Over 530 delegates, 32 countries, 30 speakers, 24 workshops & plenty more – thank you everyone for making the 25th European Social Services Conference the biggest yet!

The leading social forum in Europe

Organised annually by the European Social Network (ESN), the European Social Services Conference brings together all those with an interest in social welfare to exchange knowledge on contemporary social policy and practice.

Co-hosted for the first time by the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the European Union, this 25th anniversary edition explored how new innovative practices and technology can help create better local social services for the future.

Our Speakers

  • Geoff Mulgan Chief Executive, Nesta – the UK’s National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts
  • Charlotte de Vilmorin CEO and Co-founder of Wheeliz / Winner of the European Social Innovation Competition, France
  • Jos de Blok Founder of Buurtzorg, The Netherlands

Some highlights from 2017

Why attend?

  • Learn from high-profile speakers about latest international social policy & practice trends
  • Share and exchange knowledge and experience in interactive practice workshops
  • Network with senior professionals who plan, finance, research, manage, regulate and deliver local public services
  • Be Inspired by new knowledge, perspectives and innovative ideas
  • "Attending the conference has given me the opportunities to network amongst delegates and be part of an event that sets agendas that are close to my heart".

    Rich Amos Service User & Trustee, Physical Inclusion Network Gloucestershire (PING), United Kingdom
  • “The conference is an excellent opportunity to exchange ideas and knowledge which in turn helps us to be innovative in our own services and in our daily practices.”

    Carlos Santos Guerrero Head of Services for the Coordination of Community Social Services, Autonomous Community of Galicia, Spain
  • “It’s been great listening to all the imaginative and innovative ways to improve services.”

    Rita Long Service User / Researcher, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
  • “The conference gives me many networking opportunities and new ideas to improve the social services in our municipality.”

    Kate Bogh Chair, Association of Directors of Social Services, Denmark
  • “On behalf of the Maltese government, I will be delighted to welcome you to the 25th European Social Services Conference in Valletta to help shape the future of social welfare services in Europe."

    Michael Farrugia Minister for Family and Social Solidarity, Malta