Welcome to the Advances in Health Care Sciences Conference 2020

Conference takes place in the beautiful city of Turku in Southwest Finland, hosted by the Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku. Conference theme for the year 2020 is Personalised Health Care.

Conference dates: 11-12 November 2020

You can email us at healthconf2020@utu.fi.

Save the dates

Call for Abstract deadline 31 July 2020
Abstract Acceptance Letter 31 August 2020
Registration deadline 31 October 2020
Electronic poster submission deadline 2 November 2020

Abstract submission

Doctoral candidates in health care sciences are invited to submit abstracts for poster presentation with 10 minutes oral presentation for the Advances in Health Care Sciences Conference. Abstracts will be evaluated and you will be notified about your abstract acceptance by the end of August.

Abstract submission guidelines

PhD candidates are free to submit their abstract according to their self-chosen topic based on their doctoral research. The general instructions are as follows:

  • Abstract must be written in English.
  • Abstracts should be formatted as follows: Title (maximum 125 characters without spaces), Authors (academic degree, university, country), Body text (max 1800 characters without spaces), no references needed.
  • The structure of the Body text should be as follows: Aim, Method, Results, Conclusion.
  • Abstract should be free from jargon, abbreviations and ’shorthand’.

All abstracts should be submitted online via Webropol form. Please, follow the detailed instructions given in the submission system when submitting your abstract. You will receive a short automatic reply confirming receipt of your abstract. Please, contact healthconf2020@utu.fi if you do not receive this confirmation.

Deadline for submitting abstracts is 31 July 2020.

Poster and presentation guidelines

Poster presentations include 10 minutes oral presentations followed by 5 minutes discussion.

Maximum size of a poster is vertical A0 (84cm x 118cm).

Electronical poster instructions will be published later on.


There will be a registration fee of 50 € to the conference. One-day participation will not reduce the fee. The fee includes participation to both conference days and lunch & coffee during the conference days as scheduled. Conference dinner will be organised on Wednesday 11 November. Dinner cards will be available for purchase at an additional cost (will be published later on).

Conference venue

Medisiina D / Photo Turun yliopiston viestintä/University of Turku Communications


Conference venue is the brand new Medisiina D building at the University of Turku campus, right next to the Kupittaa train station.

Address: Kiinanmyllynkatu 10, 20520 Turku, Finland

Preliminary programme


09:00-10:00 Registration & coffee
10:00-10:20 Welcome to the Conference
10:30-11:30 Poster session 1
11:30-11:45 Break
11:45-12:45 Poster session 2
12:45-14:00 Lunch
14:00-14:45 Keynote: Title to be confirmed
Merja Perälä, PhD, Project Manager, Auria Biobank
14:45-15:15 Coffee break
15:15-16:15 Poster session 3
16:20-17:00 Keynote: Artificial Intelligence
Laura-Maria Peltonen PhD, Clinical Lecturer, Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku
18:30 Conference Dinner


08:00-09:00 Poster mounting
09:00-10:20 Poster session 4
10:20-10:50 Coffee break
10:50-12:30 Poster session 5
12:30-13:30 Lunch
13:30-14:30 Keynote: Spatial Analysis in Personalised Health Care
Amanda Lee, PhD, Associate Dean, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Hull, UK
14:30-14:45 Awards for the best poster
14:45-15:00 Next year


Turku Airport
Turku has an international airport and it is easy to reach by air via Helsinki, Stockholm, Riga, and Gdansk. From Turku airport, there is a regular bus to city center (distance approx. 8 km), bus line no 1 which runs about every 20 minutes. Tickets à 3 euro (11 p.m. – 4 a.m. à 4 euro) can be bought from the driver (cash, preferably coins). Tickets can also be purchased as mobile tickets.

A taxi ride to the center of Turku will cost around 25 euros. All taxis accept credit/debit cards. You can reserve a taxi at +358 2 10041. There are several taxi stands in the City center.

Helsinki Airport
If you fly to Helsinki, from Helsinki-Vantaa airport there is a bus to Turku operated by Expressbus (travel time 2-2.5 hours, departures about every hour). Another option is to take the new Ring Rail Line from the airport to Helsinki, to Pasila station, and change in Pasila to a train to Turku. At daytime, the Ring Rail Line trains between the airport and Helsinki run at ten-minute intervals at peak hours and the trip takes 22 minutes. Trains to Turku depart about every hour (between 5 a.m. and 8.30 p.m.). The trip to Turku from the Helsinki-Pasila station takes about 2 hours. Kupittaa station is very close to the conference venue and Sokos Hotel Kupittaa. Kupittaa is the previous station before the Main Railway Station in Turku.

From Stockholm, you may choose to travel to Turku on a ferry through one of the most beautiful archipelagos in the world. Daily connections between Stockholm and Turku are operated by Tallink Silja and Viking Line. The ferry takes about 10 hrs. From Turku harbor, there is a regular bus to city center (distance approx. 3 km), bus line no 1 which runs about every 20 minutes. Tickets à 3 euro (11 p.m. – 4 a.m. à 4 euro) can be bought from the driver (cash, preferably coins). Tickets can also be purchased as mobile tickets.

Further travel information

For more information about Turku and travel connections, please visit the Visit Turku website.



Accommodation is not included in the conference fee and the participants are responsible to book their own accommodation.

Original Sokos Hotel Kupittaa is located very close to the conference venue (and Kupittaa railway station). Bookings are made directly from the hotel: Tel. +358 20 1234600, email: sokos.hotels@sok.fi

Here you can find more options:



More accommodation possibilities: Hotels in Turku

About Turku

Turku is situated in the southwest coast of Finland. The city is surrounded by the most beautiful archipelago and unique cultural landscapes. Turku is also the oldest city in Finland. The founding year of the city is recorded as 1229 when Finland was a part of the Swedish empire. Nowadays Turku is the sixth biggest city in Finland by its population (183.000 people) and it is the center of the Finland Proper region. Turku is a bilingual city, official languages being Finnish and Swedish.

Nowadays culture is a strong definer of Turku, as it was the European Capital of Culture in 2011. Turku has a vibrant music scene with classical music events and several famous DJs, clubs and festivals. In general, the art, literature and theatre life in Turku is vivid. You can find, for example, DJs playing in riverboat restaurants, live poetry performances in public libraries and pubs and performances in the Aura riverside.

The best way to experience the summer atmosphere is to walk by the beautiful riverside and visit the restaurants, galleries, museums and boutiques. One can visit the unique archipelago by taking a boat trip leaving from River Aura or take a bus to the nature-beauty Ruissalo Island. In the old city centre, the Turku Cathedral and Turku Castle are the most popular tourist attractions.

Best way to run across cosy cafés and intimate restaurants is to walk by the beautiful riverside. Restaurants offer tasty lunches at reasonable prices starting from 11 a.m. on weekdays. Dinner is served until night at many places. Some restaurants at the riverside are very popular and require a reservation to get a table especially on summer season and weekends.

Turku is famous for the riverboats anchored to the Aura River. Every summer the riverboat restaurants are crowded. Just come and enjoy, take a drink or two, socialize and follow what is going on!

The city centre is surrounded by shops, supermarkets and department stores which are generally open from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. On weekends the opening hours might be limited. However, in the central area many smaller grocery shops are open from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. also on weekends.

More information about Turku

Main sights in Turku

Turku Castle

The history of Turku Castle goes back to the 1280s. In the course of the centuries, a fortified base built for the royal governor of Finland and his troops gradually expanded into a massive grey stone castle. Today, the castle is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Finland. The castle is also a venue for meetings, banquets, temporary exhibitions, concerts, and children’s events.

Turku Cathedral

Turku Cathedral was consecrated as a Cathedral Church in 1300. It is the mother church of the Lutheran Church of Finland, and a national shrine. It is one of the most highly valued monuments in Finnish architectural history. The Cathedral is still regularly used for divine service.

The Aboa Vetus & Ars Nova

Aboa Vetus displays 1,400 square metres of an unearthed authentic, medieval town block. Ars Nova exhibits 1,200 square metres of contemporary art in an old Palace. In addition to its permanent collection, the museum displays both domestic and foreign art of a high quality.

Forum Marinum

Maritime centre on the west bank of the River, near the harbour and the Castle; maritime history exhibitions, museum ships and events.

Art Museum of Turku

The Turku Art Museum has an outstanding collection of Finnish visual arts. It covers two centuries including turn-of-the-century classics, as well as more recent works of contemporary art. The temporary exhibitions cover a wide and varying range of art.

Wäinö Aaltonen Art Museum

The Museum´s collections include both Wäinö Aaltonen¹s works and contemporary Finnish art. The museum arranges temporary exhibitions, as well as related events and concerts.

The river Aura

The river Aura is the heart of Turku and full of life. Walking on the riverbanks, you can enjoy the relaxed atmosphere, complemented by the restaurant boats, musical events and many other happenings. Or if you fancy a beer in a school, a bank or a public lavatory, Turku can offer even these peculiarities.

The Turku Archipelago

The Turku Archipelago is an internationally unique environment. More than 20,000 islands and islets has risen out of the sea after the Ice Age. The beauty of the archipelago was created by the continental glacier that thousands of years ago slid over the bedrock giving it the permanent, beautiful shape. The archipelago comprises thousands of kilometres of shoreline. The Turku archipelago is easily accessible by boat, car or even by bike. By road you can cross from one island to another by excellent bridges, ferries or boat connections. The Archipelago is close to Turku, and the distances are very short. You can stay in a comfortable hotel or bed & breakfast accommodation, in a rented cottage, at a camping site or, for instance, in a light house. We warmly recommend a visit especially in June, when the nature shows all its beauty. The archipelago offers unique experiences in nature, interesting histories, indigenous culture and peace. There are idyllic marinas, island villages, old churches and a variety of programme. The archipelago Ring Route is almost 200 kilometres long and traverses most of the regional communes.

Data protection statement

1. Name of the register

Advances in Health Care Sciences Conference 2020 – abstract submission

2. The identity and contact information of the data controller

University of Turku
Address: University of Turku, FI-20014
Email: kirjaamo@utu.fi
Telephone: +358 29 450 5000 (operator)

3. Contact information of the Data Protection Office

Email: DPO@utu.fi Further information: www.utu.fi/dpo

4. Contact information for matters regarding the use of the register

University of Turku
Department of Nursing Science
Heli Virtanen, email: hetuvi@utu.fi

5. Purpose and legal basis for the processing of personal data

The purpose of this register is to store the contact information of persons who have sent an abstract via Webropol to Advances in Health Care Sciences Conference 2020 and data related the presenter.

The data collected from the abstract submission will be utilised in implementing the agreement that has formed through submission, especially in communication related to the event and directing individual services to the registered persons. The legal basis for the processing of personal data is set by an agreement that is formed between the data controller and the data subject through the submission.

6. Personal data in the privacy notice

Personal data is collected from persons who submit abstracts and the possible presenters of the abstracts. The data that is being collected is name, email, title and organisation.

7. Recipients and recipient groups of personal data

Registered data can be disclosed to stakeholder groups of the event (for example the organisers or instructors of the programme related to the event).

8. Information on transferring data to third countries

Personal data related to the abstract submissions will not be disclosed to parties outside the EU or the European economic region.

9. Retention period of personal data

Personal data and other registration data related to the abstract submission is stored in the register for 1 year after the end of the conference.

10. Rights of the data subject

The data subject has the right to access their personal data retained by the Data Controller, the right to rectification or erasure of data, and the right to restrict or object the processing of data, and the right to transfer the data from one controller to another. The data subject has the right to make a complaint with the supervisory authority. The contact person in matters regarding the rights and obligations of the data subject is the Data Protection Officer, whose contact information is listed at the beginning of the privacy notice.

11. Is there an obligation to provide personal data that is based on legislation or an agreement, or required in order to form an agreement, and does the data subject have to provide personal information, and are there any consequences for not providing said data

If the data subject does not provide required data regarding the abstract submission, the data controller cannot accept the registration of the data subject or commit to the agreement between the data controller and the data subject regarding the abstract submission.

12. Information on the source of personal data

Registered data is acquired from the data subject through their abstract submission.

13. Information on the existence of automatic decision-making, including profiling

Registered data will not be used for automatic decision-making or profiling.

14. Principles of protection of the register

The register data is stored according to the best practices, good information security and legislative regulations so that it is protected from external parties. The register is protected with user identification and passwords as well as structural and group-specific authorisation. The personal data registers can be accessed only by members of personnel who require the use of personal data for performing their work tasks.