ESCIF Congress 2021

Wednesday, 25th to Friday 27th August 2021, Nottwil – Switzerland

Topic: Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD)

The purpose of the present Convention is to promote, protect and ensure the full and equal enjoyment of all human rights and fundamental freedoms by all persons with disabilities, and to promote respect for their inherent dignity (CRPD, Article. 1).

During the Congress participants will learn about the CRPD and how organisations, such as ESCIF and its member organisations, can participate in governmental processes related to the CRPD. Furthermore, practical examples of the impact of the CRPD from rehabilitation and public transport will be presented.
The congress is open to anyone who has an interest in spinal cord injury and disability rights – be it a personal or professional one.
The fifteenth ESCIF Congress is organised by the Swiss Paraplegic Association and supported by the Swiss Paraplegic Foundation.


Preliminary program ESCIF congress 2021 in Nottwil, Switzerland

Wednesday 25th August 2021 Speakers/Remarks
14:00 Arrival of delegates at the Zürich airport, at the latest Transfers from Zürich Airport at 11am and 2:30pm
16:00 Welcome reception in the foyer of the Guido A. Zäch Institute
17:00 Opening of Congress

Welcome address

o   President of ESCIF

o   Director of the Swiss Paraplegics  Association (SPA)



Stefan Jorlev: Moderator of the congress

Laurent Prince

17:30 Introduction to the congress President of ESCIF: Stefan Jorlev
17:45 Keynote:

Title: The Implementation of the CRPD in European Countries

Prof. Dr. Markus Schefer, Switzerland

University of Basel, Faculty of Law

18:45 End of travelling and working day
19:30 Get-together dinner Restaurant Vivace, Hotel Sempachersee
Thursday 26th August 2021 Speakers/Remarks
9:00 4 Presentations about the problems of persons with SCI in European Countries, rehabilitation needs in European Countries, about the implementation of the CRPD and a shadow report.
12:30 Lunch (Foyer GZI)
13:45 Congress Foto
14:00 Workshops Workshop topics:

  1. Participation in domestic CRPD processes for organisations
  2. Organisation of the implementation of the CRPD
  3. Accessibility of public transport and buildings
  4. Accessibility of assistive devices
  5. Accessibility and participation in the Labour Market
17:00 Presentation of the ESCIF Help Alliance & Members input
18:30 End of working day
19:30 Congress Dinner Restaurant Aurora & Ambassador program
Friday 27th August 2021 Speakers/Remarks
09:00 Assembly of Delegates Chairperson:
10:15 Coffee break with exhibition and poster session
10:45 Presentation and discussion of workshop results
12:20 Invitation to the ESCIF Congress 2022 Milan Kašiak
12:30 End of the Congress Stefan Jorlev
12:45 Lunch (Foyer GZI)
14:00 Transport of delegates to Zürich airport
Optional sightseeing & Extension of your stay
Saturday 28th August 2021 Speakers/Remarks
10:00 Transport of delegates to Zürich airport


Congress costs


Congress costs for all days:

  • €350 for delegates and her/his personal assistant (per person);
  • €425 for participants of a member organization and her/his personal assistant (per person);
  • €425 for patron members and her/his personal assistant (per person);
  • €500 for any other participant and her/his personal assistant (per person).


Congress fee for all days includes:

  • Hotel accommodation for two nights, including breakfast
  • Welcome reception and dinner on Wednesday, 25th August.
  • Congress Dinner on Thursday, 26th August.
  • Two lunches
  • Coffee breaks
  • Congress material


Registration closes Wednesday, 26th May 2021 (For the whole period the early bird fee applies)

For registration, after 26th May 2021, you can contact (Price and availability on request)

Hotel reservations (including extra nights) will be done by the organiser according to your congress registration.