Workers in the Cold

7th – 9th of March 2023
Scandic Ishavshotel, Tromsø, Norway

About this course

This course focuses on challenges for outdoor workers and visitors in areas with cold climate. It has a holistic approach from basal physiology to treatment options, and both present status and future perspectives will be discussed.

Price information

The price of the course consists of the course fee of EUR 500
and the day package of choice.

Day package I

This package includes:

  • conference facilities and technical equipment
  • course material
  • coffees, lunches
  • dinners and the social program on Wednesday (a Northern Lights Tour with dinner on the tour)

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.

The total price of the course is EUR 950 (course fee EUR 500 + day package fee EUR 450).

EUR 450

Day package II

This package includes:

  • conference facilities and technical equipment
  • course material
  • coffees and lunches

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

The total price of the course is EUR 700 (course fee EUR 500 + day package fee EUR 200).

EUR 200


6th – 9th of March 2023 at Scandic Ishavshotel, Tromsø, Norway

To book a room from the block kindly make the reservation directly to the hotel:

  1. Use the website:
  2. Choose the right hotel (Scandic Ishavshotel)
  3. Choose the right dates (between 6.3.2023 and 9.3.2023)
  4. Press “Booking code/reward night/ Bonus Cheque”
  5. Write the following code: BNIV060323 in the box “Add Booking code”

The room price for a single standard room is NOK 1670/night including breakfast (approximately EUR 163/night).

The block reservation will be available until 15th of February 2023.

Approx. EUR 163/night

Course objectives

The course will increase the participants’ knowledge about challenges related to working in and visiting cold areas. It will give insight into physiological mechanisms, as well as clinical aspects and treatment options. It will also present recent developments of clothing and protective equipment to cope with challenges related to operating in cold areas.

Main topics

Cold climate: Workplaces, cold-related health effects, protective equipment and clothes

Target group

Researchers, occupational hygienists, junior and senior practitioners and others interested in the field of occupational health and safety, as well as those practicing in areas with cold climate.

Subject background

The importance of the north has increased internationally. The utilization of natural resources, new trade routes through ice-free passages and expanded tourism have increased human activity in these areas. The exposure to extreme climatic conditions may be challenging to the health, safety and performance of personnel working in these areas as well as people visiting cold areas. Knowledge about health, safety and smart protective solutions are important to handle such challenges.

General course fee and cancellation information

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 travel tickets until we have confirmed the course. The confirmation, which will be sent at the latest after the registration deadline, will include detailed information on the payment of the course fee and day-packages, as well as information on practical arrangements. Please note that you are not insured by NIVA.

Cancellation policy

Cancellations received by January, 19th 2023: full refund
Cancellations received by January, 19th 2023 or later: no refund

NIVA will issue an invoice or send information on how to pay the course with credit card (depending on the option chosen in the registration form) after the registration deadline.

The price is subject to minor changes.

Contact persons

Course leaders

Anje Höper
MD, PhD. UiT The Arctic University of Norway/UNN Tromsø, Norway

Øystein Wiggen
Researcher, SINTEF, Norway

In practical matters, please contact:

Linda Oksanen
Project Manager and Communications Advisor

Course leaders

Anje Höper 1

Anje Höper

  • MD, PhD, UiT/UNN Tromsø, Norway
Øystein Wiggen

Øystein Wiggen

  • Researcher, SINTEF, Norway

Course lecturers

Hilde Færevik

Hilde Færevik

  • Senior Researcher, SINTEF, Norway

Anne-Mari Gjestvang Moe

  • Head Engineer, National Institute of Occupational Health (STAMI), Norway

Fred Haugen

  • Researcher, National Institute of Occupational Health (STAMI), Norway

Tiina Ikäheimo

  • Professor in Occupational Health, UiT, Tromsø; PhD, Norway

Kirsi Jussila

  • Specialist Research Scientist, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH), Finland

Sirkka Rissanen

  • Senior Research Scientist, Finnish Institute of Occupational Health (FIOH), Finland

Albin Stjernbrandt

  • Senior Consultant Physician, University Hospital of Umeå, Sweden

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