17th International Spring School of Social Work for Master's and PhD Students

17-19 April 2024

17-19 April 2024
Českobratrská 16, 702 00 Ostrava, Czech Republic
Registration Fee
€ 85 for students
€ 135 for accompanying professors
Application Deadline
Thursday, 29 February 2024
Accommodation not provided
ERIS Office
Mgr. Michaela Vontorová

The European Research Institute for Social Work (ERIS) and the Faculty of Social Studies (FSS) offers an opportunity for Master's and PhD students of social work (or related subjects) to present their research project and/or thesis in a genuine European academic atmosphere and to

  • receive feedback on their research from international experts in social work/social pedagogy
  • receive peer-reviews
  • exchange views and ideas with other international students
  • extend their knowledge of social work in Europe and in the world
  • contribute to a new European research network
  • join the special interest groups (SIG) and enable ERIS Spring School participants to network and collaborate on specific issues. The aim of SIGs is to provide a focal point for the exchange of ideas, building networking for publishing, doing collective research, sharing information, and collaborating in an area of research interest.

Both ongoing projects as well as completed master and doctoral theses/dissertations may be presented. Discussion shall be facilitated by academic staff and shall consist of a critically evaluative debate generating ideas for further development of one's project.

If you are a PhD or M.A. student of social work, social care, social pedagogy, or another related area (pedagogy, education, nursing, psychology, sociology, ethnology, etc.) and you are in the process of conceptualizing or doing research related to widely defined social work areas, feel free to join the 17th Spring School of Social Work.

The agenda focuses mainly on students' presentations of their Master's or doctoral research projects, is accompanied by discussions with academics, student groups, and individual consultations. The students shall acquire feedback from academics and peer-reviewers and the opportunity to discuss the topics of their theses/dissertations in a comfortable, informal atmosphere. Apart from the above-mentioned, lectures given by inspiring keynote speakers and methodology workshops should bring additional value to your personal development as a researcher.

From 2023 a hybrid session for overseas students has been included in our agenda to enhance insight into social work issues from a deeper and more comparative perspective. We have also been using the opportunity to understand certain social work issues from the Indian studies perspective. This year we are going way further...

There are two forms of participation possible. Students and academic colleagues who would like to present their research findings should prepare a 15 to 20-minute PowerPoint presentation.

The presentation should contain the following information:

  1. Home university title
  2. Paper title
  3. Tutor
  4. Present state of research
  5. Theoretical concepts
  6. Research questions
  7. Research methods
  8. Results (if appropriate) and literature/references

Passive participation is welcome as well, however, the number of such students depends on the number of active participants registered and our organizational possibilities.

Whichever form of participation you choose, please note that the registration is open until 29 February 2024.


The extended abstracts of presentations should be submitted online by 18 March 2024 (more information on the style of the extended abstract is to be received after your registration).

Our students present their research projects at very different stages, so do not hesitate to share it with us even in it's very initial phase.

Course Director: Dr. Anita Gulczyńska from the University of Lodz, Poland

The organization team: doc. Mgr. et Mgr. Kateřina Mikulcová, Ph.D. from University of Ostrava, Czech Republic, Tomáš Šeďo, Ph.D. student from Pavol Jozef Šafárik University in Košice, Slovakia, Veronika Sikorová, Ph.D. student from University of Ostrava, Czech Republic, Mgr. Michaela Vontorová, ERIS Office, Czech Republic

Updated: 22. 01. 2024