Nordic research conference in Green Care and Nature-based interventions
Registration deadline: September 30
Welcome to the first Nordic research conference in Green Care and Nature-based interventions.
Nature-based interventions are an inclusive term for a wide range of complex interventions e.g. Green care, care farming, animal-assisted therapy, and therapeutic horticulture. The services differ in the level of care, and whereas some operate as structured therapy programs with clearly defined patient-oriented goals, e.g. animal-assisted therapy and therapeutic horticulture while others aim to have more wide-ranging benefits. What is the state of the art and how can we collaborate with different professionals to optimize study designs and speed up high quality research for different vulnerable client groups?
The main goals for this Nordic conference are to focus on the research quality and how researchers and professionals from different disciplines and practitioners offering a variety of services must collaborate to speed up high quality research in both health promotion and rehabilitation for different vulnerable client groups. There will be a special focus on drop-outs from school, different marginalized groups and persons with dementia.
There will be lectures from international researchers representing several disciplines within health, social sciences, education, ethology and agriculture. A Nordic Green Care Research network is established with the aim to organize a research collaboration and exchange knowledge between Nordic countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Iceland). The research network has received funding from NordForsk for the years 2016-2018, and the project manager is the Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences.
Researchers working in the areas of Nature-based interventions and Green Care come from different fields and a multidisciplinary approach is taken to involve PhD-students, postdocs and other researchers in the five Nordic countries. The goal of this network is to building bridges between academia and different stakeholders and develop new research areas.
This conference will conclude the two years’ network meetings, seminars and conferences. Proceedings from workshops and the conference will be published in a report. Anyone interested is welcome to join our network with valuable new ideas to promote these fields of research.
Excerpts from the English articles will be translated to Norwegian or Scandinavian languages.
Programme 31st October
Opening of Conference by Kjell Ingolf Ropstad, Parliament Politician
Plenary talk:Research in Green Care in Europe - how can we collaborate to speed up high quality research? Dr. Jan Hassink, Wageningen University
Parallel session 1: Research Methodology - Challenges and Possibilities
How research studies can provide knowledge to optimize Green Care interventions Dr. Karen Thodberg, Aarhus Universitet
Theoretical framework in Green Care Ph.d. student Lina Ellingsen-Dalskau, NMBU
Methodological challenges in Nature-based interventions Adjunct Dorthe Varning Poulsen, Københavns Universitet
Parallel session 2: Special session for County Governor (Fylkesmannen i Agder)