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to the fifth, international Work Disability Prevention & Integration conference.

We are proud to host the conference here in Odense, and we are delighted that you have chosen to participate. We are 200 delegates from 23 different countries. You come from 6 continents, with different backgrounds and stories to share, and we hope this conference will be a melting pot, where the exchange of ideas, new research, and discussions will move the field of work disability prevention and integration forward.

A healthy work life is increasingly recognized as a national priority in many countries. Not only because the opposite, work disability, is prevalent and costly, but also because a healthy work life is a prerequisite for the active life style so strongly linked to longevity and good quality of life.

During the conference we will address work disability prevention and management that impacts labour market entry in the early years of work life; work retention and work re-entry when disease and life circumstances impact workability and the exit from the work force in the senior stages of work life. We will do this through a transdisciplinary and evidence-based perspective, and through personal, cultural, social, healthcare, and legal lenses. And we are proud to welcome a truly transdisciplinary audience.

Thank you for joining us at this international forum for research and knowledge exchange in the field of work disability prevention and integration.



University of Southern Denmark
Room O100
Campusvej 55
DK – 5230 Odense M

Use entrance H if arriving by bus, entrance S if arriving by car, and entrance 15 (main entrance) if arriving on bicycle. Student assistants will be stationed at the entrances to guide you.

Wireless internet access (free of charge) is available to all visitors at the university campus. Use either SDU-VISITOR and follow the instructions, or eduroam.


For all information regarding the scientific programme and presentations, please contact:

Merete Labriola, Research consultant, PhD, Center for Social Medicine, Frederiksberg Hospital, Tel. +45 63484414, Email:


Mette Jensen Stochkendahl:, Associate professor, PhD, Institute of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, Tel. +45 6550 4524, E-mail:

Main contact during the conference:

Jette Tromborg, Conference secretary, Tel. +45 2135 6199

Kirsten Jürgensen, Conference secretary: Tel. +45 2061 2339


Conference app available in App Store and Google Play

The WDPI 2019 conference app with the final program is now available for download from the Apple store and Google Play. Install the Conference4me app on your device. Once it is downloaded, open the app and search for WDPI. This will take you to our conference site, which will open each time you use the app. Browse the app to see the program, read abstracts, build you own agenda, connect with other delegates and much more.


Dear participant at the WPDI 2019 conference

Detailed information about platform and poster presentations is available in the conference registration system Use the Browse Conference Agenda option to get an overview of the program. Click on the titles of the parallel sessions and the program will unfold, or search authors, titles or abstract numbers for specific sessions, dates or time point.

Shortly, the program will also be made available in the conference app available for download in AppStore and Google Play. Look out for more news about the conference at We look forward to welcoming you in Odense


Update! Very important information concerning travel between Copenhagen and Odense

Due to track work, the train service between Copenhagen railway station and Odense railway station and vice versa is disrupted until June 12th.

This means that there are only one train per hour in the early hours and late hours and two trains per hour the rest of the day between Copenhagen and Odense when you arrive for WDPI2019. Accordingly, the trains are likely to be full and we strongly advice you to book your train journeys to and from the conference well in advance and to book a seating ticket with you train ticket to secure a seat.

Trains depart Copenhagen central Station for Odense at 3 minutes to every hour e.g. 10.57 or 5 minutes past every other hour e.g. 11.05. In the opposite direction, from Odense to Copenhagen central station, trains depart at 3 minutes past every hour e.g. 11.03 and 5 minutes to every other hour e.g. 10.55 (Check for your exact departure time).

Because of the track work, the train journey takers a little longer than usual. Expect your journey time to be between 1 hour and 42 minutes. And 2 hours 15 minutes. On some departures, you will have to change trains in Slagelse but most trains go straight to Odense from Copenhagen.

Please note that there is only one hourly direct connection between Copenhagen Airport and Odense, at 21 minutes to the hour e.g. 12.39. The same applies inn the opposite direction, where the train leaves Odense at 5 minutes to the hour e.g. 12.55, except on selected departures (Check for your exact departure time). At all other times, you will have to take the train from the airport to Copenhagen central station and change trains to get from there to Odense and change at Copenhagen central station when you go from Odense to the airport. The direct journey from Copenhagen Airport takes approx. 2 hours 11 minutes.

An alternative to the train is Flixbus, who operates coach connections between Copenhagen and Odense:

WDPI2019 regular registration 

OK folks, so the Early Bird registration period has expired. But don’t despair, you can still register for the WDPI2019. Go to the registration website read the registration info and register via the link to the ConfTool registration system. The deadline for registration is May 1st 2019. 

The registration fee is only 650 Euros, which gives you not only a very interesting academic conference but also a visit to a real fairy tale city: Odense, the birthplace of Hans Christian Andersen.  

Who knows, if you go on a stroll along the river, you might spot the swan that began its life as The Ugly Duckling – well, one that looks like it, at least.  

And you can visit his museum or relax in one of the charming cafes all around town, when you are not at the conference. 

That is not all. The conference banquet will take place in a beautiful old castle, Holckenhavn Slot, one of the most magnificent manor houses whose history can be traced all the way back to 1590, which is surrounded by a moat. You will not want to miss that! 

Oh, and did we mention the inspiring academic programme? You will not want to miss that either!  

All in all, WDPI2019 will give you nourishment for your brain and great experiences. So why wait? Sign up before it is too late! 


End of early bird registration coming up soon!

Have you registered for WDPI2019 via the early bird registration yet? If not, hurry to do so! The end of early bird registration is coming up, and by March 1, 2019 you will no longer be able to take advantage of the discount, when you register.

Have you submitted an abstract? Remember, to present your work at the conference, the presenting author of the work is required to register for the conference by March 1, 2019. Failure to register by March 1, 2019 will result in your abstract being removed from the program.

There are a limited number of seats, so we urge you to register as soon as possible. Seats will be granted on a first come, first served basis, so don’t miss the opportunity to present your work.

If you take up our offer of early bird registration, you save 75 Euros compared to the regular registration fee, which will apply after March 1st. And money saved is money earned. Just think of what you can do later with the money you save.

So far, more than 100 researchers from all over Europa have registered. We expect many more to do so in the coming months, right up to the final registration deadline on May 1st.

Participants will be treated not only to interesting talks by a collection of very knowledgeable keynote speakers, but also interesting presentations and posters by many researchers in the field of work disability prevention. And you will get a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and opinions with many of your peers, who are working within the same field as yourself. Who knows, you might come away from the conference with some exciting new ideas for future research – or meet new collaborators! It is going to be a great conference. Register now and get your early bird discount. Here is how to do it and what you get for your money:


Important deadline coming up!

Don’t forget the deadline for registration for Early Career Researchers (ECR) awards, it’s coming up this Thursday, January 31st. If you are an ECR and miss the deadline, you miss a great opportunity for awards and prime time exposure of your research. Check the details about ECR ( and awards (  below or the conference website. 

WDPI2019 presents an array of exciting keynote speeches on work disability and integration by some of the top researchers in the field. But the conference is not all hard work, there will also be time to play: There will be a social event for Early Career Researchers after the first full conference day on Wednesday, June 5th. The organisers are keeping the details close to their chest but prepare to be dazzled!

One of the Early Career Researchers who has already registered for the conference and who has submitted two abstracts for presentation at the conference is Tina Dalager, PhD Student at the Department of Sports Science and Clinical Biomechanics, University of Southern Denmark. To her it makes good sense to be at WDPI2019 and she is excited about the conference and what she will get out of it.

– My interest and my research area is how to ensure that people have a healthy and good working life. Participating in WDPI2019 gives me the opportunity to network and present my research. I get the chance to talk to more experienced researchers and it is a good forum for us young researchers to seek out other researchers for future collaboration.

WDPI2019 presents an interesting programme with an array of exciting and relevant keynote speeches. Tina Dalager looks forward to Ute Bültmann’s ‘Work and Health from a Life course Perspective’

– Ute Bültmann’s keynote speech relates to my research most closely. I also look forward to presenting my two abstracts and hopefully some interesting discussions will arise based on my presentations. Hopefully, I can also bring home some good ideas for my next project.

To be considered as an Early Career Researcher (ECR) you must currently be undertaking pre-graduate research, be studying for a PhD, or have recently completed a PhD (within 3 years of working full-time, part-time equivalent, since your award). In some cases, you may be more experienced, but new to this research field. To register send an email to with your name, submission ID and title of the abstract and indicate your qualifications.