19th European Doctoral Conference in Nursing Science Designing the Future of Healthcare – Nurses Taking the Lead

18.09.2020 until 19.09.2020 – Lindenhof, Bremgartenstrasse 117, 3001 Bern


  • Start date 18.09.2020
  • End date 19.09.2020
  • Place Lindenhof, Bremgartenstrasse 117, 3001 Bern
  • Application deadline 31 August 2020
Hinweis Ankündigung Linda H. Aiken

Welcome to the 19th European Doctoral Conference in Nursing Science

We look forward to welcoming you to two days of international exchange and inspirational keynote speeches, workshops and presentations at Bern University of Applied Sciences, Bern, Switzerland.

The 19th European Doctoral Conference in Nursing Science is a meeting point for PhD students from all over the world. The conference takes place in Bern, Switzerland, and is organized by PhD students in Nursing Science from the Bern University of Applied Sciences (Switzerland), Maastricht University (the Netherlands) and the Medical University of Graz (Austria).

The conference provides the opportunity to

  • Meet and build contacts with colleagues all over the world
  • Present a research project as part of their thesis
  • Share experiences and information in the area of nursing research
  • Learn what is currently happening in nursing science around the world
  • Meet the Profs

Professors and other nursing- or faculty staff are welcome to join the audience. About 100 people from a variety of European countries attend the conference each year. On this website you can find all information regarding the 19th conference in Bern.


Bern University of Applied Sciences
Health Professions
Applied Research and Development in Nursing
Murtenstrasse 10
3008 Bern


Organizational Committee


The conference venue is provided by the Lindenhofgruppe. We would like to thank the Lindenhofgruppe for their hospitality and generous support!

Fees + Registration

Conference Fees

Early registration until June 14th, 2020

  • PhD-Students CHF 250
  • Professors and other attendees CHF 300

Standard registration from June 15th, 2020

  • PhD-Students CHF 275
  • Professors and other attendees  CHF 325

When effectuating the payment via bank transfer, please specify the name of the person participating in the EDCNS so that the payment can be assigned correctly. Please remember that only after paying you are registered. Payment for early booking must take place before July 12th, 2020. Please note that by standard booking the payment must take place before August 31st, 2020. If cancellations are received before August 31st, 2020, 50% of the fee will be refunded. Cancellations received after this date cannot be refunded.

Force Majeure Clause

If participants fail to take part in the event for any reason, including causes of Force Majeure, the Bern University of Applied Sciences BFH shall not be liable for travel / cancellation fees. Also, the BFH shall not be liable for travel/cancellation fees if the event is cancelled due to Force Majeure or causes beyond the Institutes reasonable control and occurring without its fault or negligence. In both cases the participants themselves are liable for travel/cancellation fees.


Call for Abstracts

All PhD-students involved in nursing science are invited to submit an abstract for an oral or a poster presentation.

Oral presentation

Each presentation will be allocated a maximum of 10 minutes followed by a discussion.

Poster presentation

Posters will be exhibited for the duration of the conference and there will be a poster session to present it.

Abstracts (max. 300 words) should be submitted by March 31st, 2020.

A scientific committee will review all submissions.

Conference Programme

Official language of the conference is English. It is assumed that delegates can understand and speak the English language. The use of translators is not recommended.

Conference Programme

Will be uploaded in May 2020

Keynote Speakers

Linda H Aiken

Professor of Nursing and Sociology, and Director of the Center for Health Outcomes and Policy Research, University of Pennsylvania, USA

Professor Aiken conducts research on the use of performance measures to demonstrate relationships between health care workforce factors and patient outcomes in over 30 countries. She is the author of more than 300 scientific papers. She is an elected member of the US National Academy of Medicine, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a former President of the American Academy of Nursing, and an Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Nursing. She is the recipient of the Christiane Reimann Prize from the International Council of Nurses and was an Inaugural Member of the International Nurse Researcher Hall of Fame of Sigma Theta Tau International.

Twenty years have passed since a ground-breaking report from the US Institute of Medicine followed by comparable evidence from the World Health Organization’s World Alliance for Patient Safety concluding that medical errors are among the leading causes of death around the world. Progress improving patient safety has been slower than anticipated. The reasons why include insufficient investments in nursing including the transformation of nurse work environments. Research on the impact of nursing on patient safety will be discussed including implications for practice and policy.

A rigorous international evidence base suggests that safe nurse staffing in healthcare settings is associated with better patient outcomes, successful recruitment and retention of health professionals, and higher productivity in healthcare. While most research on nurse staffing has been cross-sectional, increasingly panel studies offer confirmation of the causal links between evidence-based staffing and superior outcomes. The evidence based is now adequate to move on to intervention research with rigorous evaluation studies to determine whether policies to improve nurse staffing causes better healthcare outcomes. The workshop discusses the design and implementation of prospective integrated nurse staffing policy research initiatives in different countries to advance health services research, improve patient outcomes, and enhance recruitment and retention of nurses in clinical care. 

Conference Dinner

Conference Dinner

Will be uploaded soon.


Welcome to Bern! The capital of Switzerland, the birthplace of the world famous chocolate called Toblerone and place of residence of the well-known physicist Einstein. Bern is a very charismatic city and its historic center even belongs to the UNESCO world cultural heritage.

When participating in the EDCNS Conference you might need an accommodation during your stay. To make your stay as comfortable as possible, we have arranged for conference visitors to enjoy special discounts on a number of rooms at selected hotels.

If you reserve your room via the above link, you will receive a complimentary public transit ticket for Bern (Zone 100/101) for during your stay. It will not be necessary to purchase a ticket to reach the conference. On the day of arrival upon reaching Bern, your hotel reservation is equivalent to the public transit ticket from Bern main station to the hotel, or from the Bern airport to the hotel (However, please note that train tickets from other airports or train stations are not included and must be bought separately upon arrival in Switzerland, or online beforehand).

We hope that you’ll find a suitable place to stay in Bern and wish you an exciting and successful EDCNS Conference as well as many unforgettable memories discovering our beautiful city!

Further links

Map and directions to the Lindenhof

Arrival by public transport

Stop: Lindenhofspital
PostBus lines 102,103, 104, 105, 106

Final Stop: Länggasse
Bus line 12

Time table: