28 countries participate virtually in the STTI 5th Biennial European Conference hosted by the Nursing School of Coimbra


In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the STTI 5th Biennial European Conference hosted by the Nursing School of Coimbra on 28-29 May will be delivered virtually. Around 270 participants from 28 countries will attend the conference.



“Nursing’s innovation, influence and impact on global health: looking back and moving forward” is the topic of this year’s European conference which follows in the footsteps of the four previous European Conferences in Cardiff (2012), Gothenburg (2014), Utrecht (2016) and Cambridge (2018).

Organized by the Phi Xi Chapter, which was founded in September 2011 at the School, this initiative aims to “facilitate the sharing of the latest research knowledge, innovations and current developments within nursing and healthcare from local, national and international perspectives. The conferences have continued to grow and have attracted nurses from across the globe, providing an excellent opportunity for networking and developing international collaborations both in terms of research and education.” (Conference webpage).

The opening ceremony, which will be delivered virtually via Zoom technology as the rest of the conference, is scheduled for the Thursday at 11.30 a.m., with the participation of Aida Cruz Mendes (Head of the School), Lurdes Lomba (Head of the Phi Xi Chapter), and Marie-Louise Luiking (Sigma European Region Coordinator).

At 12.15 p.m., Walter de Caro, President of the Italian Nurses Association, will give a keynote presentation on "COVID19 Lessons learned & experiences shared, Italy".

At 13:15 p.m., Ananda Fernandes, Professor of the Nursing School of Coimbra, will also give a keynote presentation on “Nurses in Europe: vital resource for universal health coverage”.

On Friday, the program will include presentations by the winners of the Sigma European awards for Excellence 2020 (in the categories of Nursing Education, Clinical Nursing Practice, and Nursing Research).

Other highlights include the lecture on “Nursing Innovation: necessity or opportunity” (at 13.25 p.m. by Pedro Parreira, Professor of the Nursing School of Coimbra”, the lecture on “COVID19: Lessons Learned and Experiences Shared from the US” (at 15.10 p.m., by Jason Farley, from the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing), and the keynote presentation about “Call to Action for Nurses during Covid-19 and the Year of the Nurse & Midwife” by Howard Catton, the ICN’s permanent Chief Executive Officer.

For further information about the STTI 5th Biennial European Conference, please visit

Sigma (Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society of Nursing, founded in 1922) is an honor society that develops activities to improve the health of the world’s people through the scientific development of nursing practice.



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