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25: How to Combine Different Disciplines to Face Bioeconomic Challenges?

Breakout / World Café
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Today s societal challenges require holistic approaches based on discipline excellence. The session will focus on tools and best practice examples on how to link biology, engineering, economy and social sciences for integrated bioeconomic solutions.


Professor and Head, Plant Sciences, Institute of Bio- and Geosciences, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH; Chairman, BioSC - Bioeconomy Science Center, Jülich

Dr. Ulrich SCHURR

Professor and Head, Plant Sciences, Institute of Bio- and Geosciences, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH; Chairman, BioSC - Bioeconomy Science Center, Jülich

1982-1988 Studies Biology, University Bayreuth
1988-1991 Ph.D., University Bayreuth
1991-2001 Group Leader, Institute for Botany, University Heidelberg
2001 Habilitation, Botany, University Heidelberg
since 2001 Forschungszentrum Jülich
2001-2011 Director, ICG - Institute for Chemistry and Dynamics of the Geosphere, ICG-4: Phytosphere
since 2011 Director, IBG - Institute for Bio- and Geosciences, IBG-2: Plant Sciences
2004-2011 Member, Executive Board, EPSO - European Plant Science Organization
2006-2008 Research Director, Research Area Earth and Environment, Forschungszentrum Jülich
since 2006 Member, Executive Board, European Technology Platform Plants for the Future
2006 Founder, JPPC - Jülich Plant Phenotyping Center
2007-2012 Member, Steering Committee, European Technology Platform Biofuels
since 2007 Member, Directorate, KoGa - Competence Center for Horticulture
2008-2011 Vice President, EPSO - European Plant Science Organization
since 2009 Spokesman, IPPN - International Plant Phenotyping Network
since 2010 Chairman, BioSC - Bioeconomy Science Centers
since 2011 Coordinator, Cross-Program Activity Sustainable Bioeconomy, Helmholtz Association
since 2012 Coordinator, EPPN - European Plant Phenotyping Network
since 2012 German Head, LABEX Germany of EMBRAPA (Brazilian Agro Research Organization)
since 2012 Member, Science Advisory Board, German Association for the Support of Private German Plant Breeding
since 2012 Chief Executive Officer, QS Science Fund - Fruits, Vegetables and Potato
since 2012 Member, CEPLAS - Center of Excellence in Plant Sciences
since 2012 Coordinator, DPPN - German Plant Phenotyping Network
since 2013 Senior Official, EU-CELAC - workgroup Bioeconomy in the cooperation process between Latin America and Europe, Government of the Federal Republic of Germany
since 2013 Programme Speaker, Helmholtz Programme Key Technologies for the Bioeconomy
since 2014 Chairman of the European Technology Platform Plants for the Future
since 2016 Coordinator of EMPHASIS - European Infrastructure for multi-scale Plant Phenomics and Simulation for food security in a changing climate

Higher Education Symposium

show timetable


19:00 - 22:00Alpbach IdeaJam: SEM meets EDUPlenary
21:00 - 22:30Vienna Lectures: "Brainier, Better, More Beautiful... - Can Humans be Optimised?"Culture


09:00 - 09:10OpeningPlenary
09:10 - 09:20Framing the ChallengePlenary
09:20 - 10:30Times They are a-Changin' - How Societal Trends Impact European UniversitiesPlenary
11:00 - 12:00Transformation Messages for UniversitiesPlenary
12:00 - 12:15Introduction to the World CaféPlenary
13:50 - 14:00Universities of the Future - Showcasing Transformation in ActionBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 01: Scientists in Society: Towards Interdisciplinary Capacity BuildingBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 02: How Can Internal Quality Management Assure Competence-Based Education?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 03: Arts-Based Research on the Doctoral LevelBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 04: Artistic Practice Equipping Us for a Changing WorldBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 05: Blogging for Interactive Critical ThinkingBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 06: Multiple Choice Tests: More than a Time Saver for TeachersBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 07: Technology and Art as a Symbiosis for Media ProfessionsBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 08: Education by Two: Tertiary Education Jointly Designed by Universities and CorporationsBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 09: Supporting Women Is Important, But What About Supporting Men?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 10: Interdisciplinary Team-Teaching to Foster Mutual Understanding of Different DisciplinesBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 11: Addressing Student-Centred Learning in External Quality AssuranceBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 12: Mastering Challenges of Lifelong Learning at UniversitiesBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 13: Online Teaching for All!Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 14: Doctoral Education in a Global Context: Challenges and OpportunitiesBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 15: The Role of Universities in a Knowledge-Based SocietyBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 16: Education in Sustainable Development: Implementation and EvaluationBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 17: Gaming Simulation for Training in Systems-ManagementBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 18: Active Learning in Spite of a Large Amount of Material - An Illusion?!Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 19: How Can Public Health Education Be Constructed Flexibly?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 20: How Can a University Assert Itself in the International Environment?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 21: Learning by Researching. A Best Practice Example where "Money Matters"Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 22: In Austria, Dropouts Aren't Dropouts and Students Aren't StudentsBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 23: Transfinlandia: Gender Invention in Artistic EducationBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 24: Service Learning - Applied Knowledge in Higher EducationBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 25: How to Combine Different Disciplines to Face Bioeconomic Challenges?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 26: Living Knowledge - Social Impact in Higher EducationBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 27:  University Meets Industry  A Lifelong Learning ProjectBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 28: Lab Inter Arts - A Platform for Cross-Cultural Performance ProjectsBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 29: Community-Based Learning through Community Health AssessmentBreakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 30: The University of the Future - A Haven for Self-Realisation?Breakout
14:00 - 16:00Breakout Session 31: Teaching Research? Interdisciplinary Grant-Writing Skills for PhD StudentsBreakout
16:00 - 18:00Breakout Session 10: What are the Implications of Internationalisation for Students?Breakout
16:30 - 18:00Shaping the Future - Concrete Next Steps for ActionBreakout
20:00 - 20:45Changing the Role of and Practices in Higher EducationPlenary
20:45 - 21:30CityScienceTalk: Universities - Trendsetters for a Changing World?Plenary
21:30 - 23:00ReceptionSocial
23:15 - 23:30Closing RemarksPlenary


09:00 - 10:30Doctoral Training at Universities - Potential and ChallengesPartner
11:00 - 12:30The Significance of Gender at Higher Education Institutions - Gender Diversity and Feminism, Blessing or Curse?Partner