European Academy of Nursing Science Summer Conference

Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Campus Heymans, Ottergemsesteenweg 460, 9000 Gent
donderdag, 12 juli 2018
8.00h -18.00h


"Leadership in nursing: Challenges for the Future"
Leadership in nursing is conceptualized as occuring in three primary domains: in clinical practice with patients and staff, within healthcare institutions and professional organisations, and in healthcare policymaking areas. Powerful leadership is deemed important to face the challenges of current nursing care. It might lead to superior performances in clinical practice, and thereby delivers benefits to those involved in the delivery of receipts of care. This conference will address different aspects of leadership in nursing, as well as the evidence based perspectives on this topic. This international conference will allow thorough discussions on challenges and opportunities for leadership in nursing on a global perspective.

This conference will offer an exciting programme including two distinguished international keynote speakers (Claudia Maier and dr. Julie Repper), oral and poster presenters discussing innovative and scientific topics related to leadership in nursing, and a panel discussion on the statement "The best leaders are born, not bred".


8:00 - 8:45 am

8:45 - 8:55 am
Opening & welcome by hosting university

8:55 - 9:40 am          
Organisational development in coproduction between service users and staff: insights into achievements, challenges, and the contribution of nurses
Dr. Julie Repper, ImROC UK

9:40 - 10:25 am  
Advanced practice nursing roles in Europe
Dr. Claudia Maier, Technische Universität Berlin & WHO consultant

10:25 - 11:05 am
Poster presentation by EANS doctoral students

11:05 - 11:45 am
Coffee break with poster visiting

11:45 - 12:45 am
Two parallel sessions (3 abstracts/session)

12:45 - 1:45 pm
Lunch break with poster visiting

1:45 - 3:15 pm
Debate: “This house believes that the best leaders are born, not bred.”

3:15 - 4:00 pm 
Reflection on debate – panel with keynotes & local representatives

4:00 - 4:15 pm 
Closing remarks by EANS President 

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Dr. Julie Repper is Director of ImROC, an organisation hosted by the Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (UK). ImROC works in partnership with communities to develop systems, services and cultures that support recovery and wellbeing for all. Dr. Julie Repper is also Recovery Lead at Nottinghamshire Healthcare Trust and Associate Professor of Recovery at University of Nottingham. She draws on her experience of working as a nurse, manager, researcher and lecturer, as well as her personal experience of using mental health services, to support greater understanding of Recovery.  She works across service boundaries with people who use services, providers, commissioners and academic institutions to support collaborative approaches in facilitating Recovery. 

Dr. Claudia B Maier is a postgraduate researcher at the Department of Healthcare Management at Technische Universität Berlin since 2015, a senior fellow with the Center for Health Outcomes and Policies at University of Pennsylvania and a consultant with the WHO. From 2014-15, she spent a year in the U.S. at the University of Pennsylvania, as Commonwealth Fund Harkness / B. Braun Fellow. From 2011-14 Claudia Maier worked at UNAIDS on health systems strengthening, the integration of the HIV/AIDS programs in national health systems, task-shifting and -sharing, and HIV/AIDS investment cases. From 2008-11, Claudia Maier was employed by the European Observatory on Health Systems and Policies, where she worked on the E.U.-funded PROMeTHEUS research project on health professional mobility in the European region, and organized policy dialogues on health policy reforms in Europe. Claudia Maier has also previously worked with the European Commission (DG Sante), a state-level Institute of Public Health in Germany (LÖGD), WHO, and at the University of Bielefeld, Germany. 


  • June 25, 2018 - Registration deadline
  • July 12, 2018 - EANS Summer Conference


Prof. dr. Ann Van Hecke
Prof. dr. Sofie Verhaeghe
Prof. dr. Dimitri Beeckman
(University Centre for Nursing and Midwifery)

Prof. dr. David Richards
(President of EANS)

Prof. dr. Sascha Köpke
(Chair of the Scientific Committee EANS)

Prof. dr. Rik Verhaeghe
(Director of Nursing Ghent University Hospital)


Registration fees: 

  • Standard fee: 100€
  • Students and Paying members of the alumni association: 90€
  • UZ Ghent staffmembers: use code for registration 

The registration fee includes:
- Conference entry on Thursday, 12 July 2018.  
- Lunch and coffee breaks.
- Conference bag containing the program and information material

Payment modalities:
Please transfer the registration fee to account BE59-3900-9658-0026 of Ghent University. Be sure to mention the reference 1000159273 and the name of the participant with your transfer. This makes it easier for us to connect each payment with a participant.


Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences,  Campus Heymans, Ottergemsesteenweg 460, 9000 Gent

By train
Ghent is easy to reach by train from all Belgian and European cities. The station is close to the congress venue. Ghent is a 30-minute train ride from Brussels, 45 minutes from Antwerp, 50 minutes from Liège and 1 hours from the Belgian coast.  Your train journey from Ghent to Brussels South Station takes just half an hour. If you take the Eurostar or the Thalys you can be in Paris in 1.5 hours and in London, Amsterdam or Cologne in 2.5 hours.

By car
Ghent is located at the junction of two important motorways: the E40 and the E17. Parking facilities on campus are limited. You can park on the parking of the Ghent University Hospital (10 euros/day). 

By public transport
The conference venue can be reached with bus line 8 (stop Heymanslaan), 67 and 65 (stop UZ Ottergemsesteenweg). 
From Ghent Sint-Pietersstation, you can walk to the faculty (20 min), or take tram 4 to the Ghent University Hospital (UZ) and get off at the terminus.  From the terminus, you can walk to the faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences. At the roundabout, you can enter through the green gate and walk around the building to reach the main entrance of the faculty.
Map out your route


Download invitation here