Frequently Asked Questions

You happen to have a question about the General Conference?
Please follow the links below to find an answer to your question.

1. General Information

2. Submission of Abstracts and Paper Management

3. Registration

4. EADI Membership

5. Practical Information

6. Exhibitor Opportunities

If your question is not included, do not hesitate to contact the Conference Team for your question to be added to the list.

1. General Information

What is the purpose of the EADI General Conference?

The EADI General Conference is held every three years and assembles more than 500 participants involved or interested in development issues. The General Conference is part of EADI’s activities conducted in order to broaden and deepen the scientific network of development research among its members.

The forthcoming General Conference “Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice” will be held in the Hague, 5 - 8 July 2021, in partnership with the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS), one of Europe’s oldest and largest centres for research and education in the field of development studies.

The conference was originally planned to be held in the Hague, 29 June - 2 July 2020 and has been postponed due to the global health emergency situation of COVID-19.

What is the programme?

Please check the schedule and the conference programme on the conference website

Please note that the conference programme is currently being amended due to recent developments and will be made available soon.

How can I keep myself updated on recent news about the conference?

In order to keep yourself updated on all issues concerning the General Conference, we recommend you to register to our conference management software (Conftool) at and to subscribe to our newsletter. This website will be updated regularly, too.

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2. Submission of Abstracts and Paper Management

Submission process

The submission process is a three-stage process:

1. Submission and review of abstract

2. Upload of paper, review of the paper (if the panel organisers request a paper)

3. Upload of final paper for accepted papers.


´New deadlines will be communicated.

Conference: 5 July – 8 July 2021

How to use the conference management software?

Login to Conftool for your online paper submission at

Create a new account: You have to create a user account in order to use any facilities of Conftool. Go to Conftool and follow the “Register New” link under “New Account”. After filling in the required fields of the web form, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to you with your account details. You do not have to create a new user account for each paper you submit. The same user account can be used for multiple submissions.

Login to Conftool: Depending on the phase of the submission and review process you will see different options after logging in. If you have already submitted papers, you can always access the list with your submissions and see their status. If you have forgotten your password a new one can be obtained through the “Forgotten your password?” link.

Submit a new contribution: Select “Your Submissions” and select the track where you want to submit your abstract. You will also have the possibility to update your submission and upload newer versions until the submission deadline. A paper upload facility will be available after acceptance of your abstract. A number will be assigned to your submission, please use this number for further reference.

Paper upload: Login to your Conftool account, then go to “Your submissions”, select the submission where you would like to upload a paper. On the right navigation, click on “Upload”. Then you can upload your paper.

Update contribution details: Until the submission deadline, you can update your contribution details, upload new versions of the contribution, or withdraw the contribution. The last uploaded version at the time of the submission deadline will be considered for review, unless the contribution is withdrawn.

What are the guidelines for formatting final papers?

The Conference Team has set formatting standards for the submission of final papers. They are:

  • Reference style: you can choose your own reference style as long as it is coherent and clear
  • Bibliography: placed at the end of the paper; footnotes should appear at the bottom of the relevant page; bibliographical references should be checked for accuracy
  • Abstract: not more than 600 words
  • Keywords: five
  • Number of words: not more than 8000 words

Furthermore, a title page and abstract page need to be included as the first two pages of your finished paper.

Conftool is not working. What do I do now?

If you are experiencing problems with the Conftool, please contact the Conference Team

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3. Registration

Do I have to register for the conference?

Yes, you have to register in advance if you wish to participate at all sessions and panels of the conference. Registration is also possible until the beginning of the conference and will not be closed Information on the rates can be found here.

Do I have to pay in order to participate at the conference?

Yes, the participation at the conference is connected to a fee that covers the participation and several events. More information about the exact amount are available here.

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4. EADI Membership

What are the perks of becoming an EADI member just before the conference?

When registering for the conference, you can choose to become an EADI-member. As a member you benefit from being a part of a pan-European network that provides you with invitations to conferences, workshops and information sessions of more than 120 European institutes. In addition to a free copy of every published Journal of the EJDR you receive access to the latest research on development, the gateway to the cutting-edge online publications of the EADI member institutes.

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5. Practical Information

Can I get a invitation letter in order to apply for a visa?

In order to receive an invitation letter to apply for a visa, you need to register first for the conference and pay the registration fees. Please inform the conference team about your visa letter request so that they can proceed with issuing the letter.

Can I get a confirmation letter for attending the conference?

All accepted presenters and participants can get a confirmation letter on demand. Please contact the conference team.

Will the travel costs and registration expenses be reimbursed?

Unfortunately, we are not in a position to reimburse travel costs, unless you are applying for one of our limited number of bursaries with specific criteria for eligibility. One criterion is that the paper of the applicant is accepted by the conference committee. More information about applications for bursaries will be available in due time.

Do I have to look for accommodation myself?

Yes, if you are participating as a regular participant, presenter and panel/roundtable/workshop convenor. If you are personally invited by the organisers, accommodation will be organised for you.

In the Hague, you will find a great variety of accommodation possibilities. We will also recommend a set of cheaper accommodation facilities on the registration page.

How do I get to The Hague and the ISS building?

Address: International Institute of Social Studies

Kortenaerkade 12

2518 AX The Hague

Directions and recommendations for travel can be found here

Where can I find schedules for the public trains/trams/busses?

Schedules of the public transport in and around The Hague can be found on, the website of the Dutch public transport system.

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6. Exhibitor Opportunities

Will there be exhibition opprtunities at the EADI ISS Conference 2020?

Yes, provisions will be made for an exhibition area. Please contact the conference team for details.

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Important Dates

06 January 2020: Call for Abstracts closed (new deadline)

31 January 2020: Notification on Abstract acceptance

29 June - 2 July 2020: EADI ISS Conference