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Postdoctoral Researchers in Nursing Science Shaping the Future of the Social and Health Care

December 12-13, 2024
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 second 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 their 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 2024.

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

Important dates

Symposium: Dec 12-13, 2024
Call for abstracts: Open
Call for Abstract deadline: July 31, 2024
Abstract Acceptance Letter: August 28, 2024
Registration deadline: the early-bird registration October 15, 2024; otherwise December 5, 2024 

Abstract submission

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. We especially welcome this year abstracts related to the themes of 1) working-life orientation and relations in planning, executing, implementing your study and disseminating research results, and 2) efficiency of health care systems. 

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.

The deadline for submitting abstracts has been extended and the new deadline for abstract submission is July 31, 2024. 

All abstracts will be reviewed. We expect to inform you on the outcome of the review process by August 28, 2024.

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Registration is now open. You can register online via this link.

Symposium fee: 70€ until October 15, 2024

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.

Payment methods 

1) Credit card payment
On the registration form, choose the credit card payment and fill in the payment card details. Payment service provider Paytrail Plc*

2) Online bank payment (for Finnish/Nordic banks only)
On the registration form, choose your bank, and you will be forwarded to the payment service. Payment service provider Paytrail Plc*

3) PDF invoice (payment with bank transfer).
An invoicing fee of 15 EUR will be added. The PDF invoice will be sent to your e-mail address after you have submitted your registration. In case you are not paying the invoice yourself, please forward it to the right person.

4) E-invoice (for Finnish organisations only).
An invoicing fee of 15 EUR will be added. The e-invoice will be sent directly to the e-invoicing address provided. 

Invoices: Please make sure to give the correct invoicing address. An extra invoicing charge of 10 EUR will be added if a new invoice is processed (revised PDF or e-invoice due to a wrong address, or otherwise modified). 

The registration fees are invoiced by Certia Oy, Aboa Events (VAT FI23274223) on behalf of the local organiser University of Turku, (VAT FI02458963).

Paytrail Plc (VAT FI21228397) acts as a collecting payment service provider in cooperation with Finnish banks and credit institutions. Paytrail Plc is authorized payment institution. Paytrail Plc appears as the payee on the bank statement or card invoice and forwards the payment to the event organizer. In case of reclamations, please contact the event organiser.

All payments must be made in euros (EUR). 

Cancellation policy & insurance 

Cancellation of registration must be made in writing (email) to aboaevents@certia.fi before November 15, 2024. 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 Organisers, or cannot take place for any reason outside the control of the Meeting Organisers, the registration fee shall be refunded in full. The liability of the Meeting Organiser shall be limited to that refund. 

Please note that the meeting participants are not covered by any insurance (travel, medical, accident or liability) taken by the Meeting Organisers. The Meeting Organisers 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. 

Change of participant

At any time after registration, in case you will be unable to attend for any reason, you will have the opportunity to send a colleague in your place at no additional cost. In such case, please contact Aboa Events at aboaevents@certia.fi as soon as possible. 

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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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You are very welcome in through these two doors:

University of Turku

The University of Turku, established in 1920, has 8 faculties and 5 independent units. There are 20,000 students and 3,400 staff members.

Read more from the University website.

Department of Nursing Science

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 2023 as follows:

TOP #1 within Finland
TOP #10 within Europe
TOP #45 worldwide

Welcome to Turku

Walkable and compact city

“In Turku, everything is nearby. There are magnificent footpaths running along the Aura River on both banks, offering a scenic view of the city for pedestrians out on a walk, across a distance of several kilometres. High-quality restaurants can be found all along the route, allowing visitors to explore the excellent and continuously growing restaurant scene in Turku. Many museums and cultural sites can also be found along these footpaths. Turku is just the right size, cosy and safe.

All the meeting hotels in Turku are located along the Aura River and in the city centre, near the Market Square. The meeting hotels are within walking distance of each other. Turku offers opportunities for holding large meetings and parties without a need for group transport arrangements, saving money and following the principles of sustainable development.”

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Here are some examples of accommodation options in Turku. More options, such as hotels, hostels and apartments, can be found at online travel agencies, for example, booking.com.


Original Sokos Hotel Kupittaa

  • Almost next to the Department of Nursing Science and Turku University T-hospital, only a couple minute walk from the hotel
  • The train from Helsinki to Turku arrives here at the Kupittaa station. At the moment, the main train station of Turku is under renovation, so all the trains that come from Helsinki stop at the Kupittaa station.

If you prefer a more central location, we would suggest some other option, even though the walk from the hotel to the city centre is not long, less than 2 km.

Centro Hotel Turku

  • Located in the city centre, less than a 1.7 km walk from the hotel to the symposium venue.

Scandic Hamburger Börs

  • Located in the middle of the city centre, a 1.8 km walk from the hotel to the symposium venue.

Radisson Blu Marina Palace Hotel

  • Located in the city centre by Aura River, a 2.3 km walk from the hotel to the symposium venue.

Original Sokos Hotel Wiklund

  • Located in the middle of the city centre next to Scandic Hamburger Börs, a 1.8 km walk from the hotel to the symposium venue.

Hotel Kakola

  • Located in the city centre, but closer to the harbour, a 3.5 km walk from the hotel to the symposium venue.
  • The building is an old jail, which has an interesting history. In this area there are also a couple of really nice restaurants (Kakolan Ruusu, Kakola Brewery) and a nice spa, so we encourage you to visit here even though you would not book a room from here.

Holiday Club Caribia

  • Located near the University campus, a 1.1 km walk to the symposium venue, and 2 km from the city centre.


Hostels and B&Bs

Bed&Breakfast Tuure

  • Located in the city centre, a 2.1 km walk from the hostel to the symposium venue.
  • Quite affordable prices compared to hotels, for example, a single room from 49€ / night (including breakfast) or a double room from 65€ / night (including breakfast).

Boat hostel S/S Bore

  • S/S Bore is a museum ship, located near Turku Castle. A 4.2 km walk from the hostel to the symposium venue (the route is nice because you can enjoy the beautiful views around river Aura).
  •  Quite affordable prices compared to hotels, prices starting from 40€ / night (including breakfast).


Have you heard that Finland is known as the happiest place in the world?

You may wonder why. For someone happiness is our beautiful nature surrounding us. Someone would say that happiness is that we have free education for all and everyone has equal learning opportunities and access to high-quality education. For someone happiness is instead that Finland is safe place to raise children. And for someone happiness is modern Child health centre and free Maternity package. One way or another there are many reasons to confirm that Finland is really the the happiest place in the world.

It is great to have you here – You are very welcome!

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Tella Lantta University Lecturer, Docent, PhD, RN+358 50 475 6068