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

Conference theme

"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".

Conference Venue

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

Full Programme (download)

8:00 - 8:45 

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

8:55 - 9:40          
Keynote 1: Organisational development in coproduction between service users and staff: insights into achievements, challenges, and the contribution of nurses
Dr. Julie Repper, ImROC UK (Chair: Ann van Hecke)

9:40 - 10:25 
Keynote 2: Advanced practice nursing roles in Europe
Dr. Claudia Maier, Technische Universität Berlin & WHO consultant (Chair: Ann van Hecke)

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

11:05 - 11:45 
Coffee break & poster viewing

11:45 - 12:45  
Platform presentations 3a (parallel sessions) (Chair: NN)
1. De Roo N & Nachtergaele S: Clinical leadership: how can we define and recognize leaders in bedside nursing care?
2. Van den Bussche K et al.: Core Outcome Set (COS) for health- and nursing research: the case of incontinence-associated dermatitis (IAD)
3. Silva da Costa A & Henriques A: Nursing in the Governance Model at Health Programmes

Platform presentations 3b (parallel sessions) (Chair: Veerle Duprez)
1. Vermeir P et al.: Job satisfaction in relation to communication among nurses
2. van Staa AL et al.: Experiences with a nurse-led self-management support intervention for people with chronic conditions. A mixed-methods approach

12:45 - 13:45 
Lunch break with poster visiting

13:45 - 15:15 
Debate: “This house believes that the best leaders are born, not bred.”
(Chair: David Richards)

15:15 - 16:00 
Panel discussion with keynote speakers and local representatives
(Chair: David Richards)

16:00 - 16:15  
Closing remarks by EANS President Gabriele Meyer

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Keynote speakers

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. 

Important deadlines

  • 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)

Practical information

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.


For questions about the conference, please contact 

Travel information

By plane

  • Brussels Airport (67 km from Ghent)
    The easiest way to get to Ghent is by train. There are direct trains from the airport to Ghent
    (Ghent Central Railway Station = Gent-Sint-Pieters). Another option is to take the train from
    the airport to Brussels Central Station, and switch to another train to Ghent (Gent Central
    Railway Station = Gent-Sint-Pieters). Travel time is about 1 hour and the price for a single
    fare is approximately €16.00. More information can be retrieved here.
  • Brussels South Charleroi Airport (111 km from Ghent)
    The fastest way to get to Ghent is by bus. Bus services are provided by the private company
    Flibco. Travel time is about 1h20’ and the price for a single fare is approximately €15.00. The
    bus arrives in front of the Ghent Central Railway Station. More information can be retrieved

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

Hotel accommodation 

(1) Monasterium Poortackere
Address: Oude Houtlei 56 9000 Ghent

(2) Ibis Ghent Opera
Address: Nederkouter 24 9000 Ghent

(3) Gravensteen
Address: Jan Breydelstraat 35 9000 Ghent

About Ghent

Ghent is a city and a municipality in the Flemish Region of Belgium. It is the capital and largest city of the East Flanders province and after Antwerp the largest municipality of Belgium. The city started as a settlement at the confluence of the rivers Scheldt and Lys and in the Late Middle Ages became one of the largest and richest cities of northern Europe. It is a port and university city. Ghent is truly a historic city, yet at the same time a contemporary one. The modern daily life of the city’s active
inhabitants plays itself out against a gorgeous historical backdrop. In Ghent, they live, work and enjoy life over and over again each day. A couple enjoys the peace of an authentic beguinage. Parents and children stroll through the traffic-free streets of the city centre. A tourist snaps a photo of the three
towers, as so many have before, but just a little differently. A businessman with an iPhone walks along the distinctive Graslei, crosses the Lys and enters his stylish four-star hotel hiding behind a medieval facade. Dozens of pavement cafes invite you to discover Ghent’s specialties. The sun is
reflected in the many waterways. The city is alive and bids you welcome. And ... nice to know, when you visit Ghent in July 2018, you will be enamoured by the ‘Gentse Feesten’ (roughly translated as the ‘Ghent parties’) that will take place from Friday, July 13 to July 22. During this time, Ghent becomes an even more vibrant and beautiful city with lots of acts, art, music, festivals, shows, … which are organised throughout the city! This seems to be a very good reason to stay a little longer in Ghent!