SWSD2020 Program

A Different Kind of Conference


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. 

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Submit your abstract / contribution


One big difference about SWSD2020 is the type of contributions we're able to accept. Along with the usual sessions, workshops and panels there are 10-minute "Ted Talk" presentations, and Indigenous-led exchanges 

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Conference Themes


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.

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Keynote Speakers


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:


SWSD2020 finalizes a global consultation process that will set the strategic priorities for the social work profession from 2020 to 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


  • Registration for the SWSD 2020 social work conference will be open soon. 
  • Submit your abstract/contribution proposal by June 30, and you'll receive notification of acceptance of by July 31, 2019. 
  • November 1, 2019 23:59 MDT: Final abstract or contribution submission deadline.
  • January 31, 2020: Final notification of abstract/contribution acceptance