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Don't say "linkages," say "links"

Don't say that: 

"the conference aims to produce novel insights into the linkages between.."

Do say this: 

"the conference aims to produce novel insights into the links between.."

Why?: 

"Linkage" refers to a a thing, a physical connection between two objects for example the coupling arrangement between two carriages on a train or a system of levers and pulleys so that the movement of part produces an effect on another part.

It is not a simple substitute for "connection." That would be "link."

So the phrase, which has been taken from a United Nations document, could be rewritten "the conference aims to produce novel insights into the connection between.."