Opening of the conference

Opening of the conference

Minister for the Elderly and Public Health

Åse Michaelsen

Member of Stortinget (Parliament) 2005-2017, representing the Progressive Party.

 

Keynote speakers

Keynote speakers

Soo Downe

Soo Downe

Soo spent 15 years working as a midwife. In 2001 she joined UCLan  where she is now the Professor of Midwifery Studies. Her main research focus is the nature of, and cultures around, normal birth. She is currently the Chair of EU COST Action (IS1405)  including 31 countries and over 120 scientists from a wide range of disciplines. She is a member of the Board of Directors  of the International MotherBaby Childbirth Organisation,  and of the Global Respectful Maternity Care Council of the White Ribbon Alliance,  a member of the Steering Group for the recent Lancet Midwifery Series, and of the Advisory Group for the current Lancet Stillbirth Series. She is also a member of the Technical Working Group of the current World Health Organization antenatal guidelines development project, and of the forthcoming  WHO Intrapartum and Reducing Caesarean Section guidelines. She has published over 100 peer reviewed papers, and has undertaken research using a wide range of qualitative and quantitative methods.

 

Bjarne Bruun Jensen

Bjarne Bruun Jensen

Bjarne Bruun Jensen is a professor and director of Health Promotion at Steno Diabetes Center Copenhagen in Denmark. The Steno Health Promotion aims at developing and implementing innovative and user-oriented approaches in prevention and health promotion. A special focus is on reducing inequality in health – socially and globally (www.sdcc.dk). Bjarne is Adjunct Professor at Aalborg University (Denmark) and Norwegian University of Science and Technology (Norway). He has for many years been working with health promotion research, including the concepts of salutogenesis, empowerment, health literacy and action competence.  He has recently been elected as the IUHPE (The International Union for Health Promotion and Education) Regional Vice President of Europe where he also serves on its Executive Board. Bjarne has published 29 books, 104 articles in journals, 96 chapters in books. He is editor of 31 books.

 

Ellen Ersfjord

Ellen Ersfjord, PhD, is currently working as a researcher at Center for Obesity Research at St. Olavs Hospital, Norway. Her research interests are childhood studies and medical anthropology, more specifically within the fields of public health and (childhood) obesity. She has experience with involving children in public health research, and also from telemedicine and advanced new digital media research. 

 

Monica Lillefjell

Monica Lillefjell, PhD, Reg. OT. is currently professor at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology, Department of Neuromedicine and Movement Science and NTNU Center for Health Promotion Research, Trondheim, Norway. Lillefjell is leader for the Norwegian Network for Education and Research in Health Promotion. Her research interests are public health, health promotion and prevention, equality and equity, occupational health and rehabilitation. She has experience with implementation research, especially methods for evidence-based decision-making processes, user involvement and multisectoral collaboration within health promotion and public health work.

 

Louise Potvin 

Gauden Galea

Louise Potvin is currently professor at the Department of Social and Preventive Medicine, School of Public Health, Université de Montreal.  She is Director of the Institut de recherche en santé publique, Université de Montréal and researcher at the Centre Léa-Roback sur les inégalités sociales de santé de Montréal. She holds the Canada Research Chair in Community Approaches and Health Inequalities. Her main research interests are Population Health Intervention Research and the role of social environments in the local production of health and health equity. In addition to having edited and co-edited 8 books, she has published more than 260 peer-reviewed papers, book chapters, editorials and comments. She is the Vice-President for Scientific Affairs of the International Union for Health Promotion and Education and the Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Public Health. She is a Fellow and a member of the Board of Directors of the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences.