Tactile language spoken

Aalborg water front

Aalborg Music House

Aalborg Kongres & Kultur Center - AKKC

Smiling child with congenital deafblindness

Aalborg water front

Smiling young man with congenital deafblindness

Aalborg Kongres & Kultur Center - AKKC

Person with acquired deafblindness climbing a wall

Practical information

Aalborg Kongres & Kultur Center (AKKC)
Europa Plads 4
9000 Aalborg,

All areas are accessible by wheelchair – please contact the Information Desk if you need assistance.

Free WIFI is available throughout the conference venue:
Log-in: AKKC-guest
Password: kongres2017

The conference venue is located in the city centre and near many hotels, just a few minutes walk from the station. From the airport a taxi to AKKC or hotels in the city centre cost about DKK 200-250. Busses depart regularly from the airport to Aalborg. Bus tickets must be paid cash and costs about DKK 35-40.

In order to give you up-to-the-minute information about the conference and to help reduce paper waste, we introduce a conference app where you will find all conference materials, such as programme, information about the speakers, abstracts, list of delegates, practical information, map of venue, and much more. It is possible to link your choice of the workshops to your calendar in order to get your personal conference calendar.
Conference material will NOT be handed out at the conference, but you are welcome to do your own prints-out in your preferred format. Information will be updated up until and during the conference. Please find the conference app at:

Be aware that it is a web-app which you will find in our internet browser. If you use a tablet or smartphone you can send the webpage to your homepage and it will appear as an app icon.

If you need help to download and use the conference app, the volunteers will assist you at the APP-SUPPORT point on the ground floor.

The Information Desk at the conference venue is available for any questions, assistance or guidance. Members of the organizing team and volunteers will be there to assist you. The Information Desk will be open at:

Monday September 4                              16.30-18.30   / 4.30 pm-6.30 pm
Tuesday September 5                             8.00-18.00 / 8 am-6 pm
Wednesday September 6                        8.00-18.00 / 8 am-6 pm
Thursday September 7                            8.00-18.00 / 8 am-6 pm
Friday September 8                                 9.00-14.00 / 9 am-2 pm

Please collect your name badge on Monday 16.30-18.30 or Tuesday morning 8.00-9.00 at the registration table in the foyer. The badges will be ordered by surnames. Workshop presenters can already upload their presentation in the Information Desk at that time, and poster presenters can hang their poster on the allocated poster board in the Poster area on 1st floor.

For security purposes, all delegates and exhibitors must wear their name badge at all times in the conference venue, at the Welcome Reception and at the Social Dinner. In the badge you will find information about your choice of workshops, your ticket for participation in the Social Dinner and for those who have requested a special diet, a card to be used at the Social Dinner.

Volunteers will be present at the conference venue and other places throughout the entire event. You will recognize them easily by their red polo shirts. The volunteers will do a great job to help us through the conference, please let them assist you.

WELCOME RECEPTION, Monday September 4 from 19 – 21 / 7 – 9 pm.
The Mayor of Aalborg warmly welcomes you to the city and to the conference at the art museum very close to the conference venue.

Museum of Modern Art Aalborg
Kong Christians Allé 50
9000 Aalborg

See map

The Welcome reception includes a light tapas buffet and drinks. During the reception, the art exhibition is open for the delegates. We encourage you to visit a small tactile exhibition “To look through your fingers” in the lower ground floor area. Fifth grade pupils from a public school in Aalborg made the tactile exhibition especially in relation to the DbI Conference. Their assignment was to make sculptures that are interesting to explore in the tactile modality.

SOCIAL DINNER, Thursday September 7 from 18.45 – 01.00 / 6.45 pm – 1 am
The Local Planning Committee look forward to welcoming you to the Social Dinner at:

Comwell Hvide Hus
Vesterbro 2
9000 Aalborg

Drinks will be ready at the ground floor at 18.45 hrs. Doors to the ballroom on 3rd floor opens at 19.15 hrs. Please bring your dancing shoes. Soul Function will make us all want to dance!
Beverages are included during the dinner. Afterwards you can buy drinks at the bar.

If you have requested a special diet, you will receive a coloured card indicating your diet together with our nametag. Please place the coloured card next to your plate, and staff will know which diet is requested. 

As seats are limited for the dinner we kindly ask you to let us know if you have registered for the dinner, but are NOT attending. We have a waiting list for the dinner and hope to make room for all. Please help us and let us know by e-mail euk17@rn.dk or at the Information Desk, not later than September 5.

During the conference you are welcome to use hearing technical equipment from Phonak. The equipment is a neck loop system, which adapts to the tele coil in the hearing aids. If your hearing aids do not have access to the neck loop system, we can offer earphones linking with the system.

Users of the equipment are requested to make personal registration. You will receive the neck loop when signing in every morning and deliver it back every afternoon before you leave the conference venue. Please go to the NECK LOOP SYSTEM in the foyer. The neck loop system is also available for the Welcome reception and the Social dinner. Here you check in and out on the spot.

Technicians from Phonak and CDH are available during the conference if you need any assistance with the equipment.

Even though the scientific programme is long and intense we are thrilled to offer you some special events taking place during the week:

Documentary and Talk, Tuesday September 5 at 17:30-19:00 / 5.30 – 7 pm

The small world of Machteld Cossee - Usher Syndrome: slowly become deafblind. Watch the documentary and talk with Macteld. Taking place in room W1 / Det lille teater

Demo: Tactile aids, Wednesday September 6 at 17:30 / 5.30 pm
Dr. Parivash Ranjbar has developed and will demonstrate five different prototypes of tactile aids- Taking place in room W5 / Latinerstuen

Visit at Centre for Deafblindness and Hearing Loss, Thursday September 7 at 11 – 13 / 11 am – 1 pm
The Centre for Deafblindness and Hearing Loss (CDH) is located in Aalborg and conference delegates are welcome to visit the centre and learn more about the service provided for people with deafblindness in Denmark. As the residents and pupils at CDH need to be prepared for having visitors we have organized the visit as a special event hosted by Vice Principal Lotte Hornung parallel with the Research Symposium and the Great Debate Thursday September 7 from 11 – 13 /11am – 1pm.

The capacity is limited to 50 guests. Registration is necessary after the principle: first come first served. Please register at the conference website.

Bus to CDH is located outside the conference venue at 11 pm – Lotte Hornung and the volunteers will guide the visitors. The bus will be back in time for lunch.

Ethics, Economy and Human Rights - the Great Debate, Thursday September 7 at 11 – 13 / 11 am – 1 pm
Take part in a 2 hours session with three 15 min. reflective presentations from different perspectives followed by a panel and a plenary debate about these important and relevant issues. See the full programme for this event. Taking place in room W3 / Musiksalen.

Smoking is an outdoor activity – please use the ashtrays available and follow the indications at the different venues.

The spoken language throughout the conference is English.
English sign language interpretation is provided for the welcome reception, all plenary sessions incl. the Research Symposium and the Great Debate, and the social dinner.
English Speech-to-Text Captioning is provided for all plenary sessions.

English sign language and English Speech-to-Text Captioning is NOT provided during workshops. Participants are requested to make their own communication support. We will do our best to ensure these teams get the support they need. Else Marie Jensen is specially assigned to support the interpreters during the conference. Please attend the daily briefings at in room Harlekinsalen on 1st floor:
Tuesday September 5                             8.00 / 8 am
Wednesday September 6                        7.45 / 7.45 am
Thursday September 7                            7.45 / 7.45 am
Friday September 8                                 8.45 / 8.45 am

Information and materials for all interpreters and communication support professionals will be available at the conference app.

All posters will be on display from Tuesday 9.00 / 9 am until Thursday 16.00 / 4.00 pm. The poster presenters will be ready to meet you every afternoon during coffee break.

The conference offers a wide variety of workshops relating to the main topics. You will find the complete programme for workshops at the conference app and website. Unfortunately, there have been some changes and the following workshops are cancelled:


Cross cultural dialogue with DB persons in Africa - Towards social connectedness


Innovative uses of technology with young people with sensory impairments


Social Inclusion through Empowerment


The best support for families using Early Intervention approaches


Cognitive behavioural therapy and physical exercise as gateway to life

Your choice of workshops appears on your name badge. A ‘?’ means that the workshop chosen has been cancelled. We are sorry about the inconvenience, but kindly ask you to choose another workshop. New registration is not needed.
Please also see changed abstract for workshop 1.3 ‘My Journey to Independence: From Isolation to Participation.

Do you want to express your opinion or your experience during the conference? Please share it with us at #dbi2017denmark, Twitter: DbI 2017 Denmark: https://twitter.com/dbi2017denmark /@dbi2017denmark and join the open Facebook group: Share#dbi2017denmark

You are advised to arrange adequate travel, health, and other insurance. The organisers will not be liable and will not compensate for any damage incurred to participants during the conference. Participation is completely at the participant’s own risk.

DbI2017Denmark and the Committees thanks all the sponsors warmly for their support. We encourage you to visit their stands and learn more about the products and services.