So far, 4 annual meetings have been held, the first one on 16 – 17 April 2012 in Groningen, The Netherlands, the second one on 9 - 10 April 2013 in Beijing, China, the third one on 7 - 9 April 2014 in Washington D.C, U.S.A., the fourht on 4 - 6 May 2015 in Málaga, Spain and the fifth on 17 - 19 May 2016 in Cape Town, South Africa. So far, the number of participants is restricted – some 50 to 80 participants in all, on a by-invitation only basis. The proceedings of these meetings can be consulted on the Groningen Declaration website, which routinely archives all presentations and key note addresses that have been delivered: www.groningendeclaration.org
Signatories are expected to attend the annual meeting of the Groningen Declaration Network; at present, this annual meeting takes place in the first or second week of April each year.
Attendance at the annual meeting is by-invitation only, and is for free.
Participants (including signatories) are encouraged to actively participate in the annual meeting, be it as presenters, panellist or otherwise.
Signatories are encouraged to join or head one of the Task Forces that the Executive Committee of the Network establishes.
In general, expectations follow from the Groningen Declaration itself, the second part (right side column) of which actually serves as a road map for what issues we expect participants to discuss, and which ones we hope to be able to address.