We are delighted to invite European Freedom Network

members and partners to our 5th major gathering.

 

Why “Bridge 2019”?

Because EFN is all about providing a bridge to freedom for those exploited by human trafficking &/or sexual exploitation. Individual ministries are planks in the bridge. Only by strengthening the collaboration between us, building each other up and looking at the big picture can the bridge be strong.

Bridge 2019 will give plenty of opportunities to pray, reflect, learn, network, strategise and be encouraged.

This year our theme is “Change the Story” as we learn how to further understand the different roles different groups play in the story of human trafficking in Europe, from Roma and other vulnerable persons, to traffickers, to officials and to you.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Conference Details

When: Monday 20 May, 2019 to Friday May 24, 2019.  We finish with breakfast on 24 May after a celebratory dinner on 23 May.

Where: The conference will be held in Pescara, Italy at:

Grand Hotel MontesilvanoPiazzale Kennedy , 28 – 65015 – Montesilvano (Pe)Tel +39-085.835887/88/89 – Fax +39-085.4452251

Cost: 

Members receive a conference discount. Sign up for membership here.

  Partners/Members
Single Room
Partners/Members
Double or Twin
per person
Registration 400€ / 360€ 350€ / 310€
Late Registration
(May 1 onwards)
450€ / 410€ 410€ / 370€

Conference cost includes:

  • The conference registration fee
  • Accommodation at Grand Hotel Montesilvano from Monday, May 20, 2019 (check in at 14:00pm) to Friday, May 24, 2019 (check out at 11:00am).
  • Breakfast, lunch and dinner from Monday dinner until Friday breakfast.

Day Rate:

  • Partners: 100€ per day
  • Members: 90€ per day
  • includes lunch and dinner for the day
  • does not include accommodation (but this can be booked separately)

Extra Accommodation:

It is possible to book extra nights of accommodation at Grand Hotel Montesilvano (including breakfast, lunch and dinner) for 60€ per night for a single room and 45€ per person for a double or twin. Please indicate on your registration which nights you wish to book.

Registration

Conference Registration – Click here to register.

Day Registration – Click here to register for one or more days.

Extras – Already booked for Bridge and want to add on some training or extra days at the hotel – Click here

Family Members – Bring your family along to the conference – Click here

Speakers


Helen Sworn

 

Helen Sworn has been working in the field of counter human trafficking and abuse since arriving in Cambodia in 1999. After witnessing of the lack of a coordinated response to human trafficking in Cambodia, Helen founded the Chab Dai Coalition in 2005.
Helen heads up the Global Learning Community, which works with over 50 anti-trafficking stakeholders from more than 10 countries to help build their capacity and connect them to others within the global movement. This includes leading the engagement strategy of Freedom Collaborative, an online coalition and information portal in partnership with Liberty Asia.

Miki Kamberovic

Miki was raised up in a large Roma populated area in the south of Serbia. As a Roma child he was not spared from all the things that happens to many Roma even today. When he got to know Jesus as his personal Savior Miki got a new identity and wanted to share that with other Roma.
 
Together with his wife and three sons Miki is serving the Lord. He is a pastor of a Roma church, in the central part of Serbia, that was planted in 2003.  Miki also leads an organization with childrens, social, and humanitarian work as well as a small kindergarten for Roma children.
Nationally, Miki is involved in a southern movements of churches that he lead as one of three on the board of directors. Internationally, Miki is one of the six leaders of a Roma Network platform that gathers about 30 countries together for the Roma work.
His personal vision is to see Roma people raised up to their identity in Christ and taking the whole Europe for Jesus!

Dr. Glenn Miles

Glenn Miles, PhD, Senior Researcher, up! International.  Glenn is a child health nurse with around 20 years experience focused on child abuse and exploitation in SE Asia. He has pioneered several NGOs and projects in Cambodia and has facilitated a series of research projects listening to survivors of sexual exploitation both prostituted men, women, boys, girls and transgender and also men sex buyers. He does advocacy, training and evaluation of programs.www.gmmiles.co.uk. He is part-time researcher at Swansea University and part-time faculty for OCMS, MBTS, APNTS and `ETI.He is Co-editor with Christa Foster Crawford of ‘Stopping the Traffick: A Christian Response to Sexual Exploitation & Trafficking’ (Regnum 2014) and Finding our Way Through the Traffick: Navigating our way through the complexities of a Christian response to sexual exploitation and Human Trafficking’  (Regnum 2017) Available from www.ocms.ac.uk/regnum and Amazon.

Alberto Mossino

Alberto is the president of PIAM onlus (Asti, Italy). Since 1999 he has been the coordinator of social protection projects for victims of trafficking in the province of Asti. From 2004 to 2009 he coordinated “SSLL Safe Sex Long Life” project for the prevention of sexually transmitted infections among sex workers in Nigeria. From 2014 to 2017 he was the spokesman for the National Anti-Trafficking Platform. He participates in the work of the National Board of Anti-Trafficking at the Presidency of the Council of Ministers, Cooperative group.

Toos Heemskerk

Toos has started her career in 1995 to work as a street coordinator in the red light district of Amsterdam. This was 5 years before the legalization of prostitution. She developed a prevention and a re-integration program for those wanting to leave sex work.

In 2010 she began an extensive research among 85 Hungarian women working in the red light district. She learned that out of these 85 women there were only 3 women with other work experience and diploma’s.

Some women were exploited and needed to be taken to a safe house. But what the women could do after they would leave the safe house remained a sincere concern: without any job experience or diploma’s it was next to impossible to find a job.

When Not For Sale offered her a position in 2011 she developed a program whereby offering jobskill training to the survivors was the main focus.

With a wonderful team she has developed a training whereby survivors of human trafficking are able to receive training in three topics. Hygiene regulations, professional cooking techniques and hospitality/retail.

After they receive recognized certificates they can go into a job position or internship at the Dignita restaurants which are fully owned by NFS Netherlands.

It is the aim of Not For Sale Netherlands to extend this program to different countries.

Sarah Adeyinka
Sarah Adeyinka has worked in the field of humanitarian aid for over twelve years with a focus on vulnerable population such as refugees, asylum seekers, and survivors of human trafficking for sexual exploitation. She worked onboard two rescue vessels operated by Doctors Without Borders (Medecins Sans Frontieres) involved in the rescue of migrants at sea, and her role included providing cultural mediation, identifying vulnerable women and referring them to the right channels for assistance.
She is now a PhD researcher at Ghent university where she is part of the European Research Commission funded Childmove project, and is conducting research on the impact of transit experiences on the wellbeing on unaccompanied minors. Her part of the project is focused on young female Nigerian refugees arriving in Italy. She is also conducting research on the wellbeing of Sub-Saharan women in prostitution in the Schaerbeek municipality of Brussels, a project which is funded by the municipality.
Sarah recently founded Co-Create, a non-profit organisation that focuses on providing training for, and empowering existing organisations that provide care for vulnerable populations.

Niina Vuolajarvi

Niina Vuolajärvi (MA, MSSc) is completing her PhD research on commercial sex in the Nordic region at Rutgers University (USA). Her research focuses on so-called Nordic model of prostitution and its intersection with immigration policies. For the research, she did over two years of ethnographic fieldwork between 2012-2018 in three countries that have implemented some degree of client criminalization: Sweden, Norway, and Finland. In addition to the field conversations, she conducted 210 formal interviews mainly with migrants and Nordic nationals who sell sex, but also with the police, policy-makers, NGOs, and activists working in the field of commercial sex.

Niina has a long history in the migrants’ rights and feminist movement. She has worked in legal counselling of migrants and was part of artist-researcher-journalist collaborative project raising awareness of deportations from Europe that won the Visual Journalism of the Year Award in 2017. Niina has co-founded an organization focusing on girls’ sexual rights and sex education in Finland and was for several years part of the support services for women who have experienced violence in intimate relationships.

With issues of commercial sex, Niina has worked since 2010 when she started at Pro Tukipiste, an NGO offering social and health services for people in the sex industry. In 2013, she compiled a scientific report on the impacts of the Sex Purchase Act in Sweden for the Gender Studies Association in Finland. Niina was also in the management and steering committee of an EU-funded research network ‘ProsPol: Comparing European Prostitution Policies: Understanding Scales and Cultures of Governance’ and has published various academic and non-academic texts on migration and commercial sex.

Tate Johnston

Tate’s focus in the anti-human trafficking, anti-modern slavery movement is educating, inspiring and empowering everyday people to move from awareness to informed, achievable, impactful and sustainable activity as modern-day abolitionists who help people at risk of or affected by modern slavery live in freedom with dignity and delight.
 
Tate is the Amazon Best Selling author of Everyday Abolitionist: Discover What You Can Do to Help Stop Modern Slavery / Human Trafficking. He is a husband and dad, an everyday abolitionist and the founder of Freecember (freecember.org), helping grassroots anti-trafficking charities empower their supporters to raise funds for them, and Freedom Fortnight (freedomfortnight.org), an annual 14 days of action to help everyday people take specific steps to help stop modern slavery. He holds a BA in Economics from the University of Virginia and an MA in Global Leadership from Fuller’s School of Intercultural Studies with an emphasis in Children at Risk.

RUTH NORDSTRÖM

Ruth received her Master’s degree from Uppsala University, Sweden having specialized in criminal law and human rights. She is the President and Senior Legal Counsel of Scandinavian Human Rights Lawyers (SHRL), a non-governmental organization dedicated to the promotion and protection of human rights and human dignity in Scandinavia and Europe. SHRL have provided legal assistance in several cases regarding human rights, human trafficking and asylum & migration law, the organisation is partner in several EU projects regarding human trafficking and arrange lectures and conferences on topics regarding human rights. Ruth has former work experience from the Swedish Administrative Court and the Ministry of Justice in Stockholm and she is a Swedish legal expert in several EU projects.

ELISE LINDQVIST

Elise Lindqvist is mostly known as ”The Angel in the Prostitution District” or Sweden´s Mother Teresa.  She was subjected to sexual abuse as a child and sold into prostitution as a teenager, but since a big and life-changing experience she has over the past 23 years dedicated her life to combating and preventing commercial sexual exploitation of women, especially through her practical help to the women in prostitution in the Prostitution District of Stockholm.  Elise Lindqvist has received the Swedish Heroes Award and her portrait has been welcoming international guests to Stockholm at Arlanda Airport. She is the Director of Malmskillnadsteamet in St Clara Church in Stockholm and is a well known lecturer regarding sex trafficking and the Nordic model on prostitution.

GABY WENTLAND

Gaby Wentland, Executive Director for MISSION FREEDOM, married for 40 years, with 4 children.  Gaby is a worldwide minister and she speaks up to 100 times a year about forced prostitution and sex slavery. 

MISSION FREEDOM started on the Jan 1st2011 and the ministry has two safe houses in Germany. 12 staff and many volunteers help the ministry in Germany. Gaby is part of the Evangelical Alliance and on the board of the political NGO: „Gemeinsam gegen Menschenhandel“ (Together Against Trafficking) in Germany.

AUKE MINNEMA

Auke Minnema has served as the General Director of the European Christian Political Movement since 1 February 2018. He studied history with a specialisation in contemporary Central and Eastern European history and worked as head of the Brussels office of ECPM MEP Branislav Škripek. In his role as General Director, Auke is responsible for the staff, vision, and members of the ECPM. His passion is sharing political vision and knowledge.

SABINE KALLAUCH

Sabine and Andreas Kallauch worked and lived together with their three daughters in different drug rehab centers in Germany and Austria for nearly twenty years. For 15 years Sabine has been working with people in prostitution, 11 years as the director of Herzwerk, an initiative for people in prostitution in Vienna, Austria. It was always her desire to get a better understanding of the situation of this group of people and, for this reason, she trained as a psychotherapist for trauma and sexual abuse. Also, the necessity of becoming a voice for the voiceless is important for her. She is member of the platform against exploitation and human trafficking in Vienna and a member of the Stop Sex Purchase Initiative. She also founded a network “Stop the Silence” with different stakeholders all working with abuse, prostitution, pornography and two NGOs working with sex education. In 2018 she researched 63 organizations working with people in prostitution in 18 European countries.

 

 

Conference Program

Monday May 20 – The Story of EFN and The Story of Europe

14:30

Registration Opens in the Hotel Lobby

18:00

Plenary 1 – The Story of EFN with Leanne Rhodes – We will take a look at the role of EFN in the fight against human trafficking and commercial exploitation.  We’ll take a look at our strength in working as a network, the plans we have for the future and the story that God is forging through us as a movement.

18:45

Plenary 2 – Networks with Helen Sworn – Helen Sworn will share from her wealth of knowledge on networks.  This session will include a practical exercise in order to help you connect and learn from one another.

19:40

Bridge Groups – Bridge Groups are new to our Bridge Conference this year.  During this time you will be able to connect, share, reflect, pray, learn and receive support from other EFN partners.

20:00

Dinner at the Hotel

Tuesday May 21 – The Story of Victims and The Story of Perpetrators

7:30 – 9:30

Breakfast at the Hotel

9:30

Plenary 3 – Working with Africans and Refugees with Sarah Adeyinka – Sarah will share her insights from her research, experience and times serving on rescue vessels on how to work with those trafficked from Africa as well as refugees. 

10:20

Plenary 4 – Understanding the Roma Context with Miki Kamberovic – Miki will share with us his personal insights of Roma culture, family structures and customs.  He will help us to know what things we need to consider when reaching out to Roma, working with Roma survivors and creating services for Roma.

11:30

Tea and Coffee Break

12:00

Workshops – these workshops/discussions will allow you to dig deeper and further discuss how to work with victims recruited from the following people groups and issues.

  • Roma with Miki Kamberovic – further discuss with Miki how services can be designed to create effective prevention and outreach programs to the Roma community.
  • Africans / Refugees with Sarah Adeyinka – take a more in depth look at the issues that are faced by Africans and refugees arriving in Europe.  The group will discuss how to most effectively reach and work with this vulnerable people group.
  • Recruitment on Technology with Leanne Rhodes – take a look at trends of traffickers recruiting people online and what the IT sector is doing as an anti-trafficking response.
  • Transgender with Dr Glenn Miles – Glenn will share insights from his research about how to understand and effectively work this often overlooked group.
  • Ritualist Abuse with Inga Gerckens (Mission Freedom) and Tabea Hommel (Pink Door) – Learn from Inga and Tabea as they discuss the issue of those victimised by ritualist abuse and how to work with their trauma from an emotional, intellectual and spiritual perspective.

13:00

Lunch at the Hotel

  • 13:00 – Voice Action Group – all those interested in the Voice function of EFN can meet over lunch.
  • 13:45 – Prevention Action Group – all those interested in the Prevention function of EFN can meet over lunch.

14:30

Free Time – visit the beach, arrange impromptu meetings with partners, sleep, the choice is yours.

17:00

Plenary 5 – Swedish Sex Buyer Law with Ruth Nordstrom and Elise Lindqvist – Let’s take a closer look at the Nordic Model and how it has affected the human trafficking landscape.

17:45

Plenary 6 – Dynamic of Sexual Addiction with Dr Glenn Miles – Learn how sexual addiction works and why people use pornography and seek commercial sex.  How do we work with people suffering from sexual addiction?

18:30

Open Mic

18:45

Bridge Groups

19:00

EFN General Meeting of Members – Members are required and partners are welcome as we hold EFN’s General Meeting of Members.  

20:00

Dinner – served at the Hotel

20:00 – Restore Action Group – all those interested in the health function of EFN can meet over dinner.

21:30

Screening of Maria Ahlin’s Tedx Talk – Let’s talk about porn.

Wednesday, May 22 – The Story of the Public and the Story of Policy Makers

7:30 – 9:30

Breakfast at the Hotel

9:30

Bridge Groups

10:00

Plenary 7 –Too much is not enough: a theological look at consumerism with Heike – What does the bible say about consumerism and how it impacts our world?  As Christians, what should be our response?

10:45

Plenary 8 – Creating Everyday Abolitionists with Tate Johnston – How do we get the general public to care about the cause of human trafficking and commercial exploitation?  How do we move them from caring to acting?  

11:20

Plenary 9 – Examples of Public Engagement with Gaby Wentland – Let’s take a closer look at some public campaigns that have worked and learn why they worked.

11:45

Tea and Coffee Break

12:00

Country Groups – This is time set aside to gather in country groups to plan nation wide public campaigns with help from the experts.

13:00

Lunch at the Hotel

  • 13:00 – Prayer Action Group meeting over lunch for all those interested in working on an EFN prayer strategy.

14:30

Plenary 10 – Research?  Why it matters with Dr. Leah– Let’s take a look at how EFN can unite around research and the importance of doing this as an anti-trafficking strategy.

14:55

Plenary 11 – Nordic Model Research: being used as immigration law with Niina Vuolajärvi – Take another look at the Nordic Model and how it is being misused in some places.

15:20

Plenary 12 – How to advocate in the political arena with Auke Minnema – Auke will explain to us how government and policy work together and how to advocate for change in this arena.

16:20

Country Group Workshop on a national advocacy campaign – Subject matter experts will assist country groups on building a strategy for advocating at one of the following:

  • UN Recommendations
  • Greta
  • EU Directives
  • Honeyball
  • Prosecution Problems / Spanish Witness Protection

17:20

A Night Off – You have the evening off to visit Pescara or enjoy Italy at night with your friends

  • 17:30 – Research Action Group Meeting – for all those interested in working on research

20:00

Dinner is included at the hotel for all those that don’t want to wander out.

21:30

Movie: Joy

Thursday May 23 – The Story of the Survivor and The Next Chapter

7:30 – 9:30

Breakfast at the Hotel

9:30

Plenary 13 – The Future of Aftercare with Helen Sworn – Helen takes a look at some emerging models and latest trends in providing aftercare for survivors.

10:00

Plenary 14 – Survivor Care: East and West with an EFN Panel – Let’s discuss some of the differences in working with cultures from the east and the west.  We look at family/individual approaches as well as how guilt and shame are processed.

10:30

Plenary 15 – Freedom Business: Dignita with Toos Heemskerk – Let’s take a look at a European business that is successfully employing and providing job training to survivors.

11:00

Plenary 16 – Freedom Business: PIAM with Alberto Mossino – Let’s take a look at a European business that is successfully employing and providing job training to survivors.

11:35

Tea and Coffee Break

12:00

Workshops / Exchanges – join others to talk about experiences in the following areas:

  • Aftercare – dig deeper into what’s working and what’s not in aftercare.
  • Freedom Business / Job Training – learn from others about their experiences in starting freedom businesses.
  • Effective Street and Brothel Outreach – take a look at the different approaches and what’s working and where it’s working.
  • Getting Your Organisation Started – this session is particularly aimed at people who are starting new ministries and organisations.  We take a look at how to approach working in this sector, some of the pitfalls and best practice.
  • EU Grant Writing – this session will take you through how to find an EU Grant to apply for and then how to go about writing up a grant application.

13:00

Lunch at the Hotel

  • 13:00 – Church Action Group Meeting over lunch for all those wanting to engage with the wider church
  • 13:45 – East West Action Group Meeting over lunch for all those wanting to explore collaboration between the east and west.

14:30

Free Time

18:00

Plenary 17 – The Next Chapter with the EFN Team – Let’s take a look at what has been achieved by the various action group and country group meetings.  Then we’ll take a look at how we move forward as EFN from here.

19:25

Bridge Groups

20:00

Gala Dinner at the Hotel and EFN’s Got Talent – Join us for our final dinner together and see a side of EFN partners you never knew existed as they enter EFN’s Got Talent!

Friday May 24

7:30 – 9:30

Breakfast at the Hotel

Add On Training

The following training days are available alongside the conference.  Accommodation is NOT included but extra days can be booked at the hotel.

Accounting for Small Business Success – Friday May 24 & Saturday May 25 – 8:30am – 5:30pm
COST:  for the training and materials – 100€ – payable at the door

Do you want to:

– Gain new insights into what helps your business generate profit?
– Make better-informed business decisions?
– Understand how to keep useful financial records to help you achieve your goals?

 

This training is for you!  Clarke Hoelscher is a US CPA based in the Middle East with 9 years experience as a financial auditor, tax consultant, finance manager, and accounting consultant for businesses located mostly in the US and Middle East. Clarke has been based in the Middle East for the past 5 years.  He’ll help you understand Color Accounting, an internationally recognized curriculum used by organizations like Goldman Sachs, PWC, Unicef, Caterpillar, and The World Bank.

 

Art & Soul with Dr Michelle Sanders – Saturday May 25 – 10am – 5:00pm

Cost: FREE – all materials are provided
Spend the day exploring Art & Soul – a 10 week program for working with people dealing with trauma, mental illness and depression as well as care givers.  The program includes teaching, group work and guided painting lessons.

This one day program will give you a taste of the full Art & Soul program as well as a relaxing day to reflect on the work you do in the anti-trafficking field.  It is ideal for those working directly with survivors in aftercare and also for those needing a way to reflect and debrief on the work they do.

 

Dr Michelle Sanders has a love for art and community development.  She is involved in many community projects in many forms of painting and art. These include Art for Justice; and Art and Soul (A 10 week course teaching people who suffer depression and anxiety to paint) This course covers themes such as; loss and grief, guilt and shame, identity and more. She uses art to work with ‘At Risk’ teenagers, children refusing to go to school, traumatized families, victims of family violence, girls at risk of commercial sexual exploitation, those with Mental Health issues, inmates in prison as well as other groups.

Michelle runs an annual 2-week Art and Soul program in Chicago Prison (USA) with both male and female inmates. (and will be working in prisons in Birmingham, UK and Romania) Other art projects have been run in other places in America. She is on the board of Abolishion an anti-human trafficking organisation.

Michelle heads up the Art department and teaches Community Development at Eastern College Victoria, (formerly Tabor) which offers a Bachelor Degree in Arts and Community Development.

Dr Michelle Sanders has focussed her doctorate around art. Her thesis is “Generating Conversations in the Community Using the Medium of Art” She uses painting to engage people in conversations and process their life issues. She is the author of the book Art and Soul, which was published through Wipf and Stock in 2014.

 

Accommodation

The conference fee includes accommodation and meals at the Grand Hotel Montesilvano in beautiful Pescara, Italy.  Located right next to the beach and equipped with a swimming pool we know you will enjoy this location.  We have specifically designed the programme of the conference to ensure you have some free time to enjoy the beach, pool and local attractions with your network friends.

Check out the video on the hotel.

Extra Accommodation:

It is possible to book extra nights of accommodation at Grand Hotel Montesilvano (including breakfast, lunch and dinner) for 60€ per night for a single room and 45€ per person for a double or twin. Please indicate on your registration which nights you wish to book.

Getting to the Venue

From the bus station in Pescara to the hotel

Take the 2/ bus to the end of the line Zona Grandi Al Berghi Palacongressi. The bus stop is by the train station (big windowed building) and leaves every half hour (12:00, 12:30, 13:00 etc).  Tickets cost 1.20 € at the kiosk or 1.50 € from the machine in the bus. Machines do not give change. You must validate/stamp your ticket in the bus.

Get off at the last stop Palacongressi. After getting off the bus, walk to the hotel with the large red “GH” on top. The address of the hotel is:
Grand Hotel Montesilvano
Piazzale Kenndey, 28
65016 Montesilvano (PE)

From Abruzzo International Airport (Pescara):

  1. Catch the train from Abruzzo Airport to Pescara Centre.  Coach n. 38 departs every 15 minutes from the terminal.  Tickets sold at the automatic machine in the terminal arrivals area.  A single trip costs 1.10€.

From Rome – Fiumicino Airport:

  1. Travel via Flixbus to Pescara from the airport.  The trip takes about 4 hours.

From Rome – Ciampino Airport:

  1. Catch the train from Ciampino Airport in Rome to Rome Tiburtina Bus station.  The trip takes about 30-40 mins.  Tickets and schedules can be located at Rome2Rio.
  2. Travel via Flixbus to go from Rome Tiburtina Bus station to Pescara.  The trip takes about 3 hours.

From Rome – Termini Train Station:

  1. Catch the train from Rome Termini Train Station to Rome Tiburtina Bus station.  The trip takes about 8 mins.  Tickets and schedules can be located at Rome2Rio.
  2. Travel via Flixbus to go from Rome Tiburtina Bus station to Pescara.  The trip takes about 3 hours.

Travel Tip for booking flights: Flights directly to Abruzzo International Airport (Pescara) may be pricey depending on where you are coming from. Check for connecting flights from Rome or Milan or take a low cost flight to Rome and then a Flixbus. Be sure to allow enough time to travel on Monday, May 20th, 2019 and Friday, May 24th, 2019.

 

FAQs

We hope that these FAQs cover your questions. If they don’t, please be patient. If you have another query, email bridge@europeanfreedomnetwork.org. The Bridge team are organising things on top of their normal work so we may not be able to reply immediately.

DATES

When does the conference begin?

The Bridge conference officially opens on Monday, 20 May at 6pm.  Please plan to arrive in time to participate in the first evening session – it’s going to be fabulous!

 

Registration will be on Monday 20th May 2019 between 14:30 – 16:30.
New Partner meeting will be at 17:00and Bridge 2019 will officially be opened at 18:00.

A Members Meeting is planned during the conference.
Bridge 2019 closing session will be late on Thursday evening on Friday 24th May (Friday will be a travel day)

When does the conference end?

On Thursday evening, May 23, we will enjoy a celebratory banquet. This meal is included in your registration fee. Plan to enjoy it!

The conference then finishes at breakfast on Friday, 24 May.

PAYMENT AND FEES

What does it cost to attend?
  • Members receive a conference discount. Sign up for membership here.

    Partners/Members
    Single Room
    Partners/Members
    Double / Twin
    per person
    Early Bird Registration
    (until Feb 25)
    350€ / 315€ 310€ / 275€
    Registration 400€ / 360€ 350€ / 310€
    Late Registration
    (April 19 onwards)
    450€ / 410€ 410€ / 370€

    Registration includes:

    • The conference registration fee
    • Accommodation at Grand Hotel Montesilvano from Monday, May 20, 2019 (check in at 14:00pm) to Friday, May 24, 2019 (check out at 11:00am).
    • Breakfast, lunch and dinner from Monday dinner until Friday breakfast.
  • Extra Accommodation:

    It is possible to book extra nights of accommodation at Grand Hotel Montesilvano (including breakfast, lunch and dinner) for 60€ per night for a single room and 45€ per person for a double or twin. Please indicate on your registration which nights you wish to book.

Are meals included in the conference fee?

The Bridge Conference fee includes dinner from Monday May 20, breakfast, lunch and dinner from Tuesday May 21 through Thursday May 23 and breakfast on Friday May 24.

If you have any special dietary or other needs, please indicate on your registration or please email bridge@europeanfreedomnetwork.org. We will take note and seek to accommodate them.

How do I pay?

You can pay at registration via credit card or Paypal.  Register here.

If I register now but cannot attend the conference, can you refund my money?

Our cancellation policy is as follows:

1. If a registrant is unable to attend an event for any reason they may substitute, by arrangement with the registrar, someone else from the same institute/organisation.

2. If a registrant is unable to attend, and providing the conference organisers are informed in writing by the final date for payment that is displayed on the website for the event in question, a registrant can leave the fee paid with the organisers as payment towards a place at the same event or another Academic Conferences event that takes place in the 12 months following the originally booked event. In the case of a contributing author, the paper will not be published in the Conference Proceedings if the fee is held over for another conference.

3. Where the registrant is unable to attend, and is not in a position to transfer his/her place to another person or to another event, then the following refund arrangements apply:

  1. Registrations cancelled more than 60 days before the event will be refunded 80% of the registration fees paid.
  2. Registrations cancelled less than 60 but more than 30 days before the event will be refunded 50% of the registration fees paid.
  3. Registrations cancelled less than 30 days before the event will not be eligible for a refund paid.
Can you send me an invoice for the conference registration? My organisation needs it to process payment.

You can request an invoice from bridge@europeanfreedomnetwork.org at least ONE MONTH PRIOR to the conference.

However, your attendance at the conference will not be confirmed until payment is received by the Bridge team.

I just sent my form to you. Can you send me a confirmation immediately?

The Bridge team will require approximately 3 – 5 working days to process and acknowledge your payment and participation. Please register early to guarantee your spot!

Okay, I registered. Now what?

You may also want to book your plane and train/bus reservations.

What money do I need to bring?

Please bring Euro for additional meals, drinks and other items you may wish to purchase in Pescara.

PROGRAMME DETAILS

Where can I see the preliminary programme?

The preliminary programme is coming soon.

Registration will be on Monday 20th May 2019 between 14:30 – 16:30.
New Partner meeting will be at 17:00and Bridge 2019 will officially be opened at 18:00.
Bridge 2019 closing session will be late on Thursday evening on Friday 24th May (Friday will be a travel day)

Where will sessions be held?
Sessions will be held at:

Grand Hotel Montesilvano
Piazzale Kennedy , 28 – 65015 – Montesilvano (Pe)

Tel +39-085.835887/88/89 – Fax +39-085.4452251

Will there be translation at the conference?

The conference language is English.  We will be providing translation in Italian via headphones that can be booked on registration.  

Translation may be provided in other languages should people volunteer to translate.  

OTHER INFORMATION

What about transportation? How do I get there?

From Abruzzo International Airport (Pescara):

  1. Catch the train from Abruzzo Airport to Pescara Centre.  Coach n. 38 departs every 15 minutes from the terminal.  Tickets sold at the automatic machine in the terminal arrivals area.  A single trip costs 1.10€.

From Rome – Fiumicino Airport:

  1. Catch the train from Fiumicino Airport in Rome to Rome Tiburtina Bus station.  The trip takes about 48 mins.  Tickets and schedules can be located at Rome2Rio.
  2. Travel via Flixbus to go from Rome Tiburtina Bus station to Pescara.  The trip takes about 3 hours.

From Rome – Ciampino Airport:

  1. Catch the train from Ciampino Airport in Rome to Rome Tiburtina Bus station.  The trip takes about 30-40 mins.  Tickets and schedules can be located at Rome2Rio.
  2. Travel via Flixbus to go from Rome Tiburtina Bus station to Pescara.  The trip takes about 3 hours.

From Rome – Termini Train Station:

  1. Catch the train from Rome Termini Train Station to Rome Tiburtina Bus station.  The trip takes about 8 mins.  Tickets and schedules can be located at Rome2Rio.
  2. Travel via Flixbus to go from Rome Tiburtina Bus station to Pescara.  The trip takes about 3 hours.

Travel Tip for booking flights: Flights directly to Abruzzo International Airport (Pescara) may be pricey depending on where you are coming from. Check for connecting flights from Rome or Milan or take a low cost flight to Rome and then a Flixbus. Be sure to allow enough time to travel on Monday, May 20th, 2019 and Friday, May 24th, 2019.

Can I arrange my own lodging?

No. Accommodation is included in the conference price.

What are some good ways to network at the conference?

The friends you make at Bridge can be a wonderful source of information and support. Here are a few hints for making the most of your time!

  • Bring a lot of business cards to exchange with people you meet. When you receive a business card, write the expertise of that person on the back of the card. The contacts you make at the EFN Bridge conference may well come in handy later!
  • Don’t be afraid to ask questions, especially of people who have attended EFN’s previous conferences.
  • Review the participants’ list to see who is working in a country or on a topic of interest to you, and try to meet those people at the conference. We will send you a list shortly before Bridge begins.
  • Get to know your EFN Core Team members while you are at Bridge. They know many of the partners, may be able to answer questions, and are eager to know more about you and your project! It’s always great to put a face with a name, and it can make communication easier in the future.
  • Feel free to bring information to share about your project. Due to limited space, we can only accommodate the first 10 requests for full stands, so let us know early if you would like to display materials.
  • If you know of others who would benefit from being at Bridge, feel free to invite them. However, all participants will need to become EFN partners, including going through our simple security clearance system before registering.
Who can help me if I still have questions?

To contact an EFN Bridge team member, email bridge@europeanfreedomnetwork.org.