World Anti-Bullying Forum

The biannual conference

The World Anti-Bullying Forum 2017 was initiated and hosted by Friends and took place in Stockholm, Sweden. The second conference, the World Anti-Bullying Forum 2019, was hosted by Dublin City University in Ireland and the conference will return to Stockholm in 2021.

WABF 2019

The World Anti-Bullying Forum 2019 took place on June 4th–6th at Dublin City University, Ireland. The conference was organized by Dublin City University together with The National Anti-Bullying Research and Resource Centre (ABC), International Bullying Prevention Associasion, UNESCO and Friends. 

The conference was attended by 701 delegates from 48 different countries.The comprehensive programme consisted of 13 keynote speakers, 130 oral presentations, 89 poster presentations, 36 workshops etc. Prominent researchers from five continents did keynote addressesThe opening ceremony was attended by the President of DCU and the Lord Mayor of Dublin and the closing ceremony was attended by Mary Mitchell O’Connor, Minister of State at the Department of Education with special responsibility for Higher Education. 

Keynote Speakers

Christina Salmivall – Professor of psychology at the University of Turku 

Shelley Hymel – Edith Lando Professorship in Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia 

Peter Smith – Professor of psychology at the Goldsmiths University of London 

Charlotte Petri Gornitzka – Assistant Secretary-General and UNICEF Deputy Executive Director at UNICEF 

Anna Maria Corazza Bildt – European Parliament Coordinator for children’s rights 

Dorte Marie Søndergaard – Professor in social psychology at the Aarhus University 

Michael Kyobe – Professor of Information Systems and Deputy Dean for research & Internationalization at the University of Cape Town 

René Veenstra – Professor of Sociology at the University of Groningen 

Eva Romera – Associate Professor at the Department of Psychology at the University of Córdoba 

Antigone Davis – Director and Global Head of Safety at Facebook 

Christian Berger – Associate professor at the Universidad Católica de Chile 

Susan Swearer – Willa Cather Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Nebraska 

Kevin Kumashiro – Expert on educational policy, school reform, teacher preparation, and educational equity and social justice at Kevin Kumashiro Consulting 

Shoko Yoneyama – Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Sciences at the University of Adelaide


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WABF 2017

The World Anti-Bullying Forum 2017 was held May 7th-9th in Stockholm, Sweden, attracting more than 550 delegates and experts from 37 different countries from all over the world. The conference was organized by Friends together with Linköping University, Örebro University, Stockholm University and the International Bullying Prevention Association. 

The world’s leading researchers were present and a total of 150 different presentations, workshops and seminars were conducted during the three days of the conference. At the inauguration, we had the honor of having H.R.H. Prince Carl Philip and H.R.H. Princess Sofia as speakers, which contributed to attracting international attention not only to the conference but to children’s exposure to bullying in general.  

 In addition to world-leading researchers as keynote speakers, the first day of the conference was opened by a speach by Marta Santos Pais, the UN Special Representative for the Prevention of Violence against Children and the Swedish Minister of Education Gustav Fridolin welcomed the participants to the last day of the conference. 

Keynote Speakers

Sameer Hinduja  – Professor at School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Florida Atlantic University and Co-Director of the Cyberbullying Research Center. 

Patricia Agatston  – PhD and Licensed Professional Counselor and Prevention Specialist with the Prevention/Intervention Center in Marietta, Georgia. 

Donna Cross  – Professor at University of Western Australia and Director, Early Childhood Development and Learning Collaboration (CoLab) at the Telethon Kids Institute. 

Dorothy Espelage  – Professor of Psychology at the University of Florida 

Jun Sung Hong  – Associate Professor at the School of Social Work at Wayne State University

Keynote Panel

Elizabethe Payne  Director of the Queering Education Research Institute (QuERI) and faculty in the Hunter College School of Education. 

Jessica Ringrose – Head of the Sociology Section in Department of Education, Practice and Society, and co-director in the UCL Centre for Sociology of Education and Equity at the University College London 

Dan Olweus – Professor of psychology at the University of Bergen and Founding Father of research on bullying. 

Christina Salmivalli – Professor of psychology at the University of Turku 

Peter Smith – Professor of psychology at the Goldsmiths University of London 

Dorothy Espelage   – Professor of Psychology at the University of Florida 

World Anti-Bullying Forum 2021

The World Anti-Bullying Forum 2021 will be held in Stockholm, Sweden.
More information to come.