09 Mar 2023
11 Mar 2023

ENPHE Seminar 2023: Educating Physiotherapists for a Global Mindset

Bergen, Norway - Western Norway University of Applied Sciences


The ENPHE Seminar 2023 is hosted and organized by Western Norway University of Applied Sciences. The seminar includes three days of activities - see detailed programme below. The first day is dedicated to ENPHE Management and ENPHE Students Body Program (9th of March). The second and the third days (10th and 11th March) cover the Working Group development and invited keynote speakers.

The overarching theme for this year's seminar is "Educating Physiotherapists for a Global Mindset", and as such, respective keynote speakers, activities and workshops have been handpicked to help foster that Global Mindset. This seminar will be an excellent opportunity for networking and sharing thoughts, ideas and experiences on this topic. And "the cherry on top", we will not go on withouth the memorable ENPHE gala and ENPHE sports activities as well. All educators and students (ENPHE members and non-members) are invited to participate and contribute to the strengthening of the cooperation between European Higher Education Institutions in the field of Physiotherapy.


Organising Institutions







Thu 9th March 2023


ENPHE Students Programme (only students) ENPHE Management Programme

08:30 – 09:00 Arrival and registration

09:00 – 10:30 Students conference

10:30 – 11:00 Coffee break & networking

11:00 – 12:30 Students conference

12:30 – 14:00 Lunch break & networking

14:00 – 16:00 Students conference

16:00 – 17:00 ENPHE Board of Directors meeting with the Students’ Representatives



08:30 – 09:00 Arrival and registration

09:00 – 09:30 ENPHE Boards meeting with the Local Organizing Committee

09:30 – 11:30  ENPHE Board of Directors meeting & Working Group Facilitators meet each other (in a separate hall)

11.30-12.30 ENPHE Boards meeting

12:30 – 13:00 Lunch break

13:00 – 14:00 ENPHE Board of Directors meeting with the Working Group Facilitators

14:00 – 15:00 Working Group Facilitators compile information for Working Group Website page

16:00 – 17:00 ENPHE Board of Directors meeting with the Students’ Representatives

17:30 Welcome Reception (for all participants)


Fri 10th March 2023

8:30 – 9:00 Registration

9:00 – 9:30 Opening of the seminar

9:30 – 10:00 Future Sustainable practices by Eric Jansen

10:00 – 10:30 Environmental Physiotherapy & Planetary Health by Filip Maric

10:45 – 11:15 Coffee break & networking meetings

11:15 - 13:00 Working groups development*

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch & networking meetings

14:30 – 15:30 Working groups development*

16:00 - 18:00 ENPHE sports 

19:00 Social Program - Dinner & Dance


Sat 11th March 2023

9:00 – 11:00 Working groups development*

11:00 – 11.30 Coffee break & networking meetings

11:30 – 13:00 Working groups development*

13:00 – 14:30 Lunch & networking meetings

14:30 – 15:30 10 min presentations of each Working Groups and ESB

15:30 - 16:15 General Assembly

16:15 - 16:30 Closing and Annoucement of Conference 2023


*Working Group Development

1. ERASMUS+ Blended Intensive Programme (BIP). Topic: Evidence-Based Physiotherapy, coordinated by Marja Äijö, Savonia University of Applied Sciences in autumn 2023. Discussion this topic and opportunities to keep the course together.
2. Forever Young project: Anne Griet Brader Hanze University of Applied Sciences. In spring seminar 2023, we are planning this project.

Facilitation of Learning
Discussion with the participants to scan and plan the program for the working group “Facilitation for learning”, using manual thinking and focus group methods to develop our future. The groups will answer what are the needs and wishes for the next seminars and conferences. Facilitated by: Mari Torne and Griselda González Caminal

Interprofessional Learning
Will not have a session this seminar.

Professional Issues
1. Direct access - developing a minimum curriculum. Activity: present current researches and create a group of developers and start the development to present next Conference
2. European common framework to facilitate diploma recognition - initiatives from the French Association. Activity: present current developments and create a group for the validation

Practice based learning
To be announced.

The working group Internationalization has chosen the theme of ‘The global competent Physiotherapist’ for the next coming years. In the past years we’ve been gathering material on internationalization. For example competence models, readers, policy papers or workshops on internationalization, interculturality, Virtual Exchange and SDG’s. Our next step in creating educational material for ‘The Global Competent Physiotherapist’ is defining learning outcomes, designing assessment of and creating  learning activities.  During the seminar in Bergen we work case-based on different intercultural and/or international physiotherapy cases and with the perspective of different (intercultural) competence models on defining learning outcomes for the Global Competent Physiotherapist.

Working group about pain education in PT
To be announced.

Environmental Physiotherapy
Physiotherapy higher education and GreenComp - the European sustainability competency framework: challenges and opportunities. Facilitated by Filip Maric & Steinunn Arnars Ólafsdóttir
In this year's working group sessions, the environmental physiotherapy working group will be discussing opportunities and challenges in environmental physiotherapy education in view of the recently published GreenComp - the European sustainability competency framework (Bianchi et al., 2022). This framework leans on the previously published UNESCO Education for Sustainable Development Goals: learning objectives (2017) and attempts to advance a common ground and consensual definition of what sustainability competence entails for European learners and educators. As critical thinking is a central competency in both of these frameworks, we will also consider some of the dangers and pitfalls of sustainable healthcare education as a call for global engagement for planetary health and how physiotherapy education might overcome these from the start (Sandset & Engebretsen, 2022). Participants are encouraged to engage in pre-reading to facilitate collaboration during the working group sessions. 

Relevant readings (recommended for pre-reading!): 
   Bianchi, G., Pisiotis, U. and Cabrera Giraldez, M., (2022). GreenComp The European sustainability competence framework, Punie, Y. and Bacigalupo, M. editor(s), EUR 30955 EN, Publications Office of the European Union, Luxembourg, ISBN 978-92-76-46485-3, doi:10.2760/13286, JRC128040. Available from https://joint-research-centre.ec.europa.eu/greencomp-european-sustainability-competence-framework_en 
    Sandset, T., & Engebretsen, E. (2022). Sustainable Healthcare Education as a Practice of Governmentality? Sustainability, 14(22), 15416. https://doi.org/10.3390/su142215416 
    UNESCO (2017). Education for Sustainable Development Goals: learning objectives. Paris: UNESCO, ISBN 978-92-3-100209-0. Available from https://unesdoc.unesco.org/ark:/48223/pf0000247444 


Pratical Information


The Venue

Western Norway University of Applied Sciences - Bergen, Norway

The Western Norway University of Applied Sciences was established in 2017. It is a collaboration of four different university colleges from the towns Bergen (HiB), Sogndal (HiSF), Førde and Stord/Haugesund (HSH). These university colleges have existed since 1994.


Address: Inndalsveien 28, 5063 Bergen, Norway

Coordinates: 60.3696811107177, 5.349941171876701


How To Get There

From Bergen:

  • Tram 1 from Bergen Airport to Kronstad (36 minutes, every 5 minutes)

From Oslo:

  • Train R12 from Oslo Airport to Oslo S - Train F4 from Oslo S to Bergen Station - Tram 1 from Nonneseter to Kronstad (calculate for at least 7:30h travel)

How to plan a tram trip:

How to plan a train trip:



Hotel affiliated with event: Thon Hotel Rosenkrant (75 rooms available for ENPHE Seminar participants)

Booking link: https://www.thonhotels.no/event/hogskulen-pa-vestlandet/ 

Booking deadline: 8th of February 


Alternative Hotels:

SAS Radisson Blu Bryggen

Clarion Hotel Admiral

Scandic Hotel Norge

Scandic Bergen City

Scandic byparken

Thon Hotel Bristol

Clarion Bergen Hotel


The City

Bergen is an old trading city that dates back from 1020. The city was founded in 1070. Remains from the early trading periods can still be found at the ‘Bryggen’ area in Bergen centre. Bergen was the largest city in Norway until 1830’s. It is known to be the rainiest city in Europe. When it is not raining, the city is a jewel in the way it is located between seven mountains and the fjords. From the city centre, you can take the train up to the mountain Fløyen where you have a scenic view of the city centre and the fjords. Next to Bryggen, the famous fish market is located. Bergen’s seven mountains offer a wide range of hiking possibilities easily accessible from the city centre

Tourist Information




Optional Activities:

Members: €200

Students: €80

Non-members: €300

Gala Dinner: €95

Welcome Reception: included in fee

ENPHE Sports: included in fee


How to register:

1. Fill in the registration form by clicking the "Register Here" button

2. Make the payment (payment details included in registration form). Your registration will be confirmed after validation of payment.

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