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 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.