The coordination of the Conference Programme is led by a European network of experts in the fields of Palliative Care and care for older people.
Broad European network and support
The Dignity Conference is created by a vital European network. A number of financial supporters from different countries have also signed in for the event in Bergen.
Gabriel Fliflet, Norwegian accordion player, singer and composer, will also be a musical “commentator” at Solstrand. At its best, music can communicate beyond different cultural backgrounds and age.
Expert view from the US
Alexandre Kalache, PhD, will be a keynote speaker at the Bergen conference in September. Dr. Kalache appeared in Este Magazine as one of the 100 most influential people, and also appeared on BBC World America discussing ageing issues on a global scale.
Dr Harvey Max Chochinov to Bergen
Dr Harvey Max Chochinov, an international leader, role model and scholar in the field of palliative care research, will be one of the keynote speakers.
Minister of Health and Care Services
Anne-Grete Strøm-Erichsen, The Norwegian Minister of Health and Care Services, will honour the Dignity Conference with her presence and by giving the opening remarks at Solstrand Hotel & Bath in September.
A Scandinavian View
Bengt Westerberg, former Swedish Minister for Social Affairs, now president of the Swedish Red Cross, will be keynote speaker at the Dignity Conference.
Norwegian Human Care Prize Winner
Bettina Husebø, MD, PhD, renowned Palliative Care Expert; Clinical and Research Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Bergen, Norway, will at Solstrand outline what type of palliative care people need in old age.
Transition into an Ageing Society
Wim van den Heuvel, professor in Care Sciences at the University of Groningen, The Netherlands, emeritus professor in medical sociology and rehab / handicap, will be one of the keynote speakers at the opening day of the conference.
An inspiring keynote speaker will be brought to Bergen all the way from New Zealand: Dr Robin Youngson, anaesthetist, and founder of the Centre for Compassion in Health Care in Auckland. The Maori name of the centre is Waiatawhai.
Stein Husebø about Decision making
Director of the Dignity Center in Bergen and Conference Chairman, Stein Husebø, will give a keynote presentation on Decision making and communication in care for older people at Solstrand.
EAPC present at Solstrand
It is now confirmed that the European Conference at Solstrand Hotel & Bath will be under the Auspices of EAPC, the European Association for Palliative Care, EAPC Onlus.
New Cooperation Partner
The Dignity conference this year will be held in cooperation with AGE - the European Older People's Platform. Anne-Sophie Parent, the Belgian director of the organisation, will also be one of the keynote speakers. Her subject is "About good care".