Discover our sessions: learn, share and network

Panel debates




These discussions in classic theatre-style setting will set the key themes of the OECD Forum.

Join the main Forum debates and engage with speakers and moderators.  

Connecting at the Forum

As a complement to the Forum amphitheatres, these Forum innovations and special features are ways to connect in small groups or dedicated spaces, with a focus on innovation, interactivity and collaboration.

Idea Factory


Take the debate further – these sessions bring together a wide range of perspectives from across the policy shaping community in a highly interactive and engaging format. An experienced facilitation team co-ordinates the work of sense makers and the collaborative process that engages a group of 90+ participants over a three-hour period.

Space in the IdeaFactories is limited and on a first-come, first-served basis. Please come to the “Pre-Registration Desk” 1 hour before the start of each session. Please note that attendance at this session is for an uninterrupted 3 hours, without access to smartphones

Discovery Lab

In the Discovery Lab, what we share is greater than our differences: the desire to exchange ideas and experiences, to listen, question and debate.

Whether it’s at a Meet the Author talk or at a Talk Together discussion, the Discovery Lab offers you the chance to meet thinkers and change makers and to add your voice to the debate.

For the detailed schedule of the Discovery Lab’s exciting events, check out the Programme.


Meet the Author

Forum speakers will present their latest books in the Discovery Lab – an opportunity for you to ask the author questions, share your views, and even purchase a book. 

Come and Meet the Author


Talk Together

Exchange ideas and experiences in a more informal setting than plenary sessions.

Bring your own perspective to a discussion with a speaker or a group of speakers on a specific issue!

Come prepared to participate as well as to listen!

Discussion Lounges


Meet and connect with other participants in these informal spaces, dedicated this year to intimate debates and:

Civil Society Discussion Café: Civil society has valuable insight on how we can re-imagine international co-operation – and we want to hear from you. To register for this session, email

Lunch debate: Engage and debate on key topics challenging our societies. Participants are seated at tables to discuss the topic over a boxed lunch. Attendance is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Civic Innovation Hub @ Better Life Index


The OECD Better Life Index is an online tool where citizens can tell the OECD what matters for their well-being, based on 11 different dimensions. It is an effort of the Organisation to make our work more accessible and include citizens in the quality of life debate.

At the Civic Innovation Hub, we’re showcasing initiatives that strive for better outcomes. Whether through civic tech – using technology in the service of public good – or social innovation, speakers will discuss how their initiatives are having an impact on what matters in our daily lives, including health, education, environment, income, community and much more. Speakers will give short pitches with open Q&A, touching on opportunities and challenges for making change and improving lives. 


15/15 Talks

Dive into the world of experts to see what, according to them, brings us together today. 

These sessions will feature a dynamic talk for up to 15 minutes followed by 15 minutes for discussion.