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Shaping the Future of Peace Training in Europe and Beyond, Conference and Forum for Policy & Practice, Austria

Shaping the Future of Peace Training in Europe and Beyond (October 1 & 2 2018 – Vienna, Austria) will bring together leading centres of excellence and key stakeholders in peace training, peacebuilding, stabilization and post-war recovery in Europe and internationally. The aim of the conference and forum for policy and practice is to bring forward the state of the art of the field of peace training across all sectors – government, military, police, civilian – to identify critical new frontiers, lessons learned, and innovations in technology and practice, and to contribute practically to improving the practice, delivery, quality and impact of peace training and capacity building in the field.

Key Goals & Objectives

Shaping the Future will provide a multi-stakeholder forum bringing together governments, deployment agencies and training institutions – including military, police, diplomatic and civilian (NGO and private sector) – to identify the state of the art of peace training in Europe and internationally in order to:

  • Learn from best practices and improve streamlining front of the field approaches across sectors;
  • Identify challenges and how they can be practically addressed: what corrections and improvements are needed;
  • Explore front of the field innovations in training methods, approaches and use of information and communication technologies to support and improve peace training;
  • Take steps towards improving competency frameworks and quality standards for peacebuilding and prevention training and improved collaboration amongst training institutions across sectors in Europe and beyond;
  • Explore training within a more comprehensive approach to capacity building across the field – with special focus on strengthening local and national ownership in the field
  • Improving partnerships and collaboration across the full-breadth of the training and deployment field for peacebuilding and peace operations in Europe and internationally, including across sectors

Who is it for?

Participants from across Europe and internationally are welcome, including leading training institutions, government ministries, trainers, deployment agencies, donor institutions, EEAS and key institutions, experts and practitioners involved in peacebuilding and prevention operations, training and capacity building.


The Conference & Forum for Policy and Practice will be organised drawing upon best practice approaches to foster effective and collaborative engagement, sharing of lessons, and participatory approaches to identifying next steps and improving the field. The Conference will include Panel Sessions with leading experts, practitioners and agencies, parallel workshops, design forums and collaborative innovation sessions, a ‘market’ space for training institutions and agencies to present and share their work, an IT ‘space’ for exploring ICT technologies and peace training, and more.


Location & Venue

The Conference is being organised in Vienna at the Sigmund Freud University, Freudplatz. 1, 1020.


Shaping the Future of Peace Training in Europe and Beyond is a collaborative initiative of the The PeaceTraining.eu Consortium, the Civilian Planning and Conduct Capability (CPCC) of the European External Action Service, the European Security and Defence College (ESDC), the European Peacebuilding Liaison Office (EPLO), the Global Partnership for the Prevention of Armed Conflict (GPPAC), the United States Institute of Peace, Search for Common Ground (SFCG) and the Peace and Collaborative Development Network (PCDN).


Speakers, Presenters, Facilitators

Speakers, presenters and facilitators will be added over the coming weeks. You will find regular updates on the Conference site at: www.peacetraining.eu/shaping-the-future/#


Workshops & Presentations

Over the course of 2 days there will be more than 20 workshops, presentations, panel discussions and collaborative development and design sessions at “Shaping the Future of Peace Training in Europe and Beyond”. In addition to the Plenaries and Workshops there will be an IT zone for e-approaches, gaming and ICT and Peace Training and a ‘Market Place’ Fair for booths for organisations and agencies.

The list below provides an example of some of the workshops and sessions that will be organised. As workshop and session descriptions are finalised we will add brief descriptions of them here together with their time / schedule in the conference.

The Conference Agenda: Examples of Workshops and Sessions

The following are examples of workshops and sessions intended for the conference:


Plenary Session 1: Training for Peace in Europe and the World Today: Relevance, Horizons, Potential – Mapping the Need and Future of the Field

Workshop 1

Bridging the Gap: Improving the Link between training and preparation and competencies needed in the field

Workshop 2

Innovations and New Frontiers: ICT, e-approaches and training for deployment

Workshop 3

Learning from the Viking Exercise: Lessons for the Field

Plenary Session 2:

Meeting the Needs of the Field: How Training and Capacity Building can Better Support Developing Effective Capabilities for Peacebuilding and Prevention

Workshop 4

Improving Peace Training in Europe & Globally: Fostering Cooperation & Collaboration

Workshop 5

Improving Training Methods: Innovative Approaches to Training and Gaining ‘Operational Competencies’

Workshop 6

Designing Curricula for Peace Training: Advances in Practice

Plenary Session 3: PeaceTraining.EU – Innovating the Future of Peacebuilding and Prevention Training and Training Support in Europe

Workshop 7

Beyond Training: Towards Comprehensive Approaches for Developing Effective Capacities for Peacebuilding and Prevention

Workshop 8

Introducing the PeaceTraining.EU Web-Platform: A Resource for Training Institutions, Deployment Agencies and Trainers in Europe and Globally

Workshop 9

Gender Dimensions of CPPB Training: Addressing Gender in Training, Methods and Results

Plenary Session 4: The Role of Peace Training, Peacebuilding and Prevention in Europe’s Common Security and Defence Policy

Workshop 10

Improving Peace Training in Europe & Globally: Synergies Across Sectors – NGOs, Military, Police, Training Inst.

Workshop 11

Gaming, ICT & Simulations in Peace Training

Workshop 12

From the Ground-up: Best practices in strengthening local capacities for peacebuilding and prevention

Closing Session: Charting the Path Forward: Peace Training in Europe and Beyond

Would you / your institution like to propose a workshops or session for the conference?


Conference workshops, presentations and sessions may be organised by training institutions, inter-governmental organisations, deployment agencies, missions, trainers, practitioners and academics. We are particularly looking for sessions in the following fields:

  • Improving the Quality, Impact and Effectiveness of Training for Peacebuiding and Prevention
  • Innovations in Training Methods and Approaches
  • ICT Innovations, Gaming and E-approaches to training and capacity building
  • Training as an approach to Peacebuilding and Prevention
  • Lessons Learned and Results from EU, International and Partnership Projects
  • Strengthening Local and National Capacities: Training and Beyond
  • Ensuring Inclusion in Training: Gender, Identity, National Ownership
  • Comprehensive Approaches to Capacity Building for Peacebuilding and Prevention: Training and More
  • Meeting the needs of the field: experiences from practitioners, missions and deployment agencies – what standards does training need to meet to best serve the field


Additional items and topics outside these themes may also be proposed and will be reviewed by the Conference Secretariat.


Shaping the Future of Peace Training in Europe and Beyond is dedicated to being more than a ‘conference’. It is intended as a collaborative forum of practitioners and agencies in the field to foster improved practice and strengthen the field in Europe and internationally.

Submissions for sessions will be assessed according to:

  • Their potential value, relevance and impact for the field
  • Their contribution to improving the quality of peace training and capacity building and supporting innovations in practice
  • Their value to fostering improved collaboration and exchange and sharing of lessons and best practices


Please write to us directly at conference@peacetraining.eu  or visit the web-site to submit a proposal for a workshop or session for the conference www.peacetraining.eu/shaping-the-future/#submit-proposal

Please cite PCDN as the source of the posting in your submission.


Register now


The conference is limited to 150 participants. To secure your participation please submit your application online at www.peacetraining.eu/shaping-the-future/#register The Conference Secretariat will respond to you shortly.

Please cite PCDN as the source of the posting in your submission.



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