The national symposium will play a four-fold role:
- As the forum wherein all the previously elaborated papers will be presented and discussed with a broader audience (mostly national-level actors – including media – but also international development partners and stakeholders engaged in the reconstruction process); herein the focus is more academic and research-orientated.
- As a dissemination forum on knowledge, on processes, and for sharing information about the reconstruction processes and practices; herein the focus is more for practitioners.
- As a final national-level event that will be used to raise awareness and give advance notice on the 5th Memorial Day ceremony.
- To filter out and define and shape the ultimate International Conference, and validate the final documentation, papers, themes and structure of the international conference to be held later the same year.
The symposium is intended to last two days total, running parallel sessions on the five-preceding thematic, technical and research-based events. The proposed location is Yak and Yeti Hotel, from 22nd to 24th April 2020. The inaugural ceremony will take place at Basantapur Durbar Square, Kathmandu, Nepal.