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The 19th Nordic Demographic Symposium (2014)

Published: 2021-10-26
Updated: 2021-11-01

Welcome to the webpage of the 19th Nordic Demographic Symposium!

The Danish Demographic Society is glad to be able to invite you all to participate in the Symposium.

Here, you will find the information regarding the Symposium. If you have any questions please email us at

We’re looking forward to seeing you all in Aalborg!

On behalf of the Planning Committee Lene Tølbøll Blenstrup Head of board, Danish Demographic Society

Conference theme

Regional development with a focus on rural areas

In the last 20-25 years, areas far away from the big cities have undergone significant demographic changes. In the public debate, words are that these areas are being depopulated; young women are seeking educational attainment in cities and metropolitan areas, while young men are left behind. Further, unemployment rates in these areas are high. Houses are empty and public institutions are fever just as local administrations struggle to cover the expenses for a growing number of elderly people. At the same time local employers have difficulties in attracting higher educated employees.

The wish for this symposium is to communicate the latest research in this field. The questions to answer could be: Which challenges do small cities and rural areas face in the future with respect to the population size and composition? What characterise areas that experience different developments? How has this development been administered, and does one find municipalities having managed to change a negative development and prosper as a community?

Time and venue

18th - 20th September 2014 Nordkraft & Utzon Center, Aalborg, Denmark

The symposium will take place at the harbour front in the city centre of Aalborg, Denmark. Here, years of effort to transform the city’s old industrial identity into an image characterising the city as being modern, enterprising and a centre of knowledge has resulted in the transformation of the old coal-powered power plant, Nordkraft, into a centre for culture, learning and sports and the building of the Utzon Center and Musikkens hus, the latter to be opened in Marts 2014. In these surroundings, the 19th Nordic Demographic Symposium will take place.

More information:

  • Nordkraft
  • Utzon Center
  • Musikkens hus
  • The harbour front


Detailed program with sessions and presentations is available here

(Updated September 2nd)

Thursday, September 18th 11.00- Registration 13.00-14.00 Keynote address: Alexandre Dubois, Nordregio 14.00-14.45 Coffee 14.45-16.15 Parallel sessions 1 16.30-18.00 Parallel sessions 2

18.15-19.15 Guided tour or wall climbing 20.00- Welcome reception and dinner

Friday, September 19th 9.00-10.30 Parallel sessions 3 10.30-11.00 Coffee 11.00-12.00 Keynote address: Anja Jørgensen, Department of Sociology and Social Work, Aalborg University 12.00-13.30 Lunch 13.30-15.00 Parallel sessions 4 15.00-15.30 Coffee 15.30-17.00 Parallel sessions 5

17.15-18.00 Nordic Demographic Association General Assembly

19.00- Symposium Dinner & party

Saturday, September 20th 9.30-11.00 Parallel sessions 6 11.00-11.30 Coffee 11.30-12.30 Keynote address: Guri Mette Vestby, Norsk Institutt for By- og Regionforskning (NIBR) 12.30-12.45 Closing remarks 12.45- Lunch

Book of Abstracts

You can find the Book of Abstract here

Conference Fee

Conference fee: Early (- July 1st): 2.400,- DDK Standard (after July 1st): 2.800,- DDK

The conference fee covers:

  • Participation in the scientific programme
  • Coffee during the conference
  • Lunch Friday and Saturday
  • Welcome dinner Thursday evening
  • Conference Dinner and Party on Friday evening
  • Social activity on Thursday

Registration is open: Registration form


The planning committee has pre-booked hotel rooms with special conference discounts at a few hotels within very short walking distance from Nordkraft.

Aalborg offers a wide range of accommodation facilities including options for students - 1,500 hotel rooms within comfortable walking distance of Nordkraft. There is a fine mix of international hotels and charming privately owned hotels in Aalborg.

Special conference rate Please note that we as local organizers have selected the most convenient and best hotels in advance for you to choose from. Booking through the registration link or through e-mail to VisitAalborg you will benefit from special rates and, at the same time, make sure that there is plenty of opportunity to network with your colleagues outside the conference programme.

Flexibility in your booking It’s also worth noticing that you will not be required to pay for hotel accommodation in advance, and that changes in the booking will be accepted until 2 days prior to your arrival date. You can make your hotel reservation in connection with your registration for the 19th Nordic Demographic Symposium. Doing this, you will benefit from the special conference rates.

Hotel reservation after registration In case you wish to make a hotel reservation after registration for the conference, please feel free to contact VisitAalborg who will help you do so - of course making sure that you still benefit from the special conference rates. Please contact VisitAalborg by phone or e-mail and inform them of your choice of hotel, date of arrival and departure, type of room, special requirements, etc. Payments are made directly to the hotel upon check out. As soon as they have made the reservation for you, they will send you a confirmation.

Contact information Lise Søndergaard Jensen VisitAalborg Kjellerups Torv 5, level 13 9000 Aalborg Denmark Phone: +45 99 31 75 20 Fax: +45 99 31 75 19 E-mail:

1.1 Hotels

First Hotel Aalborg*** First Hotel Aalborg is situated in the city centre, right on the waterfront with a beautiful view over the Limfjord. It is close to all the city’s facilities and offers easy access to the waterfront which is turning into a very attractive district with a blend of green areas and world-class architecture. Staying at First Hotel Aalborg you are e.g. right next to the famous Utzon Center - enjoy a nice stroll and the fresh air after your meetings. All rooms have extra wide beds, TV, telephone and wireless internet. Sauna, table tennis, fitness centre and billiards are also available and there is a lift and handicap facilities.

First Hotel Aalborg Rendsburggade 5 9000 Aalborg Denmark

Distance to Nordkraft: 300 m Distance to the airport: 6 km Distance to train station: 1000 m

Single room: DKK 890 // EUR 120
Double room: DKK 1090 // EUR 147

For more information on the hotel, please visit: First Hotel Aalborg

Hotel CABINN Aalborg** Since October 2009, CABINN has welcomed guests at this modern economy-class hotel in the heart of Aalborg. CABINN’s next-door neighbor is Aalborg’s new shopping centre Friis. The hotel has 239 rooms, all with private bath and toilet as well as phone, TV and a free wireless Internet. Many of Aalborg’s excellent restaurants are only a 15-minute walk from the hotel, and a 5-minute walk will take you to the scenic waterfront and the two spectacular cultural centers Utzon Center and Nordkraft – also conference venue.

CABINN Aalborg Fjordgade 20 9000 Aalborg

Distance to Nordkraft: 400 m Distance to the airport: 6 km Distance to train station: 1000 m

Single room: DKK 565 // EUR 76
Double room: DKK 765 // EUR 103

For more information on the hotel, please visit: CABINN Aalborg

The city of Aalborg

For more information on the city of Aalborg, please visit VisitAalborg