ELLS General Assembly and Forum 2024

The Euroleague for Life Sciences (ELLS) and Wageningen University & Research invite all ELLS member and partner universities to the ELLS General Assembly and Forum 2024. The theme of this year’s conference is ‘Innovations in Higher Education’.

Organised by Euroleaque for Life Sciences (ELLS)
Hosted by Wageningen University & Research
Date From Thursday 21 November 2024 to Friday 22 November 2024
Location Wageningen Campus

ELLS (Euroleague of Life Sciences)

ELLS is a network of leading universities cooperating in the fields of Agriculture, Food, Environment and Related Sciences:

AGRO-France, BOKU-Austria, CZU-Czech Republic, EMU-Estonia, HUJI-Israel, LU-New Zealand, NMBU-Norway, SGGW-Poland, SLU-Sweden, UdL-Spain, UGent-Belgium, UHOH-Germany, Unitus, Italy, WUR-The Netherlands.

Target audience

The conference includes the annual meetings for the ELLS Board, Task Force and International Relations Officers, as well as meetings for Subject Area Groups and Support Groups. There will be a keynote on ‘Innovations in Higher Education’ and workshops for participants on this theme. 

Theme: Innovations in Higher Education

Innovation gives us opportunities to transform our education. You can think of Artificial Intelligence (AI), Student Challenges and Open text books. These new tools allow us to focus more on the different needs of the individual student and realize a more learner-centred pedagogy.

Given all these new and exciting opportunities, and the fact that we’re facing a growing number of students worldwide and changing needs of an ever changing labour market which asks for a better service towards Life Long Learning, changing in our education system is not just a choice, it’s inevitable. 

This change however does not come easy, it confronts us with enormous challenges. The question how to use the manifold tools and materials the best way, instigates heated pedagogical discussions at the core of our universities. In an organizational sense, new departments and functions are required, in order to fulfil the demand from teachers and students for support and inspiration. The pressure on faculty is high and time and budget to facilitate the changes are called for. At the same time we have to rethink our administration, our rules and regulations. 

Such changes in the system cannot be successfully accomplished by one organization single-handedly, it requires collaboration. We invite the ELLS partners to Wageningen to exchange best practices, discuss administrative challenges, and inspire the change.