2017 Conference


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You can download a eipen_conference_2017_poster_high_resolution_for_printing_purposes.pdf to display where your colleagues can see it. You can also inform others by sending the following message: The next European Conference on Interprofessional Practice and Education in Health and Social Care is organised by EIPEN and Institut La Source in Lausanne, Switzerland from 6 to 8 September 2017. All information is on the website http://www.eipen.eu . Please forward this invitation to persons who would be interested to participate.

Registration: normal rate until May 20th 

More than 60 persons have already registered. Almost 40 persons have seized the pre-registration opportunity in 2016 (280€ for members until December 20th). The opportunity for early-bird registration closed on March 20th: 360€ for members and 440€ for non-members. When registered, you receive an invoice by e-mail. If you did not receive an e-mail of confirmation with an invoice within a week, please send an e-mail (see e-mail address on top of this page). To be valid the payment for the early-bird registration has to be executed before March 30th.

After March registration fees are 459,80€ for members and 544,50€ for non-members if registered before May 20th, and 496,10€ for members and 580,80€ for non-members if registered before June 20th. Last-minute registrations (after June 20th) will only be possible if places are still available (the total number of participants is restricted to 175). For pre-registrations, early-bird registrations, late registrations and last-minute registrations no refund is foreseen when cancelling but registrations can be transferred to another person of the same organisation. For registrations between March 20th and May 20th a 50% refund is foreseen when notified before May 25th.

Early-bird registration before March 20th: 360€ for members and 440€ for non-members.

Normal registration before May 20th: 459,80€ for members and 544,50€ for non-members.

Late registration before June 20th: 496,10€ for members and 580,80€ for non-members.

Last-minute registrations after June 20th: 556,60€ for members and 617,10€ for non-members.

The registration fee includes: access to all conference events, a welcome package, the welcome walking cocktail dinner on the first day, catering and lunches on the second and third day, and evening dinner with social activity on the second evening. At the conference venue free wifi, a pc-room, and printing facilities are available. 

>>> For online registration click here. After registering you can send us a message at the e-mail address mentioned on top of the screen.

Submission of proposals/abstracts: deadline April 20th

The Call for submission of abstracts/proposals is open. We received a first wave of submissions before March 20th. Notification of acceptance for these submissions is guaranteed before April 20th. In case of non-acceptance it is possible to submit a revised version for the second wave, which closes on April 20th. Notification of acceptance is foreseen before the end of May. Presentations and workshops are usually given by one person, but we allow up to two presenters for one presentation, poster or workshop. All presenters need to be registered before June 10th.

Submissions can have the format of an oral presentation (with pc-projections on screen), a poster (A1 or 2*A2 or 4*A3 format), or an interactive workshop.
The submissions are evaluated anonymously by three members of the scientific committee, based on criteria of relevance for the conference, clarity of the abstract, scientific or innovative value, and approach in methods used. The scientific committee consists of 
Corinne Borloz (president), Nadine Oberhauser, David Gachoud, Muriel Gasser, Nynke Scherpbier-deHaan, Majda Pahor, Tiina Tervaskanto-Maentausta, Paul Van Royen, and Andre Vyt.

When submitting your proposal online, best is to have things written out on beforehand in Word, so that you simply have to copy and paste. All information must be in correct English and checked for spelling. You need to fill in the following elements:

Full name of the presenter(s) (max. 2 and starting with first name, e.g., Harriet Scofield-Hallan & Walter Johansson)

Position(s)/function(s) (e.g., Senior lecturer, PhD student, Nurse, Team coach... )

Institutional affiliation (e.g., University of Medirail)

City and Country (e.g., Carranay, France)

E-mail address(es) of presenters to be notified (max. 2)

Title of the presentation, poster or workshop

Author(s) of the study or project (initials of first names followed by family name, e.g., H Scofield-Hallan, J Rothbard & W Hohansson)

Abstract (max. 300 words in correct English, no subtitles, paragraph separations or references)

Outline of the presentation or the method used in a workshop

Any information that helps to better appreciate the submission (without names)

>>> For online submissions click here. After submitting you can send us a message at the e-mail address mentioned on top of the screen.


The conference starts on Wednesday Sep 6th 4pm and closes on Friday Sep 8th at 2pm. The fully detailed programme will be available before June 20th.

The opening ceremony of the conference will start at 4pm. The registration desk will be open from 1pm and will close at 6pm. The Welcome cocktail walking dinner is held in the evening. All participants are also welcome at the conference dinner and social activity on the second day. All dinners and lunches are included in the conference fee.

Opening keynote

Prof. Phillip Clark: Why Values and Voices in Interprofessional Collaboration are Important: Understanding How Narratives Can Improve Patient-Centered Teamwork. Everyone knows that effective communication is essential for interprofessional collaboration in health and social care. However, we don’t always think about how our communication is shaped by our perspectives, training, and values as professionals. We all see the patient differently, and we talk with other care providers using different voices. A narrative approach to interprofessional education (IPE) and practice (IPP) reveals important and largely unrecognized dimensions of collaboration. Using the metaphor of the “story,” we will explore critical aspects of our identities as professionals; how we understand and format the information we gather from patients; and, most importantly, how we communicate with others on the team. The goal is to get us all thinking differently about ourselves, our patients, and our team members in a way that improves health and social care outcomes—whether we are practitioners or educators.

Phillip G. Clark, ScD, is Professor and Director of both the Program in Gerontology and the Rhode Island Geriatric Education Center at the University of Rhode Island in the US. He holds a Doctorate in Public Health (Harvard University), and has served as a Visiting Professor at several universities in Canada, Norway, and the UK. His experience includes teaching healthcare teamwork, developing interprofessional health-related research and demonstration projects, and consulting on interprofessional educational development and evaluation in the US, Canada, and Europe. He is co-author of Healthcare Teamwork: Interprofessional Practice and Education (2nd Edition, Praeger, 2016), and his work has been published in many journals, including the Journal of Interprofessional Care. Dr. Clark has served as Principal or Co-Investigator on over $17 million in grants, and he is a Fellow of the Gerontological Society of America and the Association for Gerontology in Higher Education. He recently received Rhode Island’s “Making a Difference” Award in recognition of his work in promoting quality care for older adults.

Venue and accommodation

The conference venue is Ecole La Source (Avenue Vinet, Lausanne). Lausanne is accessible by train from Geneva.

A limited number of rooms is available in the closest hotel (Ibis Lausanne Centre, Rue du Maupas) at only 155 CHF (double room) or 145 CHF (single room) per night. Conference participants are urged to make reservations at their earliest convenience and preferably before end of May. Probably this hotel will be fully booked by June. Bookings can be done through the hotel website or via e-mail at H6772@accor.com . You have to mention "EIPEN" when making the reservation.

Travel and Tourism

The closest airport is Geneva. Once you have landed, you can take the train from Geneva to Lausanne. To reach Geneva railway station turn left after Customs and down the hall gthrough the revolving door to enter the railway station  (“Gare SBB-CFF”). Check the timetable boards in the station and get your ticket at the counters or at ticket machines in the hall. A 2nd class one-way ticket costs about CHF 27. You can pay in cash or by credit card, and you can choose between Swiss francs (CHF) or Euros (EUR). The exchange rate is about 1:1,1 (1 EURO is worth 1,1 CHF). The journey lasts max. 50 minutes, depending on the type of train. Tickets and timetables are available online on: http://www.sbb.ch/en/home.html

Lausanne is also easily accessible by motorway. 

Tourism info: visit the official Lausanne tourism office or download brochures here.

Info on the previous conferences

The EIPEN 2015 conference was held in The Netherlands, hosted by the consortium of Radboud University Medical Center, HAN University of Applied Sciences Arnhem and Nijmegen, Zuyd University of Applied Sciences Heerlen, Robuust, and Jan van Es Institute. More than 160 attendees participated, also coming from outside of Europe. You can find  Conference reflections in the Newsletter, some Conference impressions (pictures), and the Programme book.



The EIPEN 2013 conference was hosted in the Faculty of Health Sciences of the University of Ljubljana (Slovenia), and chaired by prof. Majda Pahor. There were delegates from 16 different countries. Review of proposals/abstracts for oral presentations, posters, and workshops resulted in a 83% acceptance rate. Download here the Program book with abstracts. You can also read the reflections of the Conference Chair.




The EIPEN 2011 Conference, chaired by prof. Andre Vyt, was hosted in Ghent (Belgium) at the Artevelde University College. The programme counted 30 oral presentations, 10 workshop sessions, and 20 posters. You can still consult here the overview of sessions and posters , the book of abstracts and also a nice photobook (4Mb pdf).




The EIPEN 2009 Conference was hosted by the University of Oulu and the School of Health Care of the Oulu University of Applied Sciences (OAMK). It was chaired by Kajaleena Serlo, Tiina Remaskanto-Maentausta, and Anja Taanila.









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