Pre-Symposium Workshops

Preliminary program of the pre-symposium workshops
April, 27th, 2017

(Taking place at 'Alfred-Hessel-Saal' at Paulinerkirche, Papendiek 14, 37073 Göttingen)

Since October 2014, four interdisciplinary groups have been formed among the GlobalFood PhD candidates in order to improve scientific networking. The four groups work in the fields of Gender, Policy, Preferences, and Nutrition. All PhD students are member of at least one of the groups and organize courses and discussions on a regular and independent basis.
For the GlobalFood Symposium 2017, the working groups decided to additionally organize pre-conference workshops in order to establish a forum for scientific and non-scientific exchange, as well as to better communicate their own work with people from outside. The workshops shall enable the participants to discuss selected issues in a participatory way using formats which are different from those inregular courses or conferences. The discussions will be enhanced by guests with scientific, political and practical background, who will share their experiences to allow for a broader perspective on the selected issues. Participation will be open to members of the faculties of agricultural sciences and economic sciences, as well as to master students of corresponding master programs and to every participant of the GlobalFood Symposium. Participation is free but registration is requested (If you did not indicate your interest in the registration form, send an email to

Preliminary schedule for the pre-symposium workshops on April 27, 2017

(1) 12.30pm - 1.45pm: Gender Group
"Ethical and practical boundaries of approaches to gender policy making in developing countries."

(2) 2.00pm - 3.15pm: Policy Group
"Three selected papers by junior researchers: An overview of the policy implications."

---30 minutes break---

(3) 3.45pm - 5.00pm: Preference Group
"Practical and moral issues in conducting economic experiments."

(4) 5.15pm - 6.30pm: Nutrition Group
"The double burden of malnutrition - Why do we still care more about the undernourished?"

Starting 7.00pm: Networking Dinner at Kartoffelhaus - Goethe-Allee 8, 37073 Göttingen (at own expenses)

(1) Organized by the Gender-working group, a panel discussion focusing on limits and opportunities of the implementation of gender-specific programs in development policy will take place. Particular focus shall be put on the question of how findings from research concerning this topic can be implemented practically. Considering potential opposition of local politicians as well as society's (unintentional) opposition and ethical considerations, it's a key question which measures can be implemented sustainably. To develop approaches, the panel discussion will bring together experts with practical experience, experts in ethics and economists with experience in policy consultation.

(2) To promote communication between science and policy, the Policy-working group will present and discuss the policy recommendations of the three papers by junior researchers selected to be presented in plenary session. This format allows a reflective and critical discussion of these selected papers and may help to identify potential research gaps related to the overarching theme of the Symposium.

(3) The social sciences - including economics - have long called for transparency in research to counter threats to producing robust and replicable results. Recently, the push for transparency has focused on a few specific policies. In the panel discussion, we discuss the pros and cons of three of the more prominent proposed approaches: pre-analysis plans, pre-registration, and replications. While these policies potentially extend to all different empirical and perhaps also theoretical approaches, they have been primarily discussed for experimental research, both in the field including randomized control trials and the laboratory, so we will mainly focus on these areas in the discussion. So far confirmed for the panel are Alexia Gaudeul (University of Göttingen), Holger A. Rau (University of Göttingen) and Angelino Viceisza (Spelman College, US). Moderator: Friederike Lenel (University of Göttingen).

(4) With the background of a progressive double burden of malnutrition, the Nutrition-working group plans an interactive panel discussion. Together with representatives from the area of development cooperation, the invited researchers, Dr. Olivier Ecker (IFPRI, Washington, DC), Dr. Gudrun Keding (Center for Development Research University Bonn, Germany) and students will discuss the question of "Why the focus of nutrition projects in developing countries is mostly on fighting undernutrition, but not on preventing obesity and other nutrition-related diseases?". The critical analysis of scientifically and politically relevant topics shall highlight to which extent certain measures can be implemented by politics and what it needs to improve information exchange between science and politics.