The countdown has started. Registration closing soon!

Only a few more days and the annual ESPAnet conference 2016 in Rotterdam will kick off. The local organizing committee is working hard to pull of all last minute arrangements. Please see below for information that is useful for all participants. We are looking forward to a great event. See you soon!

Registration is closing soon

The registration for the annual ESPAnet conference 2016 in Rotterdam is still open but will be closing soon! Please make sure that you are fully registered if you intend to attend the conference. 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 before 26 August 2016. Use the personal link that was sent to you or your co-author ealier. Go to 'papers' to retrieve the link again. Papers will be 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.

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 on 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!

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 here. Changes in paper sessions are individually communicated to presenters and stream convenors too. For all paper presenters: please be so kind to email the local organizing committee on 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!


There is a wide variety of accommodation available in the city of Rotterdam. Participants in the conference are required to book their own accomdation since it is not included in the conference fee. Please refer to accommodation for a list of hotels that provide discounts for guests of ESPAnet 2016.

Visitors and non-presenters

All the paper sessions at the conference are open sessions which means that we highly encourage audience to take part in the sessions. Non-presenters are therefore allowed to register for the conference too. The same fee applies for presenters as for non-presenters.

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: