International Conference:

“Which future of regulation and policy for the prevention of psychosocial risks in the EU?”

Brussels, 19-20 October 2023

The European Trade Union Institute for Research (ETUI), the Centre for Comparative occupational health psychology (CIECST) and the Centre for Comparative Labour and Social Security Law (COMPTRASEC) of the University of Bordeaux and the European Academy of Occupational Health Psychology (EAOHP) are organising an international conference supported by the GIS-GESTAS. The event will be held at the Centre de Droit Public et Social of the Université Libre de Bruxelles between 19-20 October 2023.

Psychosocial risks at work (PSR) are increasing dramatically in the EU and are a reality of today we cannot set aside anymore.

There are potential negative impacts on both workers in terms of their mental and physical health notably due to overwork, bullying and harassment, lack of autonomy, social isolation, job insecurity, and work-related stress, especially since the Covid-19 pandemic, and on organizations, in terms of reduced performance and sustainability. The cost caused by PSR is primarily human, social and economic.

This new landscape needs to be considered in order to meet the objective of the framework directive 391/89 to take into account the protection of health “in all aspects related to work” and to respond to the principle whereby “improvement of workers’ safety, hygiene and health at work is an objective which should not be subordinated to purely economic considerations.” Furthermore, it is important to do so while addressing the protection of workers’ health and safety as a fundamental human right.

The aim of the conference is to take stock of and address “Which future of regulation and policy for the prevention of psychosocial risks in the EU?”. It will do so by bringing together researchers, EU decision-makers, practitioners and other relevant stakeholders in order to encourage the constructive exchange of their perspectives on the subject.

Please note that places are limited


Conference programme


Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
Hall des Marbres (Building AX, Room AX1.216) 50, avenue F.D. Roosevelt (1050 Bruxelles)

Getting there:

Tramway: Lines 8 or 25, Station: ULB

Solbosch campus map (see AX building)

Université Libre de Bruxelles

Brussels Airport

Brussels Centrale Train Station

Brussels Nord Train Station

Brussels Midi Train Station