In its meeting on 2nd/3rd July 2020, the AGJ management board decided to hold the 17th German Child and Youth Welfare Congress as a hybrid event. The on-site event is to take place from 18th to 20th May 2021 at the fairgrounds of Messe Essen in compliance with strict governmental requirements. DJHT17 will also be extended by digital elements. Thus, DJHT17 is the first major hybrid event in the field of child and youth welfare.
The decision to hold DJHT17 in 2021 underlines how important German Child and Youth Welfare Congresses are to professionals in child and youth welfare as well as its intersections. The structures of child and youth welfare need professional exchange and encounters, especially in these turbulent times. DJHT17 in Essen will remain the place for this and will also go online!
At DJHT17 there will be a European Dimension again, both at the on-site event and in the digital space. Participating in the DJHT online should be of particular advantage for international visitors, especially with regard to possible travel restrictions. The digital component offers professionals from all over Europe the opportunity to come together and network even more easily.
The digital expansion opened up a wide range of possibilities for potential hosts of events at the congress in terms of choosing their event formats and thus also in terms of designing their events themselves. At DJHT17, the events will take place either in analogue, hybrid or digital form. By the application deadline on 15 October 2020, a total of 277 events had been submitted. Among them are approx. 30 events on European topics, which will be translated into English during DJHT17. Due to limited capacities of the congress in terms of time and space, the AGJ office will create a selection of the events. The AGJ management board will decide at the beginning of December 2020 which events can finally be held.
Approx. 381 non-commercial and commercial organisations from the field of child and youth welfare and its intersections will present themselves at the on-site exposition. The layout planning of exhibitor stands at the on-site exposition is currently being created by Messe Essen in compliance with hygiene and distance rules.
Besides the on-site exposition, DJHT17 offers a special highlight for the exhibitors: there will be an online exposition which is currently being developed especially for DJHT17. All exhibitors at the on-site event can appear online at the digital exposition free of charge. In addition, we would like to enable further organisations of child and youth welfare to be active designers of the digital exposition and to book an online exhibition stand for a fee.
The digital exposition tool is to be presented at the online host conference in the first quarter of 2021.
European institutions from the field of child and youth welfare are warmly invited to become designers of an online exposition stand.
More detailed information on the digital exposition, on the design of your online exposition stand and on the registration procedure will probably be available at the beginning of 2021.