2. January 2018

Self-Care Summit 2018

Looking at the SCiE… and at a Summit in Copenhagen

The SCiE Summit, April 2018 showcased ideas, initiatives, and innovations for self-care from all over Europe. An international mix of great minds came together in a fruitful exchange of views and visions for the future of care and community – and revealed an enormous potential as well as mountains of work ahead.

The two-day conference – hosted by the Nordic-based health insurer Skandia – had presentations revolving around three main themes; Future care and collaboration, Innovation and incentives, and the creation of engagement and empowerment in professionals and the public alike. This naturally evolved into talks about sustainability and economy, about ethics and effectivity, and about creating new frameworks for sharing and engaging – across sectors, disciplines, and borders.

In addition to the presentations in the auditorium, SCiE partner Third-I introduced and explained the work behind the SCiE Manifesto during an inspiring working dinner – the Manifesto presenting a first, collective statement about the process and objectives that SCiE will use to put self-care on the agenda at different levels and in the relevant fora in its three basic pillars; better self-care policy development, stronger expert networking and knowledge sharing across borders, and increased public engagement in Europe.

New horizons?
Well, first of all – and to paraphrase a bit – a piece of wonderful news might be, that the self-care community of professionals and stakeholders may actually have reached the end of the beginning. Meaning, that though there has been and is still an important debate about the exact wording of how to define self-care, this is not really that important or as relevant anymore for the path ahead.

Partly because a good level of consensus and common understanding about most major issues and challenges seem to have been reached. And partly also, because the widespread adoption of the very useful self-care continuum concept – where needs for care and empowered choices are constantly in motion, depending on age, lifestages, care systems, and much more – also means, that self-care (and its self-management sister) should actually always be in a certain state of flux, as the methods we consider in our different stages of life and in all stages of health and wellbeing are also constantly evolving.

So with this vital understanding in place, what are becoming ever more important is evidence of the strong potential in creating collaborative frameworks to also produce new types of solutions, tools, and initiatives. Some may be fueled by the introduction of new digital tools in existing practice, some by rethinking cause and ripple effects, or some by redefining legislative/incentivization models we use – collectively they speak to the value of action and engagement.

These collaborative frameworks increasingly demonstrate the ability to transcend sectors and professions to deliver completely different solutions or options for communities and citizens. Eg. the case of Froome in the UK, in targeting loneliness and delivering health outcomes – or the array of solutions and technologies that IBM, LEO Innovation Lab, ARIA, and Liva Healthcare presented in their presentations day 2 of the Summit.

New mindsets
This in turn also means, that observing (and challenging) the mindsets we use in health and society – or for professionals, politicians and the public alike – are at the core of the self-care process – a key point mentioned in different ways by most speakers on day 1. And also that while better health may seem as valuable goal for all, we still need to consider how we produce this better health – eg the resources we use, the equity we ensure, and the freedom of lifestyle choices we should remember as health and wellbeing are not an objective measure, but a subjective idea that has to suit and solve each person and family in different ways during their life.

The event in Copenhagen showed how far reaching the interest for self-care is – and at the same time proved, that though self-care has been around throughout the entire human history, we appear to have only just begun the process of understanding this vital part of our history and life.

Showcasing the future
Following the Summit, the SCiE will be working towards the Self-Care Week Europe in november 2018 – initially be creating a showcase collection of views and ideas about the future of self-care in Europe in a joint publication to be published in an early version in June; joining the ideas and insights of the Summit with a number of additional voices and opinions, as the field has a lot of potential across the continuum and a lot to discuss also.

Towards november we will also be as active as possible in smaller events across Europe – from policy festivals like Folkemødet in Denmark to hard core health strategy events like the Health Forum Gastein – and a some in between also.

SCiE Summit, Copenhagen 11-12 April 2018

Speakers (read more below)

Jakob Cold Danish Medicines Agency
Karl Falkenberg EU Commission
Rafael Bengoa SI Health
Katherine Richardson University of Copenhagen
Bert Vrijhoef Maastrich University
Amelle Liaz Bayer Consumer Care
Anders Hede Trygfonden
Jelka Zaletel National Institute of Public Health Slovenia
Ian Banks Men’s Health Forum
Kim Escherich IBM Denmark
Morten Remmer LEO Innovation Lab
Wienia Czarlewski University of Montpellier
Carl Brandt Liva Healthcare
Timo Minssen CeBIL
Kai Kolpatzik AOK Bundesverband
Jes Søgaard Danish Cancer Society
Jim Philips CEmPaC
Jeni Bremner European Health Futures Forum
Rosa Suñol FAD
Jan Smits SelfCareFactorY
Helle Terkildsen Maindal University of Aarhus
Kaisa Immonen European Patients Forum
Lisa Ackerley International Scientific Forum on Home Hygiene
Adrian Shephard Reckitt Benckiser
Jacqueline Bowman Third-I

with Charan Nelander Danish Comittee for Health Education and Lars Münter SCiE as moderators.

Find presentations here at the organizers site here – or read more about SCiE here.

Selected statements
“…a highly interesting summit!…”
“…well organised and excellent speakers…”
“… two constructive and informative days…”
“…I am looking forward to future discussions: the world needs coherent and holistic thinking!…”
“…excellent summit. I was deeply taken by the presentations…”
“…a good investment for self-management in Europe…”
“…Really great speakers…”


About the conference programme
Transformation. A key certainty in most areas in European society in the coming years – and certainly also for healthcare.

Find the full programme, further news, and info about practical matters;  venue, registration etc. at the organizer website here.

Programme overview  
Day 1 – 13.00-16.30        Day 2 – 9.00-16.00
Theme 1 – Future Scenarios
 Theme 2 – Incentives & Investments
Covering Challenges, SDGs, Future of Care Research & Partnerships Covering Innovation, Public/Private Investments
 Working Dinner Theme 3 – Engagement and Self Care
Food for thought Covering Collaboration, Empowerment, Engagement
Jakob Cold
Deputy Secretary General, Danish Medical Agency
Charan Nelander
Director, Danish Commitee for Health Education
Karl Friedrich Falkenberg
Sustainability Consultant,
 European Commission
Short bio
Wienia Czarlewski
MD, PhD, University of Montpellier
Rafael Bengoa
 Institute for Health and Strategy Bilbao
Short bio
Timo Minssen
Professor, University of Copenhagen
Bio as researcher
Katherine Richardson
Professor, University of Copenhagen
Jes Søgaard
Professor, Danish Cancer Society
Anders Hede
Director of Research, TrygFonden
Mariano Votta
Director of Active Citizenship Network
Bert Vrijhoef
Professor, Maastricht University
Kaisa Immonen
Policy Director, European Patients Forum
Jelka Zalatel
National Institute of Public Health Slovenia
Rosa Suñol
Director, FAD
Jeni Bremner
Director for Corporate Development, EHFF
Co-director, CEmPaC
Lisa Ackerley
Vice Chairman, IFH
Ian Banks
President, European Men’s Health Forum
Kim Escherich
Chief Innovation Architect, IBM
LinkedIn bio and platform
Jan Smits
Founder, SelfCareFactorY
Helle Terkildsen Maindal
Professor, University of Aarhus
Kai Kolpatzik
AOK Bundesverband
Jim Phillips
Director, CEmPaC
Morten Remmer
Chief Growth Officer, LEO Innovation Lab
Carl Brandt
MD, Co-Founder, Liva Healthcare

 The event was organized by SCiE in collaboration with

And supported by