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Symposium: New Horizons for Postdoctoral Researchers in Nursing Science

December 8-9, 2022
Department of Nursing Science
University of Turku, Finland

We warmly welcome all postdoctoral researchers in nursing science and their mentors to join and network with colleagues.

The symposium is organized at the Medisiina D building, University of Turku.

Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku organizes the first international symposium for postdoctoral researchers. Postdoctoral period is a fundamentally important phase – increase your expertise and progress your career as a researcher.

The duration of the postdoctoral period is generally five active years following a dissertation. During these years the postdoctoral researcher establishes his/her own research group and area of study, as well as an international network.

Participants must have been obtained the PhD degree from a recognised institution about five calendar years before the symposium or are expected to obtain the PhD degree during year 2022.

Read more about the post doc programme in nursing science and get to know our post doc researchers.

The organizer will closely follow the authority regulations and restrictions concerning COVID-19.

Thanks to all participants for attending the symposium!

Important dates

Symposium: Dec 8-9, 2022
Call for abstracts: Closed
Call for Abstract deadline: June 10, 2022
Abstract Acceptance Letter: Jun 30, 2022 
Registration deadline: Dec 2, 2022

Abstract submission

Call for abstracts is closed

You are warmly invited to submit an abstract for the symposium. The abstract should concern the theme of your own postdoctoral research. We accept all content areas and methodological selections.

Formal instructions are as follows:

  • Abstract must be written in English.
  • Abstract should be formatted as follows: Title (max 200 characters with spaces), Authors (name, academic degree, affiliation, country), Body text (max 2200 characters with spaces), no references needed.
  • The structure of the Body text  is suggested to be as follows: Introduction, Aim, Methods, Results, Conclusions.

Abstracts are 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.

All abstracts will be reviewed. We expect to inform you on the outcome of the review process by June 30, 2022.

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Symposium fee is 70 € 

Symposium fee includes attendance during the both days and the coffees and refreshments according to the symposium programme.

At least the corresponding author/presenter needs to register and pay the symposium fee.


Thursday | Dec 8

Medisiina D, Alhopuro auditorium, Kiinamyllynkatu 10, Turku, Finlad

Chair: Professor Riitta Suhonen

11:00–           Registration

12:00–12:30 Opening ceremony | Welcome to Turku and University of Turku | Vice dean, Professor Markus Juonala, Faculty of Medicine, University of Turku, Finland  & Professor Riitta Suhonen, Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku, Finland 

Practical issues | Docent Hannakaisa Niela-Vilen, Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku, Finland 

12:30–13:30 Keynote | The ups and downs of postdoctoral nurse researchers | Professor Hugh McKenna, School of Nursing, Ulster University, UK 

13:30–14:00 Coffee 

14:00–15:45 Parallel Sessions A

15:45–16:00 Refreshments 

16:00–16:45 Keynote | Post-doc challenges and opportunities in an academically developing country | Professor Sascha Köpke, University of Cologne, Germany

16:45-17:00 Closing of the day 

Evening program

18:30- Reception | Turku City Hall, Aurakatu 2,  20100 Turku.

Friday | Dec 9

Medisiina D, Alhopuro auditorium, Kiinamyllynkatu 10, Turku, Finland

Chair: Docent Hannakaisa Niela-Vilen

8:00–8:45 Registration 

8:45–8:55 Opening of the Day | Docent Hannakaisa Niela-Vilen, Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku, Finland

9:00–10:45 Parallel Sessions B

10:45–11:15 Coffee 

11:15–12:25 Parallel Sessions C

12:30–13:00 Keynote | Post doc period – important part of research career | Professor Helena Leino-Kilpi, Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku, Finland 

13:00–13:15 Closing of the Symposium | Professor Riitta Suhonen, Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku, Finland 

(Paraller Sessions = Room 1 is Alhopuro auditorium and  Room 2 is Lauren 2 -lecture hall)

Keynote speakers

Professor Hugh McKenna CBE, PhD, B.Sc(Hons), RMN, RGN, RNT, DipN(Lond), AdvDipEd, FFNMRCSI, FEANS, FRCN, FAAN.








Hugh McKenna is a general and psychiatric nurse by background and, until recently, was Dean of Medical School Development and Pro Vice Chancellor Research and Innovation at Ulster University. He has over 250 publications, including 17 books. He was appointed Commander of the British Empire (CBE) and is a Fellow of four prestigious organisations. In 2013, he was presented with the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Royal College of Nursing and in 2014, he was presented with a lifetime achievement Award at the Institute of Psychiatry in London.  In a 2018 Government report he was named as one of the 70 most influential nurses in the 70 year history of the NHS.

Currently, he is a Visiting Professor in universities in Slovenia and Australia. He has chaired a clinical health research quality panel for the Swedish Research Council and continues to chair panels for the Hong Kong Council for Accreditation. Recently he received Honorary Doctorates from Edinburgh Napier University and the University of Maribor.  In 2019, he was appointed to the Academia Europaea, founded as an initiative of The Royal Society to be the official scientific advisory body for the EU. In March 2020, he was appointed Non-Executive Director of the Western Health & Social Care Trust and a Trustee of Alzheimer’s Society UK. He currently chairs an expert panel for Research England’s Research Excellence Framework. Recently he received two Honorary Doctorates and had 7 adjunct professorships on 5 continents.  In 2020, the European Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Professor Helena Leino-Kilpi, PhD, MEd, RN, FAAN, FEANS, FRCN, Member of Academia Europea

Helena Leino-Kilpi is a professor, University of Turku, Faculty of Medicine and Nurse director in Turku University Hospital.

She is internationally well-known expert in nursing and health sciences. Her research is in the fields of health care and nursing ethics, clinical nursing and nursing education. Most of her research groups are international, and her funding has been both international (e.g. European commission) and national (e.g. Academy of Finland). Altogether, she has published around 600 scientific, referee-based publications, mostly with international collaborators. She has developed several instruments for research purposes.

Leino-Kilpi  has been active in PhD-education in nursing science. She has supervised 70 new PhDs in the field, most of them in influential positions in nursing academia, practice and leadership. For years, she was co-ordinating the Finnish Doctoral Education Network, and has for years taught research ethics in the European Academy of Nursing Science. She is a founding member and a current board member of the Baltic Sea Region Doctoral Network, and active in Nordic collaboration. Furthermore, for the improvement of nursing education, she is a member of the advisory board of European Federation of Educators in Nursing Science (FINE). In the University of Turku, she was initiating the establishment of the Post-doctoral Program in Nursing Science.

Leino-Kilpi has several academic duties. She has been a member of advisory boards of universities, made research evaluations in different countries, and for different funding organizations, and is a member of editorial boards. She is Honorary Doctor in the University of Klaipeda (Lithuania), Fellow of European Academy of Nursing Science and American Academy of Nursing, Member of multidisciplinary Academia Europea and a Honorary member of the Royal College of Nursing.

Dr. Leino-Kilpi received her nursing degree in the Turku Health Care Institute, Master in Educational Sciences in the University of Turku, Licentiate in University of Tampere and PhD in the Faculty of Medicine, University of Turku (nursing science), Finland. She made a post-doctoral period in New York University (USA) and University of Edinburgh (UK).

In 2007, The President of Republic of Finland, awarded her the Order of the White Rose of Finland.

Professor Sascha Köpke, RN, PhD, FEANS, University of Cologne | UOC, Institut für Pflegewissenschaft

Sasha Köpke has been full professor for nursing research since 2011, first at the University of Lübeck and since 2020 at the University of Cologne, supervising several PhD students and post doc researchers.

His research interests cover quality of care in long term care settings and the development, evaluation and long-term implementation of complex interventions to improve care in different settings. Also, he has performed research on nurse-led decision support and evidence-based patient information.

Methodologically, he has performed a number of studies within the context of developing and evaluating complex interventions, including qualitative studies, mixed-methods studies, and randomised controlled trials using a variety of data collection and evaluation methods. Also, as an editor of the Cochrane Dementia Group, he has a strong interest in systematic reviews.

Symposium venue

Symposium is organized at Kupittaa, in the heart of the Turku Campus of the University of Turku. The exact address is Kiinamyllynkatu 10, 20520 Turku, Finland, building Medisiina D.

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The Department is a versatile unit offering high-quality education and research.

Our task is to maintain academic learning, develop nursing science research and promote the implementation of research-based nursing care. The Department educates students in the health sciences at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral levels.

Read also about our postdoctoral programme in nursing science, PDNurs.

Did you know that The QS World University Rankings by Subject ranks the world’s best universities in 51 different disciplines and Department of Nursing Science was ranked in 2022 as follows:

TOP #1 within Finland

TOP #6 within Europe

TOP #28 worldwide

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