"No one will be left behind"

forsa 2021


Due to Covid-19 pandemic, the FORSA conference
has been postponed to 11 - 12 November 2021

Welcome to Iceland

We would like to welcome you all to the Forsa / NOUSA Conference to be held in Reykjavik, Iceland. Due to Covid-19 pandemic, the conference has been postponed until 11 – 12 November 2021.

 “No one will be left behind”: Social Work and Sustainability: Opportunities and Challenges for social work practice, education and research.”-

It is a great pleasure for Ís-Forsa, The Association of Icelandic Social Workers and the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Iceland to host this Nordic event and to welcome all the participants.

During the conference we hope to have an open dialogue, critical discussion and mutual exchange with a focus on sustainable social work in a broad context.  We will discuss the role and responsibility of social work in relation to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), also known as the Global Goals, that were adopted by the UN General Assembly and launched in 2016. The SDGs are a universal call to action to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure that all people enjoy peace and prosperity. It should be very natural to the social work profession to work towards the SDG goals, as is evident from the global definition of social work that was approved in 2014:

 “Social work is a practice-based profession and an academic discipline that promotes social change and development, social cohesion and the empowerment and liberation of people. Principles of social justice, human rights, collective responsibility and respect for diversities are central to social work.  Underpinned by theories of social work, social sciences, humanities and indigenous knowledge, social work engages people and structures to address life challenges and enhance wellbeing” (IFSW/IASSW 2014).

We look forward seeing you in Reykjavík.  We hope that the Forsa Conference 2021 in Reykjavík will be a stimulating event with an interesting and challenging professional programme, exciting workshops and critical dialogue.

We are looking forward to meeting you in Reykjavík!

On behalf of the organizing committee in Iceland, 

Steinunn Hrafnsdóttir, Steinunn Bergmann and Guðbjörg Ottósdóttir


Important dates

Deadline for abstract submission
1 May 2021

Notification of acceptance of abstracts 
1 July 2021

Registration opens
1 May 2021

Early bird registration deadline
1 September 2021

Local organizing committee

Steinunn Hrafnsdóttir
Chair of Ísforsa and Professor at the Faculty of Social Work, School of Social Sciences at the University of Iceland

Steinunn Bergmann
President of the Icelandic Association of Social Workers

Guðbjörg Ottósdóttir
Nousa representative. Assistant professor, Faculty of Social Work, School of Social Sciences University of Iceland.



Set in central Reykjavik, the stylish Hilton Reykjavik Nordica hotel is one of the city’s most popular destinations for tourists, business travelers and locals alike.

Enjoy Hilton style, service and quality, with the comfort and amenities you expect, and the extras you deserve.

The central location provides a great base from which to discover the capital, and makes it easy to travel further afield and explore Iceland’s unspoiled natural landscapes.


Meeting rooms will be announced in due time.

  • 251 contemporary rooms
  • Executive rooms and suites available
  • Minutes to downtown Reykjavik
  • Spa and fitness facilities
  • Event space for 650 people
  • Location near downtown
  • Spa, sauna, hot tubs and fitness center
  • VOX restaurant and bar
  • 11 meeting rooms, Executive Lounge and business center
  • Icelandic Parliament
  • Botanical Gardens
  • Kringlan shopping center
  • Laugardalur
  • Reykjavik Harbor

to city

venue location

Take advantage of the city bus to travel anywhere within the city limits, including downtown. Bus tickets are available for purchase for your convenience at the front desk. 

Enjoy easy access to shopping and the Laugardalur recreational area with its botanical garden, kid’s zoo, Iceland’s largest swimming facility and sports halls.


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