ReCap Meta-Network Conference

November 14-15, 2023
Nordic Centre, Shanghai

Call for Abstracts for 1st Biennial ReCap Meta-Network Conference


We invite you to join us for the Biennial ReCap Meta-Network Conference ”Thriving Together: Research Career Pathway Toward Academic Excellence”, funded by TFK 2021, Team Finland Knowledge programme (The Finnish National Board of Education), organised by the Partner Universities in Finland and China, taking place November 14-15, 2023. Venue: Nordic Centre, Shanghai (220 Handan Road, Shanghai 200433).

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Responsible organisers

University of Turku, Department of Nursing Science with ReCap Program Partners (Tampere University, Åbo Akademi University, University of Eastern Finland, University of Oulu, Peking University, Fudan University, Peking Union Medical College, Central South University, Xian Jiaotong University, Sichuan University, Sun Yat-sen University, China Medical University, The University of Hong Kong)

Target Audience
The Conference is aimed at everyone who is keen to share their experiences and views on development on research career in academia.

Scientific Scope

We aim to bring together a broad range of multidisciplinary key actors and stakeholders, including researchers at different stages in their career, undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate students, professors, teachers, practitioners and leaders in health and social care services, to share experiences of different career stages, and examples of models with practical suggestions for systematic career development in academia. We are inviting contributions of perspectives and experiences on a range of topics, including but not limited to:

  • Local initiatives during career pathways
  • Innovative methods in education and research of training young researchers
  • Opportunities and challenges in developing academic excellence
  • Collaboration with clinical practice
  • Alternative pathways for academic career building
  • Prerequisites for academic career and success
  • Practical examples of education and research collaboration in building academic success
  • Future visions: the role of academia in society
  • Mentoring in academic career building
  • Resources available for young researchers
  • Dare to dream: Ambition and action
  • Meta-networks related to career pathways

Abstract Submission

The abstract submission will open on April 28th, 2023 and abstracts need to be submitted on August 14th, 2023 (midnight GMT).

Abstract can be research based or commentary. Abstracts can be submitted for one of the following categories:

  1. Oral presentation: Oral presentations will be 20 minutes long in total (5 minutes reserved for Q&As).
  2. Poster presentation: Successful abstracts will need to prepare a poster and a 5-minute oral presentation for Poster Round Talk.
  3. Lightning talk: Successful abstracts in this category will prepare one to three slides, and the lightning talk will be 10 minutes long (at least five minutes reserved for Q&As). The purpose of this Lightning talk is to share personal views about the topic with the audience and allow for open discussions.

Submission Guideline

  • Language: English
  • Text limit: maximum 1500 characters (including spaces; without title, author and affiliation)
  • Abstract structure: the abstract should include the following four areas:
    • Background: Introduction of the topic and its relevance
    • Aim: Brief statement regarding the purpose of the work and the current state of research in the field
    • Results, findings or personal views: Summary of results, including sufficient details to support any drawn conclusions.
    • Conclusions: Statement explaining the significance of the work and its implications for further research.

Download the abstractbook here

Abstract selection procedure
Submitted abstracts will undergo a peer review process and results of the abstract assessment will be done by the Scientific Committee. They will be evaluated through a set of criteria for novelty, quality, potential scientific impact, interest, and relevance to the scope.

Accepted Abstracts
Results of the abstract assessment and assigned presentation category will be announced to the corresponding author via email. Individuals submitting abstracts agree that, if their abstract is accepted, they will present their abstract as scheduled. All accepted abstracts will appear in the final conference programme and will be made available to delegates online. All submitters will be asked to give consent to having the abstract and the contact details (name and affiliation) of the presenting author(s) published online.

Anyone that has been accepted to the conference and has registered can participate and attend remotely


Presenters who are in early career (young researchers) will be considered for prizes. Prizes will be awarded for the best oral presentation, poster presentation and best lightning talk.

Important Deadlines

• April 28, 2023: Abstract submission and Registration open
• August 14, 2023 (midnight GMT): Abstract submission closes
• August 30, 2023: Authors notified of the outcome of the evaluation
• October 30, 2023: Registration closes
• November 14-15, 2023: 1st Biennal ReCap Meta-Network Conference


Download the programme here

Scientific Committee

  • Prof Maritta Välimäki, University of Turku, Chair of the committee
  • Prof Riitta Suhonen, University of Turku, Vice-Chair of the committee
  • Prof Marja Kaunonen, Tampere University
  • Prof Kristina Mikkonen, University of Oulu
  • Assoc. Prof Daniel Fong, University of Hong Kong
  • Prof Xianqiong Feng, Sichuan University
  • Prof Xianhong Li, Central South University
  • Dr. Lei Cheng, Fudan University

Conference fees
The event will be free to attend for all participants.

For any queries, please contact the organisers by emailing

We are looking forward to meeting you!

More information

Maritta Välimäki Professor