Conference information

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

This year’s conference will be held in Maastricht, the Netherlands on June 22nd – 23rd, 2018.

The conference provides the opportunity:

  • To meet and build contacts with colleagues
  • To present a research project as part of a PhD thesis
  • To share experiences and information in the area of nursing research
  • To learn what is currently happening in nursing science.


Professors and other Nursing or Health Science Faculty Staff are welcome to join the audience.

Welcome reception

On Thursday 21nd a welcome reception will be organized. This welcome reception gives participants the possibility to register, upload their presentations, pick up their conference bags and get to know fellow EDCNS participants. The reception takes place at NH Hotel from 6-8 pm. Visiting address NH Hotel: Forum 110, 6229 GV Maastricht

Location of the conference

Maastricht University
Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences
School for Public Health and Primary Care
Universiteitssingel 40
6229 Maastricht
The Netherlands


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.

Online-Registration and Online-Payment

Participants should fill in the registration form on the conference website. Payment should be performed online.

  Early registration from 1st November 2017 until 6th April 2018 Standard registration from 24th March 2018 until 8th June 2018
PhD Students €225,-  €250,-
Professors and other attendees €250,-  €275,-




Please remember that only after paying you are registered. Payment for early registration must take place before the 23rd of March 2018. Please note that by standard registration the payment must take place before the 8th of June 2018. If cancellations are received before the 8th of June 2018, 50% of the fee will be refunded. Cancellations received after this date cannot be refunded.

Conference programme
The 17th European Doctoral Conference in Nursing Science will be held on 22 and 23 June 2018 in Maastricht, the Netherlands. 

The program can be downloaded here >

Keynote speakers

Friday June 22nd: Professor Tiny Jaarsma, professor in Nursing, Linköping University, Linköping, Sweden.
Nursing Science: Connecting the Dots
Since research can be seen as global enterprise needing international collaboration, it is important to network and build strategic partnerships. Although the amount of research studies in nursing is growing, there remain several obstacles in Europe to overcome which preclude optimal collaboration or implementation of research findings into practice. Each country within Europe has different health care systems, medical and nursing education programs and professional roles, remits and responsibilities. This poses a major challenge to optimal collaboration and implementation of research findings. In this presentation I will give some do’s and don’ts for collaboration in nursing science, in other words how to connect the dots or fill the scatter plot.

Saturday June 23rd: Professor Nico De Witte, professor in Educational Sciences at Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Brussels, and lecturer at University College Ghent, Ghent, Belgium
Nursing in the near future: Changes and challenges
Demographic changes yield profound evolutions in our society. Where previously the emphasis was on intramural / residential care, home and informal care are now the focus of most Western policies. As a consequence, nurses in the near future will have to play a completely different role. Based on research within community dwelling older people, this lecture will take a closer look at this enormous challenge.

Workshop information

Friday June 22nd  Saturday June 22nd
Statistical Process Control  Publishing internationally
Publishing internationally Qualitative research methods
Qualitative research methods  RCT interventions





Social programme Friday, June 22nd

After an inspiring day at our conference location on Friday, participants can choose between getting a guided tour of the academic hospital of Maastricht, visit a nursing home in Maastricht or getting a guided city tour of Maastricht. Afterwards all conference attendees are invited to join us for a lovely dinner in the city centre. All participants interested in joining the social programme can select these options when registering for the conference.