 21 October at Agriculture Academy, Vytautas Magnus University, Lithuania. Bending the curve for biodiversity: challenges and opportunities for life science universities.

The ICA General Assembly 2022 will be held on 19 October

ICA Board Committees Events

ICA-Edu Special Interest Group for Sustainable Bioeconomy Education:  18 May 2022, Ghent Belgium

ICA-Edu Colloquium: 19 to 20 May 2022, Ghent Belgium

ICA CoP Bio-Edu Collqouium: 19 to 20 May 2022, Ghent, Belgium

ICA CoP Bio-Edu 4th International Summer School on the Circular Bioeocnomy and Sustainable Development: 5 to 9 September 2022, Organised by Athens University in cooperation with American Farm School.  To be held at the American Farm School Thessaloniki, Greece.  Register now by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Email subject ISSCBSD2022).

ICA Standing Committees face to face Events

AGRINATURA Conference: 18 to 20 May at University of Cork, Ireland

IROICA Conference: 8 to 10 June 2022 at Mendel University, Brno, Czech Republic

CASEE Conference: 22 to 24 June 2022 at Czech University of Life Sciences, Pargue, Czech Republic. Sustainable agriculture in the context of climate change and digitalization

SILVA Network Annual Conference: 28 - 30 June 2022 at University College Dublin, Ireland,  Higher Forestry education in times of multiple crises: crises as framework conditions, topics, challenge and as a trigger for improvements

ISLE 10th Anniversary Conference 26-29 Sept 2022 in Palencia, Spain.  Better Education for a Better World - Innovation in Life Science Higher Education for Sustainable Change 

ISEKI Conference, 2023 in Paris

Call for Nominations for the ICA Excellence Award 2022

The Association for European Life Science Universities wishes to recognise individuals who have achieved excellence in furthering the values and mission of ICA as described in the ICA Strategy towards 2030. You are invited to nominate a person for the award who has achieved excellence in the following criteria:

1. Providing thought leadership, inspiration and the contribution of new knowledge through research and/or innovation for the European and global sustainable circular bioeconomy and society, and/or;

2. Enhancing education in the specific areas relevant to ICA and more generally in the areas of the bioeconomy and society, and/or;

3. Developing cooperation through contributing to platforms, joint learning, outreach and/or sharing experiences and understanding among European colleagues, and/or;

4. Achieving impact and relevance with specific reference to the ICA values and mission.


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