quality, vitality and health in the 21st century


an international conference


Chronic Living postponed


11 March, 2020


Following advice from the Danish Board of Health, the University of Copenhagen's COVID-19 task force as well as management at our Faculty of Social Sciences we have today (11 March 2020) decided that Chronic Living will not be taking place 23-25 April 2020 and will be postponed. We have 400 registered participants who are travelling from 40 different countries including countries and areas which are currently experiencing state-mandated travel restrictions (Denmark included). Moreover, universities and workplaces around the world have begun advising staff members against (and even forbidding) non-essential international travel to conferences. By its very nature, the Chronic Living conference has been designed as three days of face-to-face interactions in an indoor conference setting with shared meals and coffee breaks.


Needless to say, our thoughts are currently with all those families who have been and are currently affected by COVID-19 as well as the tireless frontline healthcare professionals who are currently overstretched around the world. The entire Chronic Living conference team and the entire VITAL project team are so sad that we will not be meeting as planned in April 2020. We have been absolutely blown away by the amazing energy that brought together such a brilliant set of keynotes, open panels and paper presentations. We sincerely hope that all of you will be able to join us in 2021 (tentatively 11-13 February 2021, TO BE CONFIRMED), conference fees will be transferable to the new event, though we do of course understand if this will not be possible.


We know that postponement will complicate your already-made travel and accommodation plans. We have prepared a downloadable letter that confirms cancellation of the 23-25 April 2020 Chronic Living event (click here). In the coming days and weeks we will be providing detailed information concerning: 1) confirmation of new dates for the Chronic Living conference (by early April 2020); 2) procedures for transferring conference registration to the new dates; 3) procedures for having your conference fee reimbursed if you are unable to attend; 4) specific information for those who have been awarded a travel bursary. We appreciate all of your patience and ask that you visit this website regularly and that you read our Postponement FAQ here which should provide answers to most questions. Otherwise, as always, you are welcome to contact us through: chronic-living@anthro.ku.dk



Chronic Living is the final conference of the research project “The Vitality of Disease – Quality of Life in the Making” funded by the European Research Council (ERC) under the European Union’s
Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme (grant agreement 63927 – VITAL).


ORGANIZER: University of Copenhagen, The Faculty of Social Science - Øster Farimagsgade 5 - Copenhagen K - chronic-living@anthro.ku.dk