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CFP: IST 2020: Health Information Behavior (Online Event; June 8-10)

  • 1.  CFP: IST 2020: Health Information Behavior (Online Event; June 8-10)

    Posted 04-24-2020 01:19
    Edited by Aylin Imeri 05-08-2020 14:25


    Dear colleagues,

    we are thrilled to share with you our news!

    The European Chapter (EC) of the Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) is seeking your contribution!

    We invite you to the online research and networking event on Health Information Behavior on June 8-10, 2020, 3 pm - 6 pm (CEST; Berlin time).

    For each day we will have one keynote followed by short online talks.

    We are looking forward to listen to our confirmed speakers:


    Diane Pennington (Senior Lecturer in Information Science, Strathclyde iSchool):

    • Title of keynote: Health (mis)information behaviour in the Covid-19 era' 
      • Dr. Diane M. Rasmussen Pennington is Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in Information Science and the Course Director for the MSc in Information and Library Studies at the University of Strathclyde's iSchool in Glasgow, Scotland. She leads the Information Engagement research theme within the iSchool and also belongs to the Digital Health and Wellness Research Group. Her research areas include linked and open data as well as user engagement with health information on social media, including youth mental health, dementia, women's health, and most recently COVID-19.


    Inez Bailey:

    • Title of keynote: Health literacy in practice in Ireland
      • Inez is Chief Executive of the National Adult Literacy Agency (NALA), a role she has held for more than 20 years. NALA is an independent charity committed to making sure people with literacy, numeracy and basic digital skills needs can fully take part in society and have access to learning opportunities. Inez served on the inaugural Healthy Ireland Council and is a former member of the Government’s Expert Group on Future Skills Needs which advises the Government on skills needs and labour market issues that impact enterprise and employment growth. She has served as Chair and Board member of a range of charity and statutory bodies. Inez is a graduate of the University of Sheffield (EdD) and Maynooth University (BA, MA, Dip).

    Christiane Grünloh (Senior Researcher eHealth, Roessingh Research & Development, the Netherlands): 

    • Title of keynote: My Work Tool" versus "My Body, My Data": Conflicting stakeholder perspectives on digital data access
      • The importance of encouraging patient participation is not new, neither is the fact that patients have the right by law to view their health records. Similar to other digitalisation processes in the last decades, it may seem natural to also enable patient to digitally access their electronic health records, for instance, via patient portals. Despite being welcomed by patients, this type of digital access and especially the extend of the information shown has been often criticised by concerned healthcare professionals. In this keynote I will present the case of the eHealth service Journalen in Sweden and outline some of the conflicting perspectives and values that accompany patient accessible health records.


    We invite all interested colleagues - researchers, practitioners, students - to submit extended abstracts to be published at Zenodo, an online repository for research outputs, and present their topic in an online talk (15 minutes).


    We are excited to organize and lead this online event with you together!

    The event is part of the series on Information Science Trends. The events focus on a current research topic introduced by invited speakers from research and industry.

    Our first event concerned Search Engines and Information Retrieval and took place in Hamburg in April 2019.

    These events will provide networking space to energetically share ideas and interests from the different fields of information science and related disciplines.
    During the time of Covid-19, let us hold together and network online.


    This event focuses on Health Information Behavior and accepts submissions on practical projects, research or practical case studies, conceptional ideas. Topics may include, but are not limited to:

    • investigations on health information-seeking and health information use
    • health information literacy
    • health information behavior on social media
    • health information disclosure (privacy concerns, privacy paradox)
    • conducting health information research online (esp. during a pandemic)
    • open health data


    Please submit your extended abstract (500 up to 1,000 words including references) in English.

    Reference-Style: APA

    Template: Here is the link.

    Submissions are due on: May 8th, 2020

    Please submit via Easychair.

    All abstracts will be peer-reviewed.

    All submissions will be published with a CC-BY 4.0 International License at Zenodo repository if you provide us your consent.

    Cannot Give a Talk but Want to Attend?

    Participation is not restricted to those presenting. If you do not want to present your work, you may want to join and listen to the talks.
    In this case, please register via:

    For more information:

    We are happy to answer any questions regarding this event. Please send an email to: or any of the ASIST European Chapter officers:


    Aylin Ilhan,

    Crystal Fulton,

    Noora Hirvonen,

    Kaja J. Fietkiewicz,

    Isabelle Dorsch,

    Fabian Odoni,

    Tamara Heck,

    Aylin Ilhan
    Heinrich Heine University Düsseldorf
    Düsseldorf, NRW