The 9th SCENE Symposium in April 22nd, 2023

The 9th SCENE symposium will be held on Saturday 22nd April 2023 following the MAINN conference – Nutrition and Nurture in Infancy and Childhood: Bio-Cultural Perspectives, April 19-21, 2023 at the Grange Hotel, Grange-over-Sands, the UK

The aim of this SCENE Symposium is to share the new research findings related to closeness in the neonatal environment, present future scenarios on parent-infant closeness in 2035, and discuss about co-production in research.

SCENE symposium:  There will be a fee of £60 to attend the SCENE symposium (non-residential) which includes refreshments and lunch.

MAINN CONFERENCE:  All presenters will be required to register for the conference and pay the fee for the three days £425.00, non-residential.  However, if you cannot attend the full three-day event, a daily rate of £145 is available.  There is no VAT charged on the conference fee. Book the Conference or SCENE symposium from here.

Further information is available on the conference webpage.

Abstract Requirements for the SCENE symposium (Deadline 31st January 2023)

We invite all interested researchers and clinicians to submit an abstract to the 9th SCENE symposium. The call is open for abstracts on original research or quality improvement projects related to parent-infant closeness and separation in neonatal care.  Accepted abstracts will be presented as an oral presentation (15 minutes + 5 minutes for questions) or as a poster presentation. The word count for the abstract is 300 (excluding authors’ names, institutions). Abstracts should include the following headings: objectives, material and methods, results, and conclusions. Please notify the preferred way of presentation.

Submit the abstract as an attached pdf-document to an e-mail sent to Bente Silnes Tandberg ( by 31st January 2023.  Notification of abstract decision (accept/reject) and type of presentation will be emailed to the contact author after 19th February 2023.

On behalf of the Separation and Closeness Experiences in the Neonatal Environment (SCENE) Steering group,

Anna Axelin, RN, PhD
Director of the SCENE research group