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Cancellation 19 March: Press Conference on health effects of irregular working hours and shift work – how to avoid the risks? is cancelled

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Press conference in Espoo Finland on 19 March is cancelled and the Live Streaming is cancelled as well because of the coronavirus epidemic.

The Symposium and the Press Conference are postponed until autumn 2020 and new dates will be announced later in the spring.



Welcome to the Press Conference and 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 CANCELLED

Time:   Thursday 19 March 2020 at 11–12 am (CET, Stockholm, Copenhagen and Oslo), 12–13 pm (Helsinki time)
Place:   Hanaholmen Cultural Center, Hanasaarenranta 5, Espoo, Finland

The Press Conference will be streamed online https://ttl.livestriimi.fi/wow/ CANCELLED

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.  

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 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 kristiina.kulha@ttl.fi, 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


We are sorry for the inconvenience!

Media Services

Kristiina Kulha, Communications Specialist
FIOH, Helsinki
Tel. 358 30 474 2551,  358 40 548 6914, 

Tiina Kaksonen, Communications specialist 
FIOH, Oulu
Tel. 358 30 474 3015, 358 50 364 3158


The Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH) researches, develops and specializes in well-being at work. It promotes occupational health and safety and the well-being of workers. It is an independent institution under public law, working under the administrative sector of the Ministry of Social Affairs and Health. It has five regional offices, and its headquarters are in Helsinki. The number of personnel is about 500.