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Welcome to IMC17 in Gothenburg, Sweden 2020


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.


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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