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IFS Conference Helsinki 2018 - Democracy, is it threatened?

Photo: IFS Conference Helsinki 2018 - Democracy, is it threatened?

Finnish Federation of Settlement- and Neighborhood Houses, Helsinki, Finland

Website: https://www.setlementti.fi:443


Registration has ended on May 18th.

Further questions, please contact Mr. Matti Cantell, matti.cantell (at) setlementti.fi


Helsinki, June 6-8, 2018

IFS organizes an international conference for its members and colleagues every two years. This year we will focus on the issues of democracy – its challenges, promises and best practices to strengthen civil society and participation in diverse locations globally.

The 2018 conference Democracy – Is it in Danger? takes place in Helsinki on June 6-8.

On the day following the conference you have an opportunity to visit the Arctic Circle. See the program for details.

Welcome to Finland!

Location: Kalliola Settlement House
Address: Sturenkatu 11, 00510 Helsinki



June 4, Monday
IFS Europe Committee Meeting

June 5, Tuesday
9.30-12.00 am          IFS Board Meeting
12.00-1.00 pm          Luncheon
1.00-5.00 pm            Working groups
2.00-4.00 pm            Conference registration
7.00 pm                    Dinner

June 6, Wednesday: Conference Opening
0.00-12.00 pm        Registration and buffet lunch
12.00-2.00 pm          IFS General Meeting
3.00-5.00 pm            Conference Opening
6.30-8.00 pm            Reception By the City of Helsinki


June 7, Thursday: Let´s Community
8.00-9.00 am            Registration
9.00-9.30 am            Good morning and Plenary session, "The Future of Localism and Democracy"
9.45-11.00 am          Mini-seminars and workshops, session 1 (see options 1-16 starting page 7)
11.00-11.15 am        Break
11.15-12.30 pm        Mini-seminars and workshops, session 2 (see options 1-16 starting page 7)
12.30-2.00 pm          Luncheon
2.00-5.00 pm            Site visits (see options starting page 4)
7.00-10.00 pm          Dinner, two options: 1) Suomenlinna Dinner Event, 2) Dialog & wine evening


June 8, Friday: Make Democracy Great Again!
8.30-9.00 am             Arrival and refreshments
9.00-10.00 am           Good morning and Plenary session
10.15-11.30 am         Mini-seminars and workshops, session 3 (see options 17-37 starting page 14)
11.20-12.30 pm         Luncheon
12.45-2.00 pm           Miniseminars and workshops, session 4 (see options 17-37 starting page 14)
2.30-3.30 pm             Closing of the conference
6.00-9.00 pm             Ceremony of 100 years old Finnish Settlement


June 9-11, Saturday-Monday: Trip to Arctic Circle
The trip is optional programme. Detailed programme you find at the Arctic Circle trip programme.




Conference fees include day time programs, luncheons, refreshments and the Ceremony of 100 years old Finnish Settlement. No VAT is payable on conference fees because the Finnish Federation of Settlements in not VAT-registered.


Regular conference fee, 6-8 June: 350 euros


Conference fee for presenters of miniseminars and workshops: 300 euros


Conference fee for participants from Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Kenya, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Venezuela: 250 euros


Dinner options on Thursday evening, 7 June:

 1) Suomenlinna Dinner Event: 90 euros. When registering, you may buy a dinner to your avec. In that case the price is 180 euros for both of you.

2) Dialog & wine evening: 20 euros. When registering, you may buy a dinner to your avec. In that case the price is 40 euros for both of you.


Optional programme: Trip to Arctic Circle: 400 euros



You find the detailed conference program on the FFSH webpage: http://www.setlementti.fi/?x21660=1567531






Following hotels are nearest to the conference venue:


Cumulus City Kallio Helsinki
Address: Läntinen Brahenkatu 2, 00510 Helsinki, Finland
Tel: +358 200 48109
Fax: +358 20 601 9112
E-mail: kallio.cumulus@restel.fi



Cumulus City Hakaniemi Helsinki
Address: Siltasaarenkatu 14, 00530 Helsinki, Finland 
Tel: +358 200 48108
Fax: +358 20 601 9105
E-mail: hakaniemi.cumulus@restel.fi



Crowne Plaza Helsinki
Address: Mannerheimintie 50, 00260 Helsinki, Finland
Tel. +358 200 48101
E-mail: helsinki.cph@restel.fi



Hotel Ava
Address: Karstulantie 6, 00550 Helsinki, Finland
Tel. +358 9 774 751. E-mail: reservations@ava.fi

Web: http://www.ava.fi/hotel-ava





posted 2017-06-26


By Connecting Communities

Conference | IFS Conference in Berlin, 2016

Photo: IFS Conference in Berlin, 2016

IFS Headquarters

Website: http://www.onthemove2016.com/en/

Our 2016 conference "On the Move – At Home in the World" will be held September 28 through October 1 in Berlin, Germany. The conference deals with the development of displaced people and migration as a global phenomenon and its subsequent challenges. Therefore, we have arranged a diverse and exciting program which focuses on a country comparison of the conditions and possibilities for community work in the area of refugees and migration. National and international experts will hold lectures and panel discussions. Practical approaches and best-practice examples will be presented in workshops. Visits to different institutions will allow for the opportunity to get to know practical examples in Berlin and to speak to the employees on location.

A full conference program with more than 30 interesting workshops from all over the world and 34 site visits to amazing projects in Berlin is available online now .

Registration is now open – be sure to register by June 1 to take full advantage of our early bird rates!

For more information, including details on nearby hotels, please visit the conference website set up by host organizations Verband für Sozial-Kulturelle Arbeit and Nachbarschafts Zentrum.

posted 2016-04-17


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