The European UP4Diversity conference is held on September 9th, 2021. It is a free virtual international Conference to strengthen a Europe-wide network of professionals working with youth on LGBTQI+ issues. It is an open call for any individual or organization interested in the Up4Diversity project.

The conference will be particularly addressed to final stakeholders, professionals in the area of gender, LGBTIQ+ issues and youth, social agents and policy makers. Scientific community is also welcomed. The project’s training materials for youth professionals to foster upstander zero-violence educational environments will be presented. The conference will be carried out in English, with the possibility of simultaneous translation to the official languages of the project on the main keynotes.

As a result of this meeting, dialogic spaces will be fostered in order to promote the exchange of successful practices in the empowerment of youth to become active upstanders, as well as social media initiatives that effectively contribute to the prevention and eradication of violence against LGBTIQ+ youth.

10.00 – Opening: Personality from coordination University Rovira I Virgili
10.15 – Starting keynote: “Up4Diversity Project”. Oriol Ríos (Project leader)
11.00 – Break
11:30 – Network: Presentation of the UP4Diversity pedagogical modules
13:00 – Lunch
14:00 – 15:00 – Keynote: “A long way to go for LGBTIQ+ equality: Results from the largest LGBTIQ+ Survey”. Karel Fric, member of the LGBT II Survey by the European Union Agency for Fundamental Rights (FRA)
15:00 – 17:00 – Presentations: Exchange of experiences on different modalities*
17.00 – 18:00 – Closing keynote: “Evidence-based prevention programs: bystander intervention”. Astraea Howard (she/her/hers), Prevention Coordinator, Kentucky Association of Sexual Assault Programs, Inc. (KASAP)

Conference deadlines:
● Registration to the conference: May 5 – August 15, 2021
● Submission of experiences*: May 5 – June 30, 2021
● Publication of results and notification to authors: July 30, 2021
● Conference: Thursday September 9th, from 10am to 18pm

Register here for free

*Criteria for presentations of experiences (15:00-17:00)
We will include a space in the Conference for professionals working with youth and young people to present their experiences around the topic of the project: Upstander intervention, Prevention of LGBTIQ+ bullying and LGBTIQ+ youth. Those presentations will be able to have diverse formats and styles:

● Posters or presentations.
● Performances
● Personal Narratives of Survivors: success stories of LGBTIQ+ youth who have overcome bullying situations.
● Successful implementation of materials and educational interventions.
● Videoclips and Documentaries related to upstander stories. In all cases, we are looking for experiences that have had some social impact [2].

Presentations will be submitted by one author plus up to 3 co-authors; 2 of the 4 authors can be listed as presenting authors.

Presenters will have around 10 minutes, after which 5-10 minutes of dialogue, questions and comments will be included.

An abstract (150 to 200 words), along with a title of the experience, should be sent to the following email: The format of the experience presentation should be specified in the abstract.

This conference is funded by the European Union’s Rights, Equality and Citizenship Programme (2014-2020)