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Inclusion & Diversity Forum 2024

Conference – Symposium - Forum

11-14 June 2024 | Ostend, Belgium - FL

THE place to be for everyone active in the inclusion & diversity field. The ID Forum will bring together 130 people to exchange expertise and practices and propose ideas to make the EU Youth programmes more inclusive and accessible to all.


The Inclusion & Diversity Forum is an international conference organized by SALTO Inclusion & Diversity focused on creating greater visibility for inclusion & diversity and building bridges between inclusion-related practice, policy and research within the EU youth programmes. 

ID Forum 2024: Advocating for better and meaningful inclusion 

The Inclusion & Diversity Forum 2024 is happening during the Belgian Presidency of the EU and mid-term evaluation of the EU Youth Programmes. On the one hand, SALTO I&D is evaluating and reflecting on the inclusion impact of and the achievements in the European Solidarity Corps and Erasmus+ since their implementation in 2021. On the other hand, we are supporting the Belgian Presidency of the EU in the reflections on social inclusion.

We are taking the learnings from these processes as lessons, inspiration, and recommendations to make the current and next generations of the programmes more inclusive. Thus, the role of youth policy, lobbying and advocating for inclusion & diversity will be a central theme of this event.

Aims and Objectives

To create greater visibility for inclusion & diversity and build bridges between stakeholders active in the field within the EU youth programmes (Erasmus+: Youth in Action and European Solidarity Corps). 


  • To learn from and exchange practices for advocating and lobbying for inclusion & diversity.
  • To reflect on inclusion & diversity achievements in the current EU Youth Programmes and anticipate future challenges and opportunities.
  • To create an opportunity for dialogue and mutual support between Inclusion & Diversity Officers from Erasmus+ National Agencies, beneficiaries, and other I&D actors.


We will hold space for you and invite you to share your professional and personal experiences about Inclusion & Diversity, regardless of the topics you are most familiar with.

We will use non-formal education methods and will connect to local initiatives and organisations in Ostend where possible.

We will invite participants to contribute to the forum in the run-up to it, which means participants may be invited to share practices or input during the specific parts of the programme.

Who is this event for?

The ID Forum will bring together around 130 participants, ranging from practitioners working directly with young people with fewer opportunities (youth workers, youth leaders, coaches, social workers) as well as policymakers, researchers, Inclusion & Diversity Officers from Erasmus+ National Agencies, and representatives from youth work organisations, the European Commission and the EU Belgian Presidency.

We’re happy to welcome you if you have experience, expertise or a strong desire to learn and contribute to the main theme: “Advocating for better and meaningful inclusion ” in the framework of the EU Youth Programmes Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps. Ideally, if you identify yourself as belonging to one or more of the following groups:

  • Youth workers, youth leaders or social workers: working with young people with fewer opportunities, regularly in an organisation or an informal group (paid or volunteer positions).
  • Activists, change makers and multipliers that are connected to youth work, especially working on inclusion and diversity topics and addressing barriers.
  • Policymakers involved in youth policy/advocacy or I&D-related topics 
  • Researchers in the field of inclusion and/or advocacy matters.

We especially invite people to apply that identify themselves as having a lived experience of inclusion and overcoming barriers. This could mean for example, but is not limited to, if you faced social, economic or geographic barriers, you are a single parent with a minority background, a young person living in an isolated, rural area, or a trans person going through the transition with lack of emotional support. This forum will not be possible without you in the room.

Find out more about the upcoming and previous editions of the ID Forum at idforum.salto-youth.net.

Application procedure

You can apply until 11 March 2024 23:59 CET via the SALTO-Youth platform (click on "Apply now!"). The ‘motivation and background’ questions can be answered by completing the form. We’re aiming for a group that is diverse in terms of experience and expertise. The selection will be made by SALTO I&D, in consultation with the organising team and the Erasmus+ National Agencies co-funding this activity. We will inform you by 1 April 2024 at the latest whether you are selected or not.

If you experience difficulties with the registration form or have any questions related to the application or the event, please contact Henrique Gonçalves via .

We explain the measures we take to make this forum inclusive in ‘additional information’ (see downloads).


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Applications are closed

The application deadline was 11 March 2024.

Date of selection: 1 April 2024

Training overview


This Conference – Symposium - Forum is

for 130 participants

from Erasmus+ Youth Programme countries , Partner Countries Neighbouring the EU

and recommended for

Youth workers, Trainers, Youth leaders, Youth project managers, Youth policy makers, Volunteering mentors, Youth coaches, Youth researchers

Accessibility info:

This activity and venue place are accessible to people with disabilities.

Working language(s):



SALTO Inclusion & Diversity Resource Centre (SALTO Resource Centre)

Contact for questions:

Henrique Gonçalves


Phone: +32 22 09 07 20

Before applying please contact the NA of your residence country to check if it is involved in this concrete project and committed to cover travel costs. NB! Learn about possible participation fee and other relevant rules.


Participation fee

This project is financed by the participating National Agencies (NAs) of the Erasmus+ Youth in Action Programme. The participation fee varies from country to country. Please contact your National Agency or SALTO Resource Centre (SALTO) to learn more about the participation fee for participants from your country.

Accommodation and food

SALTO I&D will organise the accommodation and cover the costs for accommodation and food.


Travel reimbursement

Please contact your NA or SALTO to know whether they would support your travel costs. If yes, after being selected, get in touch with your NA or SALTO again to learn more about the overall procedure to arrange the booking of your travel tickets and the reimbursement of your travel expenses.

Participants are entitled to receive a Youthpass certificate from the organiser, for recognition of their competence development during the activity. Read more about Youthpass:

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