Welcome to WIS 2020


in Turku, Finland on 26-28.8.2020

Every time, WIS seeks high-quality contributions based both on scientific research and practical experience. The conference is multidisciplinary in nature, gives room for qualitative and quantitative analysis, empirical surveys, case studies as well as for conceptual work; thereby making WIS a perfect forum for exchange of information and ideas. Welcome to WIS 2020!

Since 2006, WIS has focused on various topics from the field of Well-being in Information Society. The overarching themes of the WIS were:

2018 – Fighting Inequalities
2016 – Building Sustainable Health Ecosystems
2014 – Safe and Secure Cities
2012 – Exploring the Abyss of Inequalities
2010 – Navigating the Fragmented Innovation Landscape
2008 – Promoting Health in Urban Living
2006 – European Cooperation in Health Impact Assessment

* Please note:

Because of the Corona Virus situation, the current plan is to have WIS 2020 during the planned days as an online-conference, in one or two days. Papers can be presented through the web.

If the situation allows, a possibility for face-to-face gathering to those interested will be organized in Turku. A reduction of 25% to the published conference fees will be made.

Final guidance will be given on 22.4.2020.

The conference is also very interested in papers bringing new insights to the current Corona-virus situation.

Call For Papers


26 – 28 August 2020 Turku Finland

Welcome to WIS 2020, which looks for innovations and fresh ideas in the cross-section of urban living, information society and health as understood in a wide sense. Starting in 2006, this is now the eighth conference in its series. WIS 2020 seeks high-quality contributions based both on scientific research and practical experience. The conference is multidisciplinary in nature, gives room for qualitative and quantitative analysis, empirical surveys, case studies as well as for conceptual work; thereby making WIS 2020 a perfect forum for exchange of information and ideas.


The overreaching theme of the conference is “Fruits of Respect”. Issues of interest include but are not limited to:

  • role of respect and similar assets in society and organizations
  • measuring and defining respect in organizational and societal settings
  • respect and health and social care delivery
  • respect in information systems settings
  • individual and respect
  • showing respect to citizen, customers and patients
  • case studies of organizational and societal failures caused by missing respect
  • responsible research and innovation
  • trust and respect in healthcare IS
  • welfare systems’ ethics
  • ethical issues in eSociety


WIS 2020 will accept full-length manuscripts of 4000 – 5000 words.

All accepted full conference papers will be published in Springer series CCIS Communications in Computer and Information Science:

CCIS series
Conference proceedings of WIS 2018

All WIS proceedings by Springer: https://link.springer.com/conference/wis-wb

Best papers, as further developed versions, will be published in two journals in autumn 2021:

  • Finnish Journal of eHealth and eWelfare

Journal website

Special issue of WIS 2018

  • International Journal of Telemedicine and Clinical Practices

Journal website

Special issue of WIS 2018

Authors should consult Springer’s authors’ guidelines and use their proceedings templates (e.g, WORD format) for the preparation of their papers. Springer encourages authors to include their ORCIDs in their papers. In addition, the corresponding author of each paper, acting on behalf of all of the authors of that paper, must complete and sign a Consent-to-Publish form. The corresponding author signing the copyright form should match the corresponding author marked on the paper. Once the files have been sent to Springer, changes relating to the authorship of the papers cannot be made.

Manuscripts submitted for review should be in the WORD format. Please find the munascrip templates and submit your contribution in the selected category through the link in the conference website: https://ocs.springer.com/ocs/home/WIS2020

Manuscript Template: WIS 2020 full paper template


Deadline for submissions                                     31.03.2020 21.04.2020

Notification of acceptance                                   10.05.2020

Final versions and author registration             10.06.2020


WIS 2020 is organized by University of Turku in co-operation with Åbo Akademi University, Tampere University, Turku University of Applied Sciences, and the Finnish National Institute for Health and Welfare.


WIS 2020 will have four top-level keynote speakers.

Tobias Mettler is a professor at the Swiss Graduate School of Public Administration, University of Lausanne. His research focusses on issues related to technology adoption, digital transformation, data-driven decision-making, and business models in the public sector. He is the principal and co-investigator of several large national and international funded research projects on technologies for improving health, wellbeing, security, and demographic change. His interdisciplinary-oriented research has appeared in journals, such as the International Journal of Medical Informatics, Government Information Quarterly, Journal of Information Technology, Information Systems Journal, European Journal on Information Systems, and Technological Forecasting & Social Change.

Jörg Becker is a professor at the University of Muenster and the chair for Information Systems and Information Management. His primary research interests focus on information modeling, hybrid value creation, business process management, e-government, and retail information systems. He is the academic director of the European Research Center for Information Systems (ERCIS) and the spokesperson of WWU Center of Europe. In addition, He serves as an editor-in-Chief of the Journal “Information Systems and e-Business Management (ISeB)”, and an editor of the Journal “Information & Management”. His interdisciplinary-oriented research has appeared in top journals, such as European Journal on Information Systems, Information Systems Journal, Journal of the Association for Information Systems, and MIS Quarterly. The topic of his presentation is “Toward City5.0 – overcoming restrictions”.

Robin S. Dillon is William Wilson Selfridge Professor of Philosophy at Lehigh University and founder and inaugural director of the Lehigh University Center for Ethics. She works in normative ethics from Kantian perspective, with a focus on self-respect, respect, and related moral attitudes including arrogance, humility, and self-esteem, and in feminist ethics with a focus on character, virtue, and vice. Her publications include entries on these topics in all the leading philosophy encyclopedias and in numerous handbooks, two edited volumes including the first philosophy volume on self-respect, and many articles and chapters including “Self-Respect, Arrogance, and Power: A Feminist Perspective,” in Respect for Persons, ed. R. Dean and O. Sensen (Oxford, 2020), “Self-Respect and Humility in Kant and Hill,” in Reason, Value, and Respect: Kantian Themes from the Philosophy of Thomas E. Hill, Jr., ed. M. Timmons and R. Johnson (Oxford, 2015), “Critical Character Theory: Toward a Feminist Theory of ‘Vice’,” in Out from the Shadows, ed. S. Crasnow and A. Superson (Oxford University Press, 2012), “Respect for Persons, Identity, and Information Technology,” Ethics and Information Technology 12 (2010), and “Self-Forgiveness and Self-Respect,” Ethics 112 (2001). She is currently finishing up a book on arrogance.

More information about keynote speakers will be published soon.


WIS 2020 panel 26-28.8.2020

DiWIL – The Impact of Information Literacy in the Digital Workplace 

This panel will discuss the role of information literacy (IL) in the workplace context. Information literacy is the set of integrated information skills, including the reflective discovery of information, the understanding of how information is produced and valued, the use of information in creating new knowledge, and the ability to participate ethically in communities of learning (ACRL 2015). In the workplace context, the focus is on how the organization deals with information in order to perform effectively, and how individuals and teams contribute to handling information in a good and efficient way (Forster 2017). Workplace information literacy brings forward the importance of acknowledging that employees and managers need resources to develop their information handling skills which they need when transferring their work practices through digitalization projects.

This panel will introduce a set of studies that have been conducted in the Academy of Finland funded project The Impact of Information Literacy in the Digital Workplace, during the project period 2016-20. The studies have focused on information literacy and digital literacy in relation to generational differences, how information literacy affects well-being, innovation, social capital and change, and how information literacy works in the context of global work. The studies have been conducted using different research methodologies and data collection approaches such as survey questionnaires, interviews, open data (OECD/PIAAC), fuzzy-set Qualitative Comparative analysis (fsQCA), Structural Equation Modeling (SEM), network analysis in the context of universities, SMEs, Open source communities, creative industry, and entrepreneurship. The main results of the different sub-projects will be presented and some key questions about IL as a key skill in the digital workplace will be discussed.

  • What are the key characteristics of information in the workplace?
  • What are the IL key skills needed in today´s workplace?
  • Whose responsibility is it to take care of the level of IL in the workplace?
    • What is the role (are the main responsibilities) of executive management in promoting information literacy in the workplace?
  • How should the level of IL in the workplace be developed? What are the IL measures?
  • What is the role of information culture (values, attitudes, norms) on workplace information literacy?
  • What is the possible impact of IL in workplace context?
  • Do we have enough respect for IL skills in today´s workplace?
  • What is the role of workplace information literature in (creating/achieving) a respectful digital workplace?


Gunilla Widén, project PI, professor of Information Studies, Åbo Akademi University and adjunct professor in Information Mangement at University of Tampere. Her research interests are within two main areas, knowledge management and information behavior. She has lead several large research projects investigating key skills in information society as well as various aspects of social media, information behavior and information literacy. She has recently been involved in European projects on youth information service development.

Shahrokh Nikou is a Senior Lecturer of Information Studies and a Docent in Information Systems at the Faculty of Social Sciences, Business and Economics, Åbo Akademi University. His research interests relate to multidimensionality of literacies with a focus on the generational differences. Shahrokh is also interested in digitalisation and digital economy with a particular focus on the role of digital transformation as enablers for organisational change, both within enterprises and across their entire value networks. He has been involved in several national and inernational research project. Shahrokh is a member of editorial board of journals such as Telematics and Informatics, Electronic Markets, International Journal of Web Engineering and Technology (IJWET), the Journal of Electronic Commerce in Organizations (JECO) and International Journal of Electronic Business Research (IJEBR).

José Teixeira graduated recently with a doctoral dissertation entitled ’Coopetition in an Open Source Way’ that reflects his research interests bn coopetition and open source innovation communities. With an educational background in both computer science and management, he has worked in the industry for reputable companies such as Wipro, Tesco, Airbus, and Nokia. During his professional ventures, he was an enthusiastic advocate of open-source software. His most recent work has been presented at the International Conference on Big Data, the International Conference on Open Source Systems, the International Symposium on Open Collaboration, the Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences, as well as in the European and the International Conference on Information Systems.

Angela Djupsjöbacka is a teacher of Economics from Åbo Akademi University. Her research interests lies within the fields of labor and educational economics. She recently received her doctorate on a thesis on human capital, and is now working on a project regarding gender segregation.

Muhaimin Karim is a Doctoral Researcher at the department of Information Studies, Åbo Akademi. He has focused his research largely on Information and Media Literacy, Information Behaviour and Practices, Information service policy designing, and youth participation. He has contributed to the project of Digital Workplace Information Literacy (DiWil)- Funded by Academy of Finland(2016-20); Project Future Youth Information Toolbox- Erasmus+ KA (2017-19) and Erasmus+ Project Innovative youth information service design and outreach (2019-20).  His own doctoral dissertation focuses on the information seeking behaviour and practices of the young population and designing youth centric information services.

More information about conference schedule will be published soon.

Wednesday 26th of August

  • Registration
  • Presentations
  • Keynote speech(es)

Thursday 27th of August

  • Presentations
  • Keynote speech(es)
  • Conference banquet

Friday 28th of August

  • Presentations
  • Keynote speech(es)

Venue and Accomodation


WIS 2020 will take place at the University of Turku, Turku School of Economics, Rehtorinpellonkatu 3, 20500 Turku, Google maps.


Conference participants are advised to contact the hotel directly and book their accommodation. The conference has allotments at the hotels listed below.

The hotels are within a reasonable walking distance to WIS venue at Turku School of Economics. Public transportation from the city center to the venue runs frequently and takes about 10 minutes.

Scandic Atrium
Eerikinkatu 28-30
20100 TURKU
Phone: +358 2 4808 1614
Email: atrium@scandichotels.com

94 € single room / night
114 € twin / double room / night
These allotment prices are valid on 24.-30.8.2020.

All guests can book rooms themselves through the following link:

Scandic hotel bookings can be made with booking code BWIS260820 on website or by contacting the hotel directly via telephone/ email using hotel contact details mentioned above. Reservations can be made until 12.8.2020 or subject to hotel availability.

Scandic Plaza
Yliopistonkatu 29
20100 TURKU
Phone: +358 2 33200
Email: plaza.turku@scandichotels.com

101 € single room / night
121 € twin / double room / night
These allotment prices are valid on 24.-28.8.2020. 

All guests can book rooms themselves through the following link:

Scandic hotel bookings can be made with booking code BWIS260820 on website or by contacting the hotel directly via telephone/ email using hotel contact details mentioned above. Reservations can be made until 12.8.2020 or subject to hotel availability.

Solo Sokos Hotel Turun Seurahuone
Humalistonkatu 2
20100 Turku

Solo 1-person room 135€ / room / night
Solo 2-person room 155 € / room / night
These allotment prices are valid on 26.-28.8. for 40 rooms, on 25.-26.8. for 10 rooms and on 28.-29.8. for 10 rooms.

All individual bookings are made directly to the central sales office tel. +358 20 1234 600 or by e-mail: sokos.hotels@sok.fi

Please quote the allotment code WIS 2020 when making a booking. The allotment is valid until 27.7.2020 so please make your reservation before that.