Every two years, the members of the International Peace Research Association meet at their global conference to assess conflict and peace building in the world; discuss the state of the art of peace research; plan future research, and influence the practice and decision-making of violence prevention and peace building.
The conference is made up of plenary sessions, which focus on specific issues that continue to influence the peace and conflict process significantly, as well as panels and roundtables organized by IPRA's Commissions and Working Groups, plus special events.
Larissa Behrendt is Professor of Law and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning at the University of Technology in Sydney. She is a also a practicing barrister who has previously worked with the United Nations.
She is an author of several books on Indigenous legal issues and in 2005 she won the Commonwealth Writer's Prize for her novel, Home. She was recently named 2009 NAIDOC Person of the Year.
Johan Galtung, heralded as the founder of peace research, created the International Peace Research Institute of Oslo and the TRANSCEND network.