Democracy - is it in Danger? - IFS Conference in Helsinki

Aika: 6.-8.6.2018
Paikka: KALLIOLA SETTLEMENT HOUSE, Sturenkatu 11, Helsinki / HELSINKI HALL OF CULTURE, Sturenkatu 4, Helsinki

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Time: June 6-8

Place: KALLIOLA SETTLEMENT HOUSE (Setlementtitalo), Sturenkatu 11, Helsinki / HELSINKI HALL OF CULTURE, Sturenkatu 4, Helsinki


IFS organizes an international conference for its members and colleagues every two years. This year we will focus on the issues of democracy – its challenges, promises and best practices to strengthen civil society and participation in diverse locations globally. 


On the weekend following the conference you have an opportunity to visit the Arctic Circle. See contact information below.


Welcome to Finland!




Registration has ended on 18 May.

Further questions, please contact Mr. Matti Cantell, matti.cantell (at)




Please upload the detailed programme at the end of the page.


6 June, Wednesday: Conference Opening
10.00-12.00 amRegistration and buffet lunch, Helsinki Hall of Culture
12.00-2.00 pmIFS General Meeting
3.00-5.00 pmConference Opening
6.30-8.00 pm    Reception by the City of Helsinki

7 June, Thursday: Let’s Community!

8.00-9.00 amRegistration, Helsinki Hall of Culture
9.00-9.30 amGood morning and Plenary session, 
“The future of localism and democracy”  
9.45 am-11.00 pmMini-seminars and workshops, session 1 (see options 1-14 starting page 18)
11.00-11.15 am Break
11.15 am -12.30 pmMini-seminars and workshops, session 2 (see options 1-14 starting page 18)
12.30-01.45pm Luncheon
02.00-05.00pmSite visits (see options starting page 38)
7.00-10.00 pmOptions for evening programme: 1) Suomenlinna Dinner Event 2) Dialog & wine evening (incl. snacks)
8 June, Friday: Make Democracy Great Again!
8.30-9.00 am    Arrival and refreshments, Helsinki Hall of Culture
9.00-10.00 amGood morning and Plenary session
10.15 -11.30 amMini-seminars and workshops, session 3 (see options 15-30 starting page 26)
11.20-12.30 pmLuncheon
12.45-02.00 pmMini-seminars and workshops, session 4 (see options 15-30 starting page 26)
02.30-03.30 pmClosing of the conference
6.00-9.00 pmCeremony of 100 years old Finnish Settlement


9-11 June, Saturday-Monday: Trip to Arctic Circle

The trip is optional programme. For further details, please see the conference programme you find at the end of this page.




Conference fees include day time programs, luncheons, refreshments and
the Ceremony of 100 years old Finnish Settlement. No VAT is payable on conference fees because the Finnish Federation of Settlements in not VAT-registered.


Regular conference fee, 6-8 June, 2018350 euros
Conference fee for presenters of miniseminars and workshops300 euros
Conference fee for participants from Honduras, Hong Kong, India, Kenya, Morocco, Nicaragua, Nigeria, Pakistan, Venezuela250 euros

Options for evening programme on Thursday, 7 June, 2018


1) Suomenlinna Dinner Event (max 200 persons)

When registering, you may buy a dinner to your avec. In that case 
the price is 180 euros for both of you. 

2) Dialog & wine -evening with inspirational discussions (max 100 persons)

The evening includes snacks. When registering, you may buy programme and snacks to your avec. In that case the price is 40 euros for both of you. 

90 euros


20 euros





As you are already here in Finland, there is now a possibility to visit the Arctic Circle during the weekend after the conference. At Pikku-Syöte you are able to enjoy nightless night and the nature. Not to forget delicious local meals.


Bookings and further information about programme, flights and prices:  Ms. Sari Kasvi, Sales Manager, Tel. +358 44 786 1679, Email:



Following hotels are nearest to the conference venue:


Cumulus City Kallio Helsinki

Address: Läntinen Brahenkatu 2, 00510 Helsinki, Finland
Tel: +358 200 48109
Fax: +358 20 601 9112


Cumulus City Hakaniemi Helsinki
Address: Siltasaarenkatu 14, 00530 Helsinki, Finland 
Tel: +358 200 48108
Fax: +358 20 601 9105


Crowne Plaza Helsinki
Address: Mannerheimintie 50, 00260 Helsinki, Finland
Tel. +358 200 48101


Hotel Ava
Address: Karstulantie 6, 00550 Helsinki, Finland
Tel. +358 9 774 751