Host city Odense
Odense is situated on the island of Funen, right in the heart of Denmark. Odense is one of Denmark’s oldest cities and has attracted visitors for centuries. Narrow winding cobblestoned streets invite visitors to explore. There are many opportunities to take a break at one of the many cafés or go for walks in one of the city's many green oases. The city centre is easy to navigate in on foot, whether you choose to go for a quiet stroll along the river or to immerse yourself in Odense’s vibrant nightlife.
Due to this rich history, Odense has for centuries been a favourite destination for visitors. Today, it is first and foremost known as the hometown of the celebrated author Hans Christian Andersen. For more than a 100 years, children of all ages around the world have enjoyed his fairytales like ”The Emperor’s New Clothes”, ”The Little Mermaid”, ”The Nightingale”, ”The Snow Queen”, ”The Ugly Duckling”, ”Thumbelina” and many more. His spirit lives on in Odense where fairytales come to live as you follow H.C. Andersen’s footsteps around the city.
The conference venue - ODEON
ODEON is one of the largest venues in Odense for meetings and events. ODEON is known as “The Vibrant House”. With excellent stage and conference facilities, it gathers The Danish National Academy of Music, The Danish National School of Performing Arts Odense, Odense Theatre, retail trade, a café and youth housing under one roof.
The location of ODEON in the centre of Odense provides a unique epicentre for meetings and conferences. Only 5 minutes away from the train station and about 15 minutes away from the motorway, ODEON gathers all facilities under one roof – right in the heart of Odense. The guests can enjoy the local shops, the presence of history at Sortebrødre Torv and the new Thomas B. Thriges Gade.
The conference venue - University of Southern Denmark
The University of Southern Denmark welcomed its first students onto the campus in Odense in September 1966, and things have developed by leaps and bounds ever since. We now have five faculties with more than 27,000 students, of whom almost 20% are from abroad, and more than 3,800 employees distributed across our main campus in Odense and regional campuses in Slagelse, Kolding, Esbjerg and Sønderborg. Several international studies document that we conduct world-class research and are one of the top fifty young universities in the world.
Over the years, the University of Southern Denmark has interwoven many lives. The roughly five years which a student invests in a university education will lay the groundwork for the rest of his or her life. And with around 115 different study programmes in the fields of the humanities, social sciences, natural sciences, health sciences and engineering, graduates of the University of Southern Denmark are now members of virtually every profession in the international community.