Ann Hemingway Professor of Public Health (BU, Chair of the European Academy of Caring Science) was co convener of an international conference in Copenhagen in March. The two organisations who came together to run the conference were the European Academy of Caring Science and the Nordic College of Caring Science. The conference venue was the beautiful Diakonissestiftelsen Education Centre for health and philosophy students in Copenhagen (see photo) which provided a relaxing and comfortable environment for the 90 delegates and speakers. Our excellent thought provoking key note speakers included Professor Kate Galvin (University of Hull) and Professor Les Todres (Emeritus Professor BU) and their session, Exploring care: Directions for the head, hand and heart of dignity. Associate Professor Maria Kristiansen (Danish Research Centre for Migration, Ethnicity and Health, University of Copenhagen) and her session, Opinions of care in a multicultural perspective – Caring Science in multicultural Europe, and Professor Elisabeth O C Hall (Emeritus Professor Aarhus University Denmark, Adjunct Professor University of the Faroe Islands) and her session A Big Picture of Caring Science. Several BU staff presented papers at the conference including Dr Liz Norton, Dr Ann Hemingway, Dr Maggie Hutchings, Dr Anne Quinney, Dr Caroline Ellis Hill and Dr Carol Pound. Many thanks to everyone involved particularly those on the organising and scientific committees.
Caring Science is the study of the health and wellbeing of humans in different life situations, and has as it’s basis respect for human dignity and integrity. Both these organisations are working to improve the quality of health and social care provision. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.