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Welcome to IMC17 in Gothenburg

Dear colleagues, it is an honour for us in the local organizing committee to welcome you all to the International Mobility Conference IMC17, which will be held in Gothenburg 22–25 June 2020. Coming to Sweden in the summer time also means long bright days and usually very pleasant weather.


Eileen Sifferman, chair IMC Executive Committee:

The International Mobility Conference (IMC) Executive Committee is excited to welcome practitioners, researchers, and associated professionals in the field of orientation and mobility (O&M) to Gothenburg, Sweden for IMC17, 22–25 June 2020.

Gothenburg, a major city in Sweden, is situated on the country’s west coast. An important seaport, it is known for its Dutch-style canals and leafy boulevards lined with many cafes and shops. The conference venue is the University of Gothenburg which is home to one of the most comprehensive offerings of courses and programs in Sweden.
The vision of IMC is to further the level of expertise for mobility instructors through an international exchange of ideas and information. In pursuit of this vision, the scope of the conference will encompass the global community addressing issues affecting the mobility of those with a visual impairment throughout the world. This will include mobility practitioners (teachers, O&M Instructors and Guide Dog Instructors), service users, researchers and other workers or professionals from any discipline directly or indirectly involved in mobility issues, such as traffic engineers, accessibility advisors, and product developers.

Each IMC conference provides us the opportunity to renew friendships and to make new friends from around the world, and to celebrate our dedication to providing safe and efficient travel to those with visual impairments.
We look forward to welcoming you as presenters and participants to IMC17.

Eileen Siffermann, Chair
IMC Executive Committee


Inger Berndtsson, Chair, the Local Organizing Committee:

In Sweden we have a long tradition of striving for equality. Amongst other things this involves focusing on how people with impairment can have the best opportunities to participate in our society. For this reason the theme “Challenges for an inclusive society” has been chosen for the conference. With this theme we wish to focus on identifying what needs to be done on a worldwide basis in order to achieve an inclusive society with regard to orientation and mobility, based on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The conference will build on interdisciplinary professional and academic work. Here we want to bring together researchers, practitioners and people with visual impairment and blindness in order to facilitate the sharing of knowledge and collaboration across different perspectives on orientation and mobility (O&M).

We want to extend our shared knowledge in the field of O&M in a broad sense; being challenged by new research results, together discuss new interpretations of the function of O&M for living a healthy life, and gain new insights into designing rehabilitation initiatives and programs. Bringing together researchers and professionals from a wide range of disciplines guarantees that the complexity of O&M in daily life will be illuminated in all its facets and dimensions. We want to challenge you all to further broaden the knowledge base for our profession.

But, before we start with the academic program, you are all invited to a traditional Swedish midsummer party, which will create memories for life.

See you in Gothenburg!

Inger Berndtsson
Chair, the Local Organizing Committee

Monday 22 June - Thursday 25 June 2020
Gothenburg, Sweden

Important dates

26 June 2019
Call for abstracts

End of October 2019
Registration open

24 Nov 2019
Abstract submission deadline

11 Feb 2020
Abstract confirmation

3 Mar 2020
Early bird registration deadline








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