Symposium 2013


Welcome to the 7th Novo symposium 25.-26.11.2013 in Helsinki

Sustainable Health Care

Innovative health care organizations

Novo vision

The vision of the 7th NOVO-symposium is “a Nordic Model for sustainable systems in the health care sector”. The core idea of NOVO is that we want to link together development and research of the three aspects of NOVO-triangle: work environment, efficiency and quality of care.

Novo Symposium 2013

Nordic countries, as well as other countries are struggling with economy crisis and increasing costs of health and social care. New innovations are needed for more cost-effective services. Large organizational reforms have been done in most Nordic countries in order to increase efficiency, integration of care or quality of care. What is typical to all countries, too, is lack of personnel and severe problems in well-being of personnel. In major organizational changes worker well-being is not automatically improved, in many cases result is opposite. On the other hand lean management or process organizations are seen as answers. What is frequently typical to development is, that efficiency, quality of care and work environment are developed separately. NOVO sees it important to combine these aspects.

In the symposium we welcome researchers from Nordic countries to present their work. The disciplines and topic may be from a wide range. National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL) and Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH) are organizing the conference.

Topics of Novo 2013

  • Innovative health care
  • Major organizational changes
  • Sustainable management and leadership
  • Lean management and sustainability
  • Care integration

Not limited to suggested topics – other options are welcome. However, it is essential that at least two corners of NOVO-triangle are included (one being work environment).

Instructions regarding abstracts

The abstracts should be in English and contain a maximum of 350 words apart from title, authors and

affiliations, and should contain:

1. Title, names of authors, name of presenting author bolded, affiliations of authors with indications in the same order.

2. Introduction, Material and methods, Results, Conclusions.

3. Tables or figures are not accepted.

4. The title should not have abbreviations and in the text they should be spelled out and explained the first time they are used.

Presenters are asked to indicate whether they prefer an oral- or a poster presentation, however, the scientific committee attains the right to decide. Please submit the abstract as a Word (or rtf) file, electronically to with “Abstract NOVO” in the subject line no later than September the 1st.

The scientific committee retains the right to decline submitted abstracts if they do not fulfill the above criteria, or general scientific standards. Further information concerning presentations will be provided upon acceptance (October 11).


NOVO 2013 will be held in Helsinki, Finland at Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH).

Program (minor changes possible)

Day 1: Registration 9.00- 10.00, Conference sessions 10.00–17.00, dinner 19.00.

Day 2: 8.30–16.00.

Information on hotels and social program in the second announcement

Conference Fee approximately 300 € which includes coffee, lunches, dinner and social program.

Further information

More information about the symposium: or & Timo Sinervo (, +358 29 524 7231), Marjukka Laine (, +358 30 474 7537)

Important dates

Abstract submission, deadline: 1st September

Decision of abstract acceptance: 11th October

Deadline for registration: 18th October

Hotel reservation: information in the second announcement

The local organizers

Timo Sinervo, THL (National Institute for Health and Welfare)

Marjukka Laine, FIOH (Finnish Institute of Occupational Health)

We look forward to seeing you in Helsinki!
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