Democracy Innovation Summit New frontiers in research on Citizens Assemblies

The Summit focuses on the role and future direction of democratic innovations in the 21st century, with a particular focus on green transition. You will hear about ground-breaking research on citizens' assemblies and how to create a public conversations about the green transition with better politics and decisionmaking.

At the summit you will get an insight on Danish researchers latest discoveries on how the use of citizens’ assemblies has changed (and will change) the democratic landscape in Denmark and abroad; hear international keynote speakers on the promises and perils of citizens’ assemblies; and be a part of a session involving international and Danish practitioners in a discussion about the future of how to innovate democracy in Denmark and abroad and the role ow citizens’ assemblies.

"New Frontiers in Research on Citizens' Assemblies" are presented by the University of Copenhagen-based research group Democratic Innovations in a Green Transition (DIGT) in collaboration with We Do Democracy, the Danish Board of Technology and the international network Democracy R&D.

Democracy R&D is a global network of leading democracy experts, practitioners, and professionals with extensive experience in deliberative democracy, democratic innovation, and citizen engagement. This year’s Annual Conference is to take place in Copenhagen on the 4th and 5th of October.


“New frontiers in research on citizens’ assemblies” is free. Registration is required and seats are limited. Register on the event registration webpage of the University of Copenhagen. For more information about the network follow the Annual Conference of Democracy R&D on this page. Sign-up on the CitizenLab platform to get access to keynotes, workshop materials and much more post the conference.

Programme - 3 October 2023:

Arrival and light lunch

Insights and research on deliberative democracy and green transition in Denmark by DIGT

Short coffee break

International outlook and inspiration: The promises and perils of citizens’ assemblies in the 21th century with keynotes from Professor Jane Suiter (IE), author Jon Alexander (UK) and Professor Nicole Curato (AU)

Short break

Roundtable on the future of citizens' assemblies in Denmark and abroad, particularly their role in driving the green transition with Doreen Grove (Open Government, SCO), Karsten Biering Nielsen (TMF), Astrid Aller (SF), Ariel Storm (Klimabevægelsen), Bjørn Bedsted (Teknologirådet) and Zakia Elvang (We Do Democracy)

Concluding remarks by Professor Lars Tønder & glass of wine and networking