The 10th GCHERA Conference April 24-26, 2019 București - ROMANIA


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*Simultaneous translation to French will be provided



The Conference will support the leaders of agricultural and life science universities to develop their university’s strategic engagement in education, research, innovation and outreach to address the global challenges for sustainable development. The Conference will take the opportunity of a global meeting of university leaders to compare and contrast our understanding of the challenges, and evaluate approaches and developments from across the globe.




Wednesday, 24th of April


  • 12:00   Registration and buffet lunch - Building A, Rectorate
  • 14:00   Opening ceremony – Aula Magna „Petre S. Aurelian” Building A, Rectorate
    Session I: Meeting the challenges of the Sustainable Development Goals by society as a whole and in the bioeconomy sectors in particular - Main Building A, Rectorate
  • 14:30   Keynote 1 and 2
    • The Sustainable Development Goals and Learning for Transformation.
      Arjen Wals, Wageningen University and Research(WUR), The Netherlands
    • Keynote 2 - TBC
  • 15:30   Coffee break
  • 16:00   Keynote 3, 4 and 5
    • Climate Change, Agriculture and Food Security
      John Porter, CIHEAM-IAMM – SupAgro - MUSE Univ Montpellier, Montpellier, FR
    • Feminist perspectives on extractivism in bioeconomies.
      Charmaine Pereira Independent scholar, based in Abuja, Nigeria
    • Keynote 5 - TBC
  • 19:00   Welcome reception and Dinner


Thursday, 25th of April


Main Building A, Rectorate
Session II: Attracting and engaging youth and life-long learners in the education programmes meeting the needs for a workforce that can provide sustainable solutions for the future

  • 09:00   Keynote 1 and 2
    • Refocusing higher education programmes to provide the leaders who will change the world.
      Jose Zaglul, Earth University, Costs Rica
    • Transformational learning and student leadership development in Africa and the NENA. Region.
      Iman Kaffas, Senior Adviser, Capacity Development and Organizational Transformation, Global Forum for Agriculture Research (GFAR) and Association of Arab Universities (AArU) 
  • 10:30   Coffee break
  • 11:00   Offered papers sessions and discussion
  • 13:00   Lunch

Session III: Contributing to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals: impact through outreach/extension, innovation and incubation, public-private partnerships and engagement with policy makers

  • 14:00   Keynote 1 and 2
    • Impacting food and nutrition security in sub-Saharan Africa: training next generation of plant breeders for a hungry, growing and changing world.
      Eric Danquah, University of Ghana, Ghana
    • IBP University: inspiring innovation towards agro-maritime 4.0
      Arif Satria. Rector of Bogor Agricultural University, Indonesia.
  • 15:30   Coffee break
  • 16:00   Offered papers sessions and discussion
  • 19:00   Gala Dinner Romanian Traditional Dinner – Pietroasa Wines Tasting – Ceres Restaurant


Friday, 26th of April


Main Building A, Rectorate
Session IV: Providing leadership for a sustainable world through partnership (SDG 17)

  • 09:00  Keynote 1 and 2
    • Sustainable Partnerships in Asia: from Students’, Universities’ and Employers’ Perspectives
      Petra Chaloupková. Czech University of Life Sciences, Czech Republic
    • From good will to practise: the challenge of building multi-regional joint degrees in partnership.
      Poon Kasemsap1, Nuttakan Nitayapat1, Didier Pillot2 and Maria Cristeta N. Cuaresma3. Kasetsart University, Thailand1, Montpellier SupAgro, France2 and Southeast Asian Regional Center for Graduate Study and Research in Agriculture SEARCA3, Philippines
  • 10:30   Coffee break
  • 11:00   Offered papers sessions and discussion
  • 12:30   Closing ceremony
  • 13:00   Lunch at Caru cu Bere Restaurant – Bucharest Old City Center
  • 15:00   Optional Bucharest City Tour


Saturday, 27th of April


Post Symposium tours:
Optional post-conference tour to the Carpathian Mountains with visits to the Bran and Peleș Castles on 27 April



The Conference will provide outcomes for action oriented leadership for change management in the leadership of agricultural and life science universities to address the challenges encompassed by the Sustainable Development Goals. The delegates will be challenged to review the aims of existing international partnerships and to develop new partnerships in support of meeting the Sustainable Development Goals by 2030.



The Conference seeks to attract those who are responsible for strategic decision making in Universities /Faculties of Agricultural and Life Sciences.  The GCHERA Conference Executive Committee invites Rectors, Vice Rectors and Deans, and persons of equivalent status in their university, college, school or faculty being responsible for education, research and innovation to participate in the 10th GCHERA Conference 2018.

The discussion at the Conference will be advanced through engagement with the agricultural and life science university’s stakeholders; current students through the international student associations ( IAAS and IFSA), early career graduates through alumni associations and YPARD, , industry, government, NGOs and donors.



You are invited to submit an Abstract for a presentation under one of the themes 2, 3 and 4. Under each theme in paragraph B above a number of suggestions are made of topics which could be addressed under that theme. However, the topics listed are not prescriptive and other approaches to addressing the theme are invited. You should submit your abstract to by 28 February 2019.