Preconference "Growing resilience: researching beyond academia"

ERFCON2017 PRECONFERENCE RESILIENCEIt is our pleasure to invite you to the preconference event
Growing resilience: researching beyond academia

This one-day conference will be held on 16th of May 2017, a day before ERFCON 2017 conference. The preconference is organized by the Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences University of Zagreb and the project Specific characteristics of families at risk: contribution to complex interventions planning (FamResPlan), that is supported by the Croatian Science Foundation.

The preconference event will explore many different aspects of resilience with the emphasis on meaningfully engaging youth and communities in the research process so that we can change social structures that support adversity in order to foster resilience of people at risk for social exclusion.

With the focus on youth and community engagement, the main questions at the conference are:
How do academic researchers include people at risk for social exclusion into research, as partners? Could that be a first step toward their inclusion into society? How to integrate resilience theory, research, practice and policy with the aim of supporting health, wellbeing and social justice? How to create practice friendly science along with evidence – based practice? How to best share findings with both policy makers and the public?

Some of the answers to these questions, as well as examples of comprehensive co-productive research, will be offered by two excellent and well known resilient researches: Professor Linda Liebenberg (Dalhousie University, Canada) and Professor Angie Hart (University of Brighton, UK).
Both have conducted extensive research internationally, and have a wealth of knowledge and experience in conducting co-productive resilience focused research.

Along with them, other researchers, practitioners, policy makers, service users will examine what resilience research is telling us about the ways of fostering healthy responses when faced with risk and adversity.

We believe this preconference will offer an exciting and innovative space for many passionate and creative people in the field to share their ideas and develop further cooperation.

The discussion on resilience will continue at the main ERFCON 2017 conference, where the celebrated Ann Masten will present a plenary lecture.

We are very happy to welcome you in Zagreb, Croatia, on 16th of May, 2017!


The ERFCON 2017 PRECONFERENCE Growing resilience: researching beyond academia invites presentation proposals in the following topics:

  1. Overcoming structural inequalies: how to change unequal rights and opportunities in order to foster resilience of children, youth and adult at risk?
  2. Ways of building participation of people at risk for social exclusion into research
  3. Use of resilience research results (resilience of individuals, families and communities) to create evidence-based and practice-friendly interventions
  4. Presentation of reselience research designs
    During one breakout session junior as well as senior researchers will have opportunity to present their research design on resilience and they will get opportunity to discuss their design with keynote speakers. PhD students are especially welcome here!


SYMPOSIUM (4 - 5 presentation around one topic, 90 minutes)


16 MAY 2017, Faculty of Education and Rehabilitation Sciences, Campus Borongaj, Borongajska cesta 83f, Zagreb


50 €


Deadline for proposal submission: 5 April, 2017
Notification to authors of paper acceptance or Notification of acceptance: 15 April, 2017
Deadline for application: 5 May, 2017

Abstracts should be submitted online via the Comet system.
All abstracts should be submitted and presented in English.


LLLinda Liebenberg, PhD., is a leading researcher and evaluator in the field of youth wellbeing and community resilience. Her core interest is children and youth with complex needs. Her work explores the promotion of positive youth development and mental health, using formal and informal processes of resilience, including community development, through both evaluation of service provision and research of youth experiences. As a key component of this work, Linda reflects critically on the best ways in which to conduct research and evaluations with children and their communities (including multiple service providers). These approaches include participatory image-based methods; sophisticated longitudinal quantitative designs; and the design of measurement instruments used with children and youth. Linda’s work emphasises culturally sensitive approaches and she has a long history working with historically and socioeconomically marginalised communities. Linda consults internationally and offers training in conducting research with children, youth and their communities, data analysis, writing and dissemination, as well as researcher self-care. She has published extensively, and presented on all five continents, on culturally and contextually meaningful approaches to promoting positive psychosocial outcomes of children and youth as well as the ways in which this can be researched and evaluated.

AHAngie Hart, PhD., is Professor of Child, Family and Community Health at the University of Brighton. In collaboration with community practitioners, service users and students she has published widely on resilience based approaches to supporting children and families. Angie also coordinates the efforts of a group of academics, students and community members who live and breathe collaborative resilience research and practice development, in Brighton and beyond ( Together they have developed Resilient Therapy and a Resilience Framework, both of which can be used to help children and families having challenging times. She has also developed the Academic Resilience Approach, a free to access web-based intervention for schools ( Angie’s resilience research profile is underpinned by professional experience as a mental health practitioner and personal experience as the parent of three children adopted from the care system.


AnnMastenThe workshop "Promoting Resilience in Early Childhood: Translating Science into Action" will describe a resilience framework for action and discuss examples of interventions designed to promote positive development in young high-risk children. Early childhood is a window of opportunity to build a foundation for learning and competence leading to success in school. Professor Ann Masten will illustrate strategies from her research on families at risk due to homelessness and poverty, with a particular focus on executive function skills as a key foundation for school readiness.



 08:30 - 09:00 REGISTRATION
Welcome coffee
Introduction to Starburst session
09:30 - 10:15

Prof. Linda Liebenberg, PhD
Engaging youth & their communities in resilience research: Creating partnerships for success

10:15 - 10:30


10:30 - 11:20

Prof. Antonija Žižak, PhD
Overview of resilience research
Assis. Prof. Ivana Jeđud Borić, PhD
Overview of participation of children

11:20 - 11:30


11:30 - 13:00


13:00 - 14:30


14:30 - 16:00


16:00 - 16:15


16:15 - 17:00

Prof. Angie Hart, PhD
Developing co-productive resilience research to impact inequalities

17:00 - 17:15 COFFEE BREAK
17:15 - 18:45 WORKSHOP
Prof. Ann Masten, PhD
Promoting resilience in Early Childhood: Translating science into action

21:00 - ... PRECONFERENCE DINNER (optional)

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