Call for proposals for the 2020 Groningen Declaration Network Annual Meeting
April 15-17, India

The Executive Board and Annual Meeting Planning and Organization Committee of the Groningen Declaration Network (GDN)
call for presentation proposals under the broad theme: 

‘Using Innovation to Disrupt: 
Creating a Sustainable Digital Ecosystem for Learners’

The goal of the GDN is a global, equitable, accessible and sustainable Digital Learner Data Portability environment. Among the largest global issues to this end we list a fundamental lack and imbalance of global data and digital capacity, and the need for sustainability as advocated in UNESCO’s Sustainable Development Goals.

The GDN 2020 destination, India, is singularly well placed to elicit your interest, as some major initiatives are currently underway such as the Digital India Initiative and the 5-I vision, both aiming at maximizing the benefits of digital technologies for social benefits to the Indian population.

From its start, the Groningen Declaration Network had a long-standing interest in anything to do with the development of India’s digital service provision, especially since the establishment of the Indian National Academic Depository (NAD) initiative and, more recently, DigiLocker, a paperless, authentic governance serving as India’s citizen wallet and thereby providing the kind of infrastructure that could make the GDN aims and vision come true.

For its 9th Annual meeting, the GDN aims at convening practitioners and supporters to continuously share digitalization development and use cases, strategies and tactics that are working, at expanding the number of new projects moving forward globally where capacity is lacking, and at bringing new ideas as technologies and methods evolve to the fore to help achieve the goal. 

Dr V. Balaji presenting in 2019, Puebla, Mexico

Share with us your best practice, pilot, or vision, having to do with the technical interoperability or the business interoperability aspects that will make the sustainable portability and sharing of digital student data sets a reality!

Proposals  coming from sectors such as credential evaluation and recognition (touching upon academic and professional recognition); professional licensure; student funding and student loans; (im)migration; SIS development; are welcomed under the guiding principle that the Groningen Declaration Network and its annual meeting program actively seek diversity and the widest possible array of current business models and technologies.

Stakeholder updates are emphatically welcomed. We also welcome your ideas about topics you think should be included under this year’s theme.


Submission guidelines

  • Prepare a 350-500 word description of your presentation including 3-5 dot point 'take-aways'. These will help pitch your proposal to the program committee and to delegates should your proposal be accepted. 
  • Prepare a short biography of the presenter or presenters preferably in word .docx format
  • Have ready a photo of the presenter or presenters in .jpeg or .png file format

Presenting at the 2020 GDN Annual Meeting offers a valuable opportunity to connect directly with colleagues in the digital ecosphere.


Presentations can be up to 30 minutes, including questions and answers.  Shorter presentations of 10 to 15 minutes that report on national projects or emerging technology are encouraged.

Submissions, including abstract, biography and photo must be uploaded using our dedicated submission portal no later than October 31, 2019. No late submissions will be accepted.  Incomplete submissions will be rejected.

Selection Process

Your presentation summary will be reviewed, and decisions will be announced by December 1, 2019.  The potential interest of your paper, the quality of the presentation and its relevance to the theme and audience of the GDN Meeting will determine whether it is accepted. The decision of the review panel is final.

Publishing of Presentations

All presentations will be published online as PDF files at the conclusion of the 2020 GDN Annual Meeting as a resource for delegates. 

For further information please contact Karen Hanna,

Key dates for proposals to present
Submissions open - August 1, 2019
Submission deadline- October 31, 2019
Decision and program finalization- December 1, 2019