SWSD 2018 - Dublin Ireland


Dublin will host the Joint World Social Work, Education and Social Development Conference, for the first time, on the 4-7th July 2018 in the Royal Dublin Society. This major World conference is being organised on behalf of the International Federation of Social Workers, the International Schools of Social Work and the International Council on Social Welfare.

We invite you to support us in this important endeavour which will bring approximately 2,500 delegates from across the world together to discuss social work and social development practice, policy research and education under the theme, “Environmental and Community Sustainability: Human Solutions in Evolving Societies”. For the four conference days, Dublin will be at the heart of global social work and social development. Leading practitioners, educators, researchers and policy analysts will be joined by users of services to engage with the challenges that negatively affect numerous people across the world in these days of austerity, war and climate change, amongst other themes. Participants will include experts in the field from Europe, the USA and Canada, Australia and the Middle and Far East, ensuring that the global reach will be significant.

The conference will be designed to encourage discussion and critical debate around the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals. The broad Conference themes will be Poverty and Quality of Life, Community Development, Social Justice, Rights and Equality and Climate Change and Sustainable Environments. Our aim is that the knowledge and experiences gained will enable delegates to build national and international networks and that ideas are translated into practices that are effective and lasting.

Yours faithfully,
John Brennan
Chair, Organising Committee