Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore
Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore

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The overarching theme of the 12th edition of the European Conference for Social Work Research is “Social work research through and towards human relationships”.  Researchers, scholars, practitioners and students are invited to submit abstracts for the below proposal types.  





The oral paper presentation may be authored by an individual or by a group. The abstract should be in line with the main theme of the conference and linked to the conference's sub-themes. The oral presentations will be grouped in parallel sessions based on the sub-themes. The abstract submitted should be 500 words or less. More information about the abstract is provided below. 



The poster presentation may be created by an individual or by a group and is to be displayed on a portable wall. At times, the author(s) of the poster will accompany it, to answer questions that people have. To apply for a poster presentation, the author(s) must submit an abstract of a maximum of 500 words. More information about the abstract is provided below. 



The symposium presentation is a self-organised seminar of three to four papers on a common topic which are presented within the same session and are in line with the conference's main theme, as well as one or more of the sub-themes. The symposium session lasts 90 minutes.

When applying for a symposium, one person is responsible for submitting the following: 

You will also have to indicate which person will be the symposium convener. We will only communicate with this person. 

Preference will be given to symposia that demonstrate cohesiveness across presentations and to presentations strongly linked to the central theme/sub-themes of the conference. Symposia will be accepted or rejected as a whole, not in parts. 



A self-organized seminar of one or more presentations relevant to the conference theme/sub-themes. The workshops last 90 minutes. Workshops are intended to be thoroughly interactive with considerable participation and discussion from those attending. Workshops may have an explicit agenda of training participants on a given topic or of generating an interest group or a network for future collaboration. If applying for a workshop, please submit an abstract of 500 words or less including a description of the content and how it will be delivered (pedagogical methods, etc.). 



The following guidelines for all kinds of presentation are advisory. If you think there are good reasons to amend them, please feel free to do so. 

If your abstract is for a presentation based on one or more empirical research projects, it could include the following: 

If your abstract is for a presentation which is not based on primary empirical research, it could include the following: 


All abstracts must be relevant to the central conference theme and subthemes. Preference will be given to abstracts that are strongly linked to the conference theme and subthemes, so we encourage authors to show this explicitly. Authors are also asked to mention one or two theoretical or empirical references that inform or inspire the abstract. In addition, we actively welcome proposals for symposia and/or workshops by the Special Interest Groups. 

Please note that authors may submit a maximum of three abstracts as follows: one abstract of which they are the main author and two abstracts of which they are a co-author. 

Submitted abstracts will be reviewed by an international panel. Decisions will be notified by 19th December 2022 to the e-mail address provided by the authors when registering. 

Abstract submission is now closed. To retrieve your submission click here.



  1. Challenges and opportunities for social work research, practice, policy or education in contemporary contexts; 
  2. Social work research, policy, practice or education across boundaries - including across national, social, cultural, disciplinary and professional boundaries; 
  3. Exploring the impact and effectiveness of social work practice; 
  4. Social work history and identify as a profession and discipline; 
  5. Theorizing social work and/or social work research; 
  6. Connecting social work research and practice, including the co-creation of knowledge; 
  7. Methodological development, innovation and capacity building in social work research.