July 7-11, 2017


Zagreb, Croatia

registration fees

From $150


6 main subthemes

ORGANIZERS & partnership

International Consortium for Social Development
University of Zagreb, Faculty of Law, Department of Social Work

University of Zagreb International Consortium for Social Development

Under the patronage:

President of Croatia republic of croatia

Ministry of Science and Education
Ministry for Demography, Family, Youth and Social Policy
President of Croatia

In partnership with:
University of Ljubljana
University of Nevada, Reno
University of St. Thomas, St. Paul
University of Minnesota
Indiana University School of Social Work
Zagreb Tourist Board

University of Nevada, Reno University of St. Thomas, St. Paul University of Minnesota Indiana University School of Social Work University of Ljubljana Zagreb Tourist Board

welcome letter

It is our great honor and pleasure to welcome you to Zagreb, Croatia, and the 20th Biennial ICSD International Symposium!

After great conferences in previous years, we are preparing the symposium with a new perspective on the social development context. As you would remember in Dhaka (2011), we focused on the issue of good governance and its importance for building knowledge and social development. In Kampala (2013), we explored new frontiers in social development and its challenges that contemporary societies are facing. Our last symposium in Singapore (2015), led us through transforming societal trends and different models in community leadership connected with social development.

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Ivan Svetlik


Keynote speaker

Ivana Milas Klarić


Plenary speaker

Darja Zaviršek


Plenary speaker

Nino Žganec


Plenary speaker

20th Biennial ICSD conference subthemes

1. Social and economic issues from multidisciplinary perspectives

  • Economic development and social prosperity
  • Social services and social policies for welfare state
  • Sustainable development at the local, national, and international levels
  • Economic and social policies impacting diverse communities
  • Media and technology in the context of social and economic development
  • Population and demographic changes – intergenerational commonalities and differences
  • Public and private sector partnerships and solutions: welfare mix
  • Social development and social cohesion
  • Social investments: perspectives for the future

2. Governance and Leadership for social development and social good

  • Governance on national and local level – strategies and best practices
  • Social and economic responsibility
  • Politics and social and economic development priorities
  • National economic policies for social good
  • Public and civil sector involvement in providing social services
  • Media, governance and social responsibility
  • Institutional vs. community-based services: challenges and opportunities
  • Services in community: accessibility and affordability
  • New politics – new perspectives

3. Social justice and human rights

  • Social justice and social and economic inequality
  • Human rights from different perspectives
  • Human trafficking
  • Protecting the rights of the indigenous and minority populations
  • War and post war communities
  • Migrants, refugees and asylum seekers
  • Poverty and it’s impact across the lifespan
  • Urban poverty
  • Un/under employment – workplace policies and worker rights
  • People with disabilities
  • Gender equality
  • Mental health parity
  • Age as a risk: youth and elderly in social inclusion/exclusion
  • Evidence of new social risks
  • Social diversities and social integration

4. Environment in economic and social context

  • Environmental justice and community
  • Rural and urban areas – resource distribution
  • Agriculture and industry – GMO’s, small farmers, and the politics of big agriculture
  • Pollution and health impacts
  • Climate change – Impacts to community and the way of life
  • Responses to natural disasters

5. National and International collaboration for social and economic development – multidisciplinary perspective

  • Innovative collaborations at the micro–macro continuum
  • Social innovations for sustainable development
  • International collaborative projects and the role of research and evaluation

6. Higher education for professional practice

  • Teaching techniques and methods for Interprofessional professional practice
  • Education and knowledge for professional development
  • Service learning and multidisciplinary approaches
  • University-community programs/project based collaborations
  • Using technology to teach across geographic boundaries
  • Life-long learning and Continuing education
program Additional Conference Events Book of Abstracts

ZAGREB city with a million hearts

The city of Zagreb, capital of Croatia, on the historic and political threshold between East and West, illustrates both the continental and Mediterranean spirit of the nation it spearheads. Archeological discoveries dating back to around 35, 000 B.C. during the Stone Age have been discovered in the vicinity of present-day Zagreb. Zagreb today is the cultural, scientific, economic, political and administrative centre of the Republic of Croatia, and is home to the Croatian Parliament, Government and President. The University of Zagreb, founded in 1669, is the oldest continuously operating university in Southeast Europe. There are also 11 polytechnics and 23 higher education institutions, of which 19 are private. In total, there are 132 institutions of higher education in Croatia, attended by more than 145 thousand students.

visa requirements

icsd2017 conference registration fees

Participants Category Early Bird Registration Fee ***
August 1, 2016 – May 1, 2017
Regular Registration Fee
May 2 – June 15, 2017
Late Registration Fee
June 16 – July 6, 2017
On-site Registration Fee
July 7-11, 2017
ICSD Members from high income economies * $280 $310 $400 $450
Non-members from high income economies * $350 $380
ICSD Members from developing countries ** $220 $250 $370
Non-members from developing countries ** $260 $320
Students from high income economies * $150 $180 $280
Students from developing countries ** $90 $130
Accompanying persons $150 $170
Guest/Day registration $175 $225

1 year membership in ICSD: Individuals from high-income economies: $60.00 • Individuals from all other countries: $30.00 • Students from high-income economies: $25.00 • Students from all other countries: $20.00 • Institutions from high-income economies: $400.00 • Institutions from all other countries: $60.00

* High income economies: Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Iceland, Norway, Switzerland, Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Canada, Japan, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom, United States

** All other countries

*** Only authors who paid registration fee until May 1st, 2017. will be included in a conference program.

ICSD membership web site

Accompanying persons fee includes: opening ceremony with cocktail dinner and President’s dinner.

dates & info visa requirements CREDIT CARD PAYMENT

ICSD 2017 venue

Panorama Hotel, Zagreb
Trg Kresimira Ćosića 9
Zagreb, Croatia

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tours & excursions Self drive and round trips

news & announcements

Field visits

DEADLINE FOR REGISTRATION: JUNE 1st ALL DEPARTURES ARE FROM HOTEL PANORAMA   Name of Organisation and address Organisational activities Number of people that organisation can receive Dates of visits 1 Non-government organisation Suncokret – OLJINJurišićeva 25, Zagreb Title OLJIN means "Organisation for

How to get from Zagreb Airport to Zagreb?

Public transport – Bus (Zagreb) Bus line 290 of ZET (public bus company) runs between Velika Gorica and "Kvaternikov trg" square in Zagreb. The final stop in the capital of Croatia is located east of the city centre, getting there from Zagreb
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