SANORD-SAFINET Webinar on Collaboration in Health and Well-being

Tampere University in Finland invites Southern African higher education institutions’ staff and students to participate in a webinar on collaboration in health and well-being on 17 June at 12:00-14:00 CAT/SAST 13:00-15:00 EEST. 

The webinar is jointly organized by SAFINET, Southern African and Finnish Higher Education Institutions’ for Health and Well-being network, and SANORD, Southern African-Nordic Centre. Please join the webinar to hear about current collaboration and potential for engaging in joint activities in health and well-being within the networks. For registration, agenda and presenters, please see below.


Welcome words:

  • Umesh Bawa, Director of the SANORD Central Office, University of the Western Cape

Introducing SAFINET:

  • Vice Dean Sami Pirkola, SAFINET’s academic director, Tampere University

Social protection and health: A multisectoral global agenda:

  • Associate professor Salla Atkins, Tampere University and Karolinska Institutet
  • Ms Lieve Vanleeuw, South African Medical Research Council and Tampere University

Arts, participatory design, democratic development and service development

  • Dean Satu Miettinen, Professor of Service Design, University of Lapland
  • Dr Melanie Sarantou, Senior Researcher, University of Lapland
  • Michelle van Wyk, Design Lecturer, Cape Peninsula University of Technology

Facilitation of healthcare (healthtech) innovations

  • Prof. Jari Hyttinen, Computational Biophysics and Imaging Group, Tampere University

Collaboration with Finnish Higher Education Institutions

  • Dr. Ellen Ndeshi Namhila, Pro Vice Chancellor, University of Namibia


Dear all friends of the SANORD community. 

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation the SANORD board has decided to hold the entire conference on a digital platform. The programme will be restructured and shortened, but we will keep the same dates 7- 10 September 2021.

Information about participant fee and registration will be announced during February 2021.

If you have handed in an abstract for the 2020 conference, you can choose to keep this for the 2021 digital conference or submit a new abstract. The new submission deadline is 1 May 2021.

SANORD conference Committee

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