The workshop provides a platform for an advanced dialogue between researchers, policy-makers and practitioners. Legal, political, socio-economic, ecological, ethical, historical and conflict dimensions of large-scale land deals will be addressed. The conference day features parallel sessions as well as a guided poster session that will be held in an unconventional format as 'Place of Ideas'. It provides an opportunity for young researchers to present key aspects of their specific research project. These sessions will be complemented by a round table discussion and a keynote speech. Confirmed renowned speakers include Stein T. Holden (University of Life Science, Ås, Norway), Liz Alden Wily (Independent Consultant), Rolf Kappel (ETH Zürich, Switzerland) and Mike Taylor (International Land Coalition).