The conference will be held in the town of Struer in north west Denmark in Scandinavia. The main international airport is Copenhagen (CPH). The airport is a 10 minute metro ride from Copenhagen city centre. The airport is connected regularly with direct trains to Struer, via Copenhagen main train station. The journey takes almost 5 hours but offers a relaxed way to enjoy the countryside. For tickets see DSB.dk and search for jouneys between Copenhagen airport and Struer. Train tickets can be booked on-line 3 months before the travel date.
Alternatively, Billund Airport (BLL) has many international connections to hubs such as Paris, Frankfurt, Amsterdam and London as well as domestic flights to Copenhagen. Billund airport is a 75 minute taxi journey from Struer. Furthermore, Midtjyllands Airport (KRP) near the town of Karup has regular domestic flights to Copenhagen. Karup is a 45 minute taxi journey from Struer.
The conference venues are shown by the green circles and are described below. The daytime conference programme will be located at Apollon (A), Folkets Hus (F) and the Main Outdoor Stage (S) with evening events at Apollon (A), The Hayloft (H), Struer Museum (M) and The Main Stage (S). Shuttle buses will be provided before and after each days programme and for the social events at The Hayloft and Struer Museum, to the hotels.
Despite Struer being a town of only 10000 inhabitants, it is home to one of the best cinemas in Denmark. Apollon is Dolby ATMOS approved and provides a pleasant atmosphere with restaurant and bar. Participants will meet and greet here on the Wednesday evening and there will be a special film showing in ATMOS. The conference's technical paper sessions will also be held here. See apollon-struer.dk.
Folkets Hus is a 'house for the people' and popular concert venue with weekly shows from a diverse range of national and international artists. The main room has space for 250 seated guests and 600 standing. Furthermore, there are meeting rooms and a spacious foyer for exhibitions or simply chatting over a coffee. Conference workshops, discussion forums and tutorials will be held here - both indoors and outside on a smaller stage. See folketshus.struer.dk.
The Hayloft is a converted barn and home to a local organic wine merchant. It is located pleasantly "in the middle of nowhere" on the beautiful island of Thyholm only a stones throw from the sandy shores of the Limfjord and 25 minutes drive north from Struer. The Hayloft is relaxing and rustic with a rough concrete floor (so leave your stilettos at the hotel). There is space for 125 seated guests. The local speciality here is a fantastic tapas buffet and wines selected by our host - and not least, live music. The conference will spend an evening here wining, dining and enjoying an intimate concert from a successful Danish trio. See hargaardvinimport.dk.
Struer museum was founded in 1930 when the oldest house in Struer was converted for the purpose of recording and facilitating local history. Since then, more buildings have been added including an underground exhibition dedicated to the history and products of Bang & Olufsen which was founded in the town in 1925 by the electrical engineers Peter Bang and Svend Olufsen. The exhibition includes the earliest radios and gramophone players to microphones, electric shavers and the latest BeoLab 90 loudspeaker. The current museum exhibition includes an interactive sound universe. The conference will visit the museum for a social event including dinner and live jazz on the Thursday evening. See struermuseum.dk.
The conference programme on the Friday will revolve around activities on the main outdoor stage. The 380 square metre stage located in open surroundings will allow workshops on monitoring and microphone techniques, audience coverage including developments in array control, noise annoyance and much more. It is planned that one of the country's best big band orchestras will join to allow live demonstrations.
The conference programme on the Friday will begin with a keynote at the Bang & Olufsen headquarters which is only a few hundred meters from the main stage. Furthermore, there will be a tutorial inside the headquarters on the Friday.
Local hotels recommended for conference delegates are numbered on the map above with orange circles and are described below. Upon registration, a booking code will be issued to allow delegates to obtain special discounts negotiated for the conference.
Tambohus Kro is an Inn dating from 1842 located idyllically by the waters of the Limfjord and the small island of Jegindø some 20 minutes drive north of Struer. The Inn has 29 double rooms and guests can enjoy the a wonderful charm and excellent cuisine served at the Inn. See tambohus.com.
Humlum Kro is found in the small village of Humlum some 10 minutes drive north of Struer. The Inn has only 8 bedrooms so book early! See humlumkro.dk.
Grand Hotel is located in the heart of Struer within walking distance of Apollon, Folkets Hus and the Museum. The hotel has existed for more than 100 years and is a meeting place for business travelers and tourists alike to the area. The hotel offers a range of room types and also has a brasserie and offers residents access to the local fitness centre and also Kurbad Limfjorden spa and wellness centre which is a short walk away by the waters edge on the harbour. See struergrandhotel.dk.
Located in the heart of the nearby town of Holstebro 15 km south of Struer, Hotel Schaumburg dates from 1852 and is quaintly located on the main pedestrian shopping street. The hotel has 57 rooms including 5 rooms for people with allergies. The hotel is also home to Brasserie Between and the Fox & Hounds Irish Pub. See hotel-schaumburg.dk.
The Best Western Hotel Royal is also located in the centre of Holstebro next to the music theatre and shopping areas. The hotel has 40 rooms from singles to suites. See hotel-royal.dk.
Folkets Hus in Struer is a concert venue and will be used for tutorials and debates.
Apollon cinema will be used for the social event Wednesday and paper sessions Thursday and Saturday mornings.