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

09.09.2022 until 10.09.2022 – Lindenhof, Bremgartenstrasse 117, 3001 Bern


  • Start date 09.09.2022
  • End date 10.09.2022
  • Place Lindenhof, Bremgartenstrasse 117, 3001 Bern
  • Application deadline 31 August 2022
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!


The conference is supported by:

Fees + Registration

Conference Fees

Early registration 2-days ticket until June 14th 2022

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

Standard registration 2-days ticket from June 15th 2022

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

Standard registration for Saturday 10th 2022 only

  • Professors and other attendees CHF 200

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 June 15th, 2022. Please note that by standard booking the payment must take place before August 31st, 2022. If cancellations are received before August 31st, 2022, 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 in health and 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 April 30st, 2022.

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 2022

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. 

Mark Pletscher

Head of Institute of Health Economics and Health Policy, Bern University of Applied Sciences, Switzerland

Mark is a health economist with experience in applied health economic research and the pharmaceutical industry. Mark is a specialist in health technology assessment and the economic evaluation of policy interventions. His research focuses on the effects of institutional reforms on medical decision making and methods for network meta-analysis of time-to-event outcomes.

The integration of health economics into nursing sciences bears great potential for both disciplines and for the entire health care system. Health economics aims at maximizing population health using scarce resources efficiently. Reallocations of scarce resources in health care can relate to the prioritization of medical interventions or to institutional reforms in service provision or the entire health care system.

Nursing has become increasingly important in medical decision making and in the provision of medical care. To be a major player in shaping the current changes in the health care system, however, nursing scientists must generate robust evidence on the marginal costs and health effects of nursing interventions and new professional roles. At the same time, institutional reforms need to take both the desired and undesired incentives for nurses, physicians and patients into consideration. In this presentation, I discuss empirical methods to inform the efficient allocation of scarce resources in nursing care, show the pitfalls of institutional reforms that alter incentives for individuals and introduce approaches for the empirical evaluation of institutional reforms in a real-world setting.

The efficient allocation of scarce resource in the health care system requires robust evidence about the costs and health effects of alternative medical interventions. In this workshop, we introduce the concept of cost-effectiveness analysis, and explain how it is used for political and medical decision making. We identify essential aspects nursing scientists need to consider in their clinical research projects to generate the evidence base needed to inform medical and political decision making. A strong focus will be put on the collection, analysis and interpretation of cost data in the clinical context.

Conference Dinner

Including Welcome Reception and Conference Dinner

The Conference Dinner will be held on Friday, the 9th of September 2022 at 19.00 at a popular location. The Kursaal Bern offers a wide range of attractions of the highest quality, superior service and a central but scenic city location. Fine views extend over the historic old town (a UNESCO World Heritage site) to the distant snow-capped Alps. You will be served a dinner that is a treat for all senses in this exclusive atmosphere where the spirit of Bern as a World Heritage Site is palpable.

  • Date: September 9th 2022, at 19.00
  • Venue: Kursaal Bern, Kornhausstrasse 3, 3000 Bern 22, Room Panorama 2-4
  • Getting there: You take tram No. 9 direction Wankdorf Bahnhof from Bern main station to Haltestelle Kursaal. The tram leaves every ten minutes and it takes five minutes to reach the Kursaal. Or you take
  • Website: kursaal-bern.ch/en
  • The fee for the Conference Dinner is included with participation.
  • Relatives only for the Conference Dinner: CHF 80 (please register)

Welcome Reception

  • Will be uploaded
  • Date: September 8th 2022, 18.00 – 20.00
  • The fee for the Welcome reception is included with participation


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!

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: