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IFSW European Conference: Students Day

10.09.2019, 9.00-16.30 Uhr, FH Campus Wien

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How can we promote Human Dignity and foster social Protection?
This is the overall-question for the IFSW Students Day.

Take the chance and bring your topic of interest to our open space!
We tell you below…



Ana Radulescu, President of IFSW, and Alois Pölzl, Chair of OBDS
Josef Bakic, Head of Degree Program Social Work, FH Campus Wien, and Brigitta Zierer, Head of Department Social Work, FH Campus Wien
Doris Stephan, Academic Staff, FH Campus Wien, and Stephanie Steyrer, Wir Zusammen, pioneers of change, will guide you through the day.


  1. Human Dignity and Social Protection
    Erich Fenninger – CEO of Volkshilfe (requested)
  2. Social Work and Sexuality
    Christoffer Vojta und Wenzel Havelovec, students from the University of Applied Sciences Graz will give you an insight about their findings
  3. Suicidality in the World Wide Web
    Christian Heiling, Verena Hrdlicka, Ruth Perfler, Joachim Schmid, students of FH Campus Wien give you an introduction to their studies

Open Space

Before lunch-break you will be introduced to the powerful method of “open space”. Open space is a kind of idea-workshop and aims that you learn about what you are interested in, together with likeminded people in a self-organized process. A market place will be held to see, share and exchange which topics are already in your minds. But maybe there also emerged new topics of interest while listenening to the previous talks. Feel free to add them!

After lunch you can choose a topic and join a group or host a topic yourself. For your open space work we will provide different breakout-rooms. This process of open space is self-determined and self-responsible.

4 Principles of open space

  1. Whoever comes to the open space is the right people. You learn within your group from eachother
  2. Let the ideas flow – whenever it starts, it starts
  3. When its´over, it´s over… you can move on to the next group
  4. Whatever happens, is the only thing that can happen – expect to be surprised by the wisdom of the Group

By the end of the day we will all gather again and have a harvest time where we collect and share what was going on in the Groups

The law of two feet plus butterflies & bees

Law of two feet … if during the group work process any person finds themselves in a situation where they are neither learning nor contributing, they can go to some more productive place.

Butterflies …hang out, maybe drinking tea, and don’t appear to do much. However they may just be involved with the most important discussions of the day

Bees … flutter from conversation to conversation, bring new ideas, and fresh eyes to the Group

How to register

If you register for the whole Conference, you can choose the “Students Day” as one of the Dislocated Workshops. Students find favorable fees.
If you are Student and you want to attend only the “Students Day” you can REGISTER HERE starting from 17 July.

At the Students Day we will communicate mainly in English.

If you require a sign language interpreter or a wireless FM system or need any other support in order to attend the conference please get in touch with us preferably by 20 August 2019: Doris Stephan, phone: T: +43 1 606 68 77-3111