IFS International Conference 11.-14.5.2023 Lille France

15 / 09 / 2022 | Conference, Event, News

Event description

The IFS International Conference 2023 will take place in Lille, France. Theme: Democracy and Social Justice.

The conference will be organized in conjunction with the French Federation’s 9th Congress and 100th Anniversary. Nearly 4000 participants will join the event. The IFS International Conference is an opportunity for IFS members to share, network and connects with other IFS members worldwide.

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Time and date

May 11 – 14, 2023 at the Grand Palais of Lille, France.

IFS Conference Pre-Program| Your printable program here

This conference’s program is only for the IFS participants.

Thursday 11.5. |Day 1 Pre-Conference 

Tourism (optional):

Tour of Lille 10 EUR/person. Only for those who pre-ordered. We will get back by email for time and place confirmation.

1.00 – 3.00 p.m.

IFS Board Meeting. This is only for Board members and invited guests.

3.00 – 5.00 p.m.

Regional IFS meetings.

5.00 p.m.   

Official congress gathering at the Square.

6.00 p.m. 

IFS Delegation Welcome and Celebration’s Reception (Drinks and canapés).

Friday 12.5. |Day 2 IFS International Conference starts.

9.30 – 10.30 a.m. 

International check-in desk at the entrance staffed mainly around the IFS General Assembly.

10.00 – 12.00 p.m. 

General Assembly followed by a “Fishbowl” conversation on how racial equity strategies are advancing in Settlement organizations in New York.

12.15 – 1.15 p.m.

Common lunch break.

1.30 – 2.00 p.m.

Check-in for headsets before the first plenary.

2.00 – 3.30 p.m. 

Welcome and official opening and remarks by the French Federation.

4:00 – 7.00 p.m.             


Saturday 13.5.2023 |Day 3 Plenary sessions and workshops

8.30 a.m.

Check-in for headset.

9.30 – 11.00 a.m.  

Plenary session.

11.30 – 1.00 p.m. 


1.00 – 2:30 p.m.

Lunch break – big banquet together on long tables.

3.00 – 6.30 p.m.


6:30 p.m.

Indoors French Carnaval and food trucks.

9.30 p.m.


Sunday 14.5.2023|Day 4 Closing Day

8.30 a.m.

Check- in for headset.

9.30am – 12.00 p.m.

Plenary sessions.

12.00 p.m. 

Common picnic outside in public park, or inside depending on weather.

2.00 p.m.     

Tourism (optional)

Visits at the World War I memorial site 20 EUR/person.

IFS STAND for the International delegation

The IFS Stand is the international IFS delegation’s information and meeting point. It’s a space for coffee breaks and conversations. The space is in the front area, and you can bring brochures from your organization or just one copy with a QR on it to be exhibited on the IFS Stand.

The IFS stand is a 24 m2 space with banners, trestle tables, chairs, a map, and screen.

The back of the IFS Stand is a 50 m2 mini conference area with 50 seats on Saturday only with a screen, projector, microphone, and a sound system. This area is open and available at break times for discussions.

Content and Headset

All IFS delegates will receive a headset with a number on given at the registration desk. The headset needs to be returned every evening otherwise we will be charged in case of loss. All plenaries and workshops will be translated simultaneously.

IFS Conference Lille 2023 Workshops

All workshops will be translated simultaneously during the presentation times, and for questions/discussions after presentations: consecutively in the room by volunteers’ interpreters.

Spaces and Capacities

There will be 4 different spaces and an application showing distances space to space. The IFS space capacity is 50. 2 workshops per rooms (70capacity) and the Zenith (1000 +).

Workshops and Time Slots

There will be 5 different time slots for workshops. 1 and 2 on Friday afternoon; 3 on Saturday morning, 4 and 5 on Saturday afternoon. An IFS in front of the slot means the mini workshop takes place behind the IFS stand (Ref: IFS stand above). One choice per workshop slot.

Slot 1 (75 min) Friday, May 12, 2023, 16.00 – 17.15

1.13 Journey to Truth and Reconciliation at Vancouver Neighbourhood Houses: A sharing of stories and experiences from local Indigenous Advisors, partners, and members.

Presenters: Steven Eastman, Norm Leech, Deborah Baker, Natasha Johson , ANHBC, British Columbia, Canada.


1.14. A community centre within a school: citizenship education.

Presenters: Talina Marcusson, The All Activity House Sweden and Dakim Duncan, Kadisha Gordon; University Settlement of NYC, USA.

Slot 2 (75 min) Friday, May 12, 17.45 – 19.00

2.13 Active Inclusion of seniors in America, Australia, and Canada.

Speakers: Ben Jackson, Active Care Network, Australia; Dorothy Quon and Rochelle McAllister, WoodGreen, Canada; Allison Wallace, Claudia Marovic, De’Neitra Brown, Greater Cleveland Neighborhood Centers Association, USA.


2.14 The future of the Euromed network: Locality, IFS Fostering Social Justice Program, EFS.

Presenters: Patricia Brenner, EFS, France; Tony Armstrong, Locality, Uk; and Sophie Michelena, FCSF, France.

Slot 3 (3x 30 min or 90 min) Saturday May 14, 11.30 – 13.00 

IFS 3.1 Challenges of Democracy and Social justice and implications on the Settlement movement in Nigeria.

Presenter: Sunday Ibobor, Umuebu Neighbourhood House, Nigeria.

IFS 5.1 Perpetrator treatment and prevention (Domestic violence).

Presenter: Annika Svensson, Askovfonden, Denmark.

IFS 3.2 Walking the talk on Localisation of Humanitarian aid based on charter for change Grand bargain.

Presenter: Roy Douglas Otieno, Tinada Youth organization and Kenya charter for change working group, Kenya.


3.1 – Local democracy: let’s really dare to cooperate. Presenters from France.


3.13 Empowerment, community organizing: what do we mean by these terms around the world? Presenters from France.

Slot 4 (90 min) Saturday, May 13, 15.00 – 16.30

IFS 4: Equitable Access to Mental Health Care as a Matter of Social Justice and Democracy.

Presenters: Barbara DiGangi, University Settlement, USA and Roy Douglas Otieno, Tinada House, Kenya.


WELLBEING and Culture slot: roam around the exhibition, relax or take part in cultural activities.

Slot 5 (2 x 45 min or 90 min) Saturday, May 13, 17.00 – 18.30

IFS 5.2: Neighborhood Centers – Local engagement in relation to disasters.

Presenter: Paul Sekfy. LCSA, Australia.

IFS 5.3 Power to the People: Settlement Houses & Civic Engagement.

Presenter: Lena Cohen, United Neighbourhood Houses, USA.


5.13 Building bridges between social centres and researchers/universities. Presenters from France.


5.14 Residents’ memories and voices, a tool towards action (Theatre play!!).

There might be slight changes or updates to the program. Please contact us if you need more information or have questions.