I returned to IDS for the fortieth anniversary conference after an absence of almost 20 years. Feeling a sense of excitement tinged with
anticipation, I looked forward to hearing about development challenges identified through the 40 global Roundtable meetings, contributing to discussions about whether development research
needed reinventing and how IDS could help to achieve this.
The two-and-a-half-day event was enjoyable, challenging and stimulating. It provided the opportunity to learn more about global development challenges, share experience with colleagues from
diverse backgrounds and cultures, renew old friendships and make new contacts.