We’re thrilled to announce that European Students For Liberty has won the Atlas Network’s 2015 Smith Student Outreach Award!
There are a lot of reasons to be optimistic for the future of liberty in Europe, but Atlas noted this past year’s ESFLC as particularly encouraging:
The annual European Students for Liberty Conference (ESFLC) offers students the opportunity to learn, exchange ideas, and build strategies to advance liberty in Europe. From immigration to free trade, from the crisis in Ukraine to relationship between Islam and free markets, the 2015 conference presented a wide variety of talks from a free-market angle to the more than 500 participants from 43 countries that attended the fourth edition of ESFLC.
Since the continent-wide conference, ESFL has continued to bring liberty to every corner of Europe. Throughout the past few months, ESFL Regional Conferences brought exciting speakers, activism training, and camaraderie to libertarian students. Just last month, ESFL experienced the greatest ever single weekend for student outreach, with out-of-this-world attendance in two of ESFL’s newer regions – Tbilisi, Georgia and Sofia, Bulgaria, which brought in over 300 students each. This excitement is reflected in local activism efforts as well, with students in Georgia staging an effective marijuana decriminalization campaign.
October also featured the Heidelberg Regional Conference, which SFL VP of Finance & Operations Fred Roeder called “[o]ne of the best SFL events I have ever attended,” noting that the conference was fully funded by by local support and well-attended by Heidelberg media outlets.
Even more exciting, ESFL Local Coordinators were responsible for the entirety of this very successful event. If you want to experience the excitement for yourself, you’ve got a few more chances to attend an Regional Conference this month in places like Milan, Vienna, and Wroclaw.
These conferences alone can’t tell the full story of ESFL, though, which has exploded in the past year, taking on key issues like paternalistic EU polices through the #NoNanny campaign and even organizing locally to help feed refugees fleeing the Syrian war. We’re thrilled that the efforts of our dedicated student leaders have been recognized by the Atlas Network and are excited to see what the rest of the year brings for liberty in Europe!
ESFL will be presented with the Smith Student Outreach Award at Atlas Network’s Liberty Forum & Freedom Dinner, held on Nov. 11–12 in New York City.