Risk-taking Online Behaviour – Young people, harm and resilience. Ameron Abion Hotel Spreebogen, Berlin


Wednesday 23rd of May, 13.30 - Thursday 24th of May 16.30

ROBERT project's final conference

This conference brings together practitioners, policy makers and researchers to share and discuss recent findings on how best to protect young people from coming to harm online. It will also address the need for support and preventive strategies.

The conference will offer an opportunity to share, present and discuss new knowledge regarding sexual abuse and sexual exploitation in the online arena and young people’s strategies to stay safe, especially those identified as being potentially more vulnerable. Another focus will be a more informed discussion about risk and of its relationship to harm. The understanding of young people’s experiences will be highlighted by plenary presentations and in seminars where practitioners, policymakers and researchers are invited to contribute.

The conference is the final event of the 2-year long international project ROBERT, co-funded by the European Commission through the Safer Internet Plus programme, which has brought new insights and extended our knowledge of risk, harm and resilience factors influencing young people’s interaction online, the nature of their online behaviour and their strategies to stay safe.

Innocence in Danger 10 years in Germany
The conference is also a part of the 10 year anniversary of ROBERT partner Innocence in Danger, Germany. More information on IID can be accessed here.

Conference themes 
This conference will be centred on the following themes: 

  • Theory building around online sexual victimisation using young people’s own accounts of the processes in place leading up to the abuse 
  • The relationship between risk and harm. 
  • Research gaps, research practices and ethical challenges. 
  • Assistance strategies and tools for young people abused online.  
  • Perpetrators and young people: understanding the interaction between them. 
  • Young people believed to be more at risk: Supporting young peoples’ resilience

Conference Venue
Ameron Hotel Abion Spreebogen, Alt-Moabit 99, 10559 Berlin.

Call for papers 
The abstract submission is now closed. Authors will be informed of the selection at the latest by 13 April. The selected abstracts will then be published in the programme.

Scientific committee
Abstracts for presentations have been reviewed by the Scientific Committee consisting of ROBERT partner institution representatives:

Dr Mare Ainsaar, University of Tartu, Estonia
Professor Carl-Göran Svedin, Linköping University, Sweden
Dr Ethel Quayle, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Dr Olga Kolpakova, Stellit International, The Netherlands and Russia

Conference registration is closed.

You can stay either at the conference hotel or at other hotels within walking distance. Alternatives and booking information can be found in the accommodation folder.

The language of the conference is English. Simultaneous translation between English and German will be available in the plenary sessions and within one of the parallel sessions.

The conference will consist of plenary sessions with presentations by invited speakers and by ROBERT partners. In the parallel sessions colleagues from all across Europe and beyond will present their work. The programme is available in a few days in the programme folder.

For more information, please contact

ROBERT project coordinator or project officer:

Lars Lööf
Head of Children’s Unit
Council of the Baltic Sea States
+46 8 440 19 24
lars dot loof at cbss dot org

Alexandra Ronkina
Project Officer
Children’s Unit
Council of the Baltic Sea States
+46 8 440 19 28
alexandra dot ronkina at cbss dot org