SWSD2020 Program

A Different Kind of Conference

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SWSD2020 will be a different kind of conference. There will be new ways to contribute, learn and collaborate. The program is an interactive discussion. All contributions will be recorded and contribute to the final draft of the Global Agenda themes for 2020 to 2030. 

The Conversation Starts Now

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The purpose of the IFSW International Social Work Conference in Calgary, July 15-18, 2020 is to create a space in which the world's social workers can share and collaborate on social work's global agenda, 2020 - 2030. We want to ramp up the conversation starting now! 

What do you think are the most important issues and why? Email us a few lines and a photo of yourself and we'll begin posting this conversation on the website blog and on our social media pages. Email don@SWSD2020.org

Conference Sub-Themes

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Drawing on years of consultation with social workers across the globe, the scientific committee has distilled 14 themes as starting points for discussion, as we collaborate on the Global Social Work Agenda: 2020-30.

Keynote Speakers

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We're excited to let you know that our first confirmed speaker is Dr. Cindy Blackstock,  a Professor of Social Work, from the Gitksan First Nation. Dr. Blackstock has been  called Canada’s ‘relentless moral voice’ for  the rights of Indigenous  children. More keynote speakers will be announced shortly - watch this space! 

The Global Social Work Agenda:

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SWSD2020 finalizes a global consultation process that sets strategic priorities for the social work profession from 2020 - 2030. The fully participatory conference features input from: social workers, Indigenous peoples, educators, people who use social services, representatives from marginalized communities, politicians and world leaders who want to contribute to identifying the priorities of the social work profession and find the best possible social solutions. 

Important dates & FAQs

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  • Early bird registration rate ends April 30.  
  • January 31, 2020: Final notification of abstract/contribution acceptance.
  • Get your letter of invitation. 


What Do you think?

Let's start the conversation now.

The purpose of the IFSW International Social Work Conference in Calgary, July 15-18, 2020 is to create a space in which the world's social workers can share and collaborate on social work's global agenda, 2020 - 2030. We want to ramp up the conversation starting now! 


What do you think are the most important issues and why? Email us a few lines and a photo of yourself and we'll begin posting this conversation on the website blog and on our social media pages. Email don@SWSD2020.org

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