Thank you everyone for making 2016 a great conference! You can find all our 2016 resources on this page. If you would like to submit a workshop proposal for next year’s conference, please visit this page.


The European Social Services Conference (ESSC) has long been pioneering the value of international knowledge sharing to transform people’s lives. Over the years, thousands of senior professionals from all corners of the world have come together to share new ideas and improve services as a result. The 25th ESSC is being organised for the first time in cooperation with the Maltese Government, who will be presiding over the Council of the European Union. This special anniversary edition will explore how new innovative practices and technology can help create better local social services for the future.

Is your organisation delivering cutting edge and innovative practice? Do you want to showcase new ideas and lead discussions on latest trends in local social services? Find out how you can contribute to next year’s programme.

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)