Conference Organization

Welcome to the IFSW Europe Conference 2019 in Vienna!

The Austrian Association for Social Work – obds and the IFSW-Europe e.V. is welcoming you very warmly and invites you to join us at the European conference in Vienna in 2019.

For the Austrian Association for Social Work 2019 is a very special year since we celebrate 100 years of obds, the Austrian Association for professional social work which had been founded in March 1919. Back in 1919 and now in the year 2019 we are living in very uneasy and turbulent times. Social work will have and must have a very vital role for people´s wellbeing, accompanying, caring and serving people, to safeguard protection and human dignity in our societies.

The Conference Program will contain some new elements, which are supposed to increase the connection to social work practice and to raise the attractiveness for practitioners in social work. Numerous workshops will take place at the locations and headquarters of social work service organizations, right where social work is offered and where the people have contact to social workers.


The LINK to CONFERENCE PROGRAM  (This will be published during November 2018)


Welcome Message of the President of IFSW Europe Ana Radulescu



Welcome Message of the Chairman of the Austrian Association of Social work obds Alois Pölzl

Dear Colleagues,

We, the Board of OBDS, are looking forward to welcoming you to the 2019 IFSW European Conference in Vienna. 

Its motto is “Social Protection and Human Dignity”, and it points out that political changes are challenging both our profession and our societies. Colleagues from all over Europe will get together in Vienna for a lively exchange of views and fruitful discussions. Social work will stand up for a society that pays respect to every single person and struggles for inner cohesion and supportive communities. 

Main impulses will arise from the Plenary Sessions at the beginning and at the end of the Conference. Keynotes and Paper Sessions at the main venue will reflect the broad spectrum of social work. A Students Congress embedded in the Conference, will be taking place at the local University of Applied Sciences. 

Of course, we will show you Vienna, our wonderful city, but we will also guide you to the places where social work is provided and practiced. There, we will obtain expert lectures and hold discussions to respond to the challenges in question and to find professional answers at 21st century level. 

You will find ample opportunities for personal interaction and cultural enrichment throughout the city and during the Conference´s social program. 

The preparatory team and the Board of OBDS are wishing you every success in your day-to-day work anywhere in Europe – or elsewhere in the world. And we will give a warm welcome to all of you then in Vienna, in September 2019 – which is where history meets the future.

DSA Mag. Alois Pölzl

Chair of OBDS and team