16th EADI General Conference 2020: Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice

Start date

Monday, 29 Jun 2020, 15:30

End date

Thursday, 2 Jul 2020, 15:30

International Institute of Social Studies
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The European Association of Development Research and Training Institutes (EADI) and the International Institute of Social Studies (ISS) announce the 16th EADI General Conference, to be held in The Hague (Netherlands) from Monday 29 June to Thursday 2 July 2020.

The conference will be hosted by 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. It will be combined with the Development Dialogue, the annual European conference of PhD candidates working in development studies.

The central theme of the conference is “Solidarity, Peace and Social Justice”. Together, these three concepts represent the organization's aspirations for approaches to global development that address inequality, poverty and political marginalisation, also in connection with climate change and other environmental threats. Solidarity is essential for any process of social change. Based on mutually shared interests and human values, solidarity can be extremely powerful yet can also be easily undermined in an era of fake news and (electronically) manipulated elections. Peace and social justice are similarly important values in (as well as aspired outcomes of) struggles or transformation processes in which solidarity is key.

For information about conference, panels and sessions, please visit: https://www.eadi.org/gc/2020/

In the ISS blog series we publish special EADI/ISS blogs that are related to the theme of the conference. 

  • Full conference programme.

    • 9:00

      Opening PhD Conference (Development Dialogue)


      Panel sessions Development Dialogue (DD)


      Lunch; Start of EADI-ISS registration process


      Panel sessions Development Dialogue (DD)



      Panel sessions DD; Publishing workshops; Parallel sessions (Round 1)

      EADI Executive Committee (by invitation)


      Dudley Seers lecture by prof. Rohini Pande (Yale University)



    • 9:00

      Parallel sessions (Round 2)


      Opening Plenary Session at Kloosterkerk




      Parallel sessions (Round 3)


      Parallel sessions (Round 4)


      EADI General Assembly



    • 9:00

      Parallel sessions (Round 5)


      Parallel sessions (Round 6)




      Semi-plenary Sessions at different locations


      Small group excursions to organizations in The Hague


      Conference Dinner at Scheveningen Beach

    • 9:00

      Parallel sessions (Round 7)


      Parallel sessions (Round 8)


      Lunch; EADI Director’s Meeting (by invitation)


      Closing Plenary Session


      Conference closure

  • Early bird (up to 30 April):

    Non-member                                                EUR 300

    Member                                                         EUR 230

    (PhD) Student non-member                        EUR 150

    (PhD) Student member                                EUR 100

    Late registration (after 30 April) :

    Non-member                                                EUR 350

    Member                                                         EUR 280

    (PhD) Student non-member                        EUR 180

    (PhD) Student member                                 EUR 140

    Registration fee includes three lunches, two receptions and all coffee breaks. The Conference Dinner will take place at Scheveningen Beach and will cost around EUR 35,00.

  • How to reach the International Institute of Social Studies

    We encourage EADI-ISS conference participants to use public transport as much as possible. The Netherlands has an excellent public transport (train, tram, bus, metro) system and visitors from neighbouring countries are advised to take a direct train to The Hague.

    By air

    You have two options if travelling to the Netherlands by air: Amsterdam Schiphol Airport or Rotterdam-The Hague Airport. The latter is smaller but has a few budget flights that may be interesting for some participants.

    Both airports are well-connected by public transport to The Hague in about 30 minutes.

    By train

    Train tickets can be bought at the counter in the central hall of Schiphol Plaza above the train station, or at the yellow ticket machines (that take credit cards). A one-way train ticket to The Hague will cost 9 euro. Trains run every 15 minutes either directly, with a stop-over in Leiden, and often going further South (Dordrecht, Vlissingen, etc.). The journey is about 30 minutes. We advise you not to take a taxi from the airport, as it is barely quicker than the train and substantially more expensive.

    There are two main train stations in The Hague: Den Haag Centraal and Den Haag HS. Both stations are equally good to arrive at from Schiphol. From Rotterdam Airport you will likely arrive with the Metro E at Den Haag Centraal. The connection with ISS is the easiest via Den Haag HS.

    NB. Although the ISS is part of Erasmus University Rotterdam, ISS is NOT located in Rotterdam but in The Hague.

    Public transport to ISS

    From Den Haag Centraal: Bus 22 and bus 24 (Stop Mauritskade) (10-15 minutes)

    From Den Haag HS: Tram 1 (Stop Mauritskade) (10 minutes)

    After getting off the tram/bus stop Mauritskade, turn right and walk for about 300 metres along to the canal. You will find the ISS building on your right hand across the street of the Hilton Hotel.

    The walking distance to ISS from the Central Station is approximately 30 minutes.

     If you have any further queries, we are happy to assist you. You can call us on +31 70 426 0460.

    Please follow this link to the location on Google maps.

  • Hotels in The Hague for the EADI-ISS 2020 Conference

    The Hague has become a popular tourist destination, so we recommend you to book hotel accommodation as early as possible. You can also consider booking a hotel in Delft or in Leiden, as these cities are very close to The Hague. Tram 1 even directly links Delft with the ISS (stop Mauritskade).

    Below we are making suggestions in three hotel categories: budget (€40-75); medium range (€75-125); and top range (> €125).

    • Easy Hotel Parkstraat

      Closest budget hotel to ISS, only a 5 minute walk. Basic and cheap as long as you book early.

      Easy Hotel Scheveningen

      A good alternative budget option if you prefer to be close to the beach. Tram 1 stops in front of the hotel and brings you in 15 minutes to ISS (Stop Mauritskade)

      Stayokay Den Haag

      Shared dormitories, basic comfort, but very well located close to Den Haag Hollands Spoor station, where you will find Tram 1.

      Pink Flamingo Hostel

      This hostel, with shared dormitories, is located at the Grote Markt, which is the centre of The Hague’s nightlife. About 20 minute walk to the ISS through the old city centre.

      Hostel The Golden Stork

      The Golden Stork is referring to bird that is on The Hague’s coat of arms. The hostel is nicely located at the Southern part of the city centre at the Bierkade with many cosy bars and restaurants on a canal. Book early as this place is popular.

      Kingkool The Hague City Hostel

      This is a design hostel, they actually call themselves a “boutique hostel”. Nicely located at walking distance from ISS; both shared and private rooms.

      Jorplace Beach Hostel (Scheveningen)

      This is the central spot for the surfing community in The Hague, located in the highstreet of Scheveningen, the beach resort and fishing village linked to the city. Tram 1 takes you in only 12 minutes to the ISS. A 5 minute walk takes you to the beach!

      Fletcher Stadshotel Den Haag

      This hotel offers private rooms for budget prices. A 15 minute walk to the ISS, but they also rent out bicycles.

    • For the EADI-ISS 2020 Conference we have asked a number hotels for a special conference arrangement. The following hotels have offered such an arrangement, for which you need to book before 15 March 2020:

      Badhotel Scheveningen

      This pleasant 3-star hotel is located close to Scheveningen beach. Right in front of the hotel is the Tram 1 stop, which takes you in 12 minutes to the Conference site (stop Mauritskade). A special arrangement is offered by the Badhotel from 29 June to 2 July if you book for 3 nights (€105 single or €120 double per night, including breakfast, excluding city tax). If you stay also an extra night on Sunday 28 June, this extra night will cost you €79 (single) and €94 (double). You get this offer by inserting the conference code EADI-ISS-2020.


      One of the ISS favorite hotels as it is located right in the center of The Hague near restuarants and coffee shops, but with the back overlooking the gardens of the royal palace (make sure you get a room at the back!). It is a pleasant 15 minute walk from the Parkhotel to the central conference venue (ISS). EADI-ISS has reserved Single rooms (€120 a night), Superior rooms (€160) and Executive Rooms (€205) all including breakfast but excluding city tax. Please use this form to make use of the special conference offer.

      Parkhotel form.

      Ibis Den Haag City Centre

      Mercure Den Haag Central

      Novotel Den Haag City Centre

      Novotel Suites Den Haag City Centre

      Novotel Den Haag World Forum (Accor Hotel Group)

      All these hotels are very close to the conference venue, either at walking distance or by taking Tram 1. EADI-ISS Conference participants will get a 10% discount if they book their accommodation in any of these hotels before 15 March, by using this linkOpens external.

      Bilderberg Europa Hotel Scheveningen

      Comfortable hotel in Scheveningen (beach), but book early as prices go up quickly. No special conference arrangement. Close to Tram/Bus stop Kurhaus (Tram 1).

      Hotel Sebel

      This hotel is popular with ISS guests as it is a lovely 10 minute walk from the hotel via the Piet Heinstraat to ISS, passing numerous antique shops and breakfast and coffee houses.

      Hotel Andante (Scheveningen)

      Hotel Bella Vista (Scheveningen)

      Both hotels are only one block away from the beach and close to Tram stop Havenkade, from which Tram 1 takes you to ISS in about 15 minutes.

    • If you prefer premium comfort, then we recommend these hotels at walking distance from ISS:

      Carlton Ambassador Hotel

      Very comfortable hotel in a quiet area, only one block walking from the ISS. With the above link you can get a 10% discount: The earlier you book the lower the price.

      Hilton Hotel The Hague

      If you hate walking, this is the place to stay as it is across the street from the ISS. The hotel is new and popular with ambassadors, foreign ministers and politicians, so never a dull moment. It has a terrace overlooking the water and the ISS.

      Hotel Indigo The Hague – Palace Noordeinde

      This is a brand-new hotel in a former bank building, also popular for its restaurant. The hotel is located close the Noordeinde Palace (working palace of the King & Queen), which is only two blocks from the ISS at the end of the popular Noordeinde street with its many café’s, restaurants and antique shops.

      Hotel Des Indes

      Probably the most luxurious hotel at walking distance (10-15 min) from the ISS, at the most elegant avenue of the city (Lange Voorhout). It has a grand (colonial) history and a beautiful restaurant where you will always be able to spot someone ‘famous’.

For further information or any queries, please contact: eadi2020@iss.nl