Practical information
Social Work Research Days 2023

Contact person: eveliina.heino@helsinki.fi

  • 19.9.–31.10: Call for working groups
  • by 15.11.: Final decision on working groups
  • 30.11.2022–13.1.2023: Call for papers
  • 9.1–31.1 2023: Registration
  • by 20.1.2023: Final decision on papers
  • 16.-17.2.2023: Social Work Research Days 2023
University of Helsinki main building

Unioninkatu 34

Accessible entrance at Yliopistonkatu 2

Gender neutral bathrooms can be found in the cellar as well as in the hallways on 2nd and 3rd floor. Gendered bathrooms are in the 1st floor lobby. Accessible bathroom is in the cellar.

Porthania

Yliopistonkatu 3

Accessible entrance within the main entrance

Gender neutral bathrooms can be found in the hallways on 3rd, 4th and 6th floor. Gendered bathrooms are in the 1st floor lobby and 2nd floor. Accessible bathroom is in the 1st floor lobby. 

Metsätalo

Unioninkatu 40 

Entrance at Unioninkatu 40 is accessible. Please note that the entrance at Fabianinkatu 39 is not accessible. 

Accessible bathroom is on the 1st floor. You can ask the staff at the lobby to open it. The rest of the bathrooms are gendered. 

Language centre

Fabianinkatu 26 

Accessible entrance at Fabianinkatu 28 

Accessible bathrooms are situated on 1st and 3rd floor. The rest of the bathrooms are gendered.

Helsinki City Hall

Pohjoisesplanadi 11-13

Accessibility information

We ask you to follow the principles for safer space when attending the Social Work Research Days. Safer spaces are places where all participants work together to create an atmosphere that is as respectful, non-discriminatory, and open to learning as possible. In practice, it is a question of kindness and consideration for others.

Discussions about diversity, discrimination and equality affect people differently and unequally depending on their own position and experiences. Discomfort when talking about power structures is not always a sign of unsafety but can also be a sign of learning. We hope that you will interpret the principles for safer space in a context-specific way, taking into account your own and others' social position in each discussion situation.

  • Treat others with an open mind and show gentleness to others and to yourself.
  • Respect everyone's right to define themselves and their experiences. Listen and try to understand.
  • Be aware of the assumptions you make about others and try not to act on them. These assumptions may include nationality, ethnic background, culture, religion, sexual orientation, gender, ability, or social class.
  • Be aware of your own social position in relation to what is being discussed. Give space to others where appropriate.
  • Overt discrimination, racism, harassment, or bullying will not be tolerated. If you encounter or witness discriminatory or inappropriate behavior, you have the right to intervene. You can also report it to the event's contact persons (Inka Söderström and Mona Livholts) or to other event organizers.
  • We are aware that much discrimination is unintentional or institutional. Reducing unintentional and institutional discrimination is also part of building a safer space. We do not assume that everyone is flawless, and we recognize that (un)learning and growth is an ongoing and never-ending process for everyone. If you receive feedback on your own performance, please try to receive it in a respectful way and, if necessary, change your behavior.

If you encounter or witness discrimination or harassment during an event, or if you are left feeling uncomfortable or uncertain, please make a low-threshold contact with the contact persons face-to-face, by phone, email or via the information desk. At the Social Work Research Days, the contact persons are Inka Söderström (inka.soderstrom@helsinki.fi / tel. +358 (0)504489890 / English and Finnish) and Mona Livholts (mona.livholts@helsinki.fi / tel. +358 (0)503052099 / English and Swedish).

These principles for safer spaces have been created based on the principles of safer spaces of the University of Helsinki and the Anti-Racist Forum, as well as the article "From safe spaces to brave spaces: a new way to frame dialogue around diversity and social justice" by Arao and Clemens (2013) in the book "From the art of effective facilitation" (ed. Landreman).

* The term "safer space" has become established to mean a space committed to promoting safety and non-discrimination. Talking about "safer spaces" rather than safe spaces recognizes that it is not possible to create a completely safe space for all.