Programme // Venue 2017-10-25T09:56:29+00:00

Venue: Harpa conference and concert centre

Harpa is one of Reykjavik‘s greatest and distinguished landmarks. It is a cultural and social centre in the heart of the city and features stunning views of the surrounding mountains and the North Atlantic Ocean. Harpa is an enchanting destination for intrigued travelers and its grand-scale award-winning architecture has attracted 7 million guests since its opening, May 4, 2011.

Harpa Reykjavik Concert Hall and Conference Centre offers the best facilities for concerts and conferences in Northern Europe. Harpa has received numerous awards and prizes. Harpa was chosen one of the best concert halls of the new millennium by the prestigious music magazine Gramophone magazine and was chosen the best performance venue in 2011 by Travel & Leisure magazine.

In autumn 2012, Harpa received the prestigious award as the Best MICE Centre in Northern Europe.

The Name – Harpa
The name was made public on 11 December 2009. Harpa was the winning name out of 4,156 proposals entered by 1,200 citizens. The demand was that the name should be in Icelandic but easily articulated in most languages. The name Harpa has more than one meaning. It is an old Icelandic word that refers to a time of year and is in fact a month in the old Nordic calendar. The first day of that month is celebrated as the first day of summer and marks the beginning of a brighter time where nature comes to live and the colors of the environment sharpen.

Harpa also refers to the instrument that refers to the activities and operations within. In the opinion of some, Harpa looks likes a drawn harp from a certain angle.


Numerous design awards
Harpa is designed by Olafur Eliasson, Henning Larsen Architects and Batteríið Architects. Harpa has won multiple awards for architecture, including Mies van der Rohe in 2013, Best public space – Arkitekturmassan Awards 2012 and World Architecture Award 2010.


Program (Printable PDF)
List of participants

Day 1 – Joint program

See printable program above

Day 2 – Two parallel parts

1) Feeding difficulties conference
2) Oral shealth conference

See printable program above

Workshop on feeding disorders in children

We would like to invite you to participate in a pre-conference half day workshop on the 16th of August at the National Hospital of Iceland. This workshop will be free of charge for those attending the SpecialCare2017 conference, 17th and 18th August at Harpa in Reykjavik. Those not attending the conference are also welcome for the price of ISK 7.500. Registration for conference participant send e-mail to imma@cpreykjavik.is, registration for those NOT attending the conference click here

This workshop is intended for multidisciplinary professionals working in the field of feeding difficulties in neonates, infants and children. Dr. Charlotte Wright professor and pediatrician will lead the workshop and the language is English.

Date and timing: Wednesday, 16. August 2017, in the afternoon 13:00 -16:00 ( 1-4 pm)

Venue: At the Children´s Hospital in Reykjavik called, “Barnaspítali Hringsins”. Address: Landspitalinn, v/Hringbraut, 101 Reykjavík.

Workshop programme
13:00 – 14:15
Who are these children and why do they need help?
  What are the key principles of tube weaning?
  Fast or slow – how to you choose?
  What makes slow weaning succed or fail?
14:15 – 14:45
Coffee/tee and light refreshments
14:45 – 16:00
Discussion of Glasgow weaning protocol – is it fit for purpose?
  Case studies

For further information click here

Participants are encouraged to engage in the discussion about the cases that will be presented and share own experience of cases.

Speakers CV

Páll Matthiasson, CEO of Landspitalinn, National hospital of Iceland
Ingólfur Einarsson, MD, neurodevelopmental paediatrician, Iceland
Charlotte Wright, Professor, consultant, community paediatrician and epidemiologist
Ingrid Bergliot Helland, MD, Head of department
Lasse Ansgar Skoglund, Professor of Pharmacology, Head of Section of Dental Pharmacology and Pharmacotherapy, Faculty of Dentistry, University of Oslo, Norway
Kelly McConnell, ACE (Autism Curriculum Encyclopedia) Training and Implementation Specialist. The New England Center for Children, Southborough, MA, USA
Helga Ágústsdóttir DDS, MS, MPH, PhD


Welcome remarks (PDF)
Nina Løvhøiden (PDF)
Tube weaning Island 2017 (PDF)
Sleep Feeding – Arna Skúladóttir (PDF)