Side Events

If you are interested in organizing a side event at the conference please get in touch via: info[@] Examples of side events: Round table, small meeting on a specific topic, film viewing, art showing etc. There will be space for a few tables in our exhibition space. The costs for a manned exhibition table is 150 euros for 3 days which includes lunch, coffee and tea for one person.

There will be table space for flyers and brochures for conference participants as well.


1. Personal Security for Field Researchers – 3 Day Training (including first aid) – Friday 24th to Sunday 26th August

This 3 day training will be held 3 days prior to the IHSA conference in the Hague. It is designed to assist researchers in conducting their research in hazardous, remote or complex environments as safely and securely as possible. The focus of this training is on the individual researcher, yet takes into account issues involved in managing small teams and in liaising with HQ and partner organisations’ security and risk management processes.

More information can be found here.

2. ActivityInfo, online M&E tool,  Demonstration and Workshop (during IHSA conference) 

ActivityInfo is an online Information Management tool used by hundreds of humanitarian organizations such as UNICEF and UNHCR for Monitoring and Evaluation, Case Tracking and Management, Clusters Management and Partners Coordination in more than 70 countries around the world. It offers a variety of functionalities allowing sophisticated database setup, offline or mobile data entry, advanced data analysis, reporting and the integration of other systems. During the event attendees will be introduced to the tool, learn how various information management scenarios can be managed with the use of ActivityInfo, and get familiar with the ActivityInfo API and its potential.

For more information visit: ActivityInfo Demonstration and Workshop Agenda

3. Open Workshop –  Capacity Building from the Emergent Future: Co-Creating Leadership through Grassroots Initiatives (during IHSA conference). 

Cooperative and grassroots initiatives, as those at Zaatari camp, demonstrate how participatory leadership and resilience transform refugee communities. In this workshop we are inviting humanitarian workers, researchers, and policy makers who work with refugee populations to rethink how to strengthen dialogue and cooperation between international and local organizations.  We are especially interested in exploring how technology, web-based spaces and mobile apps, can enable local humanitarian workers to make their voices heard. Our workshop draws upon the World Humanitarian Summit commitments to a) localize humanitarian research beyond traditional venues, b) support transdisciplinary research, and c) cooperate with non-traditional actors. The workshop title takes its inspiration from Otto Scharmer’s motto on “leading from the emergent future.” Scharmer’s organizational model suggests a shift from networking and monitoring to co-creative and participatory forms of leadership that take into account the well-being of the entire system. This eco-system approach requires empathic listening, experiential learning, transdisciplinary collaboration (engineers, planners, architects, geographers, policy makers, etc), and training in mindful and non-judgmental dialogue. Drawing upon the themes of the WHS we propose the following four pillars for building web- based spaces and physical spaces (seminars, summer schools) for transdisciplinary collaboration with grassroots initiatives.

  • Capacity building (energy, housing, agriculture)
  • Innovation in business and services
  • Innovation in cultural heritage and arts celebrating the spiritual and philosophical traditions of refugee communities.
  • Training in dialogic leadership and inter-personal intelligence

Key questions for discussion:
– How can humanitarian workers develop a more dialogic awareness to encourage trust and interconnectedness on local and global levels?
– What new knowledge and skills do humanitarian workers need as future leaders
– How could web-based platforms and mobile apps be used to promote spontaneous, informal exchanges and empower local actors who have little access to other platforms of representation?
– How could physical meetings, such as summer schools or seminars facilitate the sustainability of web-based platforms of representation?

 Coordinators of this panel are Dr. Anastasia Nikolopoulou, Dean, School of Humanities, University of Cyprus; Dr. M. Satish Kumar, Director for Internationalization, Faculty of Engineering and Physical Sciences, School of Natural and Built Environment, Queen’s University Belfast; and Dr. Ayoub Abu-Dayyeh, Philosophy of Science and Civil and Structural Engineering. Chartered Energy and Green Buildings Consultant; Vice President, Society of Strategic Energy Studies; Former President of Energy Conservation and Sustainable Environment Society, Amman, Jordan.