Welcome to the fourth national gathering on salutogenes with the topic: “collaboration for health”. Collaboration can have many different meanings, collaboration of knowledge, collaboration across borders, and, last but not least, collaboration can also mean a common behavior and interaction between different parties.
The conference offered its participants a chance to listen to and converse with renowned researchers in the field. They highlighted cooperation in different forms and in different contexts. The common denominator was that collaboration will lead to health and wellbeing among people.
Our aim was to highlight interaction in different contexts. Cooperation can take different forms in different contexts. Our conference was inclusive, no project or idea was too small to be presented and shared with others.
We combined research with application in practical activities. The opportunity was given to meet researchers and practitioners to create networks for your future work. For this particular purpose, separate network meetings were held the day before the conference started on 14 October 2015.
The working method of the conference was interactive, a combination of lectures from our expert keynote speakers, with knowledge and experience of the participants. Time was given to dialogue in workshops, to plan future workshops, for oral presentations and posters, for projects and research.
It was our hope that the conference would stimulate and strengthening existing partnerships, but also create new opportunities for co-production of knowledge.
The steering group Center for Salutogenesis at University West
Monica Eriksson, Director