The conference was opened on 5th October 2017 by Mr. Alois Stöger (Minister of Labour, Social Affairs and Consumer Protection – Austria) and Ms. Cristina Rigman (President of the European Volunteer Centre) who welcomed the participants and set the scene for the subsequent debates and discussions concerning the actual situation for volunteering in Austria and across Europe and the future perspectives and potential future developments. From 11 a.m. onwards participants had the opportunity to get accredited and to enjoy the lunch buffet. On the first conference day two panels were held: Panel 1. Volunteering, Employment and Employability, Panel 2. Full Time Voluntary Service.