The full programme, with detailed information about the content of each plenary and workshop session, will be available nearer the time of the conference.

To find out about our confirmed speakers to date please click here.

The conference schedule is detailed below.


1300-1730 Pre-conference 'Nordic Day' run by the Nordic Centre for Welfare and Social Issues (NVC) in English – information and free registration through NVC.  All Nordic and other country delegates interested in learning more about the Nordic welfare systems will be warmly welcomed.


1030-1400 Registration of delegates; distribution of delegate packs and interpretation receivers
(formal ID doc required as deposit)
1130-1200 European Social Network AGM  for member organisation representatives (attendance open to all member organisations by invitation)
1230 Conference Exhibition open – opportunities for networking
1230-1330 European Social Network Members’ Reception (by invitation)
1300-1400 Sandwich Lunch for conference delegates


Plenary session I

A sustainable society – the policy roadmap

How do we create a sustainable society where economic, social and environmental progress  go hand in hand? This question is perhaps all the more challenging in light of the new economic realities. European, Nordic and national responses will set the parameters for delegates to discuss how social services should make themselves more sustainable and contribute to creating a sustainable progress for all.

Confirmed keynote speakers:

  • Karen HAEKKERUP, Minister for Social Affairs and Integration, Denmark
  • László ANDOR, European Commissioner for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
  • Hanne Inger BJURSTRØM,  Minister for Employment, Norway (Presidency of the Nordic Council of Ministers)
  • John PEET, Europe Editor, The Economist
1530-1615 Coffee/tea break sponsored by Tieto
1615-1715 Workshop session I (6 simultaneous workshops)
1930-2100 Official Reception hosted by the City of Copenhagen


Plenary sessions II

Strategies for sustainability

How can citizens - young and old alike – and public services work together to create a sustainable future?  The twin plenary sessions on day two tackle some of the key social, economic and environmental challenges in which social services have a role to play, including how to:

  • reduce the environmental impact of public services
  • protect children and promote their development from the early years
  • ensure a bright future for all young people
  • promote healthy ageing whilst ensuring care for those in need
  • deploy new human resources and technology for efficient  service delivery

Confirmed keynote speakers:

  • Emilie TURUNEN, Vice-Chair, Denmark Socialistisk Folkeparti (Socialist People’s Party), Denmark
  • Massimiliano MASCHERINI, Research Manager, Eurofound (European Foundation for the Improvement of Living and Working Conditions)
  • Desmond O’NEILL, Past President, European Union Geriatric Medicine Society and Consultant Physician in Geriatric and Stroke Medicine, Dublin
1015-1100 Coffee/tea break sponsored by Tieto
1100-1200  Workshop session II (6 simultaneous workshops)
1200-1300 Buffet lunch



Plenary session III

Strategies for sustainability (continued)

Confirmed keynote speakers:

  • Frances FITZGERALD, Minister for Children and Youth Affairs, Ireland
  • Frits TJADENS, CEO, Health and Social Care Associates (HASCA)
  • Thomas BØRNER, Chairman, Public Welfare Technology Institute, Denmark
1415-1500 Coffee/tea break sponsored by Tieto
1500-1600 Workshop session III (6 simultaneous workshops)
1615-1700 Networking Forum (Open forum for delegates to meet/network by areas of interest)
2000-2300 Gala Dinner sponsored by Edenred


0930-1030 Workshop session IV (6 simultaneous worskhops)
1030-1115 Coffee/tea break sponsored by Tieto

Plenary session IV

Shaping a sustainable future

The final plenary session invites reactions from leaders and managers in social services and explores the links to European social policy-making in the years ahead.

  • Chair: Hugh FRAZER, Adjunct Professor of Applied Social Studies, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Dublin
1230-1300 Conclusion and invitation to European Social Services Conference 2013
1300 Close of Conference


To download a copy of the programme, please click here (PDF).