Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood: Bio-Cultural Perspectives

The Conference and the SCENE symposium have been cancelled due to COVID 19

We will contact all registered delegates as soon as possible.      

June 9–11; and the 8th SCENE symposium  June 12, 2020
at the University of Turku, Finland

You are warmly welcomed to a three day international, interdisciplinary conference and the SCENE symposium organised by the Health in Early Life and Parenthood research group and the Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku, Finland in collaboration with the Maternal and Infant Nutrition and Nurture Unit (MAINN), University of Central Lancashire, UK ; the centre Reproductive, Infant and Child Health (RICH), School of Education, Health and Social Studies, Dalarna University, Sweden; Turku University Hospital, Finland and the research network SCENE.

The conference aims to:

  • Focus on key initiatives that may impact upon practices related to nurturing the preterm infant and the family
  • Explore the nature of relationships within families in connection with various types of nutritive and nurturing behaviour in infancy and childhood.
  • Enhance understanding of the complex interactions between socio-cultural, psychological and biological factors in the nurture of infant and child.
  • Illuminate socio-cultural, political and economic influences upon infant and child feeding practices.
  • Increase understandings of breastfeeding as a bio-psychosocial activity

Keynote speakers

  • Anna Bergström PhD, Researcher at Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, International Maternal and Child Health, Uppsala University, Sweden
  • Minna Huotilainen, PhD, Professor, Cognitive Brain Research Unit, Department of Education, University of Helsinki, Finland
  • Kajsa Brimdyr PhD, Healthy Children Project, USA
  • Fiona Dykes PhD, Professor of Maternal and Infant Health, Maternal and Infant Nutrition and Nurture Unit (MAINN), University of Central Lancashire, UK
  • Nils Bergman, MD, PhD, Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Division of Neonatology, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
  • Rafael Pérez-Escamilla PhD, Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences) Director, Office of Public Health Practice; Director, Global Health Concentration, Yale School of Public Health, Yale University, USA

Abstract submission

Papers or posters are invited on

  • Infant and child nutrition and feeding (to include biological, social, cultural, psychological, political, economic and practice issues). The scope includes fetal and neonatal nutrition, infant and child nutrition, feeding and eating, up to and including adolescence.
  • Nurturing the infant-parent relationship. The scope includes infants, parents, staff and/or organisations.

Thirty minute papers will be presented at concurrent sessions and posters will be displayed and discussed during designated poster sessions. All abstracts will be reviewed by the Conference Scientific Review Committee chaired by Professor Fiona Dykes.

The deadline of abstract submission was 31st of December 2019

The abstract must include the following:

  • Title of abstract
  • Author/presenter name(s), institution represented, postal address, email address
  • Primary contact person for the conference information
    The abstract should contain an introduction, methods, results and conclusions
  • The abstract should not include subheadings
  • The abstract should be referenced, citing between 2–4 references
  • The references should be presented in Harvard APA

Length should be no more than 700 words (including title, author information and references)
Please state your preference for a paper or poster presentation.
Please also supply a short biography of each author with your abstract.

Please send your abstract as a Word document attachment to:
The subject line of the email should clearly state “Nutrition & Nurture Conference Abstract”

Conference and SCENE symposium programme

Day 1, Tuesday 9th of June 2020

08:00-09:00 Conference registration
09:00-09:30 Opening address: Welcome by Conference Convenor, Associate Professor Anna Axelin, Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku
09:30–10:20 Keynote: Shifting paradigms in maternal and child health
Fiona Dykes, PhD, Professor of Maternal and Infant Health, Maternal and Infant Nutrition and Nurture Unit (MAINN), University of Central Lancashire, UK
10:30–11:00 Concurrent session 1
11:00–11:30 Refreshments
11:30–12:30 Concurrent session 2 a & 2 b
12:30–13:30 Lunch
13:30–14:10 Poster viewing session
14:10–15:00 Keynote: Contextualizing Birth: Understanding our past on our path to the future
Kajsa Brimdyr, PhD, Healthy Children Project, USA
15:00–15:30 Refreshments
15:30–16:30 Concurrent session 3 a & 3 b
18:00–19:30 Welcome Reception, Address: Aurakatu 2, Turku


Day 2, Wednesday 10th of June 2020

08:30–09:00 Registration
09:00–09:10 Welcome by Chair: Senior researcher Hannakaisa Niela-Vilén, Department of Nursing Science, University of Turku, Finland
09:10–10:00 Keynote: Should exclusive breastfeeding still be recommended for 6 months?
Rafael Pérez-Escamilla, PhD, Professor of Public Health (Social and Behavioral Sciences) Director, Office of Public Health Practice; Director, Global Health Concentration, Yale School of Public Health, Yale University, USA
10:15–10:45 Concurrent session 4
10:45–11:15 Refreshments
11:15–12:15 Concurrent session 5 a & 5 b
12:15–13:15 Lunch
13:15–14:00 Poster viewing session
14:00–14:50 Keynote: Title to be confirmed
Anna Bergström, PhD, Researcher at Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, International Maternal and Child Health, Uppsala University, Sweden
15:00–15:30 Concurrent session 6
15:30–16:00 Refreshments
16:00–17:00 Concurrent session 7 a & 7 b
18:00-19:00 Walking tour in Turku (optional; ending at restaurant Hus Lindman)
19:00– Conference dinner (optional) Restaurant Hus Lindman, Address: Piispankatu 15


Day 3, Thursday 11th June 2020

08:30–09:00 Registration
09:00–09:10 Welcome by Chair: Professor Liisa Lehtonen, Head of Neonatology, Turku University Hospital, Professor in Pediatrics, University of Turku
09:10–10:00 Keynote: Nurturescience – a new perspective on newborn nutrition and nurture
Nils Bergman, MD, PhD, Department of Women’s and Children’s Health, Division of Neonatology, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden
10:15–10:45 Concurrent session 8
10:45–11:15 Refreshments
11:15–12:15 Concurrent session 9 a & 9 b
12:15–13:30 Lunch
13:30–14:20 Keynote: Supporting brain development in infancy and childhood – environments and activities
Minna Huotilainen, PhD, Professor, Cognitive Brain Research Unit, Department of Education, University of Helsinki, Finland
14:30–15:00 Concurrent session 10
15:00–16:00 World Premiere of new video on breastfeeding behaviors of preterm babies in skin to skin contact by Kajsa Brimdyr and Renée Flacking & Refreshments
16:00–16:30 Close of conference, Renée Flacking & Anna Axelin


Friday 12th June 2020 – SCENE symposium

The aim of this Symposium is to facilitate research planning in four SCENE research areas. Delegates will be provided with a short presentation/introduction into the research areas and then to join one of four research planning workshops. The workshops aim to: enable delegates to network with researchers with shared interests; to identify and agree research priorities in the topic area; to start to develop research projects; and to agree ongoing collaborations.

09:00 Introduction to the SCENE research priorities – Anna
09:20 SCENE Research Areas – presentations

  • Positive breastfeeding experiences – Bente, Renée
  • Health and wellbeing of (co)Parents – Livio, Gill, Kris
  • Innovative interventions to promote closeness – Liisa, Uwe
  • Parent-infant closeness during therapeutic hypothermia – Ylva, Pyrola, Anna
10.40 Refreshments
11.30 Research Planning Workshops – delegates join one of the four workshops – each workshop is focused on one of the four priority research areas
12.15 Lunch
13.15 Research Planning Workshops (cont) including refreshments
15.30 Presentations from the Workgroups
16.00 Close


Social programme

Tuesday 9th of June 2020

18:00-19:30 Welcome Reception

  • The Welcome Reception is provided by City of Turku. The venue is Turku City Hall, Address: Aurakatu 2, Turku. The Reception is included in the registration fee, but pre-registration is required.


Wednesday 10th of June 2020

18:00-19:00 Walking tour in Turku

  • A guided walking tour at the area of Turku city centre; English-speaking guide leading the tour. The starting point will be updated later, and the tour will end at the Restaurant Hus Lindman where the Conference Dinner takes place. The tour is included in the registration fee, but pre-registration is required.
19:00- Conference Dinner

  • The Conference Dinner takes place at the Restaurant Hus Lindman, Address Piispankatu 15. The dinner is included in the full registration fee, not in the reduced registration fee. Pre-registration is required.

Conference and symposium venue

Conference venue is University of Turku, Medisiina D, which is a brand new building used by the University of Turku, Turku University Hospital and Turku University of Applied Sciences.

The address of Medisiina D building is Kiinamyllynkatu 10, Turku

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


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). There are special prices for the conference participants (between 8.-12.6.2020)

standard single room 120€ / day (breakfast included)
standard double room 120€ / day (breakfast included)

Bookings are made directly from the hotel: Tel. +358 20 1234600, email:

Please, mention code “Nutrition & Nurture Conference”


Other hotel possibilities:

Hotels in Turku



All conference registration fees include attendance in the scientific programme, conference materials, coffee and lunch on the conference days, as well as the Welcome Reception on Tuesday, 9 June and the Walking tour in Turku on Wednesday, 10 June. The Conference Dinner on Wednesday, 10 June, is included in the full fees only.

Please note that the deadline for registration is 31 May 2020

Abstract presenters should register by 28 February 2020

Registration fees:
  Full fee – dinner included Reduced fee –
dinner not included
Regular participant 470 EUR 400 EUR
One-day participation: 220 EUR 150 EUR

The conference registration fees are not subject to VAT.

The 8th SCENE Symposium will be arranged on 12 June 2020 in Turku, Finland. Symposium day is free of charge, pre-registration is required. Registration with conference registration form linked below.


Methods of payment

1. Credit card payment (no transaction fee)
On the online registration form choose the credit card payment and fill in the payment card details.

2. Online bank payment (no transaction fee) On the online registration form choose your bank and you will be forwarded to the payment service.

3. PDF Invoice (payment with bank transfer)
A PDF invoice will be sent to your e-mail after you have submitted your registration.
A transaction fee of 10 EUR will be added

3. E-invoice (for Finnish organisations only)
An e-invoice will be sent to the given e-invoicing address.
A transaction fee of 10 EUR will be added.

Please make sure to give the correct invoicing address. An extra invoicing charge of 5 EUR will be added in case a new invoice is processed (revised PDF or e-invoice due to wrong address, or otherwise modified).

All payments must be made in euros (EUR).


Invitation letter

If you need an invitation letter for visa application, it is a prerequisite that you contact Aboa Congress and Event Services ( before you make the registration and payment.


Please note that the meeting participants are not covered by any insurance (travel, medical, accident or liability) taken by the Meeting Organizers. The Meeting Organizers cannot accept liability for any loss or damage suffered by any participant or accompanying person or another person during travel to and from the meeting or during the meeting. Participants are advised to consider purchasing their own travel insurance and to extend their personal policy to cover personal possessions.


Cancellation of registration must be made in writing (email) to before 11 May 2020. No fees will be refunded after this date. A processing fee of EUR 50 will be deducted from all refunds.

In the event that the meeting is cancelled by the Meeting Organizers, or cannot take place for any reason outside the control of the Meeting Organizers, the registration fee shall be refunded in full. The liability of the Meeting Organizer shall be limited to that refund.

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Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood: Bio-Cultural
Perspectives Conference 2020 and the 8th SCENE Symposium,
Turku, Finland

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Associate Professor Anna Axelin
Department of Nursing Science
University of Turku
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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 children¹s 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.