Symposium "Social Work as a Seismograph for Social Change"In Memory of Ruedi von Fischer


Thursday, 4 July 2019 & Friday, 5 July 2019

Final Programme

The symposium is being held as part of a Movetia project and is a collaboration between the Chernihiv National University of Technology (Ukraine) and the FHS St.Gallen (Switzerland). Movetia is the national agency for exchange and mobility, promoting international cooperation and encouraging opportunities for innovative and multidisciplinary learning.

The topic of social work as a seismograph for social change in Western and Eastern Europe will be considered from three different perspectives:

1. What does social change entail, and to what extent can social work function as a seismograph? (Presentations 1-3 and workshops on Thursday, 4 July 2019)

2. Which social change processes can currently be observed in the Ukraine?
(Presentation Friday, 5 July 2019)

3. To what extent can social change in Western and Eastern Europe be described using specific topics, and what is the function of social work? (Inputs and Workshops on Friday, 5 July 2019)

The symposium takes place in memory of Ruedi von Fischer, for whom the dialogue between East and West was of particular personal importance. On Thursday, 4 July 2019 (from 5 - 8 pm), a commemorative evening event will be held to honour and celebrate Ruedi von Fischer.

There is no attendance fee for this event. Guests will need to cover transport and hotel costs individually. For support, please contact Vanessa Gächter

Possible accommodations for your stay here in St.Gallen:

Hotel Vadian**

NewStar Business Hotel

Hotel City Weissenstein (Sorell Hotels Switzerland)

Hotel Einstein

St.Gallen Youth Hostel

Airbnb in St.Gallen

FHS St.Gallen, Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften
Rosenbergstrasse 59

The FHS St.Gallen is located in the direct vicinity of St.Gallen's main train station.

The direct train from Zurich airport to St.Gallen takes approx. 1 hour. See timetables for further details. 

St.Gallen, the city of steps, bay windows and green oases, is located in the north-east of Switzerland between Lake Constance and the Alps.

The rich history of St.Gallen begins with the legend of the Irish monk Gallus. With his settlement in St.Gallen in around 612, it is believed that he laid the foundations for the construction of the monastery and thus of the city itself. "Bangor", the hometown of Gallus, is the striking name given to the station at the bottom of the Mühleggbahn funicular railway and bears witness to this past. 

Today, the St.Gallen Stiftsbezirk abbey district, with its magnificent cathedral and abbey library, which houses 170'00 books, is the city's landmark and has been a UNESCO World Heritage since 1983. A further legacy of St.Gallen's history are the traces of its past as a textile city. Some of these are obvious, such as the Textile Museum and the St.Gallen Kinderfest children's festival, while others are more latent to nature, for example in form of various district names. Museums, including the Kunstmusuem St.Gallen museum of art and the Natural History Museum St.Gallen, add further to the city's offers for cold and rainy days. 

With its Tonhalle concert hall, the Theater St.Gallen city theatre and a variety of smaller theatres, the city boasts a diverse cultural offering. Venues such as the former Grabenhalle gymnasium and the old Palace cinema contribute to the diversity of St.Gallen's cultural scene with ocnerts, dance shows and theatre performances. 

In St.Gallen, the season are, for the most part, very distinct. For example, you can expect a cold, snowy winter with a Christmas market and stands selling mulled wine. During the summer, the area in and around St.Gallen is home to a number of small and large music festivals. The biggest and probably best-known of these is the OpenAir St.Gallen, which attracts more than a 100'000 visitors and music acts from all around the world. Between spring an autumn, the city also host various festivities in the areas of music, culture and food, as well as outdoor-cinema screenings. The so-called Bermuda3Eck, a triangular-shaped are housing more than 20 bars and restaurants, offers a vibrant nightlife - and not only during the warm summer months.

A hill above the city is home to one of St.Gallen's oases: the Drei Weieren swimmnig ponds. This is one of the most important sites for locals, attracting people to enjoy a swim during the summer and offering a venue for ice skating in winter. Whatever the time of year, visitors can enjoy a walk and the magnificent panoramic view over the city. 

St.Gallen also does not come up short with regard to its culinary delights. In the Old Town, the traditional Erststockbeizli (restaurants located on the first floor of a typical St.Gallen Old Town building) invites guests to enjoy international and local specialities, while street cafés and classic restaurants round off the offering. Of the city's approximately 80'000 residents, 12'000 are students, meaning that St.Gallen can be called a true student city. In addition to an appealing cultural programme, the city offers students attractive flats and furnished rooms at favourable prices by Swiss standards. Besides, St.Gallen ist renowned as being a compact city. For example, most sites in the city's easy-to-navigate centre can be reached by foot. While quiet and family-friendly, St.Gallen is also urban and vibrant, and this combination makes it an ideal location for meeting a variety of needs.