Update – Corona virus information

The International Advisory Board and the Local Organisation Committee of the 8th International Conference for Research in Diaconia and Christian Social Practice are very aware of the unpredictable situation regarding the spread of Covid-19.

The health and safety of all potential participants is our foremost priority. Given the general concern about traveling due to the spread of Covid-19 and the restrictions of meeting in larger groups we want to inform you about how we are planning for the time being.

Deadline for submission of abstracts

A first step to adapt to the new situation is to extend the deadline for submitting paper to 30 April 2020. This will offer participants more time to consider their plans to eventually travel to Oslo.

As announced earlier, we will evaluate all papers that will have been submitted until the 20 March 2020 and will give respond if the paper is accepted or not by 3 April 2020 (as planned). Being accepted does not imply any obligation to attend the conference. Against this background, we encourage all potential participants to continue submitting papers.


The registration for the conference will open after Easter but will not close before the beginning of August 2020. If you decide not to attend, we will refund your conference registration in full. Due to the extraordinary circumstances, we will not charge the usual administrative fee on refunds.

Updated information

The municipality of Oslo is keeping us informed about developments locally and we are monitoring other public health websites. We will keep monitoring the global situation and will provide updates. If the situation does not improve before the summer, we will explore the possibilities of conducting the conference in a digital format or rescheduling it.

Please stay in touch!

With best regards on behalf of the Local Organisation Committee

Annette Leis-Peters

annette.leis-peters@vid.no and conference@diaconiaresearch.org.

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The opera house in Oslo. Photo: Vichaya Kiatying-AngsuleeThe opera house in Oslo. Photo: Vichaya Kiatying-Angsulee