Keynote Lectures

Four of Europe’s leading clinical nursing researchers will give keynote speeches framing the conference’s topics.

All speakers are nurse researchers and university lecturers with strong roles in their national and international nursing academia who have performed several research projects and published extensively. All have collaborated in European and other international research project and are fellows of the “European Academy of Nursing Science (EANS)”.

We are very much looking forward to hearing about recent developments and future challenges from different perspectives of nursing research and theory.

After the keynote lectures, there will be sufficient room for discussion with the presenters.

Prof. Jan Hamers is a professor of care of older people at Maastricht University (the Netherlands) and chair of the „Living Lab on Ageing and Long-Term Care”. His research focusses among other topics on older people, especially nursing home residents and people with dementia.

Prof. Dr. JPH (Jan) Hamers

Prof. Dr. JPH (Jan) Hamers

Maastricht University, Care and Public Health Research Institute (CAPHRI), Vice chair Ageing and Long-Term Care

Curriculum Vitae

Prof. dr. J.P.H. (Jan) Hamers, RN, PhD, is a Full Professor of Care of Older People at Maastricht University in the Netherlands. He is deputy chairman of the department of Health Services Research and co-head of the multidisciplinary research program ‘Ageing and Long-Term Care’ at the Research School Caphri. Furthermore, he is the founder and chair of the Living Lab on Ageing and Long-Term Care, chair of the Scientific Committee of the Dutch Nursing Organization (V&VN) and Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science (EANS).


Jan Hamers and his group conduct research focusing on the effectiveness of health care (e.g., physical restraint reduction and prevention, pain assessment in dementia, improving functional status and reducing disability) and on the organisation of the care process (e.g., quality of life and quality of care, best practices in dementia care, innovations in health care, nursing leadership). He is chairing the Living Lab in Ageing and Long-Term Care, which is a successful formal collaboration between Maastricht University, Zuyd University of applied Sciences an 7 organisations providing long-term care (100 care locations, 15.000 staff). Jan Hamers has been very successful in acquiring research grants (more than €8.000.000), and in managing and completing major research projects. He and his group have written many papers in scientific journals, professional journals, books et cetera. He is frequently invited as key note speaker at international meetings and scientific conferences, (guest) editor and reviewer for scientific journals and reviewer of major international research funding agencies.


Hamers has been coordinator and member of many different module groups in the bachelor Health Sciences and European Public Health, and masters Nursing Sciences, Health Services Innovation, and Health Care Policy and Innovation Management, and supervisor of numerous master students. He has been chair of the Educational Committee Health Sciences at Maastricht University, and currently is leading the BSc-Health Sciences track ‘Policy, Management and Evaluation of Care’.

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Prof. Helena Leino-Kilpi is a professor of nursing science and head of the department of nursing science at the University of Turku (Finland). Her research focusses among other topics on nursing ethics, patient empowerment, and nursing education

Prof. Dr. Helena Leino-Kilpi

Prof. Dr. Helena Leino-Kilpi

Turku University Hospital, Department of Nursing Science, Leader of the Finnish National Doctoral Programme in Nursing Science

Curriculum Vitae


University of Turku
Department of Nursing Science
20014 University of Turku

Short biography 07/2017

Helena Leino-Kilpi is a professor and chair, Head of the Department, University of Turku, Faculty of Medicine, Department of Nursing Science and Nurse director (part-time), Turku University Hospital.

She is nationally and internationally well-known expert and researcher in the field of nursing science, and health sciences. She is a registered nurse with clinical expertise in surgical-intensive nursing care, master in educational sciences and PhD in nursing science, and has made her post doctoral-studies in 1990s in the New York University.

Main teaching areas of Helena Leino-Kilpi are health care and nursing ethics, as well as research methods and supervision of PhD-students. She has supervised more than 50 graduated PhDs in nursing science, has been chairing years the Finnish National Doctoral Network in Nursing Science and taught research ethics in the European Academy of Nursing Science. Currently, she is also a member of the management board of the Baltic Sea Region Doctoral Network.

Research of Helena Leino-Kilpi is in three main areas

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  1. health care and nursing ethics,
  2. clinical nursing, especially empowering patient education and quality of care, and
  3. health care and nursing education, especially competence of professionals.

She has participated and chaired many international research projects, also funded by European Commission. Currently, she is the chair of the international ProCompNurse-project, funded by the Academy of Finland. She is also a member of two international COST-networks. She has published around 500 scientific, referee-based publications.

Leino-Kilpi has expertise in international and national academic duties. She has made research evaluations in many universities, has memberships in advisory boards, tasks in research associations and foundations. She is a Fellow of European Academy of Nursing Science, and visiting professor in the University of Dublin Trinity College. She is also Honorary Doctor in the University of Klaipeda, Lithuania.

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Prof. Gabriele Meyer is a professor for health & nursing sciences and head of the institute of health and nursing sciences at the Martin-Luther-University Halle-Wittenberg (Germany). She has performed research in many different areas among them effectiveness of nursing care, development and evaluation of complex interventions, and epidemiology of nursing problems.

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Meyer

Prof. Dr. Gabriele Meyer

Martin-Luther-Universität Halle-Wittenberg, Medizinische Fakultät, Head of the Institute of Health and Nursing Sciences

Curriculum Vitae
Current position, qualification and professional career
  • Since 2013: Professor for health & nursing sciences Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
  • 2008 – 2013: Professor for clinical nursing research University of Witten/Herdecke
  • 2006 – 2008: Professor for nursing science, University of Bremen
  • 1999 – 2006: Research fellow, University of Hamburg, Unit of Education and Health Sciences;
  • 2004: Dr. phil., University of Hamburg
  • 1992 – 1998: Studies of teacher training, upper secondary level/vocational schools, Health Science and Germany, University of Hamburg
  • 1990 – 1998: Nurse, hospitals and community nursing in Lüneburg and Hamburg
  • 1987 – 1990: Vocational training as nurse, municipal hospital Lüneburg
Research interests

Effectiveness research in nursing; development and evaluation of complex interventions; epidemiology of nursing problems, e.g. dementia-related care needs in nursing homes and home care nursing; mobility, joint contractures, use of physical restraints and psychotropic medication in nursing homes


Member of the Sachverständigenrat im Gesundheitswesen; Member of the German Ethics Council; Corresponding Board Member of the German Network of Evidence-based Medicine (DNEbM); Fellow of the European Academy of Nursing Science (EANS); Member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the German Institute for Quality and Efficacy in Health Care (IQWiG); Co-Editor PFLEGE (Huber), Editor in Chief ZEFQ (Elsevier), Associate Editor BioMed Central Geriatrics (BMC Series)

List of peer reviewed publications:

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Prof. Evridiki Papastavrou is chair of the department of nursing at the school of health sciences at Cyprus University of Technology, Limassol (Cyprus). Her research activities focus among others on care phenomena and care of chronically ill patients and family carers.

Ass. Prof. Dr. Evridiki Papastavrou

Ass. Prof. Dr. Evridiki Papastavrou

Cyprus University of Technology, School of Health Sciences, Chair of Department of Nursing, Lemesos oder Limassol

Curriculum Vitae

Ass. Prof. Evridiki Papastavrou, PhD

Dr Evridiki Papastavrou is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Nursing, Cyprus University of Technology and she has a long experience as an Educator, Researcher, Consultant and Chair of the Cyprus Regulatory body for Nursing and Midwifery. She is also the main proposer and Chair of an EU COST Action project, the CA15208 ( under the acronym RANCARE

She holds a PhD in Nursing (University of Athens, Greece), an MSc in Nursing (University of Manchester, UK), a BSc degree in Public Administration (Panteion University of Athens, Greece) and a Diploma in Nursing and Nursing Administration. She has contributed to the
foundation of the Cyprus University of Technology Ethics Committee of which she served as its’ first Chair and in addition she was appointed as a member of the Cyprus National Bioethics committee for two terms. Additionally she was appointed as a consultant to the development and evaluation of the Nursing Curriculums of several Universities in Cyprus as well as a mission member of the TAIEX (A European body Technical Assistance and Information Exchange). She also has been actively involved in the care and welfare of patients with dementia by being a member of the National Multidisciplinary Committee for Alzheimer’s disease and also by organizing a series of seminars for the families of patients with dementia.

Dr Papastavrou is a recipient of 11 major research grants: 2 EU funded as the main proposer, 4 EU funded as a secondary proposer, and 5 funded from National bodies, such as the Cyprus Promotion Foundation, the Cyprus Nurses and Midwives Association and the CUT as a main proposer, a coordinator and principal investigator. Her research interest focuses on two main directions: a) the aspect of care as a multidimensional and complex phenomenon and b) the effects of care of chronically ill patients on their family carers, especially in dementia care. As regards the first direction of care, she studies nurse caring behaviours and individualised care as related to patient outcomes; the environment of care, inter-professional collaboration and issues influencing the delivery of care such (e.g. perceptions of the professional environment, the ethical climate, organizational culture, the clinical learning environment, critical thinking and decision making processes); nursing care rationing and care prioritization as a multidimensional and international problem (e.g. from the organisational, decision-making, clinical, ethical and moral aspect). The second direction of research is related to carers and combines the effects of care of chronically ill patients on their families, with phenomena like caregiver burden, psychiatric morbidity, quality of life and coping with care. Care giver burden has been studied in families of patients with cancer, schizophrenia and dementia. Additionally,
dementia care-giver burden is explored in relation of the social capital. Dementia care is also explored within the hospital setting environment with aspects such as delirium, dementia care knowledge and attitudes and the aspect of dignity for dementia patients.
Dr Papastavrou has a record of 113 publications in peer reviewed Journals (of which 82 are indexed in Google Scholar, 57 are indexed in PUBMED and many are published in the Greek language in peer reviewed National Journals from Cyprus and Greece). Her published work received more than 1835 citations in 134 different Scientific Journals, 17 different subject areas and 29 different countries. Additionally, she been reported as the most cited researcher in the Department of Nursing for 2016 until April 2017. The bibliometrics of her work are: hindex 23, i10-index 34 (accessed 27.6.2017,

Her educational activities include teaching at the Bachelor, Master’s and Doctoral program and she is responsible (development and independent teaching) for 3 modules of the Fundamental Principles of Nursing Care I,II, III, the Science of Nursing and the multidimensional nature of Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. She is the main supervisor of 7 doctoral dissertations (3 have graduated) and also a member of the supervisory committee for other 10 (2 have graduated). Dr Papastavrou has also an international teaching experience in several EU countries, using several pedagogical approaches and creating research collaborations for
the investigation of the clinical practice environment.

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