Dear Colleagues,

On behalf of the Local Organising Committee of the Joint World Conference on Social Work, Education and Social Development 2018, it is our pleasure to invite you to join us in Dublin, Ireland, from the 4th-7th July, 2018. This important conference is being organised on behalf of the International Federation of Social Workers, The International Schools of Social Work and the International Council on Social Welfare.

Dublin, the capital of Ireland is today a cosmopolitan, bustling and friendly city with a rich history dating back more than a thousand years. The conference venue, The Royal Dublin Society, RDS for short, has its own historical links dating back more than two hundred years. The RDS is situated in the south side of the City approximately two kilometres from the city centre and within walking distance of the nearby Sandymount beach.

The theme of the 2018 conference is Environmental and Community Sustainability: Human Solutions in Evolving Societies and over 2,000 delegates are expected to attend. The conference scientific programme aims to build on the successes of the previous world conferences with sub-themes built around the sustainable development of our environment and our communities. Our conference will be opened by Mary Robinson, our former President of Ireland and a former United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. Our discussions will consist of lectures, oral presentations, workshops, symposia, poster rounds as well as exhibition space. We are working with our colleagues in Northern Ireland to offer an opportunity to visit social work services in Belfast as part of our conference programme.

The conference will bring together practitioners, academics, educators, policy makers and users of services from around the world to discuss key issues that affect their lives and those of the individuals, families and communities with whom they work. In joining with us in 2018, we hope that you will establish and enhance relationships that will have a lasting impact on social work and social development practices nationally and internationally.

We look forward to welcoming you to Dublin in July 2018.


John Brennan
Chairperson, Local Organising Committee