European Institute of Social Security

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Young Researchers School

The Young Researchers School (YRS) takes place, once a year, in a different European location.

During one-intensive week, young researchers starting their PhD present and discuss their PhD research and attend, at the same time, several lectures on comparative research in the field of social security and on research methodology.

Upcoming Young Researchers School:

  • 2018 YRS Venice (Italy), October 8-12.- This year, the YRS takes place in Venice and will be combined with the EISS International Conference on Sustainability in Social Security. Read more...


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Executive Summer School in Social Security

The EISS supports the organisation of the Executive Summer School in Social Security, a recognised post-graduate programme organised at the Faculty of Law of the KU Leuven in cooperation with professors from universities throughout Europe.

The Executive Summer School offers the possibility to look at social security from different disciplinary angles in an international setting. In two and a half weeks you will follow a crash course in the field of social security. Specially designed course materials are provided beforehand.

Master Programme in Social Security

For those who are interested in deepening their knowledge, the master-after-master programme Master in European Social Security offers a specialised study of social security in the broadest sense of the word. Within the Master two tracks are possible, a practice oriented track (including a three months internship) or a research oriented track (including the development and writing of a PhD proposal as master paper).

This programme is offered as a combination of contact teaching and research learning, offering those who are professional active the opportunity to keep working while following the programme which leads to a (advanced) Master diploma.

The EISS is engaged in disseminating the outputs of the EFESE project (European Format for the Exchange of Social Security Education).

EFESE (2014-2017) made important contributions towards the development and exchange of blended courses (i.e., a combination of online and face-to-face learning activities). See more at




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