ROTOS Foundation is now seeking a Fundraiser to join the Board

Call for a Board member with experience of fundraising to serve on the ROTOS Board

Start date: 1st March 2022 (for an initial term of 3 years)

Deadline for applications 17.00 GMT 20th February 2022

Applications will be considered by the ROTOS Foundation Board

The Research into Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science (ROTOS) Foundation plans to grow the research connectivity amongst the European occupational therapy and occupational science community. Its strategic aim is that knowledge from Occupational Therapy and Occupation Science research will be appropriately used to inform and shape European policy and practice, by establishing a strong European profile of Occupational Therapy and Occupational Science researchers that both supports access to occupation-based knowledge for the benefit for all people in Europe and strengthens occupation-based knowledge generation. Work to achieve the vision and aim began as an Occupational Therapy Europe standing committee in 2016 and in March 2020 ROTOS was registered as acharitable Foundation in The Netherlands and its bank account will also be held in the Netherlands.

The work of the ROTOS Foundation is overseen by a Board comprising up to 7 members. The Board mostly meets virtually (via Teams or Zoom) and meets around 10 times a year, with the annual meeting being held each June. In addition to a defined Board role, each Board member contributes to the delivery of the ROTOS strategy (2020-2025) and action plan. Fundraising essential for the Foundation as ROTOS is a charitable organisation which relies on fundraising, grants, and donations to take its work forward. We are seeking someone with skills and experience in these areas and an understanding of the European context to lead this successfully. Other Board members may be asked to contribute to grant and funding applications to support this role. All members may be asked to represent ROTOS at meetings with other organisations, or to speak on behalf of ROTOS at conferences, events, and webinars.

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Inga-Britt Lindström Grant Award 2021


The Swedish Association of Occupational Therapists has established a grant award in the name of Inga-Britt Lindström, who has been the president of the organization in 1970-2008. We invite applications from foreign occupational therapists and occupational therapy students. The grant is offered to individuals or teams from countries where occupational therapy is under development and countries listed as low- or lower-middle-income economics, according to the World Bank List.

The maximum amount of the grant is 10 000 Swedish Kronor (about USD 1 000) per year.

Application form and instructions are available on their website:

Applications close on October 10, 2021.

OT-Europe Workshops

A series of OT-Europe Workshops will be held in the run-up to the 2nd COTEC-ENOTHE Congress being held online between the 15-18 September 2021.

OT-Europe Workshop on Interdisciplinary Delirium

Date: Thursday 8th July 2021

Time: 16:00 – 18:00 CET

Lead: Dr Christian Pozzi (SUPSI – University of Applied Sciences and Arts of Southern Switzerland)

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OT-Europe Workshop on eHealth

Date: Tuesday 31st August 2021

Time: 15:00 CET

Lead:Dr Susanne Guidetti (Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm)

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OT-Europe Workshop on Health Literacy

Date: Wednesday 1st September 2021

Time: 15:00 – 18:00 CET

Lead: Eva Denysiuk (COTEC)

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OT-Europe Workshop on School-Based Occupational Therapy

Date: Thursday 9th September 2021

Time: 15:00 – 18:00 CET

Lead: Dr Debbie Kramer-Roy (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences)

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OT-Europe Workshop on Displaced Persons

Date: Friday 10th September 2021

Time: 16:00 – 19:100 CET

Lead: Nadine Blankvoort (Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences)

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The pre-congress OT-Europe workshops have limited capacity and only registered participants of the congress can sign-up and participate (for free). So please, if you are interested, register for the conference first here and subsequently register for the workshops here. Since the workshops are organised and hosted by ENOTHE and COTEC, their platforms (Teams or Zoom) will be used to stream the events.

Find the congress programme HERE.

We look forward to meeting many of you for these online workshops!

BREAKING NEWS: Program Release of the 2nd COTEC-ENOTHE Joint Congress, Prague, Czech Republic, September 15-18, 2021

Dear members, colleagues, authors, and participants,

The Scientific Committee is very pleased to announce that the program is ready to be published.

With an enormous effort and support, our COTEC and ENOTHE offices in collaboration with our Czech organising partner Guarant, we have managed to compose a full four-day Virtual Congress. We would like to express our gratitude to all of you who are still on board making this postponed virtual congress happen in September this year. We have received many supportive messages that truly encouraged us to continue this adventure.

Soon we will also announce the pre-congress program in which the OT-Europe workshops will have a special position lined up towards the congress.

Prior to proceeding to the program available in the link below, we would like to inform you and repeat some notifications about the program.

There will be five parallel virtual rooms together with exhibitor rooms, a poster lobby and other digital applications through which you will be able to enjoy the program at your own pace. Having a virtual congress does have its benefits and opportunities since the fees are lower now, no travelling is needed which means that anyone from anywhere can join! And you will have full access to all parts of the program, including the pre-congress OT Europe Workshops. Of course, we had to make difficult choices to create space. Formats have been changed with regards to time slots and we have moved some parts outside the conference program. The General Assemblies and Governance days of both ENOTHE and COTEC and some of the student activities have been moved prior to or after the conference. We will try to organise all the very promising OT-Europe workshops online, in a series towards the congress. Keynotes and keynote workshops are still in the program and will be re-scheduled to comply with time zones around the globe.

Regarding the formats the following revisions have been made:

  • Workshops are now 45 minutes, seminars 15 minutes, roundtables 30 minutes long and will be delivered via livestream.
  • Oral presentations require a pre-recording of 5 minutes and will be clustered in sessions followed by a 10-minute Q&A
  • All days start with a short plenary opening and close with social and informal online events.

Authors and participants can see their place in the program by searching in the program menu. Clear instructions and instruction-guides for technical support, uploading posters, oral presentation recordings and so on will be provided for presenters through the congress website and Guarant partner.

Please find the program on the ExOrdo website here:

To navigate through the program use these instructions:

If you have any questions about the program or your abstract, please contact:

It has been a challenge to reschedule and transfer all the existing and new abstracts to a new program set up to fit our new platform hosted by Guarant as well as the University and Association partners in Prague. The new platform will be available via the Congress Platform from end August / beginning September.

Don’t forget that early-bird registration is now possible until May 31st, (already 220+ participants confirmed and counting!). Members of COTEC and ENOTHE can also make use of the single-use discount codes for an even lower fee

There are great online exhibit possibilities for sponsors, so don’t forget to check out the new Prospectus on the congress website and spread the word. Follow the updates and deadlines closely on the conference website

On behalf of both boards, the Organising and Scientific Committees, we wish you all the best for now and are looking very much forward to meet you all online!

Stay tuned, safe, resilient and healthy!

Warm regards,

On behalf of the Scientific and Organising Committees,

Soemitro Poerbodipoero (ENOTHE President) & Anu Söderström (COTEC President)

Invitation to our first COTEC Webinar

On Monday, May 17th COTEC will be hosting its first webinar in the context of European Public Health Week. Following the theme of the day “Communicating Science and Health”, we are delighted to have two esteemed speakers who will introduce Health Literacy as an important topic to Occupational Therapy practice.

Title: Health literacy explored: The Occupational Therapy perspective

When: May 17th, 17:00 – 19:00 CET

Where: Zoom

Register at

Places are limited and will be granted on a first come, first-served basis


17.00 Welcome

17.10 Introduction – Why this webinar & what is Health Literacy?

17.25 Keynote – Helen Osbourne

17.50 Keynote – Kristine Sørensen

18.15 Breakout sessions; small group discussion

18.30 Plenary – reporting of different groups

18.45 Sum up & Closing


Meet the Speakers

Helen Osborne, M.Ed., OTR/L is president of Health Literacy Consulting, producer and host of the podcast series Health Literacy Out Loud, founder of Health Literacy Month, and author of the award-winning book, Health Literacy from A to Z; Practical Ways to Communicate Your Health Message.

Learn more about Helen’s work and background at the Health Literacy Consulting website, You can also sign up for her free month e-newsletter, “What’s New in Health Literacy Consulting” with information about the latest how-to tips, podcasts, and other health literacy news.

Kristine Sørensen, PhD is the President of the International Health Literacy Association and Executive Chair of Health Literacy Europe. She is the Founder of the Global Health Literacy Academy, a consultancy that provides advice on health literacy research, policy, and capacity building. She works for universities, governments, NGOs and international organizations such as the Council of Europe and the World Health Organization. For more information:


This webinar is organised by COTEC and co-hosted jointly by Eva Denysiuk & Katharina Radak-Scherer with the support of COTEC Office Administrator Shawn Abela

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