27. september 2023

Copenhagen gathers the world’s leading democracy experts

From October 3rd to 5th, Copenhagen will become the epicenter of democracy innovation. This momentous occasion will see top experts from around the globe convene for three days of events, meetings, and workshops. Here, they will engage in discussions, share insights, and put into practice groundbreaking methods for policy development, all in the hope of contributing to solutions for some of society's most significant challenges.


Prominent experts, practitioners, and researchers will converge in Copenhagen from October 3rd to 5th for the Democracy R&D Annual Conference 2023. This event is the result of a collaborative effort between We Do Democracy, the Danish Board of Technology, University of Copenhagen, and the international network, Democracy R&D. The conference will take place at various venues, including the Demokrati Garage in Nordvest and South Campus at the University of Copenhagen.

On October 3rd, the conference kicks off with the Democracy Innovation Summit, where the research group DIGT will share their latest insights into citizen assemblies, with a particular focus on green transition. The event will feature keynote speakers, including three distinguished researchers: Jane Suiter (IE), Jon Alexander (UK), and Nicole Curato (AU). Additionally, a panel discussion will bring together leading Danish democracy practitioners to explore the future of citizen assemblies, with the participation of Doreen Grove, Head of Open Government in Scotland.

Furthermore, from October 4th to 5th, 150 international and Danish democracy experts will convene for a two-day conference to delve deep into the shaping of democracy’s future. This will be accomplished through a series of plenary sessions, networking opportunities, and more than 30 workshops, all facilitated by democracy actors from across the world. Among the participants will be Peter MacLeod, one of Canada’s foremost experts in public engagement and deliberative democracy.

This year’s conference places a special emphasis on practicality, with the multitude of workshops aimed at ensuring that the newfound and vital knowledge translates into practical solutions for the future. Notably, the conference will take place, in part, at Demokrati Garage in Nordvest, which is where We Do Democracy operates daily. Serving as the backdrop for the development of Danish democratic solutions, Demokrati Garage extends an invitation to the rest of the world to collaborate in reshaping perspectives on the challenges and solutions of the future.

Learn more about the conference here.