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Research conference and public debate with Bill Gates and Federica Mogherini

17 October 2018
18 October 2018

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Innovation in development: The future of EU international cooperation

On 17 and 18 October, ECDPM, together with the other members of the European Think Tanks Group and the European Parliament, is organising a two-day conference on innovation in development and the future of EU international cooperation. Day one of the conference will see a public debate with Bill Gates and Federica Mogherini, and day two a closed-door research conference. Both events are taking place in Brussels, Belgium.

As the EU moves into a year of political transition, with European Parliament elections and the appointment of a new European Commission, it faces new challenges both globally and in its own neighbourhood. The increasing dissatisfaction with the current global order, rising inequalities associated with globalisation, conflict beyond the EU borders and continuing migration flows, all conspire to create a growing perception of insecurity among EU citizens.

Will these deep tendencies cause more conflict and further destabilisation of current economic and political models? Or can they be managed in ways which secure progress and sustainability for all?

Event details

Public debate with Bill Gates and Federica Mogherini (17 October)
The public debate with Bill Gates and Federica Mogherini is preceded by a town hall meeting with a panel of eminent specialists. The event will take place at the European Parliament, room JAN 2Q2, in Brussels, Belgium (60 rue Wiertz) from 14:30 to 17:30. The programme of the public debate can be downloaded here.

It is not possible anymore to register for the public debate, as we have reached our maximum number of participants.

Closed-door research conference (18 October)
The closed-door conference will take place at Cercle de Lorraine in Brussels, Belgium (Place Poelaert 6, 1000 Brussels) from 09:00 to 15:30. EU civil servants, diplomats and representatives of government, civil society and development think tanks will discuss the challenges for the future of Europe, Europe’s contribution to tackling global challenges, and recommendations for the next European Commission and Parliament. The programme of the research conference can be downloaded here.

The research conference is by invitation only.

For more information about the conference, please get in touch with us at

Follow the debate online

You can follow the event on Twitter using the #ETTG2018 hashtag.

The public debate on 17 October will be livestreamed via the European Parliament website.

Opinion: Priorities for a positive multilateralism

Ahead of the conference, the five think tank directors and the ETTG chairperson share five multilateralism priorities for our national leaders, MEPs and the new European Commission. You can read the article on EURACTIV’s website.

A Dutch translation of the article is available on our website.

About the European Think Tanks Group

The European Think Tanks Group (ETTG) brings together five leading European think tanks working on international development and humanitarian issues:

  • The German Development Institute / Deutsches Institut für Entwicklungspolitik (DIE)
  • The European Centre for Development Policy Management (ECDPM)
  • The Institute of International Affairs / Istituto per Affari Internazionali (IAI)
  • The Institute for Sustainable Development and International Relations / Institut du Développement Durable et des Relations Internationales (IDDRI)
  • The Overseas Development Institute (ODI)

For more information, visit


European Parliament
Rue Wiertz 60

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