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GCUA- Global Challenges University Alliance

GCUA is an SLU initiative to gather the leading universities on every continent around issues of food security, bio-energy, sustainable urban development and climate. Together, we translate knowledge into relevant action!


Upcoming Global Challenges University Alliance (GCUA) Workshop

Life Science Universities and the UN Sustainable Development Goals

16 - 18 April 2018, University of Natural Resources and Life Sciences (BOKU), Vienna
The workshop offers opportunities for sharing best practice examples in addressing the SDGs in political and societal action, in teaching and in research, for discussing the specific role of life science Universities for contributing to reaching the SDGs by their integration of socio-economic, ecological and technical aspects of land use and food chains and for sketching a way forward in fulfilling the claims of society.

Link to more information, the draft programme and online registration.


Building an alliance through workshops and summerschools

Focus for the GCUA initiative is the agricultural research and educations issues in relation to the current Global Challenges. By 2050 the world's population will exceed nine billion, requiring agricultural, forest and fisheries systems to produce food, animal feed, fibres, energy and materials for another two billion people.

Meeting these global challenges can only be done through obtaining greater scientific knowledge about the fundamental conditions for life – translating knowledge into relevant action – and through dedicated international co‐operation. Through workshops and summer schools, we initiate crucial collaborations and train the young bioeconomy leaders of the future.

Members of the Alliance

During 2011-2017 researchers and students from more than 30 universities world wide has participated in GCUA's workshops and summer schools. Read more below.

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