European Regional Conference

Dr. Kenneth Dion (President, Sigma Nursing)
  • Dr. Elizabeth Madigan (Chief Executive Officer, Sigma Nursing)
  • Rachel Kenna (Chief Nursing Officer, Department of Health, Ireland)
  • Margrieta Langins (European Chief Nursing Officer, World Health Organization)
  • Prof Sheila Tlou (Co-Chair, Global HIV Prevention Coalition & NursingNow, Former Minister for Health, Botswana, World Health Organization)
  • Prof Daniel Oerther (President American Academy of Environmental Engineers and Scientists)
  • Dr. Peter Singer (Special Advisor to the Director-General, World Health Organization)
  • Dr. Joanne Bosanquet (CEO of the Foundation of Nursing Studies, The Queen's Nursing Institute, UK)
  • Prof Eileen Savage (Emeritus Professor University College Cork & Founder Excello Coaching and Facilitation)
  • Grace Sullivan (Member of European Parliament, Green Party)
  • Prof Jonathan Drennan (Chair of Nursing and Health Services Research, University College Cork)
Sigma 6th Biennial European Conference
22-25th June  2022
Well it's a wrap.
Coming soon all those photo's.

Hosted by:
Omega Epsilon at-Large Chapter of Sigma, Ireland
in partnership with
RCSI University of Medicine and Health Sciences. Dublin
Sigma International Planning committee of European Chapter Presidents.

Nurses and midwives are at the forefront of global efforts to improve and enhance healthcare delivery with the goal of addressing the United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Nurses and midwives work across diverse healthcare settings and community settings and are uniquely positioned to lead on, and contribute to, the achievement of the SDGs and transform global healthcare. This conference brought together leaders on this topic to showcase cutting edge research and clinical practice initiatives that demonstrate nursing and midwifery thought leadership in the development of sustainable health systems and services, with global reach and local impact. Following the conference their will be a Sigma European Dublin statement on sustainability and nursing with a thought to persuing a resolution status at the next Sigma Biennial Conference in 2023.

Reflections on the conference.
Dr Kenneth Dion President Sigma
I enjoyed to conference because of the diversity of topics, speakers, and attendee. The many different perspectives from which sustainability was presented allowed the attendee to clearly see the linkages between many different issues that have implications for sustainability of the profession. And, how the sustainability of the profession and our actions are linked to the sustainability of the planet and human race. I personally appreciated the size of the conference. There were the perfect number of attendees to assure a diversity of perspectives while providing a high level of intimacy. There was not a speaker or attendee, which I did not have the opportunity to interact with. On a personal note, the theme of the conference aligned perfectly with the Organization Call to Action. I know this was serendipitous as the theme was chosen well prior to the Call. I am appreciative of that serendipity as I ingested a great deal of knowledge I can now use to further support the call to action. I honestly cannot think of a thing I would have changed. I look forward to attending the ERC in Bournemouth in 2024.
Liz Madigan: CEO Sigma.
The conference ignited conversations and ideas among the attendees because of the ability to network.
The focus on partnerships and sustainability is critical to nurses and our contributions to the SDGs. Thank you for all for making this conference such a success.


The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted by the United Nations in 2015 to replace the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). They contain 17 goals covering a broad range of sustainable development issues for the world, such as ending poverty, hunger, improving health and education, combating climate change, etc. The 191 UN Member States have agreed to achieve these new goals by 2030. Health has a central place in SDG 3: Ensure healthy lives and promote well-being for all ages, and clearly nursing has a major role to play in relation to SDG 3. But the work of nurses also has a major impact on the delivery of other SDGs such as education and poverty – these are often referred to as the social determinants of health (SDH). The SDH are the conditions in which people are born, grow, work, live and impact on the conditions of health and daily lives. While nurses seek to help people achieve their optimal health, our work frequently includes addressing the SDH and nurses understand the links between wider conditions and individual and population health. This resource and the case studies we use demonstrate those relationships and make it clear why nurses are so important not just to individual health optimisation but also to achieving the SDG’S.