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Conference IPONS Gothenburg 2021
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Welcome to the digital IPONS conference 2021, organised by the University of Gothenburg

Health and medicine

June 16-18, 2021: The 24th International Philosophy of Nursing Conference IPONS. Personhood: philosophies, applications and critiques in healthcare. A three-day digital conference hosted by the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. Keynote speakers are: Inger Ekman Richard Sawatzky Jonna Bornemark Elvis Imafidon Bengt Kristensson Uggla

16 Jun 2021 - 18 Jun 2021
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The conference will be fully digital and adapted to suit several time zones.

The conference brings together scholars from all parts of the world with an interest for philosophical inquiry as related to nursing and the wider healthcare practice, theory, research, education and policy from a wider range of perspectives. During the conference, participants will have the opportunity to share and learn from philosophical inquiries in ways that support the development of nursing and healthcare philosophy.
Institute of Health and Care Sciences at the University of Gothenburg

The 24th annual nursing philosophy conference will be broadcast digitally from Gothenburg on June 16–18, 2021, and includes presentations available online for registered participants - to facilitate participation in different time zones.  

The digital conference will include both key notes and parallel sessions. The conference will be broadcast live through 08:00-19:00 CET. Short films about the posters will be available to all participants as well as recordings of all sessions.

All digital activities will be accessible to registered  participants on the same day via the conference portal to enable participation from different time zones.

All abstracts accepted for the conference that was initially to be held in August 2020 have been invited to give presentations at the conference in June 2021.  The call for Abstracts is now closed. 

Arguments for considering a notion of person-centeredness and performing person-centred care is increasingly being articulated internationally in nursing and across health care fields. However, while the notion of targeting the patient and family members as individuals is familiar to the nursing and most health care disciplines, there has been a lack of concrete strategies and actions for how to accomplish person-centred care that explicitly build upon, or could be related to, a philosophical foundation. Personhood and the idea of person-centeredness – and other thoughtful ideas from our predecessors – need to be reconsidered and re-examined in relation to current societal challenges and health care structures. Thus, philosophical perspectives on person-centeredness can be applied with potential to contribute to furthering the understanding, applications, explorations and inquiries as related to philosophy of nursing.

The 24th International Philosophy of Nursing Conference to be hosted by the University of Gothenburg, Sweden, invites contributions that inquire notions of personhood and person-centeredness as related to nursing and healthcare, and links as well as conflicts between philosophy and person-centred practice.

The conference is hosted by the Institute of Health and Care Sciences, the department organizing research and educational programmes at all levels related to nursing at the University of Gothenburg, and hosting the University of Gothenburg Centre for Person-centred Care (GPCC). The conference will be held in English.


Please register here 


The call for abstracts is now closed. 

For  questions regarding abstracts, please contact: Irene.carlensberg@gu.s

Keynote speakers

Please find more information on the keynotes here

Conference fee

SEK 1800 in Swedish official currency