Our goals

EIPEN is the European Interprofessional Practice & Education Network. It is a not-for-profit membership society. Our aim is to stimulate and share effective interprofessional training in European higher education, and to improve collaborative practice in health and social care in Europe, in order to help optimize the quality of care and the quality of life of patients. As a network of educational and clinical institutions and of individual professionals we want to influence educational and health care policy in the EU and its member states. We organize biennial conferences, seminars and workshops. We also support collaborative projects of members.

Our history

EIPEN was one of the first interprofessional education networks to be formed. In 2005 a group of universities obtained European funding to set up a network, ending with a conference in Krakow (2007). After the funding ceased, some persons from the project group continued the EIPEN conferences in Oulu (Finland) in 2009, and Ghent (Belgium) in 2011. At the 2011 conference in Ghent a consensus was reached to establish EIPEN as a society with a membership formula. Andre Vyt continued his initiative to formalize the new structure in order to maintain the continuity of EIPEN. Institutions from six different countries engaged in establishing the renewed network by entering a paid institutional membership. Biennial conferences were further organized in Ljubljana (Slovenia) in 2013, Nijmegen (Netherlands) in 2015, Lausanne (Switzerland) in 2017, and Antwerp (Belgium) in 2019. The renewed EIPEN was transformed into a not-for-profit organisation according to Belgian law in 2015. The institutional memberships continued to grow. EIPEN now counts about 20 institutional members. 


Executive Office

Executive Office members

Executive Office
EIPEN is governed by a Steering Board, which is narrowed down to an Executive Office 3 persons, to allow flexibility and swift decision-making on the basis of policy approved by active members. The current Executive Office is formed by Andre Vyt (AQARTO Agency & Artevelde University of Applied Sciences, Belgium, chair), Tiina Tervaskanto-Maentausta (OAMK University of Applied Sciences, Oulu, Finland, vice-chair) and Paul Van Royen (University of Antwerp, vice-chair). In 2020 the board is broadened to 6 members. Contact us for any query or question you might have by sending us a message. We'll respond within 3 days.

The advantages of interprofessional collaboration
Interprofessional teamwork is supposed to demand more time from staff, but when introduced effectively it produces better care, better health outcomes, and also better work atmosphere and job satisfaction. This video shows some evidence-based advantages.
The assets of effective interprofessional teamwork (2' videoclip of AHC)