Welcome to follow online the Press Conference of the WOW Symposium

How do shift work and irregular working hours affect the workers’ health and work participation? How to avoid the risks? New research results are available

Nordic researchers meet in Espoo Finland on 19.–20.3.2020


The Press Conference of the WOW Symposium on 19 March 2020 IS CANCELLED due to the Coronavirus epidemic.

The Press Conference will be organized in the autumn and the new dates will be announced later hopefully before the summer holidays.

In the Press Conference the research results are presented by Research Professor Mikko Härmä from the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH), Professor Anne Helene Garde from the National Research Centre for the Work Environment in Denmark and Dr. Constanze Leineweber from Stockholm University. 


The characteristics of working hours are changing rapidly and becoming increasingly flexible. In addition, every fifth employee, mostly in lower socioeconomic groups, still works in shifts, with limited possibilities for individual flexibility.

Shift work increases risk for sleep disturbances, accidents and probably also risk for chronical diseases like breast cancer and Alzheimer disease. The WOW Project Working hours, health, well-being and participation in working life (WOW) – creating new working time models and solutions for Nordic countries has developed evidence-based models and solutions related to working hours in order to support health, well-being and work participation. The researchers from Finland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden have produced already 95 Scientific publications. The project is financed by NordForsk. 

In the WOW Symposium also policy recommendations for good Nordic working time models for health, well-being and participation in working life will be discussed. 

The journalists are welcome to participate the Press Conference, interview the researchers and follow all the presentations of the Symposum. Only the Press Conference will be streamed online. A salad buffet will be served during the Press Conference.

Registrations by 17 March 2020  email [email protected], or tel. +358 40 548 6914 (FIOH Communications)
Additional information: Research Professor Mikko Härmä, FIOH, tel. +358 43 824 2267.

See the WOW-Symposium Programme 


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