Call for Proposals

Apply for your session at the
European Social Economy Summit

26 – 27 November 2020 | Mannheim


Stakeholder sessions are an excellent opportunity to engage with a diverse audience representing the large variety of actors active in the field all over Europe.  The discussions can influence policy making both at EU and national context. They can also empower stakeholder organisations with new approaches and methods.

All sessions should illustrate how social economy can best contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). In addition, they should show on how social economy can help implement the political priorities of the new Commission over the next five years (e.g. the European Green Deal, an economy that works for people, a Europe fit for the digital age and a new push for European democracy), and more specifically, feed the preparation of the European Commission’s Action Plan on Social Economy announced for 2021.


Stakeholder sessions are an excellent opportunity to engage with a diverse audience representing the large variety of actors active in the field all over Europe.  The discussions can influence policy making both at EU and national context. They can also empower stakeholder organisations with new approaches and methods.

All sessions should contribute to the overall policy objective of maximising the social economy’s contribution to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and to a better balance between prosperity and equity. In other words, they should contribute to moving towards an “economy that works for the people”.

Three thematic/methodological angles are suggested to frame the discussions on three main topics:

Addressing today’s most pressing challenges requires developing the capacity to lead collaboratively and to effectively work across sectors and countries. We are looking forward receiving applications that perform in a collaborative manner between sectors and/or European Members states.

Social innovation is the process of developing and deploying effective new solutions to challenging and often systemic social and environmental issues in support of social progress. We are especially interested in receiving best practice applications for social innovation from the European Union and “lessons learned” approaches.

Digitalisation in the Social Economy is already having a substantial impact on social and economic prospects worldwide. We are interested in applications that show approaches for exploiting the opportunities offered by digitalisation to promote social development.

Each stakeholder session organiser can apply for a 45, 90, or 180-minute slot for their session on either the 26th or 27th November. To provide you with a suitable room inside the venue, we ask for an estimate number of participants, considering the outline of the session (workshops, open space, panel discussions etc.).

The preferred session language is English. In exceptional cases, a session can also be held in German. For this the session organizer has to explain the reasons within the application.

The proposals will be selected in two phases.

1. Pre selection based on  ideas

Applicants are invited to send a general outline of session that they would like to prepare. We will only accept applications in English and all sessions should be held in English to cater for an international audience. This outline should contain the main focus and content of the session and indicate how it fits the Conference objectives, as well as naming at least the responsible session organizer.

Applicants will submit the abstract of up to 1500 characters by using the application form at the end of this page.

Based on the submitted abstracts, the conference organisers will do a preliminary selection of the stakeholder sessions and compose a draft programme, paying attention to the following aspects:

  • Relevance of the workshops to the objectives outlined above (digitalisation, innovation, collaboration) and at least one or more of the UN Sustainable Development Goals
  • A balanced composition between the three thematic/methodological approaches
  • The workshops shall reflect the variety of organisations active in this field
  • Appropriate geographical balance of session organisers
  • Interactive, innovative and participatory approaches
  • Clear European dimension

To compose such a selection, the conference organisers might decide to combine individual proposals and ask stakeholders organisations to host sessions jointly. The conference organisers have sole and absolute discretion to select the sessions based on the above-mentioned criteria. No individual feedback will be provided to the unsuccessful candidates, but they will be informed by e-mail that their applications have not been retained.

2. Confirmation phase: full proposals

In the second phase selected applicants will be contacted and asked to submit detailed proposals of the sessions. The proposals will not exceed three pages in PDF (excluding bios) and should have the following structure:

  • Title of the session
  • A 150- to 200-word abstract, suitable for the conference website
  • Main objective of the session and expected results
  • Explaining the choice of one of the three thematic/ methodological areas angles
  • Format/structure of the session, e.g. workshop, panel discussion (world café, fishbowl, other innovative session formats etc.)
  • Names /brief bios of the responsible organizer and experts/speakers invited to participate

The maximum number of speakers per session is five in total (including moderator). In each session, a gender balance of speakers shall be sought.

The conference organisers will examine the proposals for conformity and relevance and confirm to the session organisers if sessions included in the final conference programme. They can also ask session organisers to submit clarifications.

In case the session organisers will fail to submit the requested information, the conference organisers might decide to exclude the proposed session and take in an alternative from the original proposals.

It is necessary that your application fits with the programme layout of the #EUSES2020. To increase your chances to get a sessions at the European Social Economy Summit, please consider the following points:

Internationality: Take an international speakers lineup for your session into account.

Interaction: Consider interactive formats to engage the audience. 

Collaboration: Build up connections with other stakeholders in your working field.

For Phase 1: Submit your proposal by 17 April 2020. The EUSES team will inform applicants of the results of the pre-selection phase by 8 May 2020.

For Phase 2: Full proposal should be submitted by 8 June. The EUSES team will inform applicants of the results by 1 July 2020

The EUSES team will support the stakeholder sessions by offering the responsible organisers:

  • 45 minutes, (e.g. Panel), 90 minutes (e.g. Input Session or Workshop) or 180 minutes (e.g. Barcamp) slots as part of the official summit programme
  • Promotion of the session through the event’s promotion channels
  • Promotion of the session results: stakeholder session organisers will submit short proceedings of their session to the organisers. They will reserve the right to edit the proceedings and use them in its future communication materials
  • In view of keeping participation as inclusive as possible, the organisers have the intention to support with a grant for travel and accommodation expenses if needed (maximum 600 Euros per Session). The organisers of the selected sessions will receive the information concerning the reimbursement of such expenses after the closing of the selection procedure. The grant is awarded on presentation of the relevant supporting documents and invoices.
  • Logo of your organization on the official EUSES Website etc.
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Apply until the 17 April 2020.