Welcome to the 12th ORPHEUS Conference being held in Klaipeda, Lithuania on May 4-6th, 2017

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Dear Colleagues and Friends, dear Students, dear ORPHEUS Community,

It is an honour and pleasure for us to invite you to the 12th international ORPHEUS conference PhD Training in Health Sciences and Biomedicine from the Interdisciplinary Perspective, on May 4th – 6th, 2017 (Klaipeda, Lithuania).

ORPHEUS (Organisation for PhD Education in Biomedicine and Health Sciences in the European System) is an association of European biomedical and health science faculties and institutions. ORPHEUS is a network of higher education institutions that is committed to developing and disseminating best practice within PhD training programs. ORPHEUS is committed to safeguarding the reputation of the PhD as a research degree and strengthening career opportunities for PhD graduates.

The mission of ORPHEUS are to safeguard the PhD as a research degree and to strengthen career opportunities for PhD graduates; to give active support and guidance to members of ORPHEUS in enhancing their contributions to biomedicine, health sciences, and society in general; to provide information to members of ORPHEUS and all PhD candidates all over Europe; to represent higher education and research in biomedicine and health sciences and to influence policy making at national, European and international level, to promote cooperation in research and development of joint PhD programs; to promote harmonisation of PhD programs in biomedicine and health sciences; to encourage mobility of PhD candidates and academic staff; to stimulate quality assurance of PhD research and education, and to develop the recommendations, best practices, self-assessment, and an accreditation process of PhD programs in biomedicine and health sciences; to cooperate with other associations with similar goals.

Since 2004 ORPHEUS has organized annual thematic European conferences in Zagreb (Croatia), Helsinki (Finland), Aarhus (Denmark), Vienna (Austria), Izmir (Turkey), Bergen (Norway), Prague (Czech Republic), Lausanne (Switzerland), Belgrade (Serbia), and Cologne (Germany). In 2017 the conference will be held in Klaipeda (Lithuania).

We are expecting a highly interactive conference with participation of famous international experts and speakers, with workshops, discussions, and debates, focused on interdisciplinary approach to modern PhD training in biomedicine and health sciences.

Welcome to Lithuania, to our beautiful city Klaipeda on the amber Baltic Sea coast!

Sincerely

Prof. Dr. Arturas Razbadauskas

Conference Chair

Dean

Faculty of Health Sciences

Klaipeda University, Lithuania

Prof. Dr. Birute Strukcinskiene

Conference Coordinator

ORPHEUS Executive Committee Member

Faculty of Health Sciences

Klaipeda University, Lithuania