2019 – Tromsø – Norway – Overview

Adolescence in a multicultural transition and context
– 4th biannual international ISTAR conference

The first conference took place in Cairns in the north-eastern part of Australia. The second conference was held in Canada and the third in Sweden. This fourth time we are heading for beautiful Tromsø Norway 17th to 19th of June 2019 (with a get together event on the evening of the 16th of June).

The main theme for the conference is “Adolescence in a multicultural transition and context“. The target group for this conference is researchers, clinicians, teachers and others engaged in the transition from childhood to adulthood. We aim to provide an opportunity to share research findings and experiences and to provide plenty of opportunities for discussions.


Please note that the program below is subject to changes up until the first days of May.

Sunday 16th of June

18:00-21:00Social gatheringTBA

Monday 17th of June – day program

The theme for this day is “Adolescence and health“.

08.30-09.00Registration and morning coffee/tea
09.30-10:00Opening of the conference
10:00-10:45The Health and Wellbeing of Adolescents facing Discrimination and Disadvantage (Professor George Patton)
10:45-11:00COFFEE BREAK
11:00-11:45Strengths Based Assessment for Suicide Prevention with Indigenous Youth: Reasons for Life among Yup’ik Alaska Native Youth (Professor James Allen)
12:30-13:15Adolescent self-harm and suicidal behavior and young adult outcome in Sami and non-Sami (A. Professor Christian Eckhoff)
13:15-13:30 COFFEE BREAK
13:30-14:00Inuit Youth in Transition (PhD student Ivalu Sørensen)
14:00-14:30Suicidal behavior in Sami and Greenlandic adolescents (PhD student Ida Granheim)
14:30-15:15Outcomes from the Qungasvik (Toolbox) Indigenous Intervention for Prevention of Suicide and Alcohol Misuse
(Professor James Allen)


The age of adolescence (Professor Susan Sawyer)

Monday 17th of June – evening dinner

19:30- Dinner in the city. More information will come.

Tuesday 18th of June – day program

The theme for this day is “Multicultural and Indigenous pathways in adolescence

09:00-09:45Proposal: Indigenous adolescents health and well-being (Researcher Pete Azzopardi)
09:45-10:30Education and work – or not engaged in education, employment or training (NEET)? (A. Professor Elisabeth Bania)
10:50-11:30Sámi youth – cyber practices and traditions / Sámi nuorat – cyberdábit ja árbevierut (Kristine Nystad)
12:15-13:00The PIN-study: a study of mental health, internet use, bullying and cyberbullying among adolescents in northern Norway (A. Professor Sturla Fossum and PhD student Henriette Kyrrestad Strøm)
13:15-13:45Girlhood to Womanhood: Experiences of young girls at the onset of menarche in Papua New Guinea (PhD student Elizabeth Gumbaketi)
13:45-14:15The only gay in the village (Researcher Marit Wattum)
14:30-16:30Parallel workshops (more information will come)

Tuesday 18th of June – Conference dinner

18:30-22:00 Conference dinner at Middealdertunet, Tønsvika. More information will come.

Wednesday 19th of June – day program

The theme for this day is “Multicultural and Indigenous social diversity: Strengths and challenges

08:30-09:15Life after Foster Care; Emerging policies and practice (Professor Loring Jones)
09:15-10:00Supporting positive transitions for youth in child welfare: Policy approaches in comparative perspective (Professor Mary Elisabeth Collins)
10:30-11:15Family and community involvement in Indigenous social work (PhD student Reidun Håøy)
11:15-11:45Constructions of school drop-out and health among Sami youth; A qualitative study (PhD student Tone Dinesen)
11:45-12:15Migration and disability; Transition to adulthood for young immigrant adolescents with disabilities in Norway (PhD student Dominic Andrew Nyikach)
13:00-14:30 Parallel workshops (more information will come)
14:30-15:00Closing ceremony


The venue for all presentations and workshops is the UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Faculty of Health Sciences, Tromsø. It is located at the MH2 building (number 4 on the online map).

Preliminary program 18th – 19th of June is under construction and will be published gradually. The final program will be published in early April.

Accommodation – Hotel

Clarion Hotel The Edge, Tromsø (Booking Nummer: 1129GR021490). Price: 1420 NOK pr.night, breakfast included. Cheaper alternatives on Hotels.com, Booking. Com or AirbnB.

Registration to conference

Registration available from 1st of April and closes on 15th of May 2019. More information about registration will come. The conference fee is NOK 4,500.

Abstract submission

Abstract deadline 1st of April 2019. More information about how to submit abstract will come.

Visa requirements

Follow this link to see information about visa requirements to Norway.

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