6. International Conference on Salutogenesis

Advancing Salutogenesis towards thriving societies

June 17 - 18, 2021

Girona, Spain


The conference will bring together scientists and experts from Europe and around the world to advance theory and research on Salutogenesis. The conference will be organized into four parts, covering the four core topics listed below. Four opening plenary sessions will introduce each topic by three to four short trigger-talks presenting contrasting ideas. These inputs will facilitate the following debate amongst the presenters and the audience. These opening sessions will be followed by parallel sessions grouped around the four themes.

The Scientific Committee invites you to submit proposals for different types of scientific presentations (oral/poster, workshops/debates) primarily in four topic areas. From the accepted submissions, we will invite particularly thought-provoking contributions to become one of the trigger talks. Trigger talks should advance a point of view or a position on a particular issue in an informed, clear way.


  1. How to advance the overall salutogenic model of health: e.g. the need for adding an additional positive health continuum to complement the original dis-/ease continuum; need to add a path of positive health development directly linking resources to this new positive health continuum.

  2. How to advance the concept of sense of coherence, SoC: e.g. re-visit its conceptualization and measurement; understand how it develops early during the life course; conceptualizations beyond the individual.

  3. How to design salutogenic interventions and change processes in complex systems: e.g. intervention theories related to the three SoC dimensions; relation of Salutogenesis to the five action areas described in the Ottawa Charta (WHO 1986); examples of interventions clearly based on the salutogenic model.

  4. How to apply Salutogenesis beyond the health sector: e.g. to relationships between social groups, policy making, education, environment, architecture.

  5. Other topics: related to the advancement of theory, research and science-based applications of Salutogenesis.


The official deadline for submissions expired on September 25th 2019. However, as the conference date has been moved to June 17-18th 2021, we will re-open the submission of abstracts mid-September 2020.



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