Thanks to all participants we look back on an inspiring conference with a great atmosphere.

We cordially invite you to join the 2018 WDPI Conference. We will inform you on the conference city in due time.

rvb1 chronicle photoWebProf. Richard Burkhauser
Cornell University, Department of Policy Analysis and Management, New York, USA.
University of Melbourne, Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research, Melbourne, Australia

Richard V. Burkhauser is a Professor of Public Policy, Cornell University, a Professorial Research Fellow, University of Melbourne and a Senior Research Fellow, University of Texas. His research and U.S. Congressional testimony focuses on how public policies affect working-age people with disabilities. In 2011, with Mary Daly, he published: The Declining Work and Welfare of People with Disabilities: What Went Wrong and a Strategy for Change (AEI: Washington, DC). Most recently with Daly, McVicar, and Wilkins he published Disability Benefit Growth and Disability Reform in the United States: Lessons from Other OECD Nations (IZA Journal of Labor Policy).



Machteld HuberMachteld Huber, MD PhD
Institute for Positive Health
Amersfoort, The Netherlands





Manfred MüllerManfred Müller
Head of Flight Safety at Lufthansa AG
Professor of risk management at the University of Bremen

Manfred Müller has run the aviation safety part of ​​Lufthansa since 2002. Since 1995, Müller has also worked on minimising medical risks in the aviation sector and has devised tailored seminars for this purpose. In 2007 he began training captains on Airbus 330 and 340. Three years later he was appointed Head of Aviation Safety Research at Lufthansa Group. Müller is currently heading an interdisciplinary research project for the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology sponsored by the DLR (German Aerospace Centre) on the topic "Quantitative determination and assessment of flight safety risks".


Nico PronkProf. Nico Pronk
Minneapolis, USA

Nico Pronk, Ph.D., M.A., FACSM, FAWHP

Dr. Nico Pronk is Vice President for Health Management and Chief Science Officer for HealthPartners, an integrated, non-profit and member-governed health system headquartered in Minnesota. Nico is also a Sr. Research Investigator at the HealthPartners Institute for Education and Research and an Adjunct Professor of Social and Behavioral Sciences at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston, Massachusetts. His work is focused on connecting evidence of effectiveness with the practical application of programs, practices, policies, and systems that measurably improve population health and well-being.


Silje Endresen RemeSilje Endresen Reme
Associate Professor, University of Oslo,
Pain Psychologist, Oslo University Hospital

Dr. Reme completed her educational studies at the University of Bergen, earning her doctorate in psychology as well as her clinical psychology and undergraduate degrees. She did a 2-year postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard School of Public Health, and participated in the Work Disability Prevention CIHR Strategic Training Program. Thereafter, she worked as a senior researcher at Uni Research Health in Norway, where she co-headed the research group Stress, Health and Rehabilitation. She currently works as an associate professor at University of Oslo, and as a clinical psychologist at Oslo University Hospital.