What is the international development conference?

The Annual International Development Conference is an entirely student-run conference put on by the 1st to 3rd year students in the International Development Program in the Faculty of Environment at the University of Waterloo. Our student society SAID (student association of international development) works in cohesion with the conference team, which is entirely volunteer-based. 

What is the schedule for the day?

For the past few years, our conference has been lecture-based, consisting of two or three 20 minute lectures before a tea break, another two or three 20 minute lectures proceeding lunch, and finally a keynote speaker presenting for about 30-40 minutes who is later joined by our morning speakers for a Q&A period and panel discussion. In the past, the conference has also included breakout session running at parallel times, which would allow guests to chose between short lectures, seminars, or discussions. There is no definitive answer to what the exact schedule of the 2019 conference will look like. More information will be posted as it becomes available.



What is the topic of the conference?

The International Development Conference focuses on a different theme each year. In the past, we have explored human trafficking, urban development, global health, and much more. The topic of the conference is generally announced in the fall.


When is the 2019 conference?

The 9th annual conference in 2019 will be held in March, following the timeline of the previous few years. 

This date is subject to change. 


Where is the conference held?

The conference is held in Waterloo, ON every year.


How much are tickets?

In the past, tickets have ranged from $10 - $20. We want to make them as affordable as possible! 
Tea, coffee, snacks, and lunch are provided in the cost of the ticket.