Caring science - the heart of multi-professional care

Wednesday 24 April 08:00 - Thursday 25 April 14:30,
The Faculty of Health Sciences at The University of Stavanger.

We look forward to welcoming you to the NCCS and EACS conference ‘Caring science - the heart of multi-professional care’. A pre-conference for doctoral students and early career researchers will be held April 23rd.

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April 24th –25th, 2024


The University of Stavanger (UiS)



Conference fees

Early bird until March 31th 2024: 5900 NOK Regular registration fee: 6900 NOK NCCS members: 4900 NOK

Students and partial participation

Students and doctoral students: 3900 NOK (pre-conference included) Fees for participation one day at campus: 2950 NOK/day

Call for abstracts

New Deadline: December 15th

Welcome to Stavanger and The 5th International NCCS & EACS Conference!

About NCCS and EACS

Nordic College of Caring Science (NCCS) is an association of Nordic researchers within Caring Science. The association aims to develop, support and promote Caring Science knowledge nationally and internationally, such as through the Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences, owned by NCCS. NCCS is also connected to the research fund, NCCSF, where association members can apply for research funding. NCCS arranges conferences and seminaries that are open to the public.

The European Academy of Caring Science (EACS) is a European wide, multi-disciplinary organization of researchers, educators and practitioners who aim to improve patient care and outcomes through caring science. Our mission is threefold; 1) to be recognized as a prominent body of leaders in the field of Caring Science in Europe, 2) to provide a resource of expertise and knowledge related to improving health and care through the cultivation of caring science and 3) to engage in collaborative activities between members that will further the synthesis and development of a body of knowledge in caring science.  


We live in a time where care is challenged with health services facing major changes. The population is aging, and new treatment methods are constantly being developed, which require knowledge of complex solutions. Practitioners need expertise, technological development, and the ability to adapt. If the health service is to succeed in the future, alongside embracing new developments, the multi-professional team need to hold on to our commitment to practice in a caring manner. 

Areas of focus

  • Caring as a multi-professional practice
  • Education in caring science
  • Research in caring science
  • Caring science - the patient’s voice

Keynote speakers:

  • Lena Wiklund Gustin: Caring Science - a possibility in multi professional research and practice
  • Oddgeir Synnes: Poetry and Possibility: Creative Writing in Illness, Aging and Death
  • Ingvil Hellstrand: Thinking-with Art in Research: Experiences and reflections from the Caring Futures Art Exhibition
  • What is caring science today?  Panel dialogue led by moderator Ann Hemmingway. Guests in the panel are Kate Galvin, Lena Wiklund Gustin, Linda Nyholm, and Anders Bremer.

More information about presenters, registration, and the deadline for submitting abstracts will follow.

For questions, contact us by e-mail:


Find the detailed overview over book of program and abstracts (PDF).

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Program Tuesday 23rd - Pre-conference for doctoral students and early career researchers

12:00 - 13:00 Registration

13:00 - 14:30 Publishing in the caring sciences. Speaker: Professor Berit Lindahl, Editor-in-Chief, Scandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences

14:30 - 15:00 Refreshment break

15:00 - 16:30 Progressing caring science research: grant writing. Speaker: Professors Kathleen Galvin, University of Brighton, Ann Hemingway, Bournemouth University and Fiona Cowdell, Birmingham City University

17:00 - 19:00 Buffet and networking. Location: Campus University of Stavanger

Program Wednesday 24th - Main conference day one

08:00 - 09:00 Registration

09:00 - 09:30 Welcome to the conference. Violin: Bjarte Mo, Speaker: Professor Klaus Mohn, Rector, University of Stavanger, Professor Fiona Cowdell, Chair European Academy of Caring Science, Associate Professor Mats Holmberg, Chair Nordic College of Caring Science

 09:30 - 10:15 Keynote - Caring Science: a possibility in multi professional research and practice. Speaker: Professor Lena Wiklund Gustin, School of Health, Care and Social Welfare, Division of Caring Sciences, Mälardalen University, Sweden

10:15 -10:25 Presentation of Katie Eriksson’s memorial award

10:25 - 10:45 Refreshment Break

10:45 - 11:30 Panel discussion: What is caring science today?

Moderator: Professor Ann Hemingway 

Panel: Professors Lena Wiklund Gustin, Kathleen Galvin, Linda Nyholm and Associate Professor Anders Bremer  

11:30 - 12:15 Keynote: Thinking-with Art in Research: Experiences and reflections from the Caring Futures Art Exhibition. Speaker: Associate Professor Ingvil Hellstrand, University of Stavanger, Norway

12:15 - 13:15 Lunch

13:15 - 14:15 Parallell sessions x 4

14:15 – 14:30 Refreshment break

14:30 - 15:15 Poster presentations

15:15 – 16:00 Parallell sessions x 4

17:30 - 19:00 Optional guided tour of Stavanger and NuArt (pre-registration)

19:00 Optional conference dinner at Spiseriet (pre-registration)

Thursday 25th -Main conference day two   

09:00 - 09:20 Welcome to day two. Violin: Bjarte Mo, Speaker: Mats Holmberg

09:30 - 10:30 Parallell sessions x 4

10:30 - 11:00 Refreshment break

11:00 - 11:45 Keynote: Poetry and Possibility: Creative Writing in Illness, Aging and Death.

Speaker: Professor Oddgeir Synnes, VID Specialized University, Centre of Diaconia and Professional Practice, Oslo, Norway

11:45 – 12:45 Lunch

12:45 - 13:45 Parallell sessions x 4

14:00 - 14:30 NCCS poster award and scholarships. Speaker: Linda Nyholm.

Closing remarks. Speaker: Mats Holmberg

Keynote speakers

Their expertise, insights, and groundbreaking ideas will undoubtedly enrich our understanding and empower us to embrace the challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.

Ingvil Hellstrand is associate professor in gender studies at the Department for Caring and Ethics, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Stavanger, Norway (UiS). Her research interests are storytelling practices and knowledge production, science fiction and feminist posthumanities. Ingvil is currently involved in the interdisciplinary research project Caring Futures: Developing Care Ethics for Technology-Mediated Care Practices as lead of the work package Imaginaries of care robots and other technobodies, bringing together science fiction as method, technologies of care, and posthuman ethics.

Oddgeir Synnes is Professor of Health Humanities at the Centre for Diaconia and Professional Practice, VID Specialized University, Oslo, Norway. Synnes has a master’s degree in Nordic literature and a PhD in illness narratives and works with applying perspectives from the humanities to healthcare, both through practical projects and in research. His key areas of interest include cultural and narrative gerontology, creative writing (e.g., in cancer care, palliative care and dementia care), literary representations of illness and
narrative inquiry. His recent books are Ways of Home Making in Care for Later Life (Palgrave Macmillan, 2020) co-edited with Bernike Pasveer and Ingunn Moser and A Poetic Language of Ageing (Bloomsbury, 2023) co-edited with Olga V. Lehmann.

Lena Wiklund Gustin is professor in Caring Science at the School of Health, Care and Social welfare, Mälardalen University where she is one of the leaders for the research group Care, Recovery and Health. She also holds a position as a professor at the Faculty of Health Sciences at UiT/The Arctic University of Norway. Her research interests are different aspects of recovery and care within a context of mental health, as well as narrative hermeneutics. She is currently involved in projects concerning caring encounters between ambulance nurses and patients who are in a suicidal process, nurses experiences of stress and caregiving during the Covid-19 pandemic, and a critical interaction project focusing outdoor offices.

Call for abstracts

New deadline for abstracts is December 15th, 2023. Response on the peer review of your abstract is expected December 29th, 2023.

Abstracts for presentation

We urge participants to submit abstracts that address the topics under investigation at this conference. 

Download Abstract Guidance

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Download Guidelines for poster presentation on campus

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One suggestion is Radisson Blu Atlantic Hotel Stavanger, but the choice is yours.

This website offers many options for hotels in Stavanger. Please be aware of the distance from the University of Stavanger and the social events before booking accommodation.

Planning to stay longer?

It is also possible to explore the region on your own. Visit The Stavanger region's website for a good overview of places to visit and activities to try.

Social events (optional)

Nuart/Street art city walk 24th april. This city tour provides you with a unique opportunity to discover Stavanger's NuArt street art decorating walls, alleys and buildings.   Departure from Domkirkeplassen (city centre) at 17:30. The tour ends at Stavanger Concert Hall at 19:00. Registration: 225 NOK per person                        

Conference dinner at Restaurant Spiseriet (Stavanger Concert Hall). A visit to Spiseriet in Stavanger is an experience for more senses than just taste. We are happy to welcome you to fabulous views of fjords and mountains, located in one of Europe’s finest concert halls. Please join us for a three-course dinner including two drinks. Registration: 950 NOK per person

Central organizing comittee

Mats Holmberg, leader of NCCS. Associate Professor in Caring Science, Linnaeus University, Sweden

Smilende mann med skjorte
Mats Holmberg, leader of NCCS. Photo: private

Anders Bremer, cashier in NCCS. Senior Lecturer, RN, PEN, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Health and Caring Sciences, Faculty of Health and Life Sciences, Linnaeus University.

Anders Bremer
Anders Bremer, cashier in NCCS. Photo: private

Fiona Cowdell, Professor of Nursing and Health Research, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Birmingham City University.

Smiling woman with glasses and necklace.
Fiona Cowdell. Photo: private

Camilla Koskinen, Professor in Caring Sciences, Department of Caring and Ethics, Faculty of Health Sciences, University of Stavanger.

Smilende kvinne foran rosa blomster.
Camilla Koskinen. Photo: private

Local organizing comittee

Associate Professor
Faculty of Health Sciences
Department of Caring and Ethics
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Health Sciences
Department of Quality and Health Technology
Associate Professor
Faculty of Health Sciences
Department of Caring and Ethics
Associate Professor
Faculty of Health Sciences
Department of Quality and Health Technology
Associate Professor
Faculty of Health Sciences
Department of Public Health
Associate Professor
Faculty of Health Sciences
Department of Public Health
Associate Professor
Faculty of Health Sciences
Department of Quality and Health Technology
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Kjell Arholms hus
Faculty of Health Sciences
Assistant Professor
Faculty of Health Sciences
Department of Public Health