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Written by Lars Erik Kjekshus   
Wednesday, 10 February 2010 09:13

Working Conference Health Services Research in Europe

- Where research and policy meet -


The Hague, the Netherlands, 8-9 April 2010


Dear subscriber to the newsletter of ‘Health Services Research in Europe’,


We are glad to announce the preliminary programme of this special Working Conference, aimed to support the much-needed dialogue between researchers and policy makers.


Programme in a nutshell

This event will be unlike the classic conference with a core of ten-minute paper presentations. Instead, it will be a structured exchange of ideas, based on inputs by participants from all European regions (see also the enclosed programme).


The first conference day will focus on the state-of-the-art in main HSR areas. Carousel rounds of group discussions will each deal with specific topics such as:

- ‘Workforce planning and professional mobility’ or

- ‘The use and misuse of performance indicators’.


On the second day short introductions and subsequent round table talks will address the future role of HSR and strategies of effective knowledge transfer to decision makers. Product will be a set of research priorities and action points for policy makers and researchers, active at European and national level.


Inputs before the conference

A large number of contributions have been submitted that help guide the discussions. All accepted contributions will be displayed as posters. A selection of contributions will be used as inputs to the carousel discussions. In addition, an online survey, available at www.healthservicesresearch.eu, is open for participants - and others - to share their HSR priorities beforehand. Both abstract submission and the online survey will remain available until 1 March.


Registration and costs

As an FP-7 funded initiative, the conference is open for invited as well as other participants. The registration fee for both categories remains € 80 until 15 March 2010 (including materials, coffee breaks and lunches). After that date, late registration fees will be € 130. To register, please visit our website.


Travel grants

Representation of experts from all European regions is a key element of this working conference. Experts from 19 European lower/middle income countries can apply for a travel grant at our website. The same applies to young researchers (PhD or equivalent). Applications need to be made no later than 1 March.


Key dates

  • Submitting contributions or answering online survey: until 1 March 2010.
  • Low-fee registration (€ 80): until 15 March 2010.
  • Working Conference: 8-9 April 2010 in The Hague (Netherlands).


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Kindest regards,


Johan Hansen PhD

Willemijn Schäfer MSc




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