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Thomas Lans (Colloquium leader)

Thomas is assistant Professor at Education and Learning Sciences. He is one of the founding fathers and coordinator of the MSc entrepreneurship track for Wageningen University, which currently hosts about 60 MSc students from all study domains from Wageningen University. In his research he studies entrepreneurial learning in workplaces as well as in educational settings, both young research fields in which he received a best paper award in 2008 (Journal of Workplace Learning), 2017 (Human Resource Development Quarterly) and a Comenius Fellowship in 2018

Mia Eeckhout

Mia has a PhD in agricultural science (1991) and is Professor of Food Science and Technology at the Faculty of Bioscience-engineering at Ghent University, Belgium where she is head of the research group on cereal technology. In 1998 she became quality coordinator of the educational program "Master in biosciences" and in 2013 she became chair of the program commission. Therefore besides research, her main tasks are education of undergraduate and graduate students and steering the program commission in optimizing and updating students' educational program to develop skills and competences which match the changing demands of industry and society. Since 2014 she is ICA-EDU Executive  Committee member

Elin McCallum

Elin has specialised in entrepreneurial education for the past 14 years. After 12 years in education and economic development policy roles with Welsh Government and European Commission, she co-founded Bantani Education in 2016 to drive this work forward. Bantani is a non-profit involved in building networks and new collaborations, creating new ways to innovate and experiment in the area of entrepreneurial learning, and working as a strong advocate of the EU EntreComp framework. The organisation now works with European Commission, JRC, United Nations (UNEVOC and UNESCO), European Training Foundation, national governments and a range partners around the world. Elin has contributed to a wide range of publications including EU policy guidance, Eurydice studies on entrepreneurship and citizenship education, UN global practice compendiums and as author of the recent 'EntreComp into Action' publication by the European Commission.

Harley Pope

Harley is the Innovative Food Systems Teaching& Learning (IFSTAL) educational coordinator at the University of Reading. He also lectures on food security and development. Harley is an interdisciplinary social scientist with interests in science and technology studies, governance, agriculture, international development and the environment. He has a BSc in Biochemistry and an MSc in Environmental Technology (ecological management) from Imperial College. More recently he has completed his PhD at the University of Sussex, entitled, "Participatory Crop Improvement: The challenges of and opportunities for institutionalisation in the Indian public research sector". His research interests include; food systems thinking, modelling and pedagogy, adaptive governance and institutional learning and change, Sustainability transitions, urban/peri-urban agriculture and ecosystem services.

IFSTAL is a novel initiative involving postgraduate students across five higher education institutions in the UK. It aims to provide an exciting, interactive training programme designed to improve participants' knowledge and understanding of the food system, while developing their systems thinking and intervention skills.

David Rae

David is Professor of Enterprise and Director of the Centre for Enterprise & Innovation at Leicester Castle Business School, De Montfort University, Leicester, UK. David is a leading innovator, researcher and expert in entrepreneurship and small business leadership, learning and management. He has held senior academic roles as Executive Dean, Director and Professor at six universities in the UK and in Canada. He is a Director of Enterprise Educators UK and Fellow of the Institute for Small Business and Entrepreneurship.  His current research interests include: Leadership for sustainable entrepreneurship, Intercultural and international entrepreneurship, entrepreneurial Learning and entrepreneurship education: research & practice, open data and open entrepreneurship.