Keynote Speakers

The Conference includes in total 6 Key Notes, 2 symposia, 22 workshops and about 120 short presentations.

Protecting human dignity in times of global disruption

(Keynote I)

Ioannis Dimitrakopoulos            

Ioannis Dimitrakopoulos is a social scientist, educated in the UK. From 1984, he taught at the University of Ioannina and Athens College, and conducted or coordinated national and transnational EU funded research projects on a range of human rights issues, for example discrimination, racism, antisemitism, Roma, rights of the child, etc. He started working for the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA) in 2003.


The Importance of Being Earnest

Evidence Based Social Work in Times of Fake News
How can social work contribute to social policies that rely on science based findings and provides qualified information about the situation of the receivers of social work (Keynote II)

Mag.(FH) Manfred Tauchner

Manfred Tauchner is social worker and teaches at the University of Applied Sciences in Eisenstadt, Burgenland, with practical experience of 24 years in probation social work, qualification in advice for addicted, mediation and group management.


“Our Money For Our People”

The scapegoat narrative of the right wing populists and how it can be disenthralled (Keynote III)

Masha Ghafari

Mahsa Ghafari is an activist in human rights and an actress, she already engaged in civil rights initiatives during her studies and advocated for social justice, against racist and gender discrimination. She is executive member of the Austrian human rights organization „SOS Mitmensch“.


“European commitment: investing in people”

(Keynote IV)

Jiří Švarc


„We Can Abolish Child Poverty!“

Participation in society is premise for a Social Europe (Keynote V)

Mag.a (FH) Judith Ranftler, MA            

Judith Ranftler is a social worker and teaches at the University of Applied Sciences in Vienna, Campus Wien, Master studies for intercultural competence and intercultural conflict management, practice experiences with refugees in the child protection system, project leader at the „Volkshilfe“ NGO for abolishing child poverty, asylum and integration.


The context of social work in England and the role of leadership in supporting social work to flourish

(Keynote VI)

Rachel Dickinson


Future Prospects of Social Work (Zukunftsaussichten der Sozialen Arbeit)

(Keynote VII)

Beat Schmocker