Workers in the Cold

This course focuses on challenges for outdoor workers 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.

Course objectives

The course will increase the participants’ knowledge about challenges related to working in 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.

We offer the possibility to display a wall poster of a topic of your interest during the course. The poster can be about you research or practical work that you would like to share with others. 

Target group

  • Researchers
  • Occupational hygienists
  • Junior and senior practitioners
  • Others interested in the field of occupational health and safety, as well as those practicing in areas with cold climate.

Course outline

Lectures, discussions, practical experience, excursion

Main topics

Cold climate: Workplaces, tourism, cold-related accidents/hypothermia

Registration deadline

January 14th 2019

The registration has closed but kindly send us an email to in case you are interested in participating in the course and we will send you a registration link.




The price of the course consists of two parts:

1) The course fee of EUR 450 (or EUR 300 for PHD-students) and

2) One of the following:

  • The day package I fee of EUR 415
  • The day package II fee of EUR 230
  • Day package

    Day package I

    The day package I price is 415 EUR/person. This price includes conference facilities and technical equipment, coffees, lunches, dinner on Tuesday and the social program (a visit to Tromsø Safari on Wednesday with a dog sledding tour in the Arctic valley landscape).

    The total price of the course is EUR 865 (course fee EUR 450 + day package fee EUR 415).

    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 (between people) and strive to create an inspiring possibility for that through the social program.

    Day package II

    The day package II price is 230 EUR/person. This price includes conference facilities and technical equipment, coffees and lunches (the social program is not included in this package).

    The total price of the course is EUR 680 (course fee EUR 450 + day package fee EUR 230).

    Kindly note that the day package II does not include the social program (a visit to Tromsø Safari with a dog sledding tour in the Arctic valley landscape) on Wednesday nor dinner on Tuesday.

  • Accommodation

    NIVA has made a block reservation for the accommodation 18th –21st of March 2019 at Clarion Hotel The Edge, Tromsø, Norway. To book a room from the block kindly make the reservation by emailing the hotel directly ( Remember to mention the booking number 1129GR020295  when booking the room (available until 14.1.2019).

    The room price for a single standard room is NOK 1390 (approx. EUR 147)/night (including breakfast).

    The block reservation will be available until 14th of January 2019

  • Payment info

    Cancellations received by January, 14th 2019: full refund
    Cancellations received after January, 14th 2019: 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
Anje Höper
MD, PhD.
UiT The Arctic University of Norway, Tromsø
University Hospital North-Norway, Tromsø

Mariann Sandsund
PhD, Senior scientist
SINTEF, Trondheim

In practical matters, please contact:

Project Manager
Linda Vänskä
mobile: +358 40 5463 277

Course venue


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General information

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