8th IARS Annual International Conference

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DATE & LOCATION
Date: 29th January 2020
Location: University of East London, Stratford Campus, Water Lane, London E15 4LZ

 


 

THEME: “Addressing Violent Youth Radicalisation in Europe”

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 partners from seven EU countries (Greece, Cyprus, Italy, Portugal, Sweden, Romania and the UK). 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.


YOUTH MARGINALISATION AND RADICALISATION

This accredited International conference will focus on violent youth radicalisation in Europe. It broken into two sessions. The morning session will host presentations from leading international experts in the field in the form of keynotes and panels. The afternoon session will host various parallel workshops with presentations from various European projects and experts.

The conference is based on the 3-year Erasmus+ funded Youth Empowerment and Innovation Project (YEIP). The IARS International Institute coordinated the project, which was delivered with 18 partners and their public authorities from seven European countries, namely KMOP (Greece), Anziani e non solo (Italy), CARDET (Cyprus), INOVA+ (Portugal), Linne Universitetet (Sweden) and The Schottener Foundation Social Services (Romania).

YEIP sought to lay the foundations for a systematic change in youth-led policies and encourage a shift towards social inclusion and youth de-radicalisation in Europe. The partnership will present the results of the programme and the evidence it collected on developing innovative policy intervention models founded on the principles of positive psychology and the Good Lives Model (GLM).

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS

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 1st December 2019 and should be sent to yeip@iars.org.uk Include in the email subject “Abstract submission” and address it to Dr. Theo Gavrielides

Abstracts should include:

  1. Proposed title, name of presenter and affiliations
  2. 200 words description of the paper/ workshop.
DONATIONS

The charity is kindly requesting a donation from:

  • Corporates/For-profits: £60
  • Non-profits/ individuals: £30
  • Refugees, asylum seekers and young people in education or unemployed do not need to pay (proof will be requested).
ACCREDITATION & CERTIFICATION

The conference has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines (30 CPD learning points). CPD Certificates will be awarded on the day to all delegates who have registered, donated and attended the entire day. It has also been certified with a YouthPass. Young people attending or being involved in the conference will receive a YouthPass Certificate.

NEW E-BOOK RELEASED

Executive summary and national reports available for free download. To access please click here 

PROGRAMME

This programme is subject to change

09.30 – 10:00

"Welcome"
Dr Theo Gavrielides (IARS Founder)
and Simon Israel Channel 4 Home Affairs Correspondent and IARS Patron

10.00 – 10.20

Music Performance by ΔΠTİQŬĖ 

"The Youth Empowerment & Innovation Project"
  
Dr. Theo Gavrielides (IARS Founder & YEIP Coordinator)


10.20 – 10.35

"A critical approach to violent youth radicalisation"
Diana Abbott MP (Shadow Home Secretary)

10.35 – 10.50

"The Good Lives Model for Violent Youth Radicalisation Prevention"
Prof. Anita Tunaru (University of East London)

10:50 – 11.10

Q&A session chaired by Dr. Theo Gavrielides and Simon Israel

11:10 -12:00

International Panel:

  • Paulo Moratelli (Coonozco, Brazil)

  • Dr. Shamila Ahmed (University of Westminster, UK)

  • Merle Erdegaal (Radicalisation Awareness Network, European Commission) 

  • Hanjo Schild (Senior Expert in European youth work, Germany)

12:00 – 12.30

Coffee break & networking

12.30 – 13.30

PARALLEL INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOPS GROUP 3:
THE VOICES OF YOUNG PEOPLE
We will be launching our 99 % Campaign Magazine on Youth Radicalisation and debate on issues raised by our articles. We will also announce the winner of our writting competition.   

13.30 – 14:00

Lunch break

14:00 - 15:00

PARALLEL INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOPS GROUP 2:
VIOLENT YOUTH RADICALISATION IN EUROPE

Parallel Workshops 

Eleni Fotou, Forensic Psychologist, PhD Candidate Democritus University of Thrace from VIA-STOP, Institute for the Prevention & Treatment of Violence and the Promotion of Gender Equality

"Terrorism and radicalisation in Greece: Nihilism and the extreme left"
Nikos Petropoulos, Hellenic Police - expert on radicalisation

“Young people and disproportionality in prisons” (Netherlands)
Thandiwe Finch

15:00 - 16:00

PARALLEL INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOPS GROUP 1: FINDINGS FROM THE YOUTH EMPOWERMENT & INNOVATION PROJECT
Ms.Rita Seneca from Anziani (Italy) Dr Eliza Patouris from CARDET (Cyprus), Ms. Afroditi Hadjianastasi from Municipality of Egkomi (Cyprus), ARS  Pedro Costa from Inova+ (Protugal),
Antonis Klapsis from KMOP ( Greece) TBC (BNU+,Schottener )

16:15 - 16:30

"Preventing Violent Youth Radicalisation & Erasmus"
Simon Chambers (British Council, UK National Youth Agency, Erasmus Head UK)

16:30 - 16:45

"Erasmus Policy Experimentations & Youth"
Tatiana Niskacova (Head of Sector, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, EC)

"Violent Youth Radicalisation: a Restorative Approach."
Stefano Cesana - Cooperativa Dike per la Mediazione dei Conflitti - ONLUS  (Italy) 

16:45 - 17:00

Q&A chaired by Dr. Theo Gavrielides

17:00 - 17:30

"Conclusions from the workshops and the conference"
Dr. Theo Gavrielides (IARS Founder & YEIP Director)

17:30 - 20:00

Networking international social event

Registration

Attendance is by registration only. This is a CPD-accredited event that involves substantial costs to the charity. Registration is by donation only.
Larger donations are encouraged, as all proceedings will be invested into our projects and ensure the continuation of our charitable work with marginalised groups.

After the registration, you will receive a confirmation email with the instructions.

For further information and technical assistance, please contact yeip@iars.org.uk