Work Disability Prevention – Bridging research and practice

This course presents “The Best Of” the highly valued 3-year course on Work Disability Prevention. Work disability occurs when a worker is impaired in performing his or her job. Work disability is expressed by continuing working but performing less, i.e. presenteeism, or by reporting sick, i.e. absenteeism. As such, it imposes large individual, social, and economical burdens. It is also a major concern to workers, their families, employers, policy makers, insurers, and occupational health service providers.

Course objectives

The objective of the course is to disseminate transdisciplinary knowledge with focus on theoretical, methodological, ethical and practical challenges in relation to work disability prevention. The target audience is PhD students, post-doctoral fellows and practitioners with a master’s degree who are linked to the work disability field.

Target group

  • PhD students
  • students at post-master level
  • occupational health professionals (physicians, ergonomists, physiotherapists, occupational therapists, psychologists, etc.)
  • rehabilitation professionals
  • representatives of insurance companies and social insurance.

Course outline

Lectures will be mixed with group- and individual work. Participants are requested to present posters and results of the group work.

Main topics

Three different Work Disability Prevention topics will be addressed and integrated:

  1. Introduction to Work Disability Prevention (including transdisciplinarity)
  2. Intervention research in Work Disability Prevention (including organizational interventions and health promotion aiming at both individuals and workplaces)
  3. Sociopolitical challenges with Work Disability Prevention (including implementation of evidence-based practice)

Registration deadline

April 12th 2021



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 740
  • The day package II fee of EUR 510
  • Day package

    Day package I

    The day package I price is 740 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 1240 (course fee EUR 500 + day package fee EUR 740).

    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 510 EUR/person. This price includes conference facilities and technical equipment, coffees and lunches.

    The total price of the course is EUR 1010 (course fee EUR 500 + day package fee EUR 510).

    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 14th – 18th of June 2021 at Kurhotel Skodsborg, Skodsborg, Denmark.

    To book a room from the block kindly make the reservation by emailing the hotel directly at, Attention Anja (available until 20.5.2021).

    The room price for a single standard room is DKK 1300 (approx. EUR 175)/night (including breakfast).

    The block reservation will be available until 20th of May 2021.

  • Payment info

    Cancellations received by April, 12th 2021: full refund
    Cancellations received by April, 13th 2021 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
Ute Bültmann,
University of Groningen, NL

Angelique de Rijk,
Maastricht University, NL

Emilie Friberg,
Karolinska Insitutet, SE

In practical matters, please contact:

Project Manager
Cecilia Weckman
mobile: +358 40 1258 748

Course venue

Kurhotel Skodsborg, Skodsborg Strandvej 139, 2942 Skodsborg, Denmark


Evidence indicates that work disability results from complex interplays involving several stakeholders (workplace, family, insurer, healthcare providers) interacting with the patient/worker in the disability process. Addressing this systemic and multidimensional disability problem requires adopting a transdisciplinary perspective. The focus of work disability prevention (WDP) is helping workers stay productive at…

Read more

Course Leaders

Angelique de Rijk 3


Christian Ståhl 2
Gunnel Hensing
Kari-Pekka Martimo 3
Silje Endresen Reme
Ulrik Gensby 1

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…

Read more