Thank you everyone for making 2016 a great conference! We were joined by over 320 senior professionals from 36 countries to discuss the latest trends and challenges in social affairs. Click here to submit a workshop proposal for 2017.


The 24th European Social Services Conference (ESSC) explored how public services could collaborate more effectively with local communities and their citizens in combatting poverty and social exclusion. Welcoming over 320 senior professionals from 36 countries in Europe as well as the US, Canada, South Korea and Australia, the conference was a unique opportunity to share knowledge, exchange practice and make new connections.

Our keynote speakers

Highlights from 2015

Why attend?

  • Learn from high-profile speakers about latest international social policy & practice trends
  • Share 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, different perspectives and innovative ideas in the social field


  • "I am very pleased that the next conference will take place in the Netherlands in cooperation with the Dutch Presidency of the EU Council. If it’s as great as the conference in Lisbon, then it will be an event not to miss. I hope to see you all there!"

    Jetta Klijnsma Secretary of State, Ministry of Social Affairs, The Netherlands (speaker - ESSC 2015)
  • "The City of Halmstad has been attending the European Social Services Conference for the past four years and regards this event as an important source of inspiration for our daily work, a meeting place to exchange and gain knowledge in the social services area."

    Ella Kardemark City of Halmstad, Sweden (Delegate - ESSC 2015)
  • "I always find it inspiring to learn how practice is organised and working in other contexts and countries. I found the conference as a whole – the smaller sessions (workshops) as well as the plenary sessions – inspiring for my daily work."

    Hanne Ramsbol National Board of Social Services, Denmark (workshop presenter – ESSC 2015)
  • "It was a wonderful event for IBM and it was great working with you. I already look forward to next year."

    Monika Moerking IBM Worldwide International Events Project Lead (partner - ESSC 2013/2014/2015/2016)