Summary of the ELLS 2020 Conference

The annual ELLS Conference is behind us, another edition at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences. On November 19-21, 2020, the University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in Vienna (BOKU) hosted two international conferences: the annual conference of representatives of universities of EuroLeague for Life Sciences (ELLS ) and the ELLS Student Scientific Conference. For the first time in history, the conference was held online.

The Conferences were attended by representatives of European universities and partners associated in ELLS (rectors, vice-rectors, deans, professors, students and graduates).

Euroleague for Life Sciences (ELLS)  is an organization associating leading agricultural and natural sciences universities in Europe, which includes:

  • Warsaw University of Life Sciences in Warsaw
  • Wageningen University, the Netherlands
  • University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences in Vienna, Austria
  • Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague, the Czech Republic
  • University of Hohenhaim, Germany
  • Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Sweden
  • University of Copenhagen, Denmark

and in the world:

  • China Agricultural University, China
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Food and Environment, Israel
  • Lincoln University, New Zealand.

Universities collaborate in natural resource management, agricultural and forestry sciences, life sciences, nutritional sciences and environmental sciences. The aim of ELLS is to prepare and conduct joint research and teaching programmes, facilitate the mobility of students and academic teachers by simplifying the applied procedures and ensuring high-quality teaching.

Thursday and Friday (November 19-20) were days of intensive work by the board of Euroleague for Life Sciences and the staff of the ELLS universities. Discussed were matters related to the functioning of the network and presented were the activities of all groups (the so-called subject area and support teams) and their plans for the next year. Conference participants attended a lecture related to the main topic of the Conference "Scenarios for the Future: The Impact of Life Sciences on Human Life Quality in the 21st Century" as well as participated in workshops on the following issues:

  1. The role of universities in the transformational process

Franz Fehr, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

  1. ELLS in Horizon Europe

Karl Jaghane, Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences

  1. Fostering early researcher careers with ELLS

Elisabeth Denk, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna

The opening and closing ceremonies of both conferences were attended by prof. Hubert Hasenauer, Rector of BOKU as well as the authorities of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences: prof. Michał Zasada, PhD - Rector and dr hab. Marta Mendel - Vice-Rector for International Cooperation.

On November 20-21, ELLS Student Conference took place with the leading theme "The World of Tomorrow - A Green and Sustainable Society". The conference was attended by over 200 ELLS students who delivered over 100 papers in four thematic sessions:

  1. Green Innovation and  circular economy
  2. Rural and urban development for thriving communities
  3. Food and health for the next generation
  4. Innovations in Life Sciences

A student of SGGW, Aleksandra Jeżo, received the second prize in the competition for the best research project in the Green Innovation and circular economy category:

 "Hi! My name is Ola Jeżo, I am studying Wood Technology in the third year and I would like to share with you my impressions from this year's ELLS Student Scientific Conference (ELLS SSC). What is ELLS? It is an international conference where young scientists (like us!) present their research projects to the world. This is a great opportunity not only to show others your achievements, but also to get inspiration from other students from abroad. Participation in the Conference allowed me, above all, to gain self-confidence in speaking to a larger group, overcome language barriers and improve the soft skills. I had the opportunity to meet wonderful people from other countries and take part in fun contests :) Do I recommend ELLS SSC? Of course! It is an unforgettable event that takes place every year. I will certainly take part in the next edition as well. And you?"

The Student Conference enjoyed great interest of students and their supervisors, as evidenced by lively discussions during and after the Conference. Most of the participants promised to meet at the next ELLS Conference to be held in 2021 at SGGW.

Topics of next year's conferences:

Conference for employees of associated universities, 18-19.11.2021

Actions towards a more sustainable future, lesson learned from the crisis

Student conference, 19-20.11.2021

Green (r) evolution: from molecules to ecosystems



We invite you to the next year's conference!