JOIN US IN Lisbon Portugal

FEBRUARY 28th and 29th 2020 for

Science & Soul 2020


Science & Soul 2020 is organized in partnership with Caring Essentials Collaborative, LLC, the Quantum Caring Institute, and the Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Lisboa, Pólo Artur Ravara!

Together with our esteemed organizing committee, Science & Soul 2020 promises a learning and networking experience like no other! With prestigious keynote presenters and our international interdisciplinary faculty, delegates from around the world join a movement to transform the experience of care for infants, families and themselves!

It changed my life
— 2018 Congress Participant
Best conference ever! So much personal concern for everyone’s satisfaction.
— 2019 Congress Participant


Science & Soul brings together leading scientists, researchers, clinicians and educators to translate advances in our understanding of early life adversity, epigenetics and parental mental health into actionable improvements in the care of critically ill infants and families.


  • To bring together international experts to catalyze and advance evidence-based practice in trauma-informed, age-appropriate neuroprotective care of the infant and family in crisis across all healthcare settings.

  • To create a mastermind group that will explore, brainstorm and create clinically relevant, evidence-based practice improvement strategies that ensure high quality, safe, timely, patient and family centered care.

  • To raise the bar in the performance expectations of transdisciplinary neonatal and pediatric clinicians in meeting the disease-independent, age-appropriate needs of the hospitalized newborn, infant and family.

  • To foster scholarship that will engage and empower frontline clinicians to begin a cultural transformation in their clinical setting that reflects the principles and practices of trauma-informed, neuroprotective care for infants, families, and clinicians.

Our Sponsors


This year’s 3rd Annual Science and Soul Congress host site is the Escola Superior de Enfermagem de Lisboa (ESEL). ESEL is the result of a merger of four public higher nursing schools in Lisbon. Providing graduate and post-graduate education, this new entity is supervised by the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Science, Technology and Higher Education. The schools boasts a dynamic research program which we are excited to showcase at this year’s congress. We are honored to recognize ESEL and are grateful for their generous sponsorship.


Preliminary Program

Trauma-informed Care Certification

Trauma-informed Care Certification

Pre-Conference Workshop Wednesday February 27, 2020

Journey to Certification in Trauma-informed Neonatal Care

0830-1130: In this 3 hour interactive pre-conference workshop, learners will be introduced to:

  • The science of early life adversity and a trauma-informed approach to care in the NICU

  • The core values and principles of trauma-informed care

  • What trauma-informed care looks like for infants, families and professionals

  • The 8 attributes of a trauma-informed professional

  • The matrix of mastery in trauma-informed care

  • How to build a successful application portfolio for certification in trauma-informed care


Tuition includes coffee and light refreshments, certificate of attendance, as well as 3 continuing education credits for nurses

Belém Tower

Belém Tower

Padrão dos Descobrimentos

Padrão dos Descobrimentos


Day 2 - Saturday, February 29, 2019

0830-0845: Welcome Back - Mary Coughlin NNP (USA)

0845-0930: The Role of Allied Health Professionals in the NICU - An International Panel Discussion - Emily Hills OT (UK); Deanna Gibbs PhD OT (UK); Jenene Craig PhD, MBA, OTR/L (USA); Christy Gliniak OTR/L, CNT, CPXP, NTMTC (USA); Alison Grant Physiotherapist MCSP BABTT (UK); Kath Sharp PhD RT (UK); SLP TBD (PT)

0930-1030: KEYNOTE Dieter Wolke PhD (United Kingdom) - Adult Outcomes after Very Preterm Birth



1100-1130: Associacao Portuguesa de Apoio ao Bebe Prematuro (Portugal)

1130-1200: Amy D’Agata PhD RN (USA) - POINTS Project

1200-1230: Nicole Bauwens RN (UK) - Quantum Caring in NHS Grampian

1230-1315: Box Lunch

1315-1400: Iris Morag MD (Israel) - Parent Empowerment in the NICU

Day 1 - Friday, February 28, 2019

0830-0845: Welcome to Science & Soul 2020 - Mary Coughlin NNP (USA)

0845-0930: Mary Coughlin NNP (USA) - Compassionomics in Neonatal Intensive Care

0930-1015: Marilyn Sanders MD (USA)


1045-1115 Greetings from the Portuguese Minister of Health, João Santos, The President of ESEL

1115-1215: KEYNOTELivio Provenzi PhD (Italy) - Born to be Wired: Epigenetics of Stress and Care Exposures in Preterm Infants

1215-1300: LUNCH at the University

1300-1330: POSTER WALK

1330-1415: Carole Kenner PhD, RN, FAAN (USA) - A Global View of Trauma-informed Neonatal Care


1445-1530: Thomas Kuehn MD (Germany)

1530-1615: Sharon Bonifazi RNC-NIC (USA) - What’s Hope got to do with it? The Science Behind the Virtue

1615-1630: CLOSING CEREMONY with Lisbon Nursing TUNA (click for a sample of this musical moment)

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1930: Gala Dinner at Casa do Bacalhau Details coming soon (Optional)


1400-1415: Mary Alice Santos Curado, RN, MS, PhD (ESEL Portugal) - Evidence Based Practices: Family-Centered Care in the NICU

1415-1430: Thereza Vasconcellos, RN,MS, Nurse Researcher (ESEL Portugal) - KANGAROO Care in NICU: A Parental Decision.

1430-1445: Fatima Maria Calado Sousa, RN, MS Student (ESEL Portugal) – Parental Experiences: Parents' responses to stress in NICU.

1445-1500: Nisa Rubina Souto, RN, MS, PhD Student (ESEL Portugal) - Parenting in Neonatology: an educational promotor intervention of health literacy.

1500-1515: Q&A

1515-1615: Mary Coughlin NNP (USA) - From Inspiration to Activism - Where do We go From Here?

1615-1630: CLOSING CEREMONY with Mary Coughlin NNP (USA) and Teresa Leal, Vice-President of ESEL (Portugal)


EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION through August 15, 2019

Science & Soul 2020

Licensed Professionals: $425.00 USD

Congress registration includes:

  • Welcome reception Thursday evening

  • Attendance to the 2-day congress

  • Syllabus of the congress proceedings

  • Lunches, coffee and refreshments while the congress is in session

  • Certificate of attendance and 15 continuing education credits for nurses


Students (must demonstrate proof of student status): $250.00 USD

Congress registration includes:

  • Welcome reception Thursday evening

  • Attendance to the 2-day congress

  • Syllabus of the congress proceedings

  • Lunches, coffee and refreshments while the congress is in session

  • Certificate of attendance and 15 continuing education credits for nurses

Standard Registration begins August 16, 2019 - November 30, 2019

Licensed Professionals: $550.00 USD

Students (must demonstrate proof of student status): $325.00 USD

Late Registration begins December 1, 2019

Licensed Professionals: $650.00 USD

Students (must demonstrate proof of student status): $400.00 USD

Your brought a little USA to Europe and built bridges across Europe
— Congress Participant

I purchased access to the Science and Soul 2018 lectures. It was such a moving moment for me to see and listen to such outstanding work.... I got to see and listen to Dr Als for the second time in my 40 year nursing career. I really want to make a difference in the lives of the little souls and their families we care for, It is something I have worked for my entire career.
— Clinician who purchased the 2018 Congress Proceedings