The Lisbon Conferences are an international biennial forum to promote the debate on Development

Global development dynamics are bringing profound changes in the architecture of international relations. While the East-West dichotomy loosed significance after the end of the Cold War and the implosion of the Soviet system, the North-South reasoning is also being diluted by the proliferation of growth centres, as developed and developing regions spread all over the planet. New strategic patterns and security threats, the European competiveness crisis, the weight and influence of emerging countries, the sustainability of development models and the growth of African economies – all these factors illustrate new challenges that are increasingly complex, global and interdependent.

The Conferences aim at influencing political agendas and are targeted to an audience of decision-makers and managers of public, private and multilateral institutions, members of the Academia, journalists and civil society activists.

The discussion is focused on global dynamics that impact over development patterns and policies, financing, investment and development cooperation, aiming at making these conferences an internationally renowned event. Nevertheless, the project is not limited to the conferences and includes an ongoing systematic work that can contribute to increased knowledge and thinking, through other debates, publications and events.

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Under the banner of the “Lisbon Conferences”/Clube de Lisboa, of which ISCTE-IUL is a partner, Summer School Global Challenges is a multidisciplinary course. It focuses on the political, economic and security issues that shape and reconfigure the architecture of the international system. Its major goal consists in the analysis and understanding of the policy and strategic framework that shape geopolitics, economy and international development as well and of the strategy of the major global actors.

The Summer School is offered by the IPPS-IUL and is a scientific product of the Centre for International Studies in collaboration with the Institute Marquês de Valle Flôr (IMVF) and the “Lisbon Conferences” project.

This course aims at the analysis and debate of opportunities and threats that configure globalisation, public policies and development.


1 – Geopolitics & Global Economy

2 – Energy Transition & Climate Change

3 – Growth Models & Development Challenges

4 – Global Security Threats

5 – The EU between Integration & Nationalism

This course is coordinated by Fernando Jorge Cardoso and has already had 3 editions:

1st edition | 25 to 29 September 2015

2sd edition | 26 to 30 September 2016

3rd edition | 14 to 19 September 2017


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Signed in 2013, the Cooperation Agreement between Camões, IP, the ECDPM and IMVF is implemented in Portugal, Belgium, the  Netherlands and in the Portuguese‑speaking African countries (PALOP) and, generally, it aims to contribute to the strengthening of research, debate and interest in themes such as Development Cooperation, with a particular focus on Portugal and on the relationship with Africa. Specifically, it was intended to:

(i) consolidate a partnership between 3 institutions, which would allow for the cre‑ ation of synergies and Portuguese capacity‑building in the area of Development Cooperation;

(ii) promote knowledge, research and debate about issues of particular interest to Portugal, in the framework of the international dynamics of Cooperation and Development;

(iii) strengthen relations with partners in Portugal, in Europe and in the Portuguese‑speaking African countries.

The activities’ target groups are:
  • the select group of policy makers and technicians who work directly in Development Cooperation (Ministries of Foreign Affairs/Camões, I.P. and sectoral ministries);
  • the larger group of those interested in the issues of Development Cooperation and the relationship with Africa, including academics, students,
  • Non‑Governmental Development Organisations (NGDOs),
  • local government and parliamentary institutions; and
  • the general public, in Portugal, in Europe and in the Portuguese‑speaking countries, at the centre of information and dissemination activities.