HAMK Wellbeing International Week - Häme University of applied sciences
HAMK Wellbeing International Week
Häme University of applied sciences
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HAMK Wellbeing
International Week

The annual Wellbeing International Week at Häme University of Applied Sciences (HAMK) in Hämeenlinna, Finland, is held yearly in the end of February. The week is organised by HAMK School of Wellbeing, bringing together lecturers and students of nursing, social work and early childhood education from different countries.

The Wellbeing International Week is an excellent opportunity to share your expertise, exchange ideas and network with colleagues/students from different countries and disciplines.

This page contains mainly information about the week organized 17th to 21st February 2020. Information concerning 2021 Wellbeing International Week will be published when planning progresses.

The programme of the week


The week starts with a conference day, which consists of interesting keynotes speeches and break-out sessions on a variety of topics. There will be workshops from Tuesday to Thursday and a closing session with a special keynote speech on Friday. In addition to the academic programme, you will have an opportunity to engage in fun and relaxing activities both indoors and outdoors and mingle with other participants. February is a perfect time to experience the Finnish winter!

9.30 – 10.00Teachers’ reception
10.00 – 10.30Opening of the Wellbeing International Week
10.30 – 11.15

Keynote lecture 1

Päivi Lilja: Lifelong Learners or Eternal Students? Different Roles in the Field of Art, Disability and Education

11.15 – 12.00

Keynote lecture 2

Kari Brossard Stoos: Microbes and Me

12. 00 – 13.15Lunch
13.15 – 13.30Music and soundscapes
13.30 – 14.30

Keynote lecture 3

Dr. Ashok Gladston Xavier: Social Work Engagement in Social Transformation

14.30 – 15.00Break and moving to the breakout sessions
14.45 – 16.00Thematic breakout sessions in pre-registered groups
18.00 – 21.00

Dinner for Teachers @Erästeatteri

Special Program for Students


9.00 – 11.30Morning Workshops
11.30 – 12.30Lunch
12.30 – 15.00Afternoon Workshops
15.30 – 21.00Sauna and Outdoor Activities @Aulanko Grand Villa
9.00 – 11.30Morning Workshops
11.30 – 12.30Lunch
12.30 – 15.00Afternoon workshops
18.30 – 20.30Ice Hockey Match


9.00 – 11.30Morning Workshops
11.30 – 12.30Lunch
12.30 – 15.00Afternoon Workshops
19.00 –>GTA & Waina Live @Juliuksen Olohuone
9.45 – 11.45

Keynote Lecture 4

Jóna Ólafsdóttir: The Icelandic Prevention Model and Policy

11.45 – 12.30Summary, Thank You and Feedback
12.30 –>Lunch

Visiting students and lecturers

The registration for visiting lecturers and students will be announced on this page. There is no participation fee, but the students are expected to arrange and pay for their accommodation and travel.


You can check out the options at the local hotels:

Scandic City, Hämeenlinna
Hotel Emilia

There is affordable accommodation available at

SleepInn Finland hostel

There is also a variety of options on AirBnB in Hämeenlinna!

More information about the prices etc.

Arrival in Hämeenlinna

For information on how to get to Hämeenlinna from the airport, please check this link.


The map of the campus area: Campus map