International networks

Baltic Sea Region Network in Personalized Health Care

BSRN Summer School 2021

The Summer school 2020 has been postponed due to the pandemic. We are happy to inform that Baltic Sea Region Network in Personalized Health Care organizes its 5th Summer School on June 14-16, 2021 at the University of Tartu, Tartu, Estonia. The call for applications will be opened later.

In case of any questions, please do not hesitate to ask!  

Hannakaisa Niela-Vilen,
Anna Axelin,

Information on BSRN

​Baltic Sea Region Network in Personalized Health Care is a multi-disciplinary and cross-national network of the universities of the countries of the Baltic Sea Region. The network is coordinated in the University of Turku, Department of Nursing Science. The Academic board was established in June 8th 2015 and has a member from each partner university. The network is expanding and looking for new possible partners.

The following universities have joined the network

  • Health Science Research Centre, University College Lillebaelt and Southern Denmark University, Denmark
  • Karolinska Institutet, Department of Neurobiology, Care Sciences and Society, Stockholm, Sweden
  • Western Norway University of Applied Sciences, Bergen, Norway
  • Klaipeda University, Faculty of Health Sciences, Klaipeda, Lithuania
  • Vilnius University, Faculty of Medicine, Vilnius, Lithuania
  • Rīga Stradiņš University, Riga, Latvia
  • University of Tartu, Department of Nursing Science, Tartu, Estonia
  • Medical University of Gdansk, Faculty of Health Sciences with subfaculty of Nursing, Gdansk, Poland
  • University of Lübeck, Medical Faculty, Nursing Research Unit, Lübeck, Germany
  • University of Turku, Department Nursing Science, Turku, Finland


  • Enhance doctoral training and career perspectives among Baltic Sea Region network countries
  • Build up a collaborating multi-disciplinary Personalized Health research program in Baltic Sea Region

The aim of the network is to offer doctoral students a systematically built, scientifically ambitious, and multidisciplinary research training which benefits from Baltic Sea Region contacts. It is expected that the network will contribute to the further improvement of the scientific standard of personalized healthcare research and increase the number of internationally competitive experts in Baltic Sea Region.

Personalized healthcare is considered as a broad concept that includes novel concepts for patient assessment for the delivery of personalized and/or preventive healthcare interventions. Combining data and knowledge from different areas and pooling resources will pave the way for designing novel more personalized healthcare interventions.

The focus is on demonstrating substantial improvements in patient health, well-being, the quality of life and extended functional capabilities by offering personalised and integrated healthcare services.

Board Members

The Academic Board was established 8th of June 2015. The board members are:

Contact Information

Associate Professor Anna Axelin

Senior Researcher Hannakaisa Niela-Vilen

    Previous Summer Schools
    • 2016 University of Southern Denmark, Odense, Denmark
    • 2017 University of Lübeck, Lübeck, Germany
    • 2018 University of Turku, Turku, Finland
    • 2019 Rīga Stradiņš University, Riga, Latvia

    ICoNS - International Collaboration of Nurse Scholars

    ICoNS Summer School 2019

    To create a new generation of global nursing researchers through doctoral and post doctoral education
    To develop a collegial network of scholars, researchers, and students for long term, sustainable collaborations to share innovative and effective ways to study nursing, care giving, and health promotion from an international perspective.

    The summer school is arranged around five major themes:

    • Theoretical framework of research
    • Methodological framework of research
    • Ethical issues in health sciences research
    • Scientific writing
    • International networking in research

     Application process
     To apply for The ICoNS Summer School you must be:

    1. a doctoral candidate at one of the Universities participating in the ICoNS summer school program
    2. at an early or middle stage of doctoral studies in nursing science
    3. able to understand and speak English to a doctoral scientific standard 

    A maximum of 2-4 doctoral candidates will be accepted from each participating University. At the completion of the PhD program those who have successfully participated will receive a certificate of training on international nursing research. 

    The Summer School is free of charge. There is no registration fee.  Accommodation and travelling are self-funded.

    Information on ICoNS
    Since 2004, academics from three continents have been working together to offer nurses the opportunity to be educated on global health and nursing issues from a research perspective.
    The ICoNS (previous The INPhD-International Nursing PhD Collaboration and IIANR International Institute Advanced Nursing Research) – was created by nursing doctoral programs from the University of Toronto (Canada), the University of the Balearic Islands (Spain), the University of Melbourne (Australia) and the Autonomous University of Nuevo León (Mexico). In 2007, the University of Sydney (Australia) joined the program followed by the University of Sao Paulo (Brazil), the University of Turku (Finland) in 2008 and   the University of Lleida (Spain) and the Rovira i Virgili University (Spain) in 2009. The Fudan University (China) also joined the network in 2015. These faculties are working together to create the next generation of global nursing researchers.
    The collaboration continues by organising summer schools biannually. The next summer school will be at Vilnius University 2019.

    Coordinating board

     The chair 
    • Sanna Salanterä, University of Turku
    • Montserrat Gea, University of Lleida
    • Eva Barallat, University of Lleida
    • Janice Gullick, University of Sydney
    • Helena Leino-Kilpi, University of Turku
    The board is for the time until an official meeting with all participating Universities is organised.
    Contact Information

    Professor Sanna Salanterä




    EANS Summer School 2020

    Information on Summer School can be found here.