Welcome to Tromsø in June 2013



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Copyright: Bård Løken / / Tromsø

Copyright: Bård Løken / / Tromsø

The regional centre for child and youth (RKBU Nord) wish to welcome you to the 3rd. Nordic Family Centre Conference in Tromsø. These blogpages contain information about the conference, practical information regarding abstract submission and registration, and some information about the city and its surroundings.

On the left side of the page you will find information on topics concerning the conference, and on the top of the page links to registration and abstract submission. The page will be frequently updated, so it might be a good idea to check back once in a while.

Check here for information about the conference fee.


Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions at

We look forward to seeing you!


Practical information

Tromsø is a relatively compact town with all its central functions situated on the island. To get from the airport to the conference hotel there are two ways of transport, taxi and airport shuttle, both trips lasting about 10 min. The bus is about NOK 70 pr. person and a taxi about NOK 200.

The conference hotel – Radisson BLU hotel – is located by the sea, and close to anything happening in downtown Tromsø. If you would like to go on a whale safari the hotel has its own enrollment counter, and all excursion buses stop at the hotel.

In Tromsø it is possible to experience all kinds of of weather in June. It can be sunny and 20 degrees celsius, or it can be 8 degrees celsius and rain. The snow has probably not melted on the highest peaks, and the water is not warm enought to have a comfortable swim.

Bring a raincoat or an “all weather jacket”, a warm sweater and a par of hiking shoes if you want to experience the city outside the downtown area. You won`t need mittens, but a warm hat or cap is comfortable if you are planning to stay outside during the midnight sun.


Present your poster

Present your poster

The deadline for submission of abstracts for oral presentation has now expired and the program will soon be available. We have received a large number of interesting suggestions for presentation. It is however still possible to submit posters for the conference.

Contributions from all areas that are related to family centers are welcome. Such as (but not limited to):

• Early interventions
• How to provide support and help to children and families
• Child poverty
• Social and Cultural Factors
• Inter-professional Collaboration
• Open Kindergarten
• Implementing interventions

New deadline for submission of abstracts for posters is May 1., 2013. Register by May 1. to take advantage of the registration fee discount. Please use the online abstract submission form

First Program Committee Meeting in Tromsø



Program Committee NFCC 2013

1st. row: Mariann B. Hansen (RKBU Nord), Monica Martinussen (RKBU Nord), Anita Skogstrand (RKBU Vest), Vibeke Bing (Backa Läkarhusgruppen), Ellen Olafsen (R-BUP sør/øst).

2nd. row: Reidar Arnesen (RKBU Nord), Frode Adolfsen (RKBU Nord), Mia Mantonen (Det Finlandssvenske kompetenscenteret), Anne Lise Knatten (RBUP sør/øst).

Anne Brenne (RKBU Midt) was absent.

Read the preliminary program

Tasty tapas and soothing sounds


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Monday the 10th of June we welcome you to an informal evening of good food and great music at Driv, the Tromsø-students`own house. This atmospheric building used to be a wharf in the old days, and has a great seafront location.

At this event we will not be serving you fish, but tapas with a northern twist, drinks, and great soul music from one of Tromsø`s up and coming bands, Oh!

The event costs Nkr 400,-. This includes tapas, 2 drinks, and the concert.

About the band:
Oh! made their live debut on the music scene of Tromsø, Norway in February 2011. Oh! plays great soul music, proficient and appealing.  The band members are all students at the Department of Music, Dance and Drama at the University of Tromsø. More info:

Conference hotel – Radisson BLU


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The conference will be held at Radisson BLU hotel, one of the largest and newest conference hotels in Tromsø. The hotel will also host the conferance dinner on tuesday 11th. June.

With an ideal location for both business and leisure travellers, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Tromsø welcomes guests to Norway’s northernmost city. Although some 400 kilometres north of the Arctic Circle, Tromsø enjoys a relatively mild subarctic climate thanks to the warming influence of the Gulf Stream. Pristine lakes and forests surround this Arctic city, yet excellent shopping and dining are within walking distance of this Tromsø city centre hotel. Tromsø boasts a vibrant nightlife, particularly during the summer months when the Midnight Sun never sets. Only four kilometres from the Langnes Airport, the hotel also affords easy access to South Norway via Hurtigruten (Coastal Steamer).

There are 160 rooms reserved for conference delegates at Radisson BLU.