Celebrating 25 years of knowledge sharing in Europe

Bringing together thousands of senior professionals from across Europe for the past 25 years, the European Social Services Conference (ESSC) has long been pioneering the value of knowledge sharing to transform people’s lives. Over the years, thousands of senior professionals have come together at the conference to share new ideas and improve services. For this special anniversary edition, the ESSC was organised in cooperation with the Maltese Presidency of the Council of the EU.

Transforming lives through innovation and technology!

This year’s ESSC explored how innovation and technology can help create better social services for the future. The conference programme provided a strategic discussion through its plenary sessions involving ministers, academics and leading professionals from various sectors. It also provided an extensive knowledge-sharing workshop programme and 3 panel discussions.

Over 530 delegates from 32 countries came together in Malta. Many ESN members participated in the conference and presented their practices in one of the workshop sessions. We also heard the voice of a range of service users and were grateful for the support of our partners ranging  from the private sector to public authorities, and from  media groups to international organisations.


For a full overview of the programme, you can download the booklet in EnglishFrenchGermanItalian and Spanish.

News articles

The debates touched upon diverse aspects of innovation and we review them in our articles below:

 Further coverage can also be found through our media partner, The Guardian:


You can also learn more by watching the videos of inspiring talks given at the conference. of the conference with inspiring talks.


In addition, you can access the presentations of the plenary sessions, the panel discussions and the workshops:


This 25th anniversary edition was the biggest conference ever! We take this opportunity to tell you the Conference through numbers. Have a look at our infographic 'The European Social Serivces Conference 2017 in numbers'!

Also, find out why delegates thought that the conference in Valletta was a great experience!


And finally, some visual highlights are captured in the photo albums of the 3 conference days.

More resources

For more insights into the European Social Services Conference, further materials and interviews are also available.

Social media

For more information about the European Social Services Conference, please visit our dedicated conference website: www.essc-eu.org and follow the conference on TwitterFacebookLinkedIn and Vimeo.

Keep up-to-date with the latest conference announcements ... the launch of the European Social Services Conference 2018 is coming soon – watch this space!