2020 Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference

Due to the coronavirus, this year’s Voluntary Sector and Volunteering Research Conference has been postponed until September 2021.

Virtual conference

Instead NCVO is partnering with the Voluntary Sector Studies Network (VSSN) to host a free digital conference Times Like These: Researching civil society responses to and recovery from covid-19 on 7 and 8 September 2020.

The focus will be on discussing current research and ideas on civil society responses to and implications of covid-19. Curated sessions on philanthropy, volunteering and mutual aid will be organised alongside plenary sessions. The aim is to bring together researchers and practitioners to explore what we’ve learned from this crisis, and what it means for the future of civil society.

Keynote speakers include Karl Wilding, chief executive of NCVO and Brian Carr, chief executive of Birmingham Voluntary Services Council.

Conference programme

7 September 2020

  • 1000-1100          Day one opening plenary session
  • 1130-1300          Philanthropy and covid-19
  • 1400-1530          Mutual aid and covid-19

8 September 2020

  • 1000-1100          Day two opening plenary panel of voluntary sector leaders
  • 1130-1300          Volunteering and covid-19
  • 1400-1530          Voluntary and Community Organisations and covid-19

Further information

For more information, including how you can get involved and discuss your research on one of the four panel sessions, visit the VSSN website.

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