European Region of the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association


Read more about the programme of the Annual Conference 2017 here.

Read in the section about how we are putting the Conference programme together.

For any query concerning the Annual Conference programme, please contact us at:

What does the conference programme look like?

The programme of the ILGA-Europe’s Annual Conference includes approximately 36 workshops lasting 1.5 hours each. Most of the workshops are arranged in advance by ILGA-Europe staff, board and invited experts and are connected to the theme of the conference, dedicated to relevant advocacy issues from a European perspective and/or are capacity-building sessions. As usual, the conference will have a QueerED, plenary panel sessions, consultations and a networking space. This year will also feature a growing number of self-organised sessions.

What themes do the workshops cover?

Below you will find an overview of themes/topics that we intend to cover. A detailed conference programme will be available after the summer (second mailing). Tentatively planned workshops include:

  • Asylum
  • Building alliances: Strategic importance, opportunities and challenges of coalition-building
  • Building our understanding on social change Education: Campaigns and initiatives on safe schools, sexual education, research and data collection
  • Campaigning: Recent successes and lessons learned, building skills and knowledge, online campaigning
  • Community organising
  • Developments at the Council of Europe, European Union, Fundamental Rights Agency and LGBTI-Intergroup of the European Parliament
  • Digital security
  • Diversity and intersectionality
  • Funding for LGBTI movement: Individual donor fundraising, working with funders
  • Health: Working with health practitioners 
  • How to support the intersex movement
  • Shrinking space for civil society
  • Strategic communication: Messaging framing, story-telling as tool to increase our powerbase
  • Strategic litigation
  • Well-being of activists

Can I make comments or suggestions?

Yes, you can – We welcome your ideas that can contribute to conference theme! What can you do? Ahead of the conference you have three ways to contribute:

1.    Provide feedback to the theme

2.    Suggest speakers

You have the opportunity to identify major missing areas/topics, which you would like to see covered. ILGA-Europe will assess the feedback provided and might plan additional programme elements if different members identify similar shortcomings. Suggestions for speakers will also be considered.

3.    Propose workshops

Our members also have the opportunity to propose workshops for the programme. ILGA-Europe reserve 10 slots for member-led workshops that will be selected by ILGA-Europe board and staff. Workshop proposals should meet all of the following criteria:

  • Being proposed on behalf of three ILGA-Europe members working together to ensure a cross-regional character
  • Containing an interactive element in its methodology/facilitation that allows for peer-learning. Read here more about what we mean by peer-learning.
  • Explaining how they are relevant for a variety of activists representing different backgrounds and realities

When similarities appear between workshops proposed by different organisations, ILGA-Europe may suggest that members join forces in organising one joint workshop together. We encourage organisations to consult ILGA-Europe staff leading on thematic areas before finalising their proposal. Staff members might provide input or advice on the direction of a proposal, as well as potential speakers. To find out which staff member you should consult, please visit our staff section.

ILGA-Europe have a policy of not covering the expenses of workshops’ speakers/presenters. Workshop proposers may apply for a full or partial scholarship. However, they are not guaranteed a scholarship.

Contribute to the programme here

 The deadline for submission of workshops proposals and input to the programme is Monday 5 June 2017 – midnight CET. ILGA-Europe will evaluate the input and aims to provide feedback in July.

Self-organised spaces

Alongside the workshops included in the formal programme, self-organised spaces will be available during the conference. In 2017, ILGA-Europe will make more spaces available for self-organised meetings. Self-organised spaces are not booked before the conference. You can only book a self-organised space during the conference – a dedicated chart will be displayed together with the conference program at the beginning of the conference. The spaces will be allocated on a ‘first come first served’ basis.

Self-organised spaces can be planned or spontaneous and can focus on any subject of interest to the participants of the conference.