The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity
The Max Planck Institute for the Study of Religious and Ethnic Diversity (MPI-MMG) in Göttingen (Germany) is one of the foremost centers for the multi-disciplinary study of diversity in today’s globalizing world. As societies across the globe become ever more diverse, pressing new challenges emerge to the fore, motivating the study of questions such as the relationship between mobility and inequality; the interaction of globalization, religious diversity, and the secular state; the legal boundaries of cultural accommodation; global cities and super-diversity within them; new forms of membership and belonging; and the trans-bordering networking of ethnic and religious minorities. These thematic clusters are pursued by researchers at the Institute through a variety of disciplinary perspectives, including, but not limited to, anthropology, sociology, political science, and law.
The stand will inform about the Institute’s research presenting a selection of its various publications and visualizations.

Global Centre for Pluralism
Founded by His Highness the Aga Khan, in partnership with the Government of Canada, the Centre is an independent, charitable organization created to advance positive responses to the challenge of living together peacefully and productively in diverse societies. The Centre’s mission is to serve as a global platform for comparative analysis, education and dialogue about the choices and actions that advance respect for diversity around the world.

Through research, education and knowledge exchange, the Centre’s programs:
› Initiate understanding of the sources of inclusion and exclusion in Canada and around the world
› Chart pathways to pluralism in specific places and cases
› Catalyze knowledge exchange and learning about the policies and practices that support pluralism
The Centre defines pluralism as a set of values and actions, founded on respect for diversity, which support and sustain inclusive societies.

Migration Research Center
Based in Istanbul, Migration Research Center at Koç University (MiReKoc) provides a unique, institutionalized hub for migration research with a focus on Turkey and its close environment, with the objective of increasing research capacity and encouraging inter-institutional dialogue on the topic of migration. MiReKoc also organizes international conferences, workshops, and seminars to discuss various research agendas in the field of migration. Since 2011, MiReKoc organizes the annual International Summer School, a flagship program bringing together migration experts from all over the world. In 2016, MiReKoc and Vehbi Koç Foundation in Turkey initiated the “Forced Migration Resource Center - FMRC” project which aims to bring together in an online platform a diverse collection of resources concerning forced migration in general and the case of Syrian refugees in particular. The database provides online and free access to anyone at:

The Expatriate Archive Centre
The Expatriate Archive Centre collects and preserves the life stories of expatriates worldwide and makes them available for academic research. We are a non-profit, independent archive based in the Netherlands, with a global outreach. We collect material from expatriates and their families during and after their stay abroad. Our definition of ‘expatriate’ is anyone who lives temporarily in a country other than their ‘home’ country. The collection includes over 130 family archives dating from the late 19th century to the present. We focus on material representing the multifaceted aspects of expatriate life. The core of our collection consists of unique personal writings such as letters and diaries, which can be supplemented by other relevant material like photos and films. We take material in any language and from any country. These sources offer unique possibilities to study expatriate experiences from a wide range of perspectives.

The Global Parliament of Mayors (GPM)
The Global Parliament of Mayors (GPM) is a governance body of, by and for mayors from all
continents. It builds on the experience, expertise and leadership of mayors in tackling local
challenges resulting from global problems. At the same time, it brings local knowledge to the
table and thus participates actively in global strategy debates and underscores the needs for
practical, action-oriented solutions.

With over half of the world’s population living in the cities and metropolitan regions, an increasing
number of tasks are being delegated from national government to municipalities and regions.
Cities contribute more than 85% of the Gross National Income (GNI) to their nations. Therefore,
they need to be actively engaged in decision-making by international organisations.

The GPM aims to be involved in the debates about critical issues in cities and to participate actively in
decision-making. The GPM voices its opinion on global strategy setting through nation states, NGO’s,
and international gatherings.

The Hague Academy
Real development starts at the local level. The Hague Academy for Local Governance specialises in practice-oriented training courses and study visits for NGO professionals, development officers, civil servants and elected representatives. Our education and training programmes support individuals who strive to improve service delivery, support local economic development, and promote the rule of law.

The Hague Academy is a non-profit, non-governmental organisation established by VNG International in 2006, and with the support from the municipality of The Hague. In 2008, The Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs recognized the Academy as a leading institution on local governance innovation.

International Metropolis Conference 2018

We extend a warm invitation for you to join us at the International Metropolis Conference 2018 to be held in Sydney from 29 October to 2 November 2018, in the stunning International Convention Centre located in the heart of the city.

An outstanding program, led by world-renowned plenary speakers that will showcase exciting new developments in international migration and integration of migrants, is being developed.

Sydney, Australia is renowned for its stunning harbour setting, temperate climate and a rich arts and dining scene. Explore the iconic Sydney Opera House and Harbour Bridge and experience a myriad of unique Australian experiences beyond the city – discover the nearby Blue Mountains, snorkel Queensland’s Great Barrier Reef or visit the country’s red centre and main attraction in Uluru. We look forward to warmly welcoming you, and your family, to Australia for this once in a lifetime experience.