The programme will take shape on this page as partners and participants are confirmed.


  1. Development challenges that could use input from the sciences
  2. Evaluation of the impact of science on development
  3. Resources that could be shared across disciplines e.g. cloud computing, large research infrastructure
  4. Policy considerations for interdisciplinary development-related research
  5. Best practice/examples of successful interdisciplinary collaborations
  6. Bridging gaps between academia and government regarding development goals
  7. The role of industry in science-for-development
  8. The role of communities in science-for-development interventions
  9. Science-for-development projects “on the ground”


The format of the workshop is currently open and may included some or all of the following:

  • Invited/contributed talks or panel discussions involving various stakeholders, with plenty of discussion time.
  • Lightning talks (3-5 minute slots) for participants to introduce themselves and their work.
  • Prior to the workshop, exchange of ideas among participants for development challenges to tackle or projects to work on. A few ideas from here will be selected to focus on during the workshop.
  • Hack/working sessions: work in groups on specific problem/project. People might, in advance, submit socio-economic problems that they are working on; find solutions in small groups and present to a plenary session. Groups could be formed such that there’s a mix of expertise.
  • Unconference session: no fixed schedule, participants can shape it. Method: make a list of topics people would like to speak/hear about (using sticky notes); participants sign up for favourite topics; most popular topics are allocated meeting space.