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:
- Faculty of Science (Science), University of Copenhagen
- 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:
- CAU - China Agricultural University, Beijing
- HUJI - Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Robert H. Smith Faculty of Agriculture, Food and Environment
- LU - Lincoln University, New Zealand
Further Information (ELSA booklet - pdf)
ELLS Events & Announcements at BOKU
- BOKU is looking for a new ELSA representative:
- Are you open and eager to get to know students from other European Life Science universities?
- Are you interested in improving your learning environment by working on international educational projects?
- Would you like to meet with other student representatives physically twice a year at one of the partner universities?
- Do you want to join and actively participate in designing the Scientific Student Conferences of the Euroleague for Life Sciences?
- Are you willing to represent your fellow BOKU students as member of the Department of International Affairs of the ÖH BOKU in the Euroleague for Life Sciences?
Then become a member of ELSA, the student association of the Euroleague for Life Sciences. Send an e-mail with a motivation letter and a CV to euroleague(at)oehboku.at by 29th of November 2021!
- 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/
- Summer Schools der Euroleague for Life Sciences (ELLS)
Also in 2021 BOKU supported BOKU participants of on summer schools with a travel grant:
Call + Application Form 2021
- ELLS Conferences 2020
ELLS Scientific Student Conference 2020
"The World of Tomorrow: A Green and Sustainable Society"
BOKU, 20.-21. November 2020
ELLS General Assembly & Forum 2020
"Scenarios for the Future: The Impact of Life Sciences on Human Life Quality in the 21st Century"
BOKU, 19.-20. November 2020
From November 19 to 21 BOKU organised the first online edition of the annual network conference of the Euroleague for Life Sciences and the ELLS Scientific Student conference.
More than 500 students and staff member of the different ELLS universities registered for these conferences.
The topic of this year’s General Assembly & Forum was "Scenarios for the Future: The Impact of Life Sciences on Human Life Quality in the 21st Century". After the opening by Rector Hasenauer, Prof. Verena Winiwarter from the Institute of Social Ecology, at BOKU gave an inspiring keynote: "Providing Sustainable Human Well- Being. Why Life Sciences are Key to the Agenda 2030". Three workshops further elaborated the conference theme resp. dealt with the network’s future options in research collaboration. Furthermore, the conference was also used to share experience and knowhow on the adaptations of teaching and administration due to the current COVID-19 situation and to further elaborate the network’s strategic goals.
"The World of Tomorrow – A Green and Sustainable Society" was the topic of the ELLS Scientific Student Conference. In four different subthemes students presented the results of the bachelor or master theses or their first PhD-year. After the keynote by Dr. Simone Gingrich, Institute of Social Ecology, - "Land use and sustainability: lessons from the past and challenges for the future", the Students' Innovation Centre [sic!] organised a panel discussion with BOKU start-ups to demonstrate future career options. In total 36 oral and 41 poster presentations were held at the Scientific Student Conference. The best presentations were awarded the “ELLS Student Presentation Prize”: 8 out of the 21 prizes went to BOKU students or recent graduates – see below.
As far as the conference design is concerned, the organisational team around BOKU-International Relations and the Euroleague Student Association ELSA tried to create a “real conference feeling”: making contacts and networking was a central goal – despite the missing physical encounters. Thus, a conference platform that guides the participants virtually through the BOKU campuses was created. This platform embedded not only the classical zoom meetings, but also integrated the virtual platform “Wonder” for scientific discussion and social exchange: The participants respectively their avatars just moved around the room, approached each other and formed small groups in bubbles, where they discuss in video chats – almost like in real conference breaks.
Already now, we warmly invite all BOKU students and staff members to join the next ELLS conference which will be held from November 18 to 20, 2021 at the Warsaw University of Life Sciences (WULS-SGGW). If online, hybrid or as physical edition, still needs to be decided in spring.
The BOKU awardees of the „ELLS Student Presentation Prize“ – congratulations!
Subtheme “Green innovation and circular economy”
1. Pize: Janet Bakalarz
3. Prize: Rosa Eder
Subtheme “Rural and urban development for thriving communities”
2. Prize: Elke Wiesmair
Subtheme “Food and health for the next generation”
3. Prize: Moritz Egger
Subtheme “Green innovation and circular economy”
2. Prize: Hermann Dallinger
3. Prize: Lena Leiter
Subtheme “Food and health for the next generation”
2. Preis: Vivian Remlinger
3. Preis: Tamara Rudavský
- 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'!