At a critical time when European solidarity is questioned, the 8th IARS International Annual Conference will launch the findings of the Erasmus+ “Youth Empowerment and Innovation Project (YEIP)”. Led by young people and coordinated by Professor Theo Gavrielides, YEIP was delivered in partnership with 18 EU partners. YEIP constructed and tested an innovative, policy intervention model that is founded on the principles of youth-led research, positive psychology and the Good Lives Model.

The conference will bring together all our partners including the public authorities that took part in YEIP, as well as young people, decision makers and scholars from across Europe. Through keynotes and workshops, we will debate solutions, identify best practices and create much needed space for discussion and networking opportunities. This conference will focus on young people, aiming to push barriers for European and national policymaking and practice through the presentation of evidence-based solutions and giving a platform to the voices that are rarely heard to lead on debates that affect them. The conference will also launch the e-book that will publish the results and evidence from the project including the views of over 3000 young people and professionals on the issue of youth violent radicalisation and what works for policy and practice.

Speakers & contributors confirmed so far 

  • Dr Theo Gavrielides (IARS Founder)
  • Simon Israel (Channel 4 Home Affairs Correspondent)
  • Diana Abbott MP (Shadow Home Secretary)
  • Merle Erdegaal (Radicalisation Awareness Network, European Commission)
  • Prof. Anita Tunaru (University of East London)
  • Paulo Moratelli (Coonozco, Brazil)
  • Dr. Shamila Ahmed (University of Westminster, UK)
  • Hanjo Schild (National Youth Agency, Germany)
  • Simon Chambers (British Council, UK National Youth Agency, Erasmus Head UK)
  • Tatiana Niskacova (Head of Sector, Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, EC)


Abstract guidelines

We have an open Call for Abstracts to present at workshops at our International Annual Conference. We are interested in topics covering European voices on youth matters with a focus on violent youth radicalisation, empowerment and social inclusion. The deadline is 6 January 2020 and should be sent to Include in the email subject “Abstract submission” and address it to Dr. Theo Gavrielides

Abstracts should be a maximum of 200 words and include a proposed title, name of presenter and any affiliations.  Your submission should be submitted in English.

Further information and how to apply can be found on the conference website or you can contact

In addition, we would greatly appreciate it if you could help promote our conference through your network. Entry is free for all students and as mentioned above bursaries are available to relevant adult stakeholders.

IARS is organizing a writing competition as part of the Community Outreach to contribute to the intellectual outputs of  the Youth Empowerment and Innovation Project (YEIP).   We are interested in broadcasting European voices of young people, focusing on the topics that matter to them.   YEIP aims to tackle radicalisation through youth empowerment and social inclusion.

Articles will be published in the youth-led magazine 99% . We will select the best blog posts to be edited by Dr. Gavrielides and published in our annual magazine to be launched at IARS International Conference at the University of East London. You can write about any angle that you want but you will have more chances to get published if you cover a topic that hasn’t been covered.

 We are specially interested in the topics below 

*Environmental activism and youth radicalisation. Extinction rebellion. (worldwide)

*Youth radicalisation and Facebook. Analytica case. (worldwide)

*Youth radicalisation and social media. The twitter case. (worldwide)

*Gender issues and radicalisation – focus on the Incel movement, Gamegate and extreme feminism (worldwide)

*LGTB communities facing radical resistance (worldwide)

*Poverty and youth radicalisation (UK/EU/worldwide)

*Challenges of different faiths and radicalisation (EU/worldwide)

*Positive case studies of de-radicalisation (UK/EU/worldwide)

The following topics have ALREADY been allocated to a young writer 

*Youth radicalisation and social media. Focusing on Instagram.  (worldwide)

*Restorative justice as an approach to combat youth radicalisation (UK)

*White supremacist and youth radicalisation (USA)

*Islamic radicalisation in british youth (UK)

*Poverty and youth radicalisation (UK)

*Mental Health and radicalisation (European/Worldwide)

*Schools and their approaches in tackling youth radicalisation (UK)

*Entrepreneurship projects to tackle youth radicalisation. (UK/EU/worldwide)

We want to give you as few guidelines as possible, but you should take the following into account:

Deadlines: The deadline to submit the abstract is the 15th of December 2019 and the full article should be ready by the  should be ready by the 13th of January 2020.

Format: Please submit your document in google docs and allow this email to edit.

For information on abstracts click here You won’t be writing a thesis so you don’t need to specify methodology.

In terms of length of the article, we are aware this are complex issues but the general guideline is ‘less is more’. After the first draft we can discuss the specific length of your article.


We are more interested in balanced reports but we also value bold, opinionated pieces that can be made easily understandable to anyone. Please add footnotes of the sources of information when you make a statement and make a clear distinction between a fact / general trend and a personal viewpoint.  We will not accept submissions containing offensive or discriminatory content or language.

If you have further questions please do not hesitate to contact


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