Final information sent to all convenors and registered participants

Only a few more days and the annual ESPAnet conference 2016 in Rotterdam will kick off. The local organizing committee has sent an email with final instructions to all registered participants and stream convenors on Friday evening 26 August. If you have not received this email please let us know on The email contains the password for the paper downloads page and the draft version of the full program. Please see the full program here (pdf).

Registration closed

The registration for the annual ESPAnet conference 2016 in Rotterdam will be closed on Monday morning 29 August! Please make sure that you are fully registered before Monday. We kindly invite convenors and abstract submitters to use the personal link in their registration mail to complete their registration. Co-authors of accepted and contributed papers who did not upload the abstract via the website can register via the form on the website.

Paper uploads

Do not forget to upload your full paper as soon as possible! Use the personal link that was sent to you or your co-author ealier. Go to paper uploads to retrieve the link again. Papers are made available online to all participants a few days before the conference on a secluded page on this website. Stream convenors can view papers that have been uploaded so far in their personal environment.

Updates in the programme

With 200 paper presenters and 50 contributed papers the programme for paper sessions keeps changing. We apologies for any incoveniences that these changes are causing you. Please keep track of the full program. Changes in paper sessions are individually communicated to presenters and stream convenors too. For all paper presenters: please be so kind to contact the local organizing committee if you cannot attend the conference so we can adapt the program accordingly. Thank you.

Social events

During ESPAnet 2016 we will have two social events:
  • A welcome reception on Thursday 1-9 from 18.30 until 20.00 at Rotterdam's beautiful city hall with alderman Maarten Struijvenberg of Work and Income telling us about Rotterdam's challenges and free drinks for all conference participants.
  • On Friday 2-9 from 19.00 on we will host the conference dinner (included in the conference fee) at the football stadium of Excelsior right across the EUR campus. Don't forget to let us know - via the registration - which main you prefer. Hope to see you at these events.

Practical information

A few days before the start of the conference we will send all registered participants more information about logistics and the program by email. A lot of information is already available on this website. Please do not hesitate to contact us if you have any specific questions and we will try to answer you as soon as possible. Stream convenors will receive an email with the latest (programme) updates too!

Keynote speeches

Anton Hemerijck (Professor of Institutional Policy Analysis, VU University), Barbara Vis (Professor in Political Decision-Making, VU University) and Stefano Scarpetta (Director of Employment, Labour and Social Affairs, OECD) will deliver keynote speeches during the conference. Introductions to their respective speeches will follow soon.

Re-inventing the welfare state? Pathways to sustainability, equality and inclusion in European welfare states

European welfare states are being confronted with a remarkable paradox. After years of budget cuts, reforms and austerity measures, the means for social policy have become increasingly scarce. Nevertheless, the ambitions of European welfare states are currently higher than ever. The welfare state is no longer only responsible for providing a safety net for social risks, but also propagates the active inclusion of vulnerable people. Under the header of social investment strategies, the emphasis of services and programmes has shifted from ‘preparing’ to ‘repairing’, human capital development has become the pivot of policy design, and welfare states are relying less on social insurance and more on the provision of customised integral services. Read more ⟩

Conference City Rotterdam

Rotterdam is a dynamic and international city where you can positively soak up the ‘can do’ spirit just about everywhere you go. Rotterdam is a major port and has many internationally renowned scientific institutions, a thriving international business community, high culture, architecture and leisure, all in one place. Read more ⟩


For questions regarding the Annual ESPAnet Conference 2016, please contact the organizing committee. The organizing committee consists of staff from Erasmus University Rotterdam: