Sponsors & Partners


Situated in Belgium, in the heart of Western Europe, KU Leuven has been a centre of learning for nearly six centuries. Today, it is Belgium’s largest university and, founded in 1425, one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Europe.

The Faculty of Bioscience Engineering, established in 1878, focusses on the great global challenges facing our society: the environment, health, food production, water and energy.

The Faculty offers a broad range of bachelor’s and master’s programmes for students all over the world. The various programmes reflect the all-around character of the Faculty and are embedded in the innovative, world-class research that takes place here. Research activities are carried out in three departments: the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences, the Department of Biosystems and the Department of Microbial and Molecular Systems.

Through the study programmes, the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering strives to instill leadership, critical thinking skills and a sense of comradery in each of the students. Student representatives actively participate in the daily management of the Faculty, particularly when it comes to questions of education. The Faculty’s student association also organizes cultural, sports and other social activities throughout the academic year and distributes course readers.

Last but not least, it is important to mention that the Faculty of Bioscience Engineering is the proud host of the IAAS World headquarters.

We are a business that helps humanity face its toughest challenge: how to feed a rising population, sustainably. Our world class science and innovative crop solutions transform how crops are grown to enable millions of growers to make better use of available resources.

At the heart of our contribution is The Good Growth Plan, our six commitments to address critical challenges the world faces to achieve food security. Our business – and the world’s food security – depend on sustainable natural resources, healthy ecosystems and thriving rural communities. Which is why we cooperate with industry partners, governments and NGOs to support the achievement of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Our Corporate Governance is aligned with international standards and practice and helps us achieve not only our business objectives, but also helps create value to society that is demonstrated by our strong environmental and social performance.


FAO – The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations leads international efforts to defeat hunger. Serving both developed and developing countries, FAO acts as a neutral forum where all nations meet as equals to negotiate agreements and debate policy. FAO is also a source of knowledge and information. FAO  helps developing countries and countries in transition modernize and improve agriculture, forestry and fisheries practices and ensure good nutrition for all. Since its founding in 1945, FAO have focused special attention on developing rural areas, home to 70 percent of the world’s poor and hungry people.

ICA, founded in 1988 as the Interfaculty Committee Agraria, is a network of more than 60 universities from the EU and neighbouring countries (European Higher Education Area, EHEA).  Full Membership is currently open to all higher education institutions in Europe with a focus on the life sciences relating to agriculture, food, natural resources, rural development and the environment in the 46 countries subscribing to the Bologna process.  Associate Membership is open to universities outside of the EHEA.

YPARD is an international movement by Young Professionals FOR Young Professionals in Agricultural Research for Development. YPARD operates as a network; it is not a formalized institution.

At the heart of YPARD as a movement are its members, who are encouraged to become active in their area, spread the news about YPARD to other young professionals, encourage a stronger voice of youth in their own organizations and share their views and ideas with other young professionals in the network.

This global on-line and off-line communication and discussion platform is meant to enable YPs all over the world to express their ideas and realize their full potential towards a dynamic ARD.

EGEA is the European Geography Association which forms a network around Europe and supports young geographers in discovering their potential as young scientists. The association offers opportunities for personal development through: facilitating the exploration of European countries, exposing its members to different cultures, and providing the chance to make new friends, as well as to establish a European network.

EGEA organizes numerous geography-related activities throughout the year such as congresses, exchanges, seminars, training events, expeditions, and excursions, which all offer complementary and alternative learning opportunities to the more traditional “formal” geographic education we are used to. EGEA’s activities vary in scientific and recreational content, and they are founded in the spirit of respecting the principles of equality, diversity and non-discrimination.
Additionally, EGEA actively contributes towards strengthening geography’s position in society by promoting the discipline through its organisational network and strategic partnerships.

StudyPortals brings transparency to the wealth of study opportunities in Europe’s higher education. Being a spin-off from a large international student association, StudyPortals is determined to stimulate and inform students on (inter)national study choice. For this, they have a set of websites where you can find and compare your study and funding opportunities:

IFSA is the International Forestry Students’ Association.

UNEP – United Nations Environment Programme. Mission is to provide leadership and encourage partnership in caring for the environment by inspiring, informing, and enabling nations and peoples to improve their quality of life without compromising that of future generations.

UNESCO is known as the “intellectual” agency of the United Nations. At a time when the world is looking for new ways to build peace and sustainable development, people must rely on the power of intelligence to innovate, expand their horizons and sustain the hope of a new humanism. UNESCO exists to bring this creative intelligence to life; for it is in the minds of men and women that the defences of peace and the conditions for sustainable development must be built.

Zero Generation is a multidisciplinary team of professional trainers, with European and Worldwide NGO experience in leadership, international project management, training and consultancy; with special interests in healthcare, engineering and organisational development.

Careers International creates transparency in the fast changing world of careers through innovative solutions. On our unique, exclusive recruitment events graduates and young professionals meet in scheduled interviews Recruiters and Line Managers from top international employers. With our innovative OneDayWith-Online Event we enable candidates to identify hidden career opportunities and provide them with  an insight into Employer all over the world.

ThinkYoung is a think-tank based in Brussels, Geneva and Hong Kong with the aim of making the lives of young people better. This is done through their research on young people and their views of the future of Europe and much more , reaching over 30,000 young people and giving them a chance to voice their opinions and let the world know.

The Entrepreneurship School is ThinkYoung’s flagship event, aiming to make up for the lack of entrepreneurial teaching within Europe. The School brings young people from all around the world face-to-face with successful entrepreneurs. Here there is no books or boring lectures, just pure conversation with real entrepreneurs to discover their journey and how to enter the world of entrepreneurship!
ThinkYoung also has an Audiovisual Lab, whereby young researchers are trained in filmmaking and multimedia projects. So far the team has created over 100 documentaries on young people in more than 30 European and Asian countries.

ISLE is an Association of renowned international Higher Education Institutions, Research Institutes, Companies, NGOs, Foundations and individuals interested in Innovating in, Teaching and Promoting Sustainable Development in Life Sciences, Applied Sciences and Social Sciences in Europe and worldwide.

Founded in 2011, Thought For Food is a fast-growing community of more than 3,000 brilliant students, ambassadors, and mentors from over 50 countries, cross-fertilized by networks of thought leaders, social entrepreneurs and multinational experts. The annual TFF Challenge calls on university students from all fields of study to explore the complex challenges of food security, as they generate and prototype new projects that address the global challenge of feeding 9 billion people by 2050. TFF aims to play a key role in resolving global food security challenges by tapping into the unique skills and talents of the millennial generation, and by providing state-of-the-art educational tools, mentorship, connections, and seed funding.


The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience, Association sans but lucratif (non-profit association), commonly known as IAESTE A.s.b.l. is an association of national committees representing academic, industrial and student interests.

We serve 4000 students, 3000 employers and 1000 academic institutions through career-focused professional internships abroad, social and intercultural reception programmes, international networking and other career and employer branding activities in more than 80 countries worldwide.



·         To offer employers well-qualified and motivated trainees

·         To be a source of cultural enrichment for trainees and their host communities

·         To provide students with technical experience relevant to their studies


·         To promote international understanding, cooperation and trust among students, academic institutions, employers and wider community

·         To operate a high quality practical training exchange programme between members in order to enhance technical and professional development

·         To operate irrespective of race, colour, gender, culture, religious or political beliefs, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, or expression

Brief History

In the aftermath of World War II, a new spirit pervaded the world: a desire for International understanding and co-operation. It was this spirit that brought forth both the United Nations (UN) and IAESTE, organisations dedicated to promoting these objectives.

The Association was founded in January 1948 at the Imperial College, London, on the initiative of the Imperial College Vacation Work Committee. National Organisations from ten European countries attended this meeting and became Members and Mr. James Newby was elected General Secretary. The geographical coverage soon spread to most of Europe and beyond, as new countries were granted membership. The Association became a registered body according to Luxembourg law at its General Conference 2005 in Cartagena de Indias, Colombia.

In IAESTE we are committed to fostering international understanding and impacting on the development of young people through international exchange. Our core values of friendship, trust, respect, professionalism, development and intercultural cooperation serve as a foundation for our strong organisational culture and as the principles that guide all our work and daily activities.