International Psoriasis Council

Advancing Knowledge. Improving Care.

Advancing Knowledge. Improving Care.

2023 IPC THINK TANK | FAROE ISLANDS

HOTEL HAFNIA
ÁARVEGUR 8
FO -100, TÓRSHAVN 
FAROE ISLANDS

Why the Faroe Islands?

2023 marks the 60th anniversary of a seminal paper in the history of psoriasis research. In 1963, Danish physician Gunnar Lomholt went to the Faroe Islands, visited numerous households, examined the family members for psoriasis, and concluded that there was a strong inherited component to the disease. This marked the beginning of psoriasis epidemiology and genetics. Join us to celebrate this historic milestone through state-of-the-art lectures on developments in psoriasis and how science has had a significant impact.

Explore the Faroe Islands

Take advantage of the opportunity to explore the breathtaking Faroe Islands before and after the event with our exciting excursion packages, brought to you by GreenGate, an experienced travel agency in the Faroe Islands. Excursions are exclusive to the IPC group. Learn more and book here. Watch this video to see what the Faroe Islands have to offer!

Councilors and Fellows Schedule

Wednesday, September 6

Optional Excursion

2:00 pm to 7:00 pm 

 Vágar Highlight 
Drive to the island of Vágar and explore the charming villages of Bø and Gásadalur. Take in the stunning waterfall in Gásadalur before embarking on a scenic hike to Trælanípan. The trail runs alongside the lake and over the ocean, lasting approximately 2-2.5 hours.

Thursday, September 7

Arrival and Dinner on Your Own

Restaurants in Tórshavn

 

Friday, September 8

9:00 am to 5:00 pm 

Gunnar Lomholt Symposium
Join us for a day of exploring cutting-edge developments and trends in psoriasis research brought to you by a renowned lineup of esteemed experts and professionals. Delve into groundbreaking insights into genetics, comorbidities, treatment strategies, and more as our celebrated speakers unveil their findings on various relevant topics. Join our keynote speaker, James T. Elder, as he unveils the genetic epidemiologic history of psoriasis. Other topics covered include big data and its implications for psoriasis, the intricate relationship between genetics and biological mechanisms, and therapeutic drug monitoring. Immerse yourself in Gunnar Lomholt’s inspiring story and thesis and take a fascinating trip through the history of the Faroe Islands. Discover cutting-edge treatment strategies and targets for severe psoriasis, explore the need for real-world evidence, and reflect on the 60-year journey of psoriasis therapy. Don’t miss out on this unparalleled opportunity to learn from and network with some of the brightest minds in the field.

5:00 pm to 6:30 pm

Reception
Join us for a reception where you’ll meet IPC’s distinguished Board Members, Councilors, Fellows, Corporate Members, and other psoriasis enthusiasts.

Dinner on your own.

Saturday, September 9

9:00 am to 4:00 pm 

Meeting with Board Members, Councilors, and Fellows
Board Members, Councilors, and Fellows will meet to share updates on IPC’s 2023 initiatives and discuss IPC’s future strategic plan.

7:00 pm to 10:00 pm

Dinner and Special Event
Join us for an evening of Faroese history and gastronomy at a soon-to-be-revealed location. With included transportation, this dining experience is not to be missed. Stay tuned for further details about the location. Guests are invited to attend the event.

Sunday, September 10

Departure

Optional Excursion

9:30 am to 5:30 pm

Streymoy Highlight
Drive to Vestmanna for a 1.5-hour boat tour to see the Vestmanna cliffs. Then head to Saksun for lunch at a local farmer’s house, return to Tórshavn via the mountains, and stop at the island’s oldest cultural center, Kirkjubøur. Visit the 13th-century St. Magnus Cathedral, the still-functioning 11th-century church, and the 900-year-old “Roykstovan,” continuously occupied by one family for 17 generations.



Travel Information

Councilor Travel Information

Lodging
IPC will cover accommodations for a maximum of three nights (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday). These nights will be charged to the IPC account. If you select lodging for Saturday, you are expected to participate in the entire Saturday program.

If you plan to stay beyond the specified dates or arrive earlier, you will pay the standard rate of $175 per night, which includes breakfast. Upon check-in, a credit card will be required to cover additional nights and incidentals during your stay.

Air Travel
You are responsible for making your flight arrangements. It is recommended to fly to Vágar Airport (FAE). You can fly non-stop to the Faroe Islands from destinations like Copenhagen, Paris, and Reykjavik. Three airlines fly to the Faroe Islands. These are Atlantic Airways, Scandinavian Airlines, and Widerøe AS. Depending on the season, there are two to four direct flights from Copenhagen to the Faroe Islands each day.

Ground Transportation
Taxis will be available at the airport; however, it is advised to pre-book for timely pickup. There is a fixed price of $35 for a one-way between the Vágar Airport and Tórshavn, which should take approximately 45 minutes. You can pre-arrange your taxi here. Please note this hotel does not provide a shuttle service.

Meals
IPC will provide lunch and breaks during the meeting. Breakfast is included in the room rate. We will host a reception on Friday evening, and on Saturday night, we will host an off-site dinner. For other meals, there are several restaurants in Tórshavn to explore.

Saturday Dinner and Special Event
Guests are welcome for the Saturday evening dinner and special event. Please provide the guest’s name on the registration form.

Travel Stipend
IPC will reimburse up to $500 for those traveling within the Europe region and up to $1,500 for those traveling from outside the region. These funds can be used for meals, airfare, and ground transportation. Funds cannot be used for flight change fees, checked luggage, travel insurance, or other incidentals during your flight. This amount is automatically approved if it meets the above requirements.

Reimbursement
Reimbursement forms will be sent after the meeting. Individuals will submit an invoice and copies of all receipts to request reimbursement. ACH, check, or wire transfer payments will be made for international payments.

CANCELLATIONS
If your travel plans change and you cannot attend the meeting, please notify us by June 14, 2023. If you do not inform IPC by this date, you may be charged for any unused hotel room charges it may incur. To cancel or make any changes to your room reservations, please contact Maxi.Ryman@psoriasiscouncil.org.

Fellow Travel Information

Lodging
IPC will cover accommodations for a maximum of three nights (Thursday, Friday, and Saturday). These nights will be charged to the IPC account. If you select lodging for Saturday, you are expected to participate in the entire Saturday program.

If you plan to stay beyond the specified dates or arrive earlier, you will pay the standard rate of $175 per night, which includes breakfast. Upon check-in, a credit card will be required to cover additional nights and incidentals during your stay.

Air Travel
IPC will pay for travel in economy class for all flights. International flights should be booked 90 days in advance (June 8, 2023). If you request a preferred airline over the most economical one, travel on different dates, or choose another class of service, you will be responsible for paying the difference.
Please contact Maureen Hogle to book your air travel by June 8, 2023.

Ground Transportation
Taxis will be available at the airport; however, it is advised to pre-book for timely pickup. There is a fixed price of $35 for a one-way between the Vágar Airport and Tórshavn, which should take approximately 45 minutes. You can pre-arrange your taxi here.

IPC will reimburse your ground transportation for the transfer between the airport and hotel and between your home and the airport, up to $200. Expenses covered include taxi, bus fare, or parking. Please note this hotel does not provide a shuttle service.

Meals
IPC will provide lunch and breaks during the meeting. Breakfast is included in the room rate. We will host a reception on Friday evening, and on Saturday night, we will host an off-site dinner. Thursday and Friday’s dinners will be on your own; however, you can request reimbursement for dinners up to $50. In addition, you can request up to $125 per day for days you are traveling if needed.

Saturday Dinner and Special Event
Guests are welcome for the Saturday dinner and special event. Please provide the guest’s name on the registration form.

Reimbursement
Reimbursement forms will be sent after the meeting. Individuals will submit an invoice and copies of all receipts to request reimbursement. ACH, check, or wire transfer payments will be made for international payments.

CANCELLATIONS
If your travel plans change and you cannot attend the meeting, please notify us by June 14, 2023. If you do not inform IPC by this date, you may be charged for any unused hotel room charges it may incur. To cancel or make any changes to your room reservations, please contact Maureen.Hogle@psoriasiscouncil.org.

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