Dear EASSW members, colleagues and friends

On behalf of the European Association of Schools of Social Work (EASSW), I am delighted to invite social work educators, scholars, students, service users and practitioners, policymakers, and all those stakeholders involved in social work education to our biennial conference. The University of Tallinn in Estonia, specifically SOGOLAS (the University’s School of Governance, Law and Society) has generously offered to host the conference from 15–18 June 2021. We hope to be able to have the conference in person, as we know how important and nurturing it is to have such events face-to-face, but if this is not possible then an online conference is already planned.

Together with the EASSW vice president Ines Amaro, I want to send our deepest thank you to all those who are engaged in the organisation of the conference, and especially the chairs of the conference committees Raymond Kloppenburg from the University of Utrecht, Christos Panagiotopoulos from the university of Cyprus, chairs respectively of the Steering and the Scientific committees and Karmen Toros from the hosting university of Tallinn, excellent chair of the local Organising committee and her team. Their great work of navigating in uncertainties and finding the best solution is a guarantee in the in achieving the goal of having a rich and inspiring conference.

This is the 4th biannual conference held by the EASSW since 2015, and so we thought it time to give it a special name: the “ECSWE European Conference on Social Work Education”. Over the last few years, EASSW conferences have tackled the major current themes and challenges in society. This year the conference will address the impact, the consequences and the methods adopted to react to and cope with the COVID pandemic that struck our global world in 2020. The title of the conference – “Innovation and resilience: preparedness of social work education in uncertain times” – expresses the essence of our joint efforts during this period: innovation, in discovering and managing new ways to communicate; and resilience, in searching for how we have, and how we can, collectively and individually deal with such a collective trauma. Collective traumas unveil the texture and strengths of a community. In recent years, a community of social work educators has grown and EASSW is constantly engaged in supporting and developing this community through several activities.

We sincerely hope that the conference will be a place to share reflections, thoughts, experiences and research among participants as well as a place where the dialogue between the three pillars of social work – education, research and practice – can be developed, enriching the lively and constructive debate about the future of social work education in Europe and beyond.

We invite you to submit your abstracts and to contribute with your ideas, experiences, aspirations and plans for the future of social work education.

I look forward to meeting you in Tallinn,

 

Teresa Bertotti

EASSW President