ISTR 2018


Amsterdam, July 10 – 13, 2018

Founded in 1992, the International Society for Third-Sector Research (ISTR) is a major international association promoting research and education in the fields of civil society, philanthropy, and the nonprofit sector. ISTR is an organization committed to building a global community of scholars and interested others dedicated to the creation, discussion, and advancement of knowledge pertaining to the Third Sector and its impact on human and planetary well-being and development internationally. As an organization, ISTR is recognized and respected for its global vision, its commitment to excellence, its collaborative approach, and the values of diversity and pluralism with which it pursues its mission.

ISTR is the largest international organization for research on civil society, philanthropy, volunteering and non-profits. In 2018, 1000 participants from all over the world will come to Amsterdam to present their research to each other and to Dutch practitioners and policymakers.

It is the first time the Netherlands organizes this conference; previously Cape Town, Toronto, Bangkok and Stockholm were hosting cities. In comparison to many other countries, the Netherlands has a large civil society with a rich philanthropic past. The conference offers an unique opportunity to highlight this aspect of Amsterdam and the Netherlands. The Netherlands also harbors high-qualified research with international allure in the field of civil society, philanthropy and volunteering.

The congress aims at: 1. To promote The Netherlands as philanthropic country with the largest non-profit sector (including a growing sector philanthropy) in the world;   2. To highlight the Dutch research tradition with international allure in the field of philanthropy and volunteering (Giving in the Netherlands / Giving Europe / Global Giving); 3. To connect science, practice and policy (Open Access and Responsible Research and Innovation). 

Program (preliminary)

Tuesday July 10th
Start conference
Opening ceremony: Queen Maxima will be invited to open the conference; followed by Keynote speaker

Wednesday July 11th
Round tables

Thursday July 12th
Round tables
Poster presentations
Evening: PhD party

Friday July 13th
Round tables
Evening: Reception in Rijksmuseum

Preliminary to the conference:
Sunday July 8, evening, Monday July 9, Tuesday July 10 morning: PhD conference

Call for papers (link)