Theme 1: Core values and principles in family medicine

Monday June 17, 17:00-17:30 
Keynote speaker: Family medicine specialist Anna Stavdal, University lecturer and President Elect of WONCA World, Immediate Past President of WONCA Europe

Anna.blåAnna Stavdal has worked as a family doctor in Oslo for 30 years and has been a university lecturer for almost as long.

She has been engaged in professional development in family medicine throughout most of her career and she has been active in public debate on health care.

She was the chair of the Norwegian College for two terms around the millennium shift, and is one of the architects behind the Nordic federation of General Practice, and was also its first president from 2005 to 2011. In 2010 she took office as vice president of WONCA Europe and in 2016 as president for the European region. Watch video with Anna Stavdal.


Theme 2: Multimorbidity among vulnerable populations – the role of general practice

Tuesday June 18, 8:30-9:15 
Keynote speaker: Professor Stewart Mercer, University of Glasgow, Scotland

stewart mercer1Stewart Mercer is a General Practitioner and Professor of Primary Care Research in the General Practice and Primary Care unit in the Institute of Health and Wellbeing at the University of Glasgow. He is also the current Director of the Scottish School of Primary Care and National Lead for research into multimorbidity in primary care in Scotland. He is a former Director of Quality at the Royal College of General Practitioners in Scotland. He was Visiting Professor in Primary Care and Acting Head of Department at the Chinese University of Hong Kong from 2007-2008 and remains an Adjunct Professor. Stewart is internationally recognised for his award winning research on multimorbidity, and his research on empathy in healthcare. He has published over 250 papers, including in leading journals such as the Lancet and the British Medical Journal. He has raised over £10 million in research grants.


Theme 3: Ethical use of data

Tuesday June 18, 14:00-14:45 
Keynote speaker: Professor Frank Sullivan, University of St. Andrews, Scotland 

Frank Sullivan

Frank Sullivan has worked as an academic GP since 1984. He returned to Scotland in 2017 after 3 years leading the University of Toronto Research Network to take up an appointment as the Professor of Primary Care Medicine in the University of St. Andrews where he is the Medical School Director of Research and leads the Division of Population and Behavioural Science. He works as a GP in group practice one day a week.

He has published 251 papers, mainly in health informatics and community based trials, covering the spectrum from record-linkage of electronic health records to decision support to the evaluation of complex interventions. He won the British Medical Association Research paper of the year in 2009 for an NEJM trial in Bell’s palsy and was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh in 2011. Watch video with Frank Sullivan


Theme 4: Person-centred medicine in a person-centred context

Wednesday June 19, 8:30-9:15 
Keynote speaker: Professor Gorm Greisen, University of Copenhagen, Denmark

Gorm Greisen 12016 – Chairman of the Danish Council on Ethics
2013 - Chairman of paediatrics, University of Copenhagen
2009 - 2012 Deputy head of the Institute of gynecology, obstetrics and paediatrics, University of Copenhagen.
2001 - 2012 Head of Department, Neonatology, Rigshospitalet
1998 – Professor of Paediatrics, University of Copenhagen
1991 - Consultant neonatologist, Rigshospitalet

Heading research in neonatal brain perfusion, oxygenation, brain injury, and neurodevelopmental deficits and perinatal growth. Primary investigator in the SafeBoosC project. Clinical coordinator of the NEOMUNE project. Steering committee member in four European research and educational projects. President for the European Society of Paediatric research and for the International Pediatric Research Foundation. Chairman of a regional research ethics committee. Over 300 publications on PubMed. Watch video with Gorm Greisen


Theme 5: Wellbeing for GPs and practice staff

Wednesday June 19, 14:00-14:45 
Keynote speaker: Professor Reidar Tyssen, University of Oslo, Norway

Reidar TyssenReidar Tyssen is a professor of behavioural sciences in medicine at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Oslo. He became an MD in 1981 at the University of Bergen and a PhD ( in 2001 at the University of Oslo. Back in the 1980s he worked in family medicine in Troms County, Northern Norway, but since 1993 as a specialist in psychiatry in and around Oslo. He started doing research in 1995 and he has been full professor at the University of Oslo since 2010. He directs the longitudinal 20-year NORDOC-survey of 1052 Norwegian doctors, and he and his research team has written over 100 peer-reviewed papers on work and well-being among doctors and other professionals. He has been invited speaker at international research conferences and summits in Sydney 2007, Rochester 2008 (Mayo Clinic), London 2010 (Institute of Psychiatry). He was the only European participant in the research summit Joy in Medicine, Chicago 2016 (AMA). He has been on the Editorial board of BMC Medical Education, the Research Committee of AMEE, and the Expert Panel of the OECD Education 2030. Watch video with Reidar Tyssen


Theme 6: Changing practices and behaviour

Thursday June 20, 9:30-10:15 
Keynote speaker: Professor Flemming Bro, Aarhus University, Denmark

Flemming Bro1Flemming Bro is a part-time GP and professor at Aarhus University. He has worked with quality development in WHO and in Danish International Development Agency and has experience in the field from many countries. In Denmark he headed the Research Unit of General Practice at University of Southern Denmark from 2002-5 and at Aarhus University from 2011-16. With improvement science as his point of departure, his research include infectious diseases, cancer, functional disorders, clinical communication and professional development. Presently, he is part of a research group at the Research Unit for General Practice, Aarhus University which works with complex interventions and quality development in general practice. In 2018 Flemming Bro was awarded the Mahler Prize for his work to link research and quality development.
Watch video with Fleming Bro here.