PhD Summer School, Nuuk, Greenland 28th-30th September 2016.

Ethics and Research in Small Populations in Changing Environment

Download program here: PhD Summer School 2016 Program

This PhD Summer School will be held in association with the NUNA MED 2016 conference in Nuuk. The school will take “Ethics and Research in Small Populations in Changing Environment” as its theme. The Summer School will include lectures from leading Arctic scientists and experienced health practitioners, together with workshops that explore the themes in depth. All students are then expected to participate in workshop sessions during the three days, in which they will present aspects of their own PhD research projects. The Summer School is open to students who are registered in a PhD programme in health sciences or social sciences are at any level in their programme, and whose work relates to the themes of the school.  The following NUNAMED conference will be a part of the PhD course.

Course credits of 3.5 ECTS will be awarded to students whose institutions have approved the course and will be awarded in recognition of active participation, review of course literature and oral presentation of PhD research projects. All students are required to submit a draft paper (maximium of 10 pages) by 10th August for circulation to participants in the summer school. A list of suggested readings will be also be made available

This is a unique PhD summer school that will take place in Greenland’s capital at a time of interest in the development and capacity building for health research, education and for health and wellbeing, including ethical aspects for the populations living in rural arctic regions.


Arja Rautio, MD, PhD, ERT, is a research professor and chair of the Center for Arctic Medicine at Thule Institute, University of Oulu, Finland.

Rhonda M. Johnson, DrPH, MPH, FNP, Professor of Public Health, University of AlaskaAnchorage, Department of Health Sciences

Elizabeth Rink, PhD, MSW, Associate Professor Community Health,Montana State University

Henrik Bygum Krarup, MD, PhD, Section of Molecular Diagnostics, Clinical Biochemistry, Aalborg University Hospital

Gert Mulvad MD,GP Primary Health Care Nuuk, Honary Doctor University of Greenland

Aviaja Hautman Lyberth Ph.D. student at Technical University of Denmark

Peter Ebbesen M.D. Professor of Medicine

Lise Haunsgaard, Professor, Ph.D., MScN  University of Southern Denmark and University of Greenland

Kirsten Ohm Kyvik, Professor, Visiting Researcher, Head of Department, MD, ph.d., MPM University of Southern Denmark

Michael Lynge Pedersen MD PhD Primary Health Care Nuuk and University of Greenland

Stig Andersen MD PhD professor University of Aalborg and University of Greenland

Birger Poppel Emeritus Department of Social Science University of Greenland

Program (detailed progam here: PhD Summer School 2016 Program):

Ethical Principles and Practices for Community Based Participatory Research

Rhonda Johnson, Arja Rautio, Elisabeth Rink

Ethics in Nordic countries and in Greenland, Small Population, Public Communication

Henrik Krarup, Gert Mulvad, Aviaja Lyberth

Ethics and Local Research Capacity building

Lise Hounsgaard, Michael Lynge Pedersen, Kirsten Kyvik

The summer school is organized by the Greenland Centre for Health Research, Institute for Nurse and Health Science University of Greenland in collaboration with the UArctic ThematicNetwork  Health and Wellbeing in the Arctic.

The language of the summer school will be English. Participation is limited to 15 students. NUNA MED 2016 is held from 1st to 3rd October 2016. NUNA MED is a conference on medicine, health and well-being in Greenland and the Arctic countries and is held in Nuuk every three years. At the NUNA MED conference parallel sessions will be in Greenlandic, Danish and English. Registration for NUNA MED 2016 is mandatory for participation in the PhD summer school.

Local organizing committee:

Greenland Centre for Health Research, Institute for Nurse and Health Science

Michael Lynge Pedersen, Gert Mulvad, Lise Haunsgaard,

Suzanne Møller, Head of Institute for Nurse and Health Science,

UArctic Thematic Network: Health and Wellbeing in the Artic.

Arja Rautio, Thule Institute, University of Oulu, Finland.

Registration details and abstract submission: see Registration and Abstract pages on

Registration fee for the PhD summer school inclusive of the NUNAMED conference will be 3.000 Danish kr.


For information please contact Dr Gert Mulvad (

Course location:

Hotel Hans Egede Conference Centre, Nuuk, Greenland


Registration is possible on the Registration page along with registration to NUNA MED 2016.

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