GDN's 18th Annual Global Development Conference
How to Participate

GDN and its partners invite developing country researchers, policymakers, the private sector and civil society actors to participate and suggest either presentations or full sessions to be showcased in the conference. Presentations and full sessions should feature examples of research, programs and policies that either develop innovation as a thematic axis or concretely use technological progress to improve life conditions and well-being in developing countries. It will present state-of-the-art initiatives that have a direct impact on development outcomes, by fostering South-South academic collaboration on the Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) agenda and attempting to mainstream STI into global development debates.

Organizers will provide networking spaces for global actors, facilitate debates and discussions as well as publish a series of briefs on STI for development, emerging from the conference. Other features will include a research exhibition, an awards competition, a blog launch, a networking event and more.

  Presentations & Sessions

Interested organizations and individuals can submit proposals for presentations or full sessions by filling in the online form available below by 31 October, 2017. The presentations can target either research, projects or policy in any of the three focus areas of the event. The conference organizing partners will select the most interesting sessions and offer them a stage during the conference. Conference registration fees will be waived for presenters, however a management fee of US$3000 is requested from session organizers.

Link to submit a proposal for a session or presentation

  General Participants

The conference is also a prized networking event for researchers and development actors. We welcome interested participants to pre-register by filling the form available below. The registration fee (US$250 for regular participants, free for university students) covers both days of the event and includes lunch.

Link to pre-register as conference attendee

For questions, please contact Neha Jagatdeb on



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