Join over 500 senior professionals from across Europe to explore how we can improve services through social investment.

The leading social welfare 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.

The 26th edition of the ESSC entitled ‘Invest – Innovate – Transform: Empowering people and communities‘ is organised for the first time in association with the Regional Ministry of Equality and Social Policies of the Regional Government of Andalusia, a member of ESN, who will co-host the event in the beautiful city of Seville.

The draft programme is available here:
ESSC Programme 2018
ESSC Programme 2018 (español) 

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


The 26th ESSC will provide a comprehensive policy and practice programme including:

  • A practice-based programme of workshops showcasing the latest innovations and trends in local public social services – see the 2018 workshops
  • A strategic discussion through plenary sessions featuring a mix of inspiring speakers such as ministers, academics and social innovators – watch videos of keynote speakers from 2017.

Throughout the conference, various organisations from all sectors will be hosting workshops showcasing the latest good practice examples from across Europe – and your organisation could be one of them!

Within the overarching theme for 2018, the ESSC will feature innovative initiatives on the following four streams:

  • INVESTING in people-centred services
  • INVESTING in new forms of partnerships
  • INVESTING in the social service workforce
  • INVESTING in technology
  • "The European Social Services Conference 2017 was one of the most unique, interesting and interactive conferences I’ve ever attended. The venue, delegates, sessions and organisation were superb. I would highly recommend it to anyone with an interest in how social services in Europe and elsewhere can transform the lives of individuals and communities"

    Jaideep Prabhu Professor of Marketing and Indian Business, Judge Business School, University of Cambridge (Keynote speaker – ESSC 2017)
  • “Congratulations on a great conference. I’ve been at a number of big international conferences and this was one of the most professional and friendly, with great content. Well done to the organisers who were unfailingly polite and helpful. We had a great experience and really enjoyed our workshop session”.

    Fiona Keogh, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Economic and Social Research in Dementia, National University of Ireland Galway (Workshop presenter – ESSC 2017)

Stay up to date

@ESNConference @cbodewig @amalia_zepou @ESNsocial Unfortunately due to technical problems it looks as if I won’t be able to participate in the Webinar. You will have to come to Sevilla at end of May for European Social Services Conference to hear me!

Just over 24 hours to our #essc18 webinar. Don't miss this great opportunity to hear @cbodewig @amalia_zepou and @A_LMontero discuss Investment and Innovation in Social Services: New Ideas and Approaches. Register now. @ESNsocial #motivationmonday

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