Call for papers 

At a critical time when European solidarity is questioned, the 8th IARS International Annual Conference will launch the findings of the Erasmus+ “Youth Empowerment and Innovation Project (YEIP)”. Led by young people and coordinated by Professor Theo Gavrielides, YEIP was delivered in partnership with 18 EU partners. YEIP constructed and tested an innovative, policy intervention model that is founded on the principles of youth-led research, positive psychology and the Good Lives Model.

The conference will bring together all our partners including the public authorities that took part in YEIP, as well as young people, decision makers and scholars from across Europe. Through keynotes and workshops, we will debate solutions, identify best practices and create much needed space for discussion and networking opportunities. This conference will focus on young people, aiming to push barriers for European and national policymaking and practice through the presentation of evidence-based solutions and giving a platform to the voices that are rarely heard to lead on debates that affect them. The conference will also launch the e-book that will publish the results and evidence from the project including the views of over 3000 young people and professionals on the issue of youth violent radicalisation and what works for policy and practice.

Speakers & contributors confirmed so far 

  • Dr Theo Gavrielides (IARS Founder)
  • Simon Israel (Channel 4 Home Affairs Correspondent)
  • Diana Abbott MP (Shadow Home Secretary)
  • Merle Erdegaal (Radicalisation Awareness Network, European Commission)
  • Prof. Anita Tunaru (University of East London)
  • Paulo Moratelli (Coonozco, Brazil)
  • Dr. Shamila Ahmed (University of Westminster, UK)
  • Hanjo Schild (National Youth Agency, Germany)
  • Simon Chambers (British Council, UK National Youth Agency, Erasmus Head UK)
  • Tatiana Niskacova (Head of Sector, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, EC)


Abstract guidelines

We have an open Call for Abstracts to present at workshops at our International Annual Conference. We are interested in topics covering European voices on youth matters with a focus on violent youth radicalisation, empowerment and social inclusion. The deadline is 15 December 2019 and should be sent to Include in the email subject “Abstract submission” and address it to Dr. Theo Gavrielides

Abstracts should be a maximum of 200 words and include a proposed title, name of presenter and any affiliations.  Your submission should be submitted in English. 

Further information and how to apply can be found on the conference website or you can contact  

In addition, we would greatly appreciate it if you could help promote our conference through your network. Entry is free for all students and as mentioned above bursaries are available to relevant adult stakeholders.


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