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Science Committee

Cardiovascular Nursing

The Science Committee was initiated in 2011 by the Council on Cardiovascular Nursing and Allied Professionals of the European Society of Cardiology. The committee has members from different ESC-affiliated countries and members who are cardiovascular nurses or allied professionals with a PhD degree and 1 PhD student.

Members of the Science Committee (2016-2018)

Geraldine Lee (United Kingdom), Chairperson of the Science Committee 2016-2018

Sharon O'Donnell (Ireland)

Anna Stromberg (Sweden)

Rani Khatib (United Kingdom)

Margret Svavarsdottir (Iceland)

Eva Goossens (Belgium)

Ercole Vellone (Italy)

Elena Marques-Sule (Spain)

Jenny Tagney (United Kingdom)

Laila Hopstock (Norway)

Christina Andreae (Sweden)


The mission of the Science Committee is to build evidence based practice to optimise cardiovascular patient care by enhancing research possibilities, research skills and research collaborations among Cardiovascular Nurses and Allied Professionals.


The responsibilities of the Science Committee are to:

  1. build evidence-based practice, research capacity and skills among European nurses and allied professionals within CCNAP and beyond;
  2. plan mentoring sessions for pre-doctoral and post-doctoral CCNAP researchers;
  3. and link CCNAP researchers for collaboration across Europe and the world. 


  1. Organize PhD seminars.
  2. Improve representation of nurses and allied professionals in guidelines and implementation papers.
  3. Publish a research agenda reflecting the priorities for research in the area of cardiovascular patient care, from a nursing and allied professional perspective.
  4. Promote and increase visibility of research in the area of cardiovascular patient care within the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).
  5. Stimulate dedicated research funding in the area of cardiovascular patient care.

Other activities:

  1. Support the CCNAP Programme Committee with respect to abstract review or other issues related to the scientific level of presentations during the annual Spring Meeting on Cardiovascular Nursing.
  2. Provide scientific support to the CCNAP Programme Committee with respect to providing ideas for conferences
  3. Propose plans for educational seminars/workshops within the yearly Spring Meeting on Cardiovascular Nursing specified for practitioners and researchers specific interests