Conference themes, aims and vision

Themes of the conference and ideas for contribution submissions

  • Young people supporting the resilience message, waving under a bunch of colourful balloonsResilience research or practice with an activist twist
  • Stories of how people have reclaimed resilience-based approaches to make them relevant to their
    own challenging context, for example, as a local community, youth collective or
    service user group
  • Cultural and cross-cultural aspects of resilience
  • Exciting new theoretical ideas on resilience that take us to a higher plain
  • Putting revolutionary resilience ideas into practice in a school setting or across a whole town
  • Challenges to dominant constructions of resilience
  • Research-based and practice accounts of how people are looking beyond the individual and applying resilience approaches across systems

Expect a mix of fascinating keynote talks by leading experts with personal, academic and practice experience, and of course, we want contributions from YOU. We are interested in hearing about research and practice that relates to any of the above in relation to any context – e.g. social, world environmental, galactic… If any of these apply, you might want to start thinking about possible contributions, whether that be: a workshop, talk, performance piece, installation, poster, or something that we just haven’t quite thought of yet – who knows what else might come our way once we see the proposals. If you’ve never been to a conference before, and find the idea a bit daunting, check out our conference guide, written by three young Resilience Revolutionaries.

We are particularly keen to highlight work that has been thoroughly co-produced between different partners (e.g., young people, academics, practitioners). We are also proactively seeking to include contributions from people who face additional barriers to participation, including those who identify as being from an under-represented community, i.e., from an ethnic minority, working-class, LGBTQ+, neurodiverse, or those with a long-term illness or disability.

We will have some subsidised places for people on a low income, including communities, youth and students who are doing important work that needs sharing, there are free places for young people aged 10-16, and overseas nonprofits whose abstract has been accepted can apply for a bursary.

So, get cracking on your submission. Our call for contributions are now open until 3 September 2021. Keep checking our conference website for further updates and sign up for our newsletter at so you won’t miss out.

And if you have any particularly bright ideas you think we’d be interested in that connect with the theme that you’d like to tell us about straight away, please email us –


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