Date: 29th January 2020
Location: Stratford Campus, Water Lane, E15 4LZ



We live in interesting times. Rising social inequalities, coupled with the alienation of young people from the political arena within Europe, has led to a rising tide of political extremism across Europe and the wider world. There has been an increase in hate speech, hate crimes and attacks on migrants and refugees, propaganda and violent xenophobia, as well as a rise in religious and political extremism and in terrorist attacks in Europe and its neighbouring regions. In the face of such rising extremism, many are questioning the effectiveness of existing policies designed to tackle violent extremism and youth radicalisation. Now, more than ever, it is imperative that new methods and strategies for dealing with the challenge of violent extremism are developed which place young people at the heart of the discussion.

With this challenge in mind, the Annual YEIP International Conference, titled the “Youth Empowerment and Innovation Project (YEIP)”, will bring together young people, decision makers and scholars to 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. At the heart of the conference are the findings of a 3-year Erasmus+ Funded programme that aims to design a youth-led, positive policy prevention framework for addressing marginalisation and violent radicalisation of young people in Europe.


During the conference, we will present the results of our 3-year Erasmus+ funded YEIP project. IARS coordinated the project, which was delivered with 18 partners and their public authorities from seven European countries, namely KMOP (Greece), Anziani e non solo (Italy), CARDET (Cyprus), INOVA+ (Portugal), Linne Universitetet (Sweden) and The Schottener Foundation Social Services (Romania). The YEIP project sought to lay a foundation for systematic change in youth-led policies and encourage a shift towards social inclusion and youth de-radicalisation in Europe. The partnership will present the results of the programme and the evidence it collected on developing innovative policy intervention models founded on the principles of restorative justice, positive psychology and the Good Lives Model (GLM).
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 youth radicalisation, empowerment and social inclusion. The deadline is 12th December 2019. You can access the call for abstracts document here. If you do not know what an abstract is, then click here for instructions. Approved abstracts are eligible for full bursaries (see below).
The IARS International Institute is pleased to offer a limited number of bursaries of up to €200 plus the costs of registration (£70) for international participants. IARS members, workshop presenters, young people, migrants and refugees will be prioritised. Should you wish to apply for a bursary please download and complete the form below and return it to by 15th November. We will offer the bursaries on a first come basis and as per the needs of the conference.
Attendance is by registration only. This is a CPD-accredited event that involves substantial costs to the charity. Registration is by donation only. To secure your place, CPD Certification and lunch, you must click here to register. UK Tax payers will receive Gift Aid. Donations can be made by emailing
Larger donations are encouraged, as all proceedings will be invested into our projects and ensure the continuation of our charitable work with marginalised groups.
The charity is kindly requesting a donation from:
• Corporates/For-profits: £60
• Non-profits/ individuals: £30
• Refugees, asylum seekers and young people in education or unemployed do not need to pay (proof will be requested).
The conference has been independently certified as conforming to universally accepted Continuous Professional Development (CPD) guidelines (30 CPD learning points). CPD Certificates will be awarded on the day to all delegates who have registered, donated and attended the entire day. It has also been certified with a YouthPass. Young people attending or being involved in the conference will receive a YouthPass Certificate.


TimeAgenda Item
09.00 – 10.00Registration & Coffee – Networking Opportunity
10.00 – 10.30Welcome from the Conference Chair
Dr Theo Gavrielides IARS Founder and Director (UK)
Keynote speaker TBC
10.30 – 10.45Setting the scene
Keynote speaker TBC
10.45 – 11.00Keynote speaker TBC
11.00 – 11.15Keynote speaker TBC
11.15 – 11.30Q&A session for speakers
11.30 – 12.00Coffee break
12.00 – 13.00International Panel : The YEIP Partnership: "Presenting the findings"
13.00 – 13.15Q&A session for panellists
13.15 – 14.00Lunch & Networking
14.00 – 15.00Parallel International Workshops
Working Group 1
Ekerette Sampson “topic (TBC)”
Maija Linnala “topic (TBC)”
Working Group 2
Working Group 3
15.00 - 15.30Working Groups' Rapporteurs Round Up
15.30 – 16.00Conclusions and Closing from the Conference Chair