9th Child in the City World Conference


Welcome to the 9th edition of the Child in the City World Conference in Vienna, Austria

Welcome to the 9th World Conference in Vienna!

Michael Häupl, Former Mayor City of Vienna

WienXtra and the city of Vienna are inviting you to attend the 9th child and the City World Conference held from 24th – 26th of September in the beautiful city of Vienna. The Child in the City World Conference is one of the leading conferences on child friendly policies and research. More than 400 international youth professionals, policy makers and planners will meet during the conference. The international event is a joint project of the Child in the City Foundation and the City of Vienna.

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The world conference, which takes place every two years, is a key opportunity for children’s professionals, city planners, geographers and policy makers to share knowledge, good practice and research findings from the various disciplines that are important to the shared aim of creating child-friendly cities. Creating dialogue is the most important aspect of the conference.


The CitC Conference has consistently delivered the highest content of any Play and Child related conference that I have attended

Robin Sutcliffe
Founder Sutcliffe Play

The conference will begin on Monday 24th of September with a plenary session, and will finish on Wednesday 26th of September in the afternoon. Several parallel sessions, interactive workshops and field trips will be held over the event’s three days. In addition you can enjoy a cocktail reception and an optional networking dinner.

Each year different themes will be addressed at the conference. This edition, we have selected the following four themes:

  • Children’s rights in urban development and regeneration
  • Children and young people and media
  • Equality and diversity in the child friendly city
  • Mobility and access to the child friendly city

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About Child in the City

Child in the City is giving insight on the latest research and experiences worldwide

Johan Haarhuis
Child in the City Foundation

The main objectives of the Child in the City Foundation is to strengthen the position of children in cities, promote and protect their rights and give them space and opportunities to play and enjoy their own social and cultural lives.

We do this by providing communications platforms for academics, practitioners and campaigners for children’s rights to disseminate research and good practice. One of the most important of these is the biennial international conference where scientists, urban planners and local authorities are brought together to share the latest knowledge.

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Programme Committee Child in the City 2018

Our programme managers ensure the review and preparation of a high-quality programme with a variety of international speakers:

Bettina Schwarzmayr
Bettina Schwarzmayr
Bettina Schwarzmayr – Educational Manager at wienXtra
Sonja Brauner
Sonja Brauner
Head of department child, youth, education at wienXtra
Johan Haarhuis
Johan Haarhuis
Johan Haarhuis – President Child in the City Foundation
Irene Quintáns
Irene Quintáns
Irene Quintáns – Founder and director of OCARA Network
Carlo Fabian
Carlo Fabian
Carlo Fabian – Professor at University of Applied Sciences and Arts Northwestern Switzerland
Froukje Hajer
Froukje Hajer
Froukje Hajer – Consultant youth policy and children’s rights

Herbert Rosenstingl – Austrian Federal Chancellery department youth

Birgit Kollek – wienXtra-kinderinfo service centre for family leisure activities & culture