The highly anticipated International Conference on "Social Work Innovation: Theory and Practice in the New Development Stage" was held from 24 November to 25 November 2023 at Peking University, Beijing. The conference serves as a platform for scholars and experts to delve into various aspects of social work innovation.
After a hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the conference has made a vibrant return, attracting over a hundred abstracts from 12 countries and regions. Scholars and experts from countries such as Belarus, Indonesia, Ethiopia, Italy, the United States, Thailand, and Vietnam, have come together to share their insights on social work's new era.
The conference received support from esteemed sponsors, including the Si Yuan Foundation and the ZeShan Foundation, and these contributions have made this event possible. The organisers, including the Department of Sociology at Peking University, APSS of PolyU, the Peking University - The Hong Kong Polytechnic University China Social Work Research Centre, and the China and Global Development Network at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, have worked tirelessly to orchestrate such a successful conference.
Highlighting the conference's intellectual discourse, Prof. Eric CHUI, Head of APSS, delivered a keynote speech and presentation titled “Fostering Proficiency and Compassion: Innovation in Social Work Education for Transformative Future”. The event, featuring a diverse range of sessions and panels, serves as a dynamic platform for global social work professionals and researchers to engage in knowledge exchange and foster collaboration.