International Conference

Sustainable Solutions, Shared Futures: Development Research for the 21st Century

September 30 – October 2, 2024, Bonn, Germany

The conference is fully booked!

Welcome to our conference!

Taking place from September 30 to October 2, 2024 in Bonn, Germany, this international conference marks the 25th anniversary of interdisciplinary development research at ZEF and its doctoral program BIGS-DR. We warmly invite you to this conference! 

ZEF was founded in 1997 to provide science-based and transdisciplinary solutions to living conditions related to poverty, inequalities, food security, land use, governance, migration, urbanization, and health. Over 450 scholars from all over the world have completed their doctoral research and degrees as part of the structured doctoral program at ZEF. Many have worked with ZEF as postdocs and senior researchers and are now actively contributing to solving global and local problems through their work in international organizations, governments, research institutes, companies, NGOs, and civil society organizations.

In the company of our partners, alumni, friends, donors, and colleagues, we aim to celebrate our achievements, learn from the past, and discuss the ways forward against the backdrop of the global poly-crisis that we are currently facing.

We will also use the opportunity to honor one of ZEF’s Founding Directors, Prof. Dr. Joachim von Braun, for his contributions to building ZEF, and recognize his shift to Professor emeritus. Joachim von Braun, an agricultural economist, served as Director of ZEF from 1997 to 2002 and from 2010-2021, and as Director General of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI) from 2002-2009. He is President of the Pontifical Academy of Sciences of the Vatican. His research focuses on international economics, agriculture, and technology. He has chaired the Scientific Group for the UN Food Systems Summit 2021 and received several prestigious awards for his work on food security and nutrition.

Let us celebrate, share experiences and relevant insights, and develop the way forward for a sustainable future.
We eagerly await your presence at this conference!


Prof. Dr. Matin Qaim


Prof. Dr. Ina Danquah


Prof. Dr. Christian Borgemeister


PD Dr. Eva Youkhana


Jun.-Prof. Dr. Wolfram Barfuss


Prof. Dr. Jan Börner


Jun.-Prof. Lisa Biber-Freudenberger


Dr. Silke Tönsjost


University of Bonn
Center for Development Research (ZEF)
Dr. Silke Tönsjost
Genscherallee 3
53113 Bonn

Financial support for this conference
from the Foundation fiat panis is gratefully acknowledged.