IOPD Valongo 2024 Conference: Pre-registration now available

Be part of our annual meeting of local and regional leaders of participatory democracy: 17-19 October, Valongo, Portugal.

We are pleased to announce that pre-registration for our 23rd IOPD Conference is now open.

Under the theme "Populist threats: building democratic resilience with participatory communities", the encounter will take place from 17 to 19 October in Valongo, Porto metropolitan area, Portugal, in venues located near the headquarters of the Câmara Municipal

The IOPD Valongo 2024 Conference will explore 5 main thematic areas related to the promotion of participatory democracy:

  • The challenges posed by the new populisms to participatory democracy.
  • The threats and opportunities of Artificial Intelligence
  • The potential and opportunities of civic technology
  • Good practices for inclusive participatory processes
  • Commitment to transparency and open governance

The opening session will feature the Mayor of Valongo, José Manuel Ribeiro, Emilia Saiz, Secretary General of United Cities and Local Governments (UCLG), and Cas Mudde, one of the most renowned experts on extremism and democracy.

How to get to Valongo: Valongo is strategically located in the metropolitan region of Porto, with proximity to Francisco Sá Carneiro International Airport. It is also provided with a transport network that makes it easy to access and travel by train, public transport or car: 

Accommodation options: The Municipality of Valongo offers some accommodation options with reduced rates available close to the event venue:  

Be part of the annual meeting of local and regional leaders of participatory democracy! Now, more than ever, it is urgent to defend our democracy to consolidate more egalitarian, just and peaceful societies. 

For more information, we invite you to contact