Submit your Abstract for the 2ND COTEC-ENOTHE CONGRESS 2020

The conference theme ‘Occupational Therapy Europe – building resilience in individuals, communities and countries’ reflects the increasing prevalence of resilience in many aspects of society.

From an individual perspective, resilience can be seen as the ability for an individual to overcome trauma or a major life-changing event while maintaining a defined, stable trajectory of healthy functioning. Overcoming an event could be shown in emotional, cognitive-behavioural, social and or physical resilience. This could be measured by an individual’s maintaining his or her life roles and occupational demands.

Community resilience is a process linking a set of adaptive capacities to a positive trajectory of functioning and adaptation after a disturbance, where a positive trajectory manifests in improved community wellbeing. As such, community resilience is focussed on improving community wellbeing in both the short and longer term, which emphasises the active and future-oriented nature of community resilience. This active nature of community resilience means that it encompasses community actions and community processes”.

National resilience addresses the issue of society’s sustainability and strength in several diverse realms. Four main social components have been attributed to national resilience: patriotism, optimism, social integration, and trust in political and public institutions.

Although as above it could be defined differently in the context of individuals, families, societies and cultures, we could see it as an umbrella term describing the range of personal protective factors, environmental supports and resources, as well as self-regulatory processes, engaged in response to adversity.

Resilience building has always been a part of occupational therapy practice but might not always be recognised or named as such. Occupational therapy has a lot to add to the art and science of resilience and to how individuals, families and communities can improve their abilities to adapt and respond positively to life stressors.

We welcome abstract submissions that represent the understanding of resilience from an occupational therapy perspective, as well as those that present resilience models and its challenges from an interdisciplinary point of view.

We invite you to submit an abstract for oral, poster or workshop presentations. The closing date is September 30, 2019, so submit your abstract from April 15, 2019.

Simply read the full guideline for authors and submit your abstract, via Exordo.

EXTENDED: Call for Nominations of the Executive Committee for the Council of Occupational Therapists for the European Countries (COTEC)

The next General Assembly of COTEC will be held in Brussels, 26. October 2019

At this meeting, there will be elections for four positions in the Executive Committee of COTEC. According to the Constitution the Executive Committee of COTEC consists of 4 positions (president, VP, VP admin,VP finance) and 2 optional members. The term of office for the members of the Executive Committee is four years with an option for re-election term of two years.

In 2019 the following positions fall vacant: President (Stephanie Saenger, Netherlands, not eligible for re-election as President), Vice President Administration (Anu Söderström, Finland, not eligible for re-election as Vice President Administration), Member of the Executive Committee (Patric Duletzki, Germany, eligible for re-election for Member). Member of the Executive Committee, Elitsa Velikova (Bulgaria) already stepped down in 2018.

Nominations for these positions are now being called from all Member Associations.

  • All Occupational Therapists who are members of their National Association are electable.
  • Every National Association can nominate one or more candidates of their own or together with other associations.
  • At the most two members from the same National Association may be elected.
  • As it is recommended that the Executive Committee represents different regions within Europe we encourage all National Associations to think about suitable nominees from their own country. The following two positions are currently taken:
    • –  Vice President (Naomi Hankinson, United Kingdom; elected 2017)
    • –  Vice President Finance (Eva Denysiuk, Germany; elected 2016
  • The roles and responsibilities of the Executive Committee are determined in the Rules of Procedures. Each nomination should include the Nomination Form. Please note that all documents required to support the Nomination Form should be attached and sent together with it. Please also note, that the nomination should be supported by persons from at least two different countries to ensure the candidate has international contacts. As the working language of COTEC is English all documents are required in English
  • We kindly request you to send nominations via email to the Electoral Committee to by 30th June 2019. If there are any further questions concerning the work of the Executive Committee, please contact our current president Stephanie Saenger ( In addition, you will find some information about COTEC Executive work here and here. Questions concerning the procedure of nomination and election can be directed to the Electoral Committee.

The Electoral Committee

The World Cerebral Palsy (CP) Day Awards

The World Cerebral Palsy (CP) Day Awards showcase the best examples of projects or campaigns that have created real progress to improve the lives of people with cerebral palsy – at a community, national or international level.

The World Cerebral Palsy Day Awards are for projects or campaigns that have created real progress to improve the lives of people with cerebral palsy.

They are open to individuals and not-for-profit organizations from any country in the world.

There are 6 categories. Each reflects a key issue that affects the lives and aspirations of people with cerebral palsy:

  • Public awareness
  • Civil rights
  • Medical/therapeutic
  • Quality of life
  • Education
  • Contribution

Nominations close Saturday June 29, 2019, 22.00 hours USA PST.

International Conference on Chronic Diseases 2019

Chronic Diseases and Integrated Care:  Rethinking Health and Welfare Systems” – organized by the EUPHA section on Chronic diseases in collaboration with local partners, national public health associations of Visegrad 4 countries, and the SCIROCCO Exchange consortium.

Date:                    24 – 25 October 2019

Place:                   Hotel Yasmin, Kosice, Slovak Republic

Language:             English, Slovak – with simultaneous translation into both languages

The main aim of this event is to provide a multi-stakeholder platform bringing together researchers, policymakers, practitioners, and interest groups to explore ways to tackle chronic noncommunicable diseases effectively in the European region.

Deadline for abstract submission: 15 June 2019

For more information please check the conference website:


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