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EADI Regional Meeting and PhD Symposium for Germany, Berlin, 27-28 May 2024

For the PhD symposium, we welcome applications to present research focusing on the following areas:

  • Development studies and international studies

  • International relations

  •  Development economics

  •  Peace and conflict studies

  •  Social and natural sciences with a focus on the Global South   

We welcome applications from all type of research, but applicants working on topics related to green industrialisation, green transitions and energy supply chains in the Global South are particularly encouraged to apply. While the Symposium mainly targets PhD researchers, master students willing to present their thesis are nonetheless encouraged to apply. 

Please note: in order to apply to this event, applicants need to be officially enrolled in a German institution. 

This event will open with a guest lecture by Dr. Melanie Müller (SWP Berlin), and participants will also be able to attend a panel discussion hosted by the Heinrich Böll Stiftung on ‘Green Industrialisation: Rethinking African-German cooperation for Sustainable Steel Value Chains’, as part of the annual Development Policy Discussion Days (DPDD). Please refer to the preliminary programme below for a full overview of the event. 

The deadline for submissions is closed. If you would still like to submit an abstract and be added to the waiting list, or if you would like to attend the event without presenting, please send an email to Basile Boulay at: boulay(at)

Download the programme of the presentations for the PhD Symposium here


Preliminary Programme:

Date:27-28 May 2024
Place:Senatssaal. Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin. Hauptgebäude, 1. Obergeschoss. Unter den Linden 6, 10117 Berlin (Except for the DPDD panel, see below)

Monday, 27 May 2024


Please note: Room changes for parallel sessions: 

27 May: Senatssaal / 2249A  / 2070A

28 May: Senatssaal / 1085 / 2070A


   09.30-10.00:    Registration (Senatssaal)


Official Welcome 
Prof. Dr. Markus Hanisch, Director, Centre for Rural Development (SLE), Humboldt-Universtität zu Berlin

Susanne von Itter, Executive Director EADI

Opening words about the relevance of development studies and research in Germany by Paul Garaycochea (BMZ)

10.45- 11.15Coffee break

Introduction to the PhD Symposium

Basile Boulay, Senior Executive EADI

Margitta Minah, Deputy director and Programme head for SLE studies 

11.30 – 12.30

PhD Symposium opening guest lecture:

“ Green transitions and green mineral value chains”

Dr. Melanie Müller, Senior Associate, German Institute for International and Security Affiars (SWP) 

12.30- 13.30Lunch
13.30 – 15.00PhD Symposium session 1 (parallel sessions)
Moderated by EADI Team
15.00- 16.00Tea break and walk to Heinrich-Böll-Stiftung (17 min walk)
16.00 - 18.00

Development Policy Discussion Days (Session I)

Preliminary Title: Green Industrialisation: Rethinking African-German cooperation for Sustainable Steel Value Chains

Panel guests: tbc

Location: Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Schumannstraße 8, 10117 Berlin 

18.00Savoury buffet and drinks
Location: Heinrich Böll Stiftung, Schumannstraße 8, 10117 Berlin

Tuesday, 28 May 2024

9.00 – 10.30PhD Symposium session 2 (parallel sessions)
Moderated by EADI Team
10.30-11.00EADI interactive session: discover the network and meet the team
Basile Boulay (EADI)
11.00 – 11.30Coffee
11.30 – 13.00PhD Symposium session 3 (parallel sessions)
Moderated by EADI Team
13.00 – 13.15Closing words