DJHT17 takes place from 18 to 20 May 2021 in Essen, Germany, returning to this city in the Ruhr region after its first appearance there in 2008. The agenda will feature major topical issues relevant to the under-27 age group.

The motto

The motto of DJHT17 is “We create future – now!”   
The child and youth welfare community is fully aware of its child and youth policy mission and its responsibilities towards today’s young generation. One the one hand, an urgent need for long-term action at various levels has been identified; on the other, the community is already engaged in working with young people to shape the future. Hence the motto of DJHT17 is “We create future – now!”

19 carefully chosen terms illustrate the meaning behind the motto. They help to visualise what the future ought to look like from the point of view of the child and youth welfare community and also of young people. 

These terms are:





















The motto and these underlying terms represent the conceptual framework of DJHT17. Topics to be covered include child protection, democracy, digitalisation, sustainability and inclusion. 

The European professional programme

As with previous DJHTs, DJHT17 will also feature a European professional programme, implemented by AGJ together with its cooperation partner JUGEND für Europa, Germany’s National Agency for the EU programmes Erasmus+ Youth in Action and the European Solidarity Corps.

The conference will comprise around 30 expert events with a European focus. The exposition will incorporate a Marketplace Europe, where child and youth welfare organisations and facilities with a European or international focus can present their work.

Become an active contributor to the European professional programme!

Are you a non-commercial organisation working in child and youth welfare with a European focus? Would you like to be an active contributor to the European professional programme?

Below we have provided some information about how you can get involved in DJHT17, apply to become an exhibitor at the exposition, and/or submit an event proposal for the conference.

Information about the exposition

In Halls 1 and 3 at the Essen fairground, numerous non-commercial and commercial exhibitors from all areas of child and youth welfare will be presenting their services, ideas and projects on a surface of approx. 23.000 m². The exposition and congress are located very closely to each other which ensures a high visitor frequency for both elements of the DJHT.

Interested exhibitors can choose between four stand sizes for a flat-rate stand fee¹:

  • 15 m²       500 €
  • 20 m²       800 €
  • 25 m²    1.200 €
  • 30 m²    1.500 €

It is possible to rent sole stand space from over 30 m² onwards (43,50 €/m²). All additional services (furniture, carpet, lightning, lettering on panels etc.) have to be requested from the supplier of fair equipment at one’s own expense. Furthermore, Wi-Fi-connection with apt access authorisation can be booked.

Organisations working with a European focus will present themselves at Marketplace Europe: an area especially highlighted and centrally located at the exposition.

¹ The flat-rate stand fee includes stand space, partition walls, power connection and costs of power consumption. Partition walls are not included in the flat-rate when renting sole stand space.

Become an exhibitor at Marketplace Europe!

If you would like to be actively involved as a exhibitor at the exposition, please send an informal expression of interest via e-mail. Please briefly explain why your organisation/institution should be presented at the Marketplace Europe and what stand size you are interested in. Expressions of interest can be submitted via e-mail (djht[at] until 31 August 2020.

After we have received your expression of interest, you will get a confirmation and additional information on the further application procedure. All exhibitors at the on-site exposition will be given the opportunity to also appear at the online exposition free of charge.

Submitting event proposals to the conference

Event proposals can be submitted by all AGJ member organisations, partner organisations and cooperation partners. In addition, AGJ welcomes proposals for events with a European focus from European organisations working in child and youth welfare, education as well as related fields. 

Contribute your events with a European focus to the conference!

Should you as a European child and youth welfare organisation be interested in submitting your event with a European focus to our programme, please submit an informal expression of interest via e-mail (djht[at] by 15 October 2020.

After we have received your expression of interest, you will get a confirmation and additional information on the submission procedure.

Please address any questions to Ms Antonia Dautz, who is responsible for organisational matters. She can be reached by phone on +49 (0)30 400 40 230 or by e-mail at djht[at]