From Research to Practice in Occupational Health and Safety

We are postponing the course due to the COVID-19 pandemic and will be sending out more information as soon as the new dates are set.


This international course focuses on new approaches for knowledge transfer, exchange and dissemination between researchers and practitioners in OHS. The course will introduce new methods and approaches on how to increase the value and use of OHS research for end users. In addition, the course will discuss how to engage practitioners in the research process to adopt research to local conditions and decision-making in practice.

The course covers a wide variety of occupational sectors and types of OHS problems. Participants with different disciplinary and professional backgrounds will be given the opportunity to share their experiences in an interactive way. The course endeavors to integrate a mixture of researchers and professionals.

Course objectives

  • Course participants will learn about the central concepts and perspectives in research to practice approaches; including linear, cyclical, interactive and systemic perspectives.
  • Participants will consider, through interactive discussions, the current knowledge on methods to engage researchers and knowledge users in knowledge transfer and exchange processes to support evidence uptake and evidence-informed decision-making.
  • Lectures and discussions will describe and encourage debate on different research to practice approaches: Knowledge transfer (KT), Knowledge transfer and exchange (KTE), Dissemination research, implementation research, and Interactive research approaches.
  • Participants will be introduced to the concept of integrated KTE and cover a variety of practical methods to add into research practice.
  • Participants will have an opportunity to present their projects and exchange experiences related to research to practice in their own work.
  • Through discussion and exchange, participants will discover new ways to engage practitioners in useful evidence based preventive solutions. The coursework and lectures will give the participants input and feedback on how to proceed with research to practice methods and tools.
  • Support and establish a research to practice network among the Nordic countries to increase Nordic and international cooperation.

Target group

  • Researchers and PhD-students
  • Government institutions and OHS consultants
  • Practitioners who use the results of safety research, e.g. OHS consultants, companies, etc.
  • Facilitators of research to practice (R2P)
  • OHS Knowledge brokers and intermediaries

Course outline

  • Interactive approach
  • Lectures and team work during the course
  • Individual preparation of reading course materials and preparing a case

Main topics

  • KTE and R2P concepts and approaches
  • Type of knowledge (research-based vs practice-based knowledge)
  • Practical activities and methods to engage stakeholders
  • Knowledge brokering and intermediaries
  • Integrative and end of grant approaches
  • Concepts and practical methods in supporting knowledge uptake
  • Evaluation approaches for knowledge transfer/research to practice
  • Methods and measures of research impact

Registration deadline

Registration opens in September 2020.




The price of the course consists of two parts:

1) The course fee of EUR 500 and

2) One of the following:

  • The day package I fee of EUR 500
  • The day package II fee of EUR 290
  • Day package

    Day package I

    The day package I price is 500 EUR/person. This price includes conference facilities and technical equipment, coffees, lunches, dinners and the social program.

    The total price of the course is EUR 1000 (course fee EUR 500 + day package fee EUR 500).

    We strongly encourage you to take part in the social program, as this is a vital part of the NIVA course experience. We believe in the power of networking and strive to create an inspiring possibility for that through the social program.

    Day package II

    The day package II price is 290 EUR/person. This price includes conference facilities and technical equipment, coffees and lunches.

    The total price of the course is EUR 790 (course fee EUR 500 + day package fee EUR 290).

    Kindly note that the day package II does not include dinners nor the social program.

  • Accommodation

    NIVA has made a block reservation for the accommodation 7th–9th of September 2020 at Hotel Lysebu, Oslo area, Norway.

    To book a room from the block kindly make the reservation by emailing the hotel directly at or by phone +47 21 51 10 20. Please refer to NIVA when booking the room (available until 10.7.2020).

    The room price for a single standard room is NOK 1750 (approx. EUR 180)/night (including breakfast).

    The block reservation will be available until 10th of July 2020.

  • Payment info

    Cancellations received by June, 22nd 2020: full refund
    Cancellations received by June, 23rd 2020 or later: no refund

    The total price of the course will be invoiced after the registration deadline.

    The price is subject to minor changes.

Contact person

Course leaders
Johnny Dyreborg, Senior Researcher, MSc, PhD, The National Research Centre for the Working Environment, Denmark

Ulrik Gensby, PhD, Senior Scientist, Team Working Life, Denmark

Dwayne van Eerd, PhD., Scientist, Institute for Work and Health, Canada

In practical matters, please contact:

Project Manager
Cecilia Weckman
mobile: +358 40 1258 748

Course venue

Lysebu Hotel, Lysebuveien 12, 0790 Oslo, Norway

Course program


The demand for better use of evidence based research findings is increasing. This also applies to OHS research. New methods are now available worldwide that focus on both knowledge transfer and knowledge exchange with external audiences and research users. Knowledge transfer and exchange (KTE) is an approach for actively engaging…

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Course Leaders

Dwayne Van Eerd
Johnny Dyreborg
Ulrik Gensby 1


Anne Mette Møller
Kjell Arne Røvik
Ole Henning Sørensen
Toril Dale

General information

Course fee and payment The courses and workshops vary in price. Please note that the course fee does not cover meals or accommodation. The course fee and day-package fee are invoiced after the registration deadline. Travel arrangements Please refrain from booking any tickets until we have confirmed the course. The confirmation, which will be sent after the registration deadline, will include detailed information on the payment of the course fee and day-packages, as well as information on accommodation options and practical arrangements. Please note that you are not insured by NIVA. Accommodation For more information about accommodation options, please see the…

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