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The Global Development Network (GDN), and its conference partners, invite interested organizations to submit session proposals for the upcoming Global Development Conference entitled, 'Knowledge for Sustainable Development: The Research – Policy Nexus.'

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The 2019 Global Development Conference in Bonn will question how the current system of development research responds to the need to effectively inform and guide development policies, in addressing new and old development challenges and facilitatating sustainability as well as exploring ideas and ways to make it work better.

Session proposals can be submitted by one or more academic institutions, networks, policymakers, the private sector, and civil society actors. Exploring the research-policy interface in pursuit of Sustainable Development, sessions should address one of the four interrelated themes of the conference.

Applicants should submit the title and abstract of their session (max 500 words) by May 31, 2019, 11:59 pm IST through this link. (Apply here).

The names and affiliations of the panelists, along with a short bio, as well as the individual titles of their presentations (if known), should also be included.

Session proposals will be selected by the conference Organizing Committee on the basis of their relevance and quality, and potential to generate meaningful debate during the conference. Selection will be guided by some of the following criteria: expected contributions to one or several of the themes introduced above, policy salience, academic content, innovation in proposed approaches, expertise of the panelists, and diversity. Sessions including multidisciplinary or multi-sectoral perspectives are also welcome.

The selected session proposals will be featured during the parallel sessions of the conference and acknowledged in the program, banners and all other relevant conference communication. There is a management fee of US$2500 for booking a session at the conference, payable to the organizers once the session plan is accepted. Please note that this fee does not include travel and accommodation costs for the panelists.

For any queries, the conference secretariat can be contacted via email at

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