Call for Panels and Ad-hoc Working Groups


Call for Expressions of Interest for Panels and Ad-Hoc Working Groups

Please note: The Call for Panels is now closed!

On 20 – 23 August 2017, the European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI), in cooperation with the Norwegian Association of Development Research (NFU) and the University of Bergen (UiB) will host its triennial General Conference in Bergen, Norway. With more than 400 participants the EADI NORDIC 2017 offers unparalleled opportunities to network with the main actors in  development research across Europe. It encourages joint working and fosters synergies.

The conference also offers innovative forms of conferencing to integrate and promote especially young scientists.

Call for Panels: The organisers cordially invite expressions of interest from interested institutions, researchers, NGO- and academic networks and study/research consortia and EADI working groups to organize a panel.

Types of panels

  • Academic panel:
    Each panel session is expected to consist of three academic papers, a chair and a discussant. The regular time for a panel is two hours; however larger panels may be accommodated over two sessions. A panel can also issue its own call for papers, which will then follow the rules given for the general call for papers.
  • Policy-oriented panel:
    Each panel session is expected to consist of a maximum of three speakers, a chair and a discussant. The regular time for a panel is two hours; allow a minimum of 30 minutes for interaction with attendees.

Panel principles

Each panel should include at least one researcher/speaker from the Global South. Panel organizers are encouraged to focus on the interdisciplinary nature of the conference. Multi-institutional, interactive panels will be encouraged. Please foresee enough time for questions and answers. The moderator has a key role in facilitating interactivity among panelists and between them and the audience.


For the EADI NORDIC 2017 Conference, we will adopt a “crowd-funding” approach. All working groups and institutions presenting in a panel and attending the Conference will be expected to be self-funded. This refers to the payment of the registration fees, the arrangement of travels with speakers from the Global South and possibly shared costs for the organisers of the panel for the provision of the necessary technical equipments. We provide an online paper and panel management system to all panel organizers and working groups, in order to create an online conference programme with all papers and presentations available for download.


Panel organisers will be notified by the beginning of December 2016 about the acceptance of the proposal. After that, a full panel description for publication on the conference website has to be sent to the organisers by the end of January 2017.