Annual Thematic Conference & Exceed Conference


The Annual Thematic Conference (ATC) was an international conference organized within the framework of the ICDD to discuss and formulate strategies for building capacity and supporting research on topics related to decent work and development.

With the cooperation of eight international universities and public and civil society partners, the conference took place at a different partner university each year. It brought together prominent actors in higher education, international institutions, non-governmental organizations as well as scholars from various regions and multiple subject areas.

In the second phase of the ICDD and ‘exceed’ funding (2015-2019), the collaboration between the ‘exceed’ centres themselves became more important and intensified. ‘exceed’ Conferences, jointly organized by the ‘exceed’ centres, have superseded the ATC format. Whilst essentially retaining the same design, the conference no longer has just the ICDD network as its focus, but has become a joint endeavor of the ‘exceed’ centres that reaches out to all of the programme’s partners at the same time.

The last 'exceed' conference took place in 2018.


2018exceed Conference: Rethinking Development CooperationBonn, Germany
2017exceed Conference: Occupational Health and Safety in AgricultureUniversidad Autónoma de Yucatán (UADY),
Mérida, Mexico
2016exceed Conference: Forced Migration Environmental and Socioeconomic DimensionsBerlin, Germany
2014ATC: Reflections on MDG 1 “Decent Work for All”: Where Do We Stand?Kassel / Witzenhausen, Germany
2013ATC: The Roles of Work, Food and Cash in Overcoming PovertyTata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) Mumbai, India
2012ATC: The Food Crisis: Implications for Decent Work in Rural and Urban AreasUniversity of Kassel, Germany
2011ATC: Urban, Peri Urban Agriculture: Empowerment and Value Chain ManagementUniversity of Agriculture Faisalabad, Pakistan
2010ATC: Migration and Decent Work Challenges and OpportunitiesInstitute of Economics at
Campinas State University (Unicamp), Brazil