12th International Spring School of Social Work for Master's and PhD Students

April 17-20, 2018, Ostrava, Czech Republic

The European Research Institute for Social Work (ERIS) and the Faculty of Social Studies offer an opportunity for Master's and PhD students of social work to present their thesis or other work in a genuine European academic atmosphere and

  • to get feedback on their developing work from international academics of social work
  • to exchange views and ideas with other international students
  • to extend their knowledge of social work in Europe and in the world
  • to contribute to a new European research network

Ongoing projects may be presented as well as completed master and doctoral works. Discussion will be facilitated by academic staff and will consist of a critically evaluative debate generating ideas for the further development of one's project.

Participants from all continents are welcome.

Students and academic colleagues who would like to present their research findings should prepare a 10 to 15-minute PowerPoint presentation based on a 2-page text in English and submit the text no later than March 5th, 2018 to the ERIS Office.

The course will take place in Ostrava-Poruba.



Full board (starting with dinner on 17th April and finishing with a lunch packet 20th April), course, cultural programme 150.00 €

Participants with special needs (e.g. diet, etc.) should ask the ERIS Office for help.

ERIS Office
Frani Sramka 3
Ostrava-Marianske Hory
709 00
Czech Republic

Phone: +420 597 093 120

Please send the APPLICATION for participation and accommodation as soon as possible, no later than March 5th, 2018.

Course Director: dr. Anita Gulczynska from the University of Lodz, Poland

The organizing team is looking forward to meeting you in Ostrava.

our team

Structure of the week
Tuesday 17. 4. - Arrival day
13:00Workshop for PhD students from University of Ostrava, open for participants from partner institutions as well.
Prof. Mariusz Granosik (University of Lodz) : Social Work Research. Grounded Theory (confirmation in process, alternative lecturer possible)
16:00ERIS Meeting for partner representatives
Wednesday 18. 4.
Prof. Brian Littlechild (University of Hertfordshire, UK) - lecture
Student presentations
City walk, own programme
Thursday 19. 4.
Lecture: Prof Emmanuel Jovelin (Catholic University Lille, FR) - lecture
Student presentations
Student presentations
18:30Theatre performance: Ballet Don Quijote
Friday 20. 4.
Student presentations
about 14:00 Departure (lunch packet)

New this year! Students' Reciprocal Reviews

We are planning (apart from the student's presentation on her/his research, the reciprocal students' reviewing practice. Which means, that when we get and accept the abstract of the presentation (containing the subject, theoretical and methodological approach in which research is going to be grounded, methods of research, literature etc.) we will find similarities amongst students' areas of research interest and then send to each student a request to prepare a short comment on the other student's abstract. The comment can refer to any aspects (or all) mentioned in abstracts and they should be helpful to excel the student's work. The presentation of the comment will follow the student's presentation and will be the incentive for discussion focused on his/her presentation.