Keynote speakers


Barbara Boutopoulou has expertise in Respiratory and Allergy diseases. She is a Pediatric Respiratory and Allergy Nurse at Athens Medical Center and an Academic Scholar in Faculty of Nursing, University of Athens, Greece.

From March 2019 Academic Scholar;
from September 2019 Pediatric Respiratory and Allergy Nurse;
2014 – 2019 Head Nurse of PICU;
2012-2014 Head Nurse of Respiratory & Allergy Unit;
2007-2012 Staff Nurse in NICU;
2004-2007 Staff Nurse in ED of General Hospital.

17 publications in peer national and international journals, numerous in abstract books of international and national meetings and congresses.

General Secretary of the editorial board of the Hellenic Pediatric Nursing Association.

Barbara Boutopoulou's presentation topic is "Nursing Care Models in Pediatric and Neonatal Settings".



Dr Levin has worked in humanization field in medicine, especially in neonatology, over 25 years. In the middle of 90-s a “Humane Neonatal Care Initiative” was developed in Tallinn Children`s Hospital, Estonia. Later, after Estonia regained its independence in 1991, this humane model – a mother can stay with sick newborns and premature babies at all times – was introduced around the world, in about 30 countries. WABA (World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action) prioritized this action globally. Chilean Paediatric Congress in 2001 endorsed the initiative, now known as the “PUCON DECLARATION”.

Dr Levin is the coordinator of this movement, campaigning to get paediatric societies globally to subscribe to the Declaration, to which participants from more than 30 countries have committed. The key challenge is the protection of child’s and mother's (family) rights in hospitals around the world.  Since the 2008 Canada perinatology conference and a wide-scale study that followed by Prof. Shoo Lee in 25 Canadian, New Zealand and Australian hospitals, the Tallinn Children’s Hospital initiative and practice was suggested as the golden global standard.

1969-1975 - Oblast Central Hospital (Uralsk, Kazachstan), Head of Children’s Department
1975-1979 - Tallinn Secondary Hospital (Tallinn, Estonia)
1979-2004 - Tallinn Children’s Hospital, Head of Neonatal and Infant Department,
1996-... - Tallinn University (Tallinn, Estonia9, Department of Social Work
2004-... - Role Ltd. Research Director

Dr Levin has published over 150 articles in newspapers and journals and 11 books, touching upon topics of actual problems in medicine, social problems in childhood and child’s and mother’s human and children’s rights.

He has been nominated honorary doctor of several universities, honorary citizen of the City of Tallinn. The President of the Republic of Estonia in 2005 awarded him an order of Merit of the Estonian Red Cross, First rank, for recognition for service rendered to the interests of the Estonian people in healthcare and social spheres and for the saving of life.

Dr Levin’s presentation topic is "Humane Neonatal Care Initiative acceptance in hospitals globally".



Dr Joseph Manning is a Clinical-Academic Nurse and a current National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) and Health Education England (HEE) Integrated Clinical-Academic (ICA) Clinical Lecturer. He has a joint appointment at Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (NUH) and The University of Nottingham (UoN) allowing for meaningful concurrent engagement in clinical practice and research.

In his clinical-academic role, Joseph works as a Clinical Associate Professor in Children, Young People and Families Nursing, Charge Nurse for Paediatric Critical Care Outreach Team (Nottingham Children's Hospital), and as the lead for NMAHP research theme for Children and Families at NUH.

Joseph’s programme of research is driven directly from insights and priorities from clinical practice that relate broadly to understanding and supporting:  The holistic needs of children and families in the short- and long-term after critical illness; the emotional health and wellbeing of children and young people admitted to acute paediatric inpatient care; and safe and effective transitions of infants, children and young people between services and pathways of care.

Dr. Manning's presentation topic is "Optimising the nursing care of children and young people experiencing mental health crisis in acute paediatric settings through collaborative research".



Sanna Salanterä is professor of clinical nursing science at the University of Turku, Finland. Her research has focused on the Digitalisation of nursing in many areas and children’s nursing being one of them.

She works in the University and has a subsidiary position in Turku University Hospital. She has over 250 scientific publications, 30 supervised PhD thesis and she leads a research group "Digital Nursing Turku".

Sanna Salanterä's presentation topic is "Gamification of children’s health promotion".