Conference Facing grand challenges together

Facing grand challenges together

Aimee de Jongh

On Thursday the 28th of March, a working conference on global forced displacement is hosted by the Rotterdam School of Management. This conference is partly financed by the Erasmus Initiative “Dynamics of Inclusive Prosperity”.

Global forced displacement is not a new phenomenon, but in 2015, when the island of Lesbos was confronted with over 500.000 refugees in one year; almost 6 times its own population, its visibility was increased. In the wake of a record number of refugee arrivals, many international organisations followed, creating a complex system of Greek, European and global organisations and processes.

As a result, Lesbos has become a microcosm where local and global responses intersect to manage the refugee crisis and its aftermath. These challenges do not stay on Lesbos, they reverberate across Europe.

Responding to forced displacement is difficult as humanitarian and economic needs and responsibilities transcend the local and even European levels of organising. One thing is clear however; the challenge of dealing with forced displacement is bigger than any one organisation, and must therefore be faced together.

This working conference brings together knowledge and experience from all relevant sectors, including business, charity and voluntary work, healthcare, law enforcement and security, media, public administration, social care, logistics and science.

Hosted by the Rotterdam School of Management, this working conference provides a platform to discuss approaches to the humanitarian as well as economic challenges that exist. In addition to sharing our everyday experiences and existing practices, we also aim to strengthen learning alliances and working networks for the future.

Practical information

The conference will take place 9:00 -17:00 on March 28th 2019 at Vessel 11, in Wijnhaven 101, 3011 WN Rotterdam, the Netherlands.

This working conference is open to any practitioners and researchers interested in - or experienced with managing the effects of forced displacement. Your expertise is needed and we would love to see you there. 


The conference is free but as the space is limited, registration is required.

More information and registration