CASEE Conference 2018
The 9th CASEE conference "Research based education at life science universities in the Danube region towards a sustainable future” was held at the University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine (USAMV) in Bucharest, Romania, from 6 to 9 June, 2018.
Find out what research based education is all about, why it's crucial for a sustainable future in the Danube region and what is the role of life science universities in this context.
Research based education for a sustainable future in the Danube Region as main topic of the conference refers to the necessity to foster sustainable and ecological developments in the region and to improve livelihood in rural areas at the same time. Education and research are the basis for a sustainable future not only at a global level but also with and in the Danube Region. Life Science universities act as an important role model aiming at a sustainable development of bio-economy in this region. Especially CASEE member universities have to assume high responsibility within their network to push forward and promote research-based education on this matter.
The opening of the 9th CASEE conference was organized together with the 7th edition of the international conference Agriculture for Life, Life for Agriculture and enabled further networking opportunities between students, scientists and researchers. The official part of the conference was opened by the Rector Prof. Dr. Sorin Mihai Cimpeanu from USAMV Bucharest, the Vice-Rector for Education and International Affairs of USAMV Bucharest, Prof. Dr. Florin Stanica, and the President of CASEE, Prof. DI Dr. Dr.h.c. mult. Martin H. Gerzabek. The CASEE President emphasized the importance of networks such as CASEE to promote research-based education in the Danube Region aiming at a sustainable development. Due to the high potentials in bio-economy in this region, improvements cannot be based just on intensification and have to be guided by research-based concepts.
The CASEE President Martin H. Gerzabek, the Rector of USAMV Sorin Mihai Cimpeanu and the Vice-Rector of USAMV Florin Stanica warmly welcomed all participants and guests at the conference. They all expressed their gratitude for the mutual support within the network, the great work of the conference organizers and for the valuable support of the Scientific Committee members making this conference a successful one.
Research-based education in the Danube Region for a sustainable future was also the main and guiding topic in the three keynote speeches. Prof. Mag. Dr. Barbara Hinterstoisser (BOKU, Austria) focused on the role of research and education as driving force for education. The high quality of teaching and learning is needed for educating students and graduates as future decision- and policy makers. In this context sustainability, the role of Life Science universities and the need for cooperation and networks have to be critically reflected. Acad. Doru Pamfil from the University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Romania, presented new biotech methods in plant breeding for climate change and proposed a new approach for regulating new biotech methods of gene-editing, in perspective of breeding plants for future climate changes. Vice-rector Prof. Dr. Gina Fintineru, USAMV Bucharest, and Gabriele Mack from Agroscope, Switzerland, presented project results of ENHANCE by showcasing the impact of the CAP payments on the vitality of rural areas in Romania and presenting used methods and measurements.
- Prof. Mag. Dr. Barbara Hinterstoisser (University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences Vienna, BOKU, Austria): “Research based education at Life Science Universities in the Danube Region for a sustainable future”
- Acad. Doru Pamfil (University of Agricultural Sciences and Veterinary Medicine Cluj-Napoca, Romania): “New biotech methods in plant breeding for climate change”
- Prof. Dr. Gina Fintineru and Gabriele Mack (University of Agronomic Sciences and Veterinary Medicine, USAMV Bucharest and Agroscope, Switzerland): “Did rural development payments improve quality of life in rural areas? Methods & Results”
The 110 participants were then released into the following 5 scientific sessions and workshops:
- Session I: “Modern agriculture and rural development (including landscape planning)”
- Session II: “Renewable resources – possibilities and constraints (including forests and biotechnology)”
- Session III: “Sustainable food systems and quality”
- Session IV: “Environmental safety and climate change”
- Session V: “Agricultural engineering” (in cooperation with ATAE)
- Session VI: "New challenges in animal sciences and veterinary medicine"
- Poster Session (poster download on the conference website)
- “Experimental Farm Network (EFNet) Workshop”
These sessions of the 9th CASEE Conference served for presenting the latest scientific results in order to promote research and educational activities, to further enhance one’s network and partnerships, to exchange ideas as well as promote scientific information interchange between academics, developers, engineers, practitioners, researchers and students working and/or studying in the Danube region or in certain cases other countries. The added value of CASEE conferences can also be seen in the numerous PhD participants who get the chance to gain insights from senior researchers, get in contact with more established colleagues for future collaborations and all sides can fuel their motivational spirit.
Next to the sessions other additional successful meetings were held, as follows:
- CASEE Danube AgriFood Master programme "Sustainability in Agriculture, Food Production and Food Technology in the Danube Region" meetings on June 7 and 8
- CASEE Board meetings on June 6 (before the start of the conference) and on June 8 after the CASEE General Assembly
Beside the scientific value of the conference, these meetings also provided an excellent breeding ground for exchanging ideas and other parts of the CASEE community, in which project proposals, networking and future plans can flourish.
See further information on the conference website.