Conference "Wellbeing and caring in changing times."

20 April 2017 09:00 - 21 April 2017 15:00

Nord University, Bodø, Norway

​The European Academy of Caring Science (EACS) is a collaboration of member institutions with the collective intention of taking forward caring science from a European perspective. The Academy affords an opportunity to work together as individuals or in groups under the auspices of the founding organizations with the aim of generating skills, values and beliefs in a concentrated effort to improve health and social care provision.  Through this conference we intend to share our knowledge and understanding of 'caring' and how it will impact on the different levels of wellbeing and caring in changing times.  The conference will focus on wellbeing at a) the individual (both personal and professional) and b) at the policy level of the population. Further information is available at

A top priority for Nordic College of Caring Science (NCCS) is to develop and disseminate caring science research and education both nationally and internationally through networking and collaboration. By participating in this conference, coordinated by Nord University, EACS and NCCS, you get involved in this development and learn more about transforming wellbeing and caring for people in a changing time, from a caring science perspective.  Further information is available at

New Registration deadline for all participants. New deadline is March 20.
Registration deadline for all presenters is January 25 (After this date via e- mail to


Call for abstracts

NEW Deadline for Abstracts is November 30, 2016

For the Conference "Wellbeing and caring in changing times."20 APRIL 2017 09:00 - 21 APRIL 2017 15:00, Nord University, Bodø, Norway, we urge multiprofessionals to send in abstracts that address the topics under investigation at this conference. It is possible to register for the conference from mid October 2016.

Abstracts should be maximum 300 words and the content should contain information about: authors, background, aim, method, results, conclusion and address implications for change for persons wellbeing and/or caring for different groups.

Response on the peer review of you abstract is expected in early January.


Please note,
 - if you apply for a ph.d. student reduction in the conference fee (if supervisor also attend): 
 - if you would like to publish an accepted abstract in a conference booklet:
 - if you submit for poster or oral presentation, or both:

Scientific committee:
Kathleen Galvin, Brighton, UK (chair)
Caroline Ellis-Hill, Bournemouth, UK
Jackie Hutchinson, Hull , UK
Camilla Koskinen, Åbo, FI
Anne Kasen, Bodø, NO
Dag Karterud, Oslo, NO
Ann-Helen Sandvik, Luleå, SE
Lisbeth Uhrenfeldt, Aalborg, DK/ Bodø, NO


There will be a mutual dinner (with own payment for drinks), included in the registration fee, on the first night, where posters elected for celebration by the participants will be announced besides a speech by professor Terese Bondas, Nord University, Bodø. Norway.

Schedule Wednesday April 19 Awaiting final
Schedule Thursday April 20  awaiting final

​Kl 08.30 ​Registration
​Kl 09.30Welcome bye Head of Nord University Bjørn Olsen
Practical information: Professor Lisbeth Uhrenfeldt
​Kl 09.45​Keynoteadress 1: Compassion for self and others as key aspects of wellbeing in changing times. Dr. Lena Wiklund Gustin
​Kl 10.45​Break, coffee and tea - networking and visiting posters
​Kl 11.15Parallel sessions
​Kl 12.15​Lunch
​Kl 13.00Parallel sessions
​Kl 14.30​Break, coffee and tea - networking and visiting posters
​Kl 15.00​Keynoteadress 2: Ethnographic potentials for studying the dynamics of wellbeing in changing times. Dr. Mette Terp Høybye
​Kl 16.00Posters oresentation and voting for best poster
​Kl 17.00​End of todays programme
​Kl 18.30Conference banquet (More details to come)

Schedule Friday April 21 Awaiting final

​Kl 08.30Parallel sessions (Room:
​Kl 10.30​Break, coffee and tea - networking and revisiting posters
​Kl 10.45​Keynoteadress 3: Promoting wellbeing and caring during challenging times - can we do it? Professor Marit Kirkevold
​Kl 12.00Summery of the conference - When different perspectives meet. Reflections shared in European Academy of Caring Science- open to all OR Member meeting for NCCS
​Kl 13.00​Lunch and sosial arrangement
Kl 13.30 "Fun, friends and farewells"
Appetizer: - a sosial event to give us the opportunity to get together as friends and colleagues and to have som fun at the end of the conference. Dr. LIz Norton, Bournemouth University
​Kl 14.30End of Conference

Keynote speakers

Lena Wiklund Gustin (Sweden)
is a registered nurse with specialization in psychiatric and mental nursing, and a licensed CBT –therapist.

She is currently working as professor in mental health work at UiT, The Arctic University of Norway, and as an associate professor in caring science at Mälardalen University, Västerås, Sweden.

Her research focuses on different aspects of suffering, health, care and recovery in a psychiatric context.

Mette Terp Høybye (Denmark) Anthropologist, BA, MSc, PhD
is an interdisciplinary researcher, she holds an MSc in anthropology and a PhD in public health from the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, the result of a large randomized, interdisciplinary anthropological and epidemiological study of the use of internet support groups in the rehabilitation of Danish cancer survivors.

Dr. Høybye's research has been concerned with the meaning, effect and potential of social networks and the production of virtual spaces and self-technologies mediated by the internet for more than a decade. With particular empirical attention to exploring how people with serious or chronic illness may benefit from such networks in their process of rehabilitation. Related to this, she has a strong interest in how technologies and physical environments produce, enhance or harm wellbeing in the patient trajectory.

Currently Dr. Høybye is a Senior Researcher at the Interdisciplinary Research Unit, Elective Surgery Center, Silkeborg Regional Hospital, Denmark, working with a focus on technology, innovation and decision making in health. The use of animation video, avatars and the meaning of identification in health information are central areas of study. Dr. Høybye's work has earned international recognition with an Early Career Award from the International Society of Behavioral Medicine. She is the current president of the Danish Society for Psychosocial Medicine.

Marit Kirkevold, (Norway) RN, MA, M.Ed., Ed.D.

is a Professor of Nursing Science at University of Oslo. She has her baccalaureate training from Long Island University and her graduate training from Columbia University, New York.

She is the Head of Department of nursing Science and Director of Center for habilitation and rehabilitation services research at Institute of Health and Society ay University of Oslo.

Kirkevold conducts research in the areas of rehabilitation services and long term care.  She initiated and led the Norwegian teaching nursing home program until the institutions were established on a permanent basis.

Promoting wellbeing and caring during challenging times – can we do it?

Professor Marit Kirkevold, Department of Nursing Science, Institute of Health and Society, University of Oslo.

We are currently witnessing a number of significant changes within the health care field. There are many reasons for these changes, including demographic and social changes and changes in the nature and distribution of diseases and illnesses. In addition, organizational and structural changes within the health care system and issues related to recruitment and retention of qualified health care personnel impact significantly on our opportunity and ability to promote wellbeing through caring. Changes in the relationships between patients, family carers and professional caregivers also challenge us to reconsider what caring entails and how to promote wellbeing. In my presentation I will draw on research that provides insights into how some of these changes create challenges in terms of promoting wellbeing and discuss implications for caring.  In particular, I will reflect on studies that have sought to address the issue of promoting wellbeing and caring in the challenging times we are now living through.

Registration fees and registration

The registration fee includes lunch both days, coffee and tea and a conference dinner on the 20th

The full registration fee is payed in either Euro 323, or in Norwegian kroner 2990 ,-

PhD students
There will be discount for phd students who present their research and who register together with a supervisor. The phd. students will be notifyed together with the conclusion of the review. PhD students registration fee is Euro 241 or in Norwegian kroner 2190 ,-

In the conference dinner there will be a celebration of the best poster and a conference speech on the conference theme. 

Practical information

Conference Hotel:

Thon Hotel Nordlys
Address: Moloveien 14, 8003 Bodø


Ground transportation to and from Bodø Airport:

Taxi: Located right outside the Airport entrance. Taxi can be booked in advance by calling: +47 07550

Bus: Route 1. departs from Bodø Airport approximately every 15 minutes. Most hotels in Bodø are within walking distance from the Bus terminal. Exit at "Bodø Sentrum".

Link to bus schedule: file:///C:/Users/mis/Downloads/161028Linje1fraBodlufthavn.pdf

Walking: It is possible to walk from the airport to Bodø City Centre where most hotels are located. Distance is approximately 1 kilometer.

Transportation to and from the Conference:

Registration fee includes transportation between the Thon Hotel Nordlys and the Conference at Nord University, and from Thon Hotel Nordlys to Bodøgaard for the conference dinner.

Bus Schedule:

DateTimeDepart from:Arrive at:
20.04.1708:00Thon Hotel NordlysNord University
20.04.1716:00Nord UniversityThon Hotel Nordlys
​20.04.17​19.00​Thon Hotel Nordlys​Bodøgaard Gallery
​20.04.17​23.00​Bodøgaard Gallery​Thon Hotel Nordlys
21.04.1708:00Thon Hotel NordlysNord University
21.04.1715:00Nord UniversityThon Hotel Nordlys*

* The bus from Nord University 21.04.17 will also stop at the airport at request.

Conference dinner:

The conference dinner will be at Bodøgaard Gallery on Thursday 20.04.17 at 19:00. Bus will be provided between Thon Hotel Nordlys and Bodøgaard Gallery.

Appetizers, main course and coffee is included in the registration fee. Drinks can be purchased at the bar.


Link to conference registration:

Pre-conference April 19th 2017 - programme

Pre-conference committee:
Hanna Holst, Ph.D. student, Linnaeus University
Hanne Mørkenborg Bové, Ph.D. student, Aarhus University
Clare Gordon, Ph.D. student, Bournemouth University
Ulrica Hörberg, Associate Professor, Linnaeus University
The day before the conference a pre-seminar has been arranged, mainly for Ph.D. students. The pre-seminar will comprise two workshops from Professor Terese Bondas and Professor Kate Galvin, facilitated by PhD students.

We present this pre-seminar as an opportunity to learn from each other while discussing well-being based on an existential theory and how action research from a caring science perspective, creates new knowledge of care and caring.

The pre-seminar will be held on 19th April 13:00 to17:00 hrs, including a break for coffee/tea.

Workshop 1 – 13:00 to 15:00 hrs

Title: ACTION RESEARCH - from a Caring science perspective

Professor Terese Bondas, PhD, LicHSc, MHSc, RN, PHN
Nord University, Faculty of Nursing and Health Sciences, Norway

While most methodological approaches have been created for new knowledge development, action research as a complex and varied approach is characterized also by collaboration and development. The health care organization and the persons involved, participate in circles of action and reflection in collaborative research together with the research(ers). Action research creates new knowledge of care and caring, improves care practices and enhances communion. Action research has the potential to develop and turn abstract concepts into real world caring practices. The take home message of action research, its possibilities and challenges in caring science development in theory and practice, will be presented and discussed.

Terese Bondas is a Professor of Nursing Science at Nord University, Norway. She has her education from Åbo Akademi University, Finland. She has initiated and leads the qualitative research network - Childbearing in Europe, former Barnafødande i Norden (www. Terese is a member of the workgroup of the Norwegian Research School in Community Health Care-MUNI HC. Terese conducts research in the areas of childbearing, leadership and caring culture, and development of qualitative methods, especially action research and metasynthesis.

Workshop 2 – 15:00 to 17:00 hrs

Title: Well-being as dwelling - mobility: An existential theory

Professor Kathleen Galvin, University of Brighton, UK

In this workshop an opportunity to explore an existential theory of well-being that is guided by phenomenological philosophy will be offered. We will begin with the question: What is well-being as a human experience? This will be followed by an exploration of the absence of well-being and how well-being and suffering are always related. Participants will be able to engage with illustrations from phenomenological philosophical writing, poems, images from art and film as one way to explore a shared sense of well-being and to imagine a range of dimensions including when well-being is absent. Together these ideas can underpin a resource for caring and this will also form part of the discussion.

Professor Kathleen Galvin is Professor of Nursing Practice at the University of Brighton where her research explores peoples’ experiences of a range of health issues and using phenomenologically oriented philosophy is developing theoretical frameworks for caring practices and contributions to the ethics of care. Before joining the College of Life, Health and Physical Sciences at Brighton University she held positions as Professor of Nursing Practice and Associate Dean at the University of Hull, UK and Deputy Dean, Bournemouth University, U.K.