March 23, 2020

Call for papers to The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health is currently running a Special Issue “Interventions to Enhance Physical Activity and Nutrition in Children”. Assoc. Prof. Scott Duncan and Dr. Tom Stewart, from Auckland University of Technology, Prof. Rachael Taylor, from University of Otago; are serving as guest editors.

This Special Issue seeks papers describing interventions and initiatives designed to encourage physical activity (including active play), reduce sedentary behavior, and/or promote healthy eating in children. Priority will be given to new and innovative approaches to engage children and their caregivers in home, community, and/or educational environments. Also high-quality systematic reviews and meta-analyses are welcomed.

For further reading, please follow the link to the special issue website.

The submission deadline is 30 June 2020. Manuscripts should be submitted through the online manuscript submission and editorial system at For further details on the submission process, please see the instructions for authors.

March 1, 2020

New dates in October for the SHE research group meeting

Due to the corona situation in Europe, the SHE research group meeting in Finland in June 2020 is postponed. The SHE research group meeting will instead take place on 28-29 October. Meeting venue: Helsinki, Finland. Please wait for a reniewed invitation before signing up.

January 11, 2020

A new book: "Social Theory and Health Education"

This book is soon to be published. Many colleagues from SHE have written a chapter. It fulfils the gap we have on using social theory in research on Health Education and Health Promoting Schools. The book draws together research that demonstrates the productive and impactful ways social theory can be applied to the diversity of research in this field. Topics like digital health, and health education in sexuality, gender and health, food and nutrition, mental health and wellbeing, environment, and alcohol and drug use is covered. Have a look.

January 7, 2020

The Journal: Health Education calls for papers for a special issue on „Leadership in school health promotion“

The submission deadline is 15 May 2020.

Guest Editors are Kevin Dadaczynski (Fulda University of Applied Sciences/Germany), Monica Carlsson (Aarhus University/Denmark) and Qing Gu (UCL Institute of Education/UK). They welcome contributions that show current research on top-down and bottom-up leadership styles and its determinants and effects on different aspects on school health promotion (e.g. implementation, individual health). Read more about the call.

December 15, 2019

News from the SHE Research Group

The aim of the SHE research group is to support the development of school health promotion and health education in the WHO European region by stimulating, facilitating, coordinating, upscaling and initiating theoretical and empirical research. This means that this group is an ideal first point of contact in generating and sharing knowledge which could be implemented in schools and used as a basis in decision-making processes. As of the beginning of 2020, short descriptive profiles of the SHE research group members will be added to the SHE website. This will ease contact to a relevant SHE researchers and expert in the area of school health promotion and health education – feel free to contact of the researchers!

October 16, 2019

SHE Research Group Meeting 2020

The next research group meeting will be held in Helsinki, Finland, on 10-11 June 2020. All members of the research group will recieve information about the meeting and how to apply in February 2020.

October 15, 2019

Update and overview of collaboration from the chair of the research group

The steering group (Karina, Simon, Teresa, Emily, Kevin, Marjorita, Venka) have met three times in 2019 (February (Skype), June (Face-to Face – Reykjavik), September (Face-to-Face – Hamburg) with minutes from each member distributed to group members.. The steering group is an ideal platform for discussion and decision making.
The chairs of the RG (Kevin and Marjorita) and a member from SHE secretariat (Jesper) meet monthly to work with SHE RG issues.
The annual RG meeting was held in Reykjavik in June 2019 with a central aim of collaboration. The one-day meeting included an update from the SHE secretariat and a discussion of the current ongoing challenges in the SHE RG, a Capacity Building Workshop and a joint workshop with assembly participants regarding the four SHE tasks. SHE RG members also had an opportunity to participate in the morning program of the HBSC meeting.

Upcoming Events

  • SHE Academy - Lyon 2019, 29 participants.
  • Presentation of SHE RG to the EECA RG meeting in Moscow October 2019. Jesper (SHE secretariat) and Electra (national coordinator, Greece) will participate.
  • 5th Conference on Health promoting schools, Moscow, November 2019. Attendance by SH****E members is important and colleagues should be mobilized to participate. Participants can register here. After registration an official invitation can be used to enable a smoother visa procedure. For information on visas, all participants should use this form. Approximately, 190 participants are currently registered for the conference. Participants are advised to book accommodation as soon as possible due to challenges the conference hotel.  The scientific program has been published, all keynote speakers are organized and all sessions have chairs.


September 6, 2019

Invitation to The Fifth International Conference on Sexuality and Sexual Education: Interaction, Interdependence and Intersectionality

The Research Centre on Child Studies (CIEC), of the University of Minho in Portugal, will be hosting the fifth International Conference on Sexuality and Sexual Education: Interaction, Interdependence and Intersectionality, November 28-30, 2019. Get all information about the conference.

This is the fifth Conference of a sequence that is held, alternately and biannually, in Portugal and Brazil, in the institutions that house a group of researchers working collaboratively in research on Sexuality and Sexual Education and that constitute the network responsible for this Conference: University of Minho (UM), University of Lisbon (UL), University of Aveiro (UA), School of Education of Coimbra (ESEC), Paulista State University "Júlio de Mesquita Filho" (UNESP), State University of Santa Catarina (UDESC).

The purpose that unifies the realization of these Conference is the study of Sexuality as an interdisciplinary theme that unfolds in several areas of investigation and intervention, among them Sexual Education. In this context, the Fifth Conference focuses on a theme that reflects one of the main current issues in sexuality and sexuality education, assuming as a central concern (re) thinking the ways of conceptualizing, working and investigating the Interaction, Interdependence and Intersectionality of social relations in this area.The target-participants are Researchers, Education Professionals (Early Childhood Educators, Teachers trainers, Secondary Education and Higher Education), Health Professionals, Students attending Courses in the fields of Education, Sexuality and Health, Psychologists, Sociologists, among others.

July 11, 2019

Greetings from the chair og the SHE research group

Dear members of the SHE research group

The RG meeting was held with crisp and mostly sunny weather in beautiful Iceland. As RG members, we had an opportunity to participate in the HBSC workshop and presentations before the RG meeting begun. This collaboration highlighted the joint ground we are working together. Thank you, Jo and Simon, for this great opportunity! Thank you also, Patricia and Catriona, for presenting your work in the HBSC pre-workshop, and Maria, Mads, and Rafaela for presenting in the RG meeting. These presentations will make our work visible to others as well as give inspiration and help to find out possible common interests.

See the Minutes of the research group meeting and all presentations.

To all of you, who were participating in the meeting by various ways: your input is valuable for the further development of the RG, and of course, for the current activities that we have ongoing quite a bunch! For those of you who could not be present, please find information about the meeting from the attached summary. The next RG meeting will be held in Helsinki, Finland. Hope to see you there next year and in many other events before that.

If you have not added your information to the working document about your interest in belonging to a working group, writing joint publication(s), or research proposal(s), please, do so. You will find the link by clicking HERE. At the beginning of August, we start to summarize the information and continue working toward establishing concrete groups. The document stays open so that you are able to view and add to it any time. Currently, 18 of you have indicated your interest, and we wish to have many more!

You can also still add your future ideas to answergarden. The word cloud will be shared with you, and also through social media. If you have already answered and don’t wish your answer to be visible (anonymously), please, send us a note. In that case, we will remove your words from the cloud.

For now, we wish you all a relaxing summer holiday and after that a productive and inspiring working period again. We will be in touch with you through emails and SHE newsletters.

Please, visit the SHE website and social media accounts regularly for updates!

Kind wishes, Marjorita & Kevin

May 22, 2019

Invitation 27 / 28 / 29 May 2019

As part of the dissemination of the European project Co-Creating Welfare, the French partner team are organising 3 half-days of training, during which participants from the education, social and welfare sectors will be able to discover a co-creative approach. You will have the opportunity to experiment with co-creation tools and activities, and explore their relevance to promote health and well-being through various participatory workshops. The underlying aim is to promote the integration of co-creation and co-creative processes into their professional practices. Co-creation is one of the pillars of participatory approaches which promote democratic  processes, ownership and empowerment. Se the flyer.

May 22, 2019

13th UIA Associations Round Table Europe

Monday 4 November 2019 a round table arrangement take place in Brussels. Each participant has the opportunity to design his or her own programme with elements from 23 case studies, interactive questions and answers and workshops.

The day is arranged by UIA (The Union of International Associations), an independent non-profit research institute founded in 1907 which documents and promotes the work of international associations. UIA shares its information on associations through its publications: the Yearbook of International Organizations, and the International Congress Calendar. UIA also promotes the work of associations by organizing educational activities, such as the UIA Associations Round Table. Find more information here.

May 4, 2019

Meet the HBSC study group

SHE's research group is having a meeting in Iceland, June 19.-20. 2019 and at the same time HBSC (Health Behaviour of School Children) is having a meeting close by and this gives a great opportunity for some exchange. In consultation with Jo Inchley there will be two parts on Wednesday 19 June from 9 to 12:30. First a workshop of Simon Murphy and Chris Roberts (9 to 10:30) and then a presentation of school-based research. If you are member of the SHE research group and want to attend the workshop and give or listen to presentations, please contact Kevin Dadaczynski (co-chair of SHEr research group).

May 1, 2019

Submit your abstract for the 5th European Conference on Health Promoting Schools

The abstract submission for the 5th European Conference on Health Promoting Schools is now open:
The conference takes place in Moscow, Russia, from November 20 - 22, 2019. Read more about the conference:

April 9, 2019

Conference: Promoting Health and Wellbeing in Educational Settings.

This conference takes place in Ireland, hosted at the National University of Ireland (NUI) Galway on Thursday 13 June, 2019. Registration closes on 21 May. Read about the conference.

April 5, 2019

Invitaton to the SHE Academy 2019

Do you have an interest in school health promotion and want to know more about research methods in school health promotion? There are special workshops for researchers and for ph.d.students in the Academy. Sign up for the SHE Academy (4-6 November 2019) - see the invitation.

March 4, 2019

Call for papers on health literacy

Public Health Panorama calls for the submission of papers for a special issue on health literacy in the WHO European Region. The special issue (issue 3) will be published in September 2019 to coincide with the 69th session of the WHO Regional Committee for Europe.Deadline for submission: April 15, 2019. Read more.

March 3, 2019

SHE Research Group Meeting 2019

The invitations for the 2019 SHE Research Group Meeting has been sent out for all members of the research group. Once a year the group meet and discusses isues connected to research in school health promotion. This year the meeting will take place 19 - 20 June 2019 in Reykjavík, Iceland. The meeting will start on Wednesday 19 June at lunchtime and finish on Thursday 20 June at lunchtime (from noon to noon).
The meeting venue is:
The University of Iceland
School of Education
105 Reykjavík

February 18, 2019

Call for Abstracts to Special Issue

The International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health (IJERPH) will be editing a Special Issue on “Health Literacy and Equity—Interdisciplinary Perspectives and Recent Trends in Health Literacy Research and Action Around the World”. The Call for Abstracts is now open and the editor group are ready to receive abstracts on the latest research, practice and policy research. Submision of abstracts by 30 April to the Editorial Office ( under the subject heading “IJERPH Health Literacy Special Issue.” For more information see the call for abstracts document attached to this E-mail or visit the journal's homepage.

February 5, 2019

New research steering group

In the renewing process of the SHE and the SHE research group, a new steering group (formerly referred to as a core group) has been formed. It consists of seven persons: In addition to chairs Marjorita Sormunen and Kevin Dadaczynski, it includes Venka Simovska, Teresa Vilaca, Emily Darlington, Karina Leksy, and Simon Murphy. Following the period of the chairs of the research group, the period of involvement in the new steering group will be three years. The steering group coordinates and facilitates the work of the research group in collaboration with SHE secretariat and the SHE Board.

January 11, 2019

1st letter from the chair of the SHE research group

Dear Members of the SHE Research group

This is the first ‘official’ letter from us to you all since our chair positions started at the beginning of 2019. From now on, we will post our news in the SHE bi-monthly newsletters, so if you have not signed up to receive a newsletter, please do so here. In addition to newsletters, we will contact you via email to communicate on internal RG issues if needed, mostly because of specific notifications or tasks. You will find also RG information and news on the SHE website.

The main task of the chair is to create and sustain a research community with meaningful activities, collaboration opportunities, and initiatives, and to coordinate corresponding activities of the SHE RG. Even though Marjorita as the chair has a primary responsibility to keep things running, we have not defined separated tasks or responsibilities between the chair and the co-chair. All things that need to be done, are realized in close collaboration together and both of us are fully aware of all RG issues. Hence, either of us can be contacted of any matters related to the RG.

We have started to work on several issues related to the RG. Firstly, the planning of the year 2019 (and 2020) has started, and we can already say that this year includes many activities. These include e.g., the next RG meeting and a capacity-building workshop, a short inquiry to find out the RG members’ current research fields, settings, and theories in use, and the annual SHE Academy. We also inform you that the 5th European conference on Health promoting schools will be held in Moscow in November 2019; more detailed information will be announced later on.

A new core group will be formed in the near future. It will be renamed as a steering group and will include 3-4 members (+ Marjorita and Kevin). We are in the process of checking and fine-tuning the tasks of the steering group and will inform you soon more about the formation. Furthermore, the SHE RG membership form requires some and the position paper a more throughout revision (based on workshop comments from Copenhagen & Moscow). This “paperwork” has already started.

We warmly thank Venka for her solid leadership and work that she has done for the SHE RG in past years. We also thank the core group for their engagement in the RG activities.

In closing this email, we would like to encourage you working together with us to create a flourishing and dynamic research network on school health promotion and education. Please share your ideas, thoughts or concerns in order to allow an open discussion about the development of our research group. We wish all of you a productive, pleasant, and a happy New Year with lots of energy in working towards healthier schools together!

Kind regards,

Marjorita and Kevin
(chair of the SHE research group)

SHE Research Group meeting for the EECA countries 14-15 November 2018

The first meeting for researchers from the Eastern European and Central Asian countries (EECA countries), to support Health Promoting School research in these countries and to strengthen the link with the SHE Research Group. The meeting was held in Moscow 14-15 November 2018. From the core group of the SHE Research Group, Marjorita Sormunen and Didier Jourdan were facilitators. The workshop was organized jointly by the SHE secretariat, the SHE branch office in Moscow and WHO EURO

SHE Research Group meeting for EU countries 7-8 November 2018

The SHE Research Group met 7-8 November 2018 in Copenhagen, Denmark. At the meeting the research group was informed of the SHE workplan and the status and future work of the SHE Research group was discussed. The newest fact sheet on equality and Health promoting schools was presented and a new core group and new chair and co-chair of the research group was elected.

See the summary of the Research group meeting 2018.