Euroleague for Life Sciences (ELLS)
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The Euroleague for Life Sciences (ELLS) is a network of leading universities cooperating in the fields of Natural Resource Management, Agricultural and Forestry Sciences, Life Sciences, Veterinary Sciences, Food Sciences, and Environmental Sciences.
The focus of ELLS is on joint teaching and learning, student and staff mobility, and quality assurance. These activities will result in highly qualified graduates, who are prepared for the demands of the European and international market. Furthermore, through the sharing of expertise and resources, this network will enhance the national and international position and potential of all partner universities, as part of the development and implementation of their degree programmes.
Through this network, BOKU realizes many international (educational) projects, like international masterprogrammes, summer schools, scientific student conferences...
The member universities are:
- Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU)
- Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (CULS)
- University of Hohenheim (UHOH)
- Warsaw University of Life Sciences (WULS-SGGW)
- Wageningen University and Research Centre (WUR)
- University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences, Vienna (BOKU)
International partners are:
- HUJI - Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment
- LU - Lincoln University, New Zealand
ELLS Events & Announcements at BOKU
- ELLS General Assembly & Forum und ELLS Scientific Student Conference 2022
22-24. September 2022, Czech University of Life Sciences Prague
Get inspired! International Networking for BOKU students and staff at the ELLS Conferences
The Euroleague for Life Sciences welcomed four new member universities in Prague. 27 BOKU students presented their projects!
This year’s ELLS General Assembly & Forum and Scientific Student Conference was held at the Czech University of Life Sciences in Prague (CZU) from September 22 to 24. Finally, the ELLS BOKU representatives and BOKU students could meet physically with their colleagues from the other ELLS universities again.
The Euroleague for Life Sciences used this opportunity to welcome 4 new member universities:
- Faculty of Bioscience, Ghent University, Belgium
- Norwegian University of Life Sciences, Norway
- L’Institut Agro, France
- Estonian University of Life Sciences, Estonia
Together with the old and new members, Rector Schulev-Steindl and the BOKU representatives discussed the opportunities for ELLS in the new Erasmus+ programme period (2021-2027) and planned new projects.
About 320 participants (students and staff) joint the ELLS Scientific Student Conference (SSC) that is always directly linked to the ELLS General Assembly & Forum.
Also 27 BOKU students used this opportunity to present their bachelor or master’s thesis or other projects around the topic “The Interconnectedness of Things: A Path Towards Sustainable Solutions”.
Associate Professor Ing. Hynek Roubík, Ph.D. (CZU) who won an ELLS presentation prize at the ELLS SSC 2013 at BOKU and the young researcher Ing. Stacy Hammond, Ph.D. motivated the students in their keynote speech to step outside their box. They gave tips how to network and how to start a (research) career.
The SSC was organised together by CZU and ELSA, the Euroleague Student Association whose members also chaired the oral sessions. This teamwork guaranteed a lot of network options, inspiration and fun for all participants.
Inspiration was also the keyword at the final award ceremony, not only due to the many prizes. Five BOKU graduates of the joint ELLS master programmes who joined the conference were honoured. One of the highlights of the conference was an impressing chemistry show: It encouraged the students to use miraculous phenomena that are actually based on simple laws of nature as inspiration for their plans and ideas for a sustainable future.
Congratulations to the winners of the ELLS Student Presentation Prizes from BOKU!
Oral Presentations (11 prizes for students from 8 universities)
- Subtheme “Insects. Not gross, but grossly important”: Martin Mayrhofer
- Subtheme “Into the Woods. Forestry at its finest”: Maximilian Behringer
Poster presentations (11 prizes for students from 8 universities)
- Subtheme “Insects. Not gross, but grossly important”: Anna-Lena Ferstl
- Subtheme “Designing the modern world. Human perspective”: Igor Luketina
- Subtheme “Healthy Plant. Happy System”: Nicole Laure
- Subtheme “Into the Woods. Forestry at its finest”: Jerneja Harmel
Already now, we warmly invite all BOKU students and teachers to next year's ELLS Scientific Student Conference 2023. It will be held at the University of Hohenheim, Germany from 17-18 November 2023.
Topic: "The Power of Science"
Further information will be available soon: www.euroleague-study.org
Information on the ELLS SSC 2022: ells2022.czu.cz
- Summer Schools der Euroleague for Life Sciences (ELLS)
Also in 2022 BOKU supports BOKU participants of on summer schools with a travel grant:
Call + Application Form 2022
Poster ELLS Summer Schools with exact dates
Poster ELLS Summer Schools without dates (overview)
- ELLS Scientific Student Conference 2021
19-20 November 2021
online/hybrid, organised by the Warsaw University of Life Sciences (SGGW)
369 students registered for this year's Scientific Student Conference of the Euroleague for Life Sciences. The topic "Green (r)evolution: from molecules to ecosystems” was divided into 4 subthemes: molecules, organism, community and ecosystem. The sessions accommodated 38 (BOKU: 7) oral and 57 (BOKU: 8) poster presentations.
The conference was opened by the Rector of SGGW, Prof. Michal Zasada, the ELLS Chair, Prof. Michal Lostak (CZU) and Stella Langthaler, the new chair of the ELLS Students Association (ELSA) from BOKU. The keynote by Assoc. Prof Edyta Zawisza (Institute of Geological Sciences, Polisch Academy of Sciences) “From zooplankton (Cladocera) to lake ecosystem reconstruction” got the participants in the mood for the different student presentations.
The clearly structured conference platform made it easy to move from one session to the next. Scientific discussions during the breaks and an online student party with a concert and dance classes offered many possibilities to get to know the other participants, to network, to get inspired and have fun.
During the final award ceremony excellent ELLS master theses and the graduates of the joint ELLS master programmes were honored.
As every year, the best oral and poster presentations received prize money.
Congratulations to the winners of the Student Presentation Prizes from BOKU!
* Subtheme „Community“: 1st prize oral: Anne-Laure Girard
* Subtheme „Community“: 1st prize poster: Nazli Golestani
* Subtheme „Ecosystem“: 2nd prize oral: Thomas Zankl
Already now, we warmly invite all BOKU students and teachers to next year's ELLS Scientific Student Conference 2022. It will be held on site at the Czech University of Life Sciences, Prague from 23-24 September 2022.
Topic: "The interconnectedness of things: a path towards sustainable solutions"
Further information will be available soon: www.euroleague-study.org
Information on the ELLS SSC 2021: ells2021.sggw.edu.pl
- ELLS General Assembly & Forum 2021
"Actions towards a more sustainable future, lesson learned from the crisis"
online/on-site, organised by the Warsaw University of Life Sciences, 18-19 November 2021
78 staff members of all ELLS universities registered for this year's General Assembly & Forum which was held in hybrid form for the first time. The members of the ELLS Board, Task Force, International Relations Officers and ELLS - Students Association (ELSA) were invited to the campus of the Warsaw University of Life Sciences in person. The Subject Areas and other Support Teams joined the conference online.
The keynote introductory lecture was divided into three topics:
- environmental crisis
- demographic/social crises
- educational/communication crisis,
The topics were prepared as TED talks. In the corresponding workshop the participants discussed i.e. about actions towards a more sustainable future, lesson learned from the crisis and the consequent challenges for life science universities and the academic community.
Like every year the General Assembly and Forum also offerd many opportunities to exchange experiences, e.g. during the presentations of the different Subject Areas and Support Teams and the individual group meetings.
During the closing ceremony the organisational team of the first online ELLS Conferences 2020 at BOKU - Kyrill Sattlberger, Mag. Ulrike Piringer and the BOKU representatives of the ELLS Student Association Nora Korp, Sarah Moser and Sarah Sperrer - received the ELLS Award. Congratulations!
Already now, we warmly invite the ELLS BOKU representatives to the ELLS General Assembly & Forum 2022: 22-23 September 2022Czech University of Life Sciences Prague (on site)
Further information on the ELLS General Assembly & Forum 2022: https://www.sggw.edu.pl/ells-conference-2021/ells-general-assembly-forum/
- Would you like to write your master thesis at another ELLS university?
Please check out the new information on the ELLS website: 'Master thesis abroad'!