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Social Work in St. Pölten

Symposia and celebration of the institute’s anniversary

Social Work in St. Pölten

The llse Arlt Institute for Social Inclusion Research is celebrating its tenth anniversary this year and on the 19th of September held the ceremony at St. Pölten University of Applied Sciences. Simultaneously, symposia were held on social work and institutional cooperation in primary care.

The institute has built on a more than thirty-year tradition of social-work research at its location. "With the name of Ilse Arlt, one of the pioneers of science-oriented social work, a link to the classical research-led social work traditions in Austria has been created. Ilse Arlt stands for an understanding of social work that keeps an eye on societal structures of help and exclusion and considers social work as a society-related task with simultaneous methodological individualization", explained Head of Research Institute, Johannes Pflegerl.

Interdisciplinary research and research-based teaching

"The Ilse Arlt Institute combines research and development activities in the Department of Social Sciences and is an essential pillar of research-based teaching. The importance of the institute and the timeliness of the research are also shown by the fact that since 2016 the institute has been a partner in the new research network Interdisciplinary Regional Studies (FIRST): a merger of five Lower Austrian institutes for the humanities, societal and cultural sciences", said Peter Pantuček-Eisenbacher, Head of the Department of Social Sciences at St. Pölten UAS.


On the 19th and 20th of September, in cooperation with the Office of the Lower Austrian Government and the network OS'T (Institute for Solution-Focused Practice), the institute's annual symposium devoted itself to the topic of "solution-focused practice in official social work". On September 20th, in cooperation with the Forum for Primary Care, the symposium "Interprofessionality in Primary Care" was held.

Ilse Arlt Institute for Social Inclusion Research