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COINN 2024
May 6th-8th
Aalborg, Denmark

11th Council of International Neonatal Nurses Conference
Aalborg Congress & Culture Center (AKKC)
06-08 May 2024
Abstracts now closed!
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If you have any questions regarding registration, please contact Aalborg Convention Bureau

Henriette Bugge Mortensen -

Champagne Glasses

Welcoming Ceremony

When: Sunday, May 5th at 18:00-20:00 (06:00pm-08:00pm)

Where: At the “Kunsten” Museum of Modern Art Aalborg

Address: Kong Christians Allé 50, 9000 Aalborg

Chiesi Foundation Excellence Awards, COINN 2024 Aalborg, Denmark

COINN is proud do announce the winners if the Chiesi Foundation Neonatal Nursing Excellence Awards.

 Bernard Fortunatus (Tanzania) Singida Regional Referral Hospital, Tanzania.

 Ousiel Ibukuwayo (Burundi) Hippocrates Hospital in Kajaga/Stamm Foundation in Burundi.

BRING YOUR FLAG to COINN 2024 in Aalborg, Denmark!

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Excellence awards

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COINN and the Chiesi Foundation announce the Chiesi Foundation Neonatal Nurse Excellence Awards.

These two awards of $2500 USD each will support two neonatal nurses to attend the COINN conference in Aalborg Denmark in May 6th - 8th

Excellence awards (French)

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COINN et la Fondation Chiesi annoncent les prix d'excellence des infirmières néonatales de la Fondation Chiesi


Ces deux prix de 2 500 USD chacun aideront deux infirmières néonatales d'un pays à faible revenu à assister à la conférence COINN à Aalborg au Danemark du 6 au 8 mai.

Supporting Closeness – Building Relations

COINN Denmark 2024
06 - 08 May 2024

On behalf of the 2024 conference organising committee, we are delighted to welcome delegates, presenters, and exhibitors, all who care for the small and sick newborn, to join us in beautiful Aalberg, Denmark for COINN 2024 held in collaboration with the Danish Neonatal Nurses Organisation. We come together five years after the last COINN conference in New Zealand to celebrate once more neonatal nursing with our post-pandemic theme of supporting closeness and building relations. 


One of the cores values in neonatal nursing is facilitating family integrated developmental care to support the closeness, both physical and emotional, between the newborn and parents, siblings and extended family. While building relations is instrumental in optimizing outcomes for all small and sick newborns and their families, it is also essential between colleagues, countries, and globally.  


At COINN 2024, we will bring together experts in neonatal care from all parts of the globe to learn from each other and share experiences. We know that every two seconds a baby is born too soon, and we will hear how neonatal nurses are integral in ensuring these babies survive and thrive. We invite abstracts on our session themes of Global Health; Partnerships; Palliative care; Ethical or clinical challenges; Innovations in care and Climate Change. 


We therefore are pleased and proud to invite you all to the beautiful country of Denmark, in the spring, to a conference that we have been looking forward to hosting throughout the pandemic. Come and be part of stimulating dialogue, thought-provoking considerations and a place for sharing the latest knowledge in the field of neonatal nursing.

Dr Helle Haslund-Thomsen

Associate professor, Clinical Research Unit, Aalborg


Professor Karen Walker 

President COINN

Organising Committee:

Dr Helle Haslund-Thomsen, Malene Horskjaer, Professor Carole Kenner, Debbie

O’Donaghue, A/Prof Julia Petty, Dr Agnes Van den Hoogen, Professor Karen Walker

The Conference

About Aalborg

Aalborg is the capital of North Jutland, a city in a league of its own. It is a small city with its own unique atmosphere and attractions and experiences including museums, ancient monuments, historic buildings, world-class architecture and restaurants. In addition it has unique shopping, cobblestones in cozy streets, the relaxing Fjordpark and an inviting and vibrant waterfront. In 2019 Aalborg was ranked No. 8 on the New York Times' list of places in the world that deserve a visit. 


COINN 2024 Speakers

More speakers coming soon!
Professor Joy Lawn, MB BS, MPH, PhD FRCPCH

Professor of Maternal, Reproductive and Child Health at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine (LSHTM)
Marsha Campbell-Yeo, RN, MN, NNP-BC, PhD, FANN

Neonatal nurse practitioner, clinician scientist and professor.
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Alex Mancini-Smith MSc, BSc (Hons), RGN

An experienced senior neonatal nurse  and is the National Lead Nurse for Neonatal Palliative Care, leading the National Neonatal Palliative Care Project in the UK.
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Lívia Nagy Bonnard

Co-founder, vice-president of Right(s) beside you - Hungarian patient organization, EUPATI Fellow, EFCNI PPPAB of European Standard of Care for Newborn Health, NIDCAP Member of Family Advisory Council, FINE (Family and Infant Neurodevelopmental Education) Faculty member in Hungary.

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Renée Flacking

Director of Doctoral Programme in Care Sciences 

Director for the research centre Reproductive, Infant and Child Health

Visiting Professor, Maternal and Infant Nutrition and Nurture Unit (MAINN), UCLan, UK 

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Ragnhild Måstrup

Ph.d., IBCLC 

Clinical Nurse Specialist and Researcher 

Videnscenter for amning af børn med specielle behov 

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Howard Catton
CEO, International Council of Nurses

He is committed to ensure that ICN effectively represents nursing worldwide, advances the nursing profession, promotes the wellbeing of nurses and advocates for health in all policies. 
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Mats Eriksson

RN, PHD, Professor - University Ørebro,  Sweden
Professor Karen Walker, President COINN

Karen is a Clinical Associate Professor with the University of Sydney and is the Neonatal Clinical Nurse Consultant at Royal Prince Alfred Hospital in Sydney, Australia.
Carole Kenner, CEO COINN

Carole has over 35 years’ neonatal/perinatal/pediatric experience. She is a graduate of the University of Cincinnati and Indiana University (USA) with the degrees in neonatal/perinatal nursing and nursing education.
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Dr. Queen Dube

Dr. Queen Dube is a consultant paediatrician and clinical epidemiologist. She currently serves as the Newborn Health Program Lead at WHO Headquarters in Switzerland. Previously, Dr. Dube served as Chief of Health Services for Malawi’s Ministry of Health and was the head of the department of Paediatrics and Child Health at Queen Elizabeth Central Hospital, the largest tertiary hospital in Malawi.

Meet the Organising Committee, Scientific Committee and Local Organising Committee below.

Organising Committee

Meet the organising committee.

Scientific Committee

Meet the scientific committee.

Local Organising Committee

Special Interest Group Neonatal Nursing, Denmark
Sanne Allermann Beck
Chief Nurse, Cand. Cur., Rigshospitalet; Mary Elisabeths Hospital, Copenhagen
Kristina Garne Holm
RN, PhD.
Malene Horskjær
Clinical Neonatal Nursing Specialist; Research, development and teaching
Ragnhild Maastrup

Ph.d., IBCLC, Clinical Nurse Specialist and Researcher, Videnscenter for amning af børn med specielle behov 

Tenna Gladbo Salmonsen

NIDCAP-professionel, cand.Cur., Aarhus University Hospital

Helle Lønstrup Haslund Thomsen
RN, MAH et PhD, Associate Professor , Clinical N
ursing Research Unit, Aalborg 

The Venue

The congress will take place in the Aalborg Congress & Culture Center (AKKC) located by the beautiful Kildepark within walking distance of the center of Aalborg and rail and bus stations. Nearby are 3 hotels booked for congress guests. As Denmark's only event venue, AKKC is certified according to both DNV GL's world goal certification and the international standard ISO 20121 for sustainable events. As a participant, you can look forward to a congress held in a sustainable way, where good service is a hallmark.



Our programmes for Day 1, 2 and 3 are now available!

COINN 2024 Sponsors

On behalf of the Organising Committee, we take immense pleasure in inviting you to support the 11th Council of International Neonatal Nurses Conference (COINN) 2024. This prestigious international event is proudly hosted by Aalborg University Hospital (AAUH). We are excited to bring this conference to the cozy, atmosphere filled city of Aalborg from 6th– 8th of May 2024 at Aalborg Congress and Culture Center (AKKC). Neonatal nursing provides specialised care to the neonate and their family across the care continuum that promotes optimal health outcomes. COINN 2024 will offer the opportunity to hear from experts in the field of neonatal practice, education and clinical research, and will also celebrate and recognise the contribution of families in the care of preterm and sick babies globally.

Download the COINN 2024 Sponsorship Prospectus 

Gold Sponsors


Silver Sponsors

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Travel by plane - Aalborg Airport

It is easy to get to Aalborg as there are more than 30 daily connections between Copenhagen and Aalborg, with a flight time just 35 minutes. From the airport, there are both buses and trains to Aalborg Station, which is a few minutes' walk from the Aalborg Congress & Culture Center. By taxi, the journey takes less than 15 minutes.

Travel by train to Aalborg

Station. DSB, the official Danish train network, connects Aalborg to the other major cities in Denmark, regionally and nationally with frequent train departures. The regional trains also run to and from Hirtshals and Frederikshavn every hour. 

Come by bus to Aalborg

Aalborg Congress & Culture Center is less than 5 minutes' walk from Aalborg Bus Terminal.

Come by car to Aalborg

Aalborg Congress & Culture Center is easily accessible by care, as it is located with easy access to the E45 motorway. Around the centre there are up to 700 parking spaces.

Parking spaces at the Congress Centre
Payment in the time period below.
Weekdays: at 8-19
Saturdays: at 8-16
Parking fee per hour DKK 8

There are also two charging stations for electric cars at the centre.

Taxi's to Aalborg

Aalborg Taxa: +45 9810 1010 

Dantaxi: +45 4848 48 48


The price from the airport to the City Centre is approximately 250 DKK and 300 DKK for a large taxi.


You can also take the bus or the train from the Airport to City Centre. The price for a bus ticket is 18 DKK and the trip takes 20 minutes.


The train will take you to the Train Station in 11 minuets and a ticket is also 18 DKK.

Denmark Visa

Travel/Visa Information for COINN Conference 2024 Attendees:

Conference participants are encouraged to check if they should apply for a visa before travelling to the COINN Conference 2024 in Denmark. 


Who Needs and Who Doesn’t Need a Schengen Visa to Travel to COINN Conference 2024 in Denmark?


Denmark Visa Requirements and Application Guidelines,or%20other%20business%2Drelated%20activities


Additional Useful Links on Visa Application

Registration fees

Open for registration from October 1st 2023.
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Please book your accommodation when registering for
the conference through our registration link.

Please see the
recommended accommodation below:



Get discounted hotel rates through our registrations page, Recommended hotels are listed below:

*Disclaimer, please perform your own price comparison to get the best hotel rates possible.

Hotel Scandic Aalborg City

Single: 1045 kr.

Built in 2002, this pet friendly hotel with 168 rooms, is directly adjacent to the Aalborg Congress and Culture Center.

Milling Hotel Gestus

This historic hotel built in 1932 is located in the heart of Aalborg, just a stone's throw from the station and restaurants and near the Aalborg Congress & Culture Center.

Distance from Aalborg Congress & Culture Center:  7 minutes walk



Tel.: 98 12 69 33


Single room: 849 kr

Double room: 949 kr


Hotel Comwell Hvide Hus

With 198 renovated and well-furnished rooms, all of which have a beautiful view of either the Limfjord, Kildeparken or Aalborg city, this hotel is located close to Aalborg Congress & Culture Center.

Single: 1148 kr.

Distance from Aalborg Congress & Culture Center:  7 minutes walk 


Cabinn Aalborg

With 239 rooms, CABINN hotel in Aalborg is very centrally located in the city

Single Economy: 659 kr

Single standard +: 729 kr.

Distance from Aalborg Congress & Culture Center:  20 minutes walk 



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