International Commission on Couple and Family Relations

Conference 2018: Malta

OUR NEXT CONFERENCE: 7, 8 and 9 February 2018

Valletta, MALTA


In Cooperation with PFWS, the President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society, Malta

The National Centre for Family Research of the President’s Foundation for the Wellbeing of Society, in collaboration with the International Commission on Couple and Family Relations, is organising a conference on couple relationships in the 21st century on 7, 8 and 9 February 2018.


During this conference, leading scholars from East and West, including the US, Europe, China, India, the Middle East and North Africa, will be presenting on how couple relationships are unfolding in different contexts. The presenters will discuss cultural trends in their respective parts of the world, and the various ways in which power and closeness serve to shape relationships across cultures. The romantic ideal and the current meanings of love, intimacy and sexuality for couples in the 21st century will be explored. The realities of intercultural couples, LGBT couples and couples who live “apart together” will also be addressed. The impact of children on the couple relationship will be given importance, as will the use of technology. This conference will help us reflect on the direction that couple relationships are taking, what couples themselves are telling us and the theoretical frameworks that can best inform our thinking. At the same time, we will reflect on the current rise in singledom and what it means to live on one’s own in today’s world.

The conference will be presented in an interactive style with expert colloquia and participatory workshops and discussion groups.

It will take place in the capital city of Valletta in the sumptuous Presidential Palace, built by the Knights of Malta between the 16th and the 18th century. Workshops will follow at the Valletta campus of the University of Malta.


Registration fees are as follows:

For the entire conference

€150 up to 30 November 2017

€175 from 1 December 2017 to 14 January 2018

For workshop presenters

€50 discount

For one day (any one of the three days)

€75 up to 30 November 2017

€100 from 1 December 2017 to 14 January 2018

Special dinner on day 2 €50 per person

Social programme on day 3 €25 per person


Please note: The organisers regret that they do not have the facilities to accept payments by cheque.

For further information and to register for the conference, please visit: 

where you will find also the conference programme, details of the guest speakers and a list of available accommodation with special conference rates.


A few grants and bursaries are available for participants whose agencies are unable to give them financial support to attend the conference. For details, please apply to:

Anne Berger, ICCFR Chair, at, or

Anita Rodarte, ICCFR Board member, at

The Call for Workshop Presenters has now closed: Call for Presenters