ESFR is an interdisciplinary scientific association for European research on families and family relations. Its purpose is to serve as a network, to support and to link family research as well as to exchange its results. It has been established as a federation of family researchers and of family research institutes within Europe in the first place, but ESFR also welcomes researchers and institutes outside of Europe as affiliates.

Call for Nominations for ESFR Young Scientist Prize 2016 & upcoming conference in Dortmund, Germany

on dinsdag, 02 juni 2015.

Call for Nominations for ESFR Young Scientist Prize 2016

The ESFR Young Scientist Prize was established to recognize the best research article published by an ESFR Young Scholar during the past two academic years. Nominations are sought for the 2016 award. See more information here.

Upcoming event:

8th Congress of the European Society on Family Relations (ESFR) 


Changing Family Relations – Gender and Generations

August 31 - September 3, 2016

TU Dortmund University, Germany


More information:

Megatrends like globalization, increasing migration, the neo-liberal
transformation of labor, individualization and pluralization as well as demographic ageing profoundly influence families today. The relations between family members, generations and genders undergo profound changes.

The 8th ESFR congress provides a forum for family researchers from different backgrounds and at all career stages to discuss their latest research projects with an interdisciplinary and international audience. We invite anthropological, demographic, economic, educational, gerontological, political, legal, methodological, psychological, social work and sociological perspectives on families. Presentations focusing on the links between macro level change and family life, intergenerational and gender relations over time and across countries are especially welcome.

Confirmed keynote speakers are Professor Dieter Ferring (University of Luxemburg), Professor Gunhild Hagestad (NOVA, Norway), Professor Helma Lutz (Goethe University Frankfurt; Germany), Professor Tina Miller (Oxford Brookes University, UK) and Professor Eric Widmer (University of Geneva, Switzerland).

Presentations will encompass a broad range of topics including but not limited to:

  • Life course, ageing and intergenerational relations
  • Family relations and migration
  • Gender and sexuality
  • Couple relationship
  • Work and family life
  • Care and welfare policies
  • Parenthood and family formation
  • Children and childhood
  • Family conflicts and domestic violence
  • Family law and policy
  • Family and inequality
  • Pluralization of family forms

Important dates:

Deadline for symposia proposals: Extended until 15 January 2016

Deadline for oral presentations: February 14, 2016

Deadline for poster presentations: April 15, 2016


More information and the platform for submissions can be found at:




Newsletter autumn 2015 published!

on woensdag, 09 december 2015.

Newsletter autumn 2015 published!

See Publications / Newsletter.

Newsletter winter 2016 published!

on maandag, 01 februari 2016.

ESFR newsletter winter 2016 now published!

See Publications / Newsletter.newsletter cover winter sixteen

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