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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.

Parallel Sessions

Interested organizations can submit proposals for parallel sessions by filling in the online form available below by 31 December, 2017. The sessions 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.

Parallel session organization management fee:

Applicable to all organizers of parallel sessions

               3000 USD

Includes registration of panelists for both days of the event, and lunch. Excludes travel and accommodation of panelists.

The call for sessions has closed on 31st December 2017

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 covers both days of the event and includes lunch.

Registration before 31 December 2017 (early bird ticket):





700 INR

20 USD

Academics & NGOs

2500 INR

100 USD

Donors & Corporate

5500 INR

200 USD

Registration after 31 December 2017 (full price ticket):





1000 INR

25 USD

Academics & NGOs

3000 INR

125 USD

Donors & Corporate

8000 INR

250 USD

Link to register as conference attendee

For questions, please contact Neha Jagatdeb on