Hanasaari island at summer time

The Symposium Site – Hanaholmen Cultural Centre 

 The WOW Symposium streaming new tentative date is 13 November 2020

Because of the Coronavirus epidemic the WOW Working Time Policy 2020 was not be organized  in Hanaholmen in March.  We are planning to do the streaming later in November  the tentative date is 13 November 2020.

Sorry about the inconvenience and extra trouble.

Also the Press conference will be streamed online on 13 November 2020

The Press Conference of the Symposium was cancelled in March as well. New invitation to the media will be sent later in the autumn.

Additional information for the media representatives: Kristiina Kulha, Communications Specialist, tfn. +358 40 5486914, kristiina.kulha[at]ttl.fi.


The characteristics of working hours are becoming increasingly flexible in all Nordic countries.
Every fifth employee, mostly in lower socioeconomic groups, are also working in shifts. Working hours are related to health, work-life balance and welfare, but they are also associated with socioeconomic differences; timing of work is socially constructed and gendered.

The overall aim of an extensive 5-year Norforsk-funded project Working hours, health, well-being and participation in working life (WOW) – creating new working time models and solutions for Nordic countries has been in developing evidence-based models and solutions related to working hours in order to support health, well-being and work participation. The project is approaching its end during 2020 and has provided an extensive amount of new scientific research and working time-related solutions to support well-being.

WOW Symposium will present and discuss

  • the main results of the large project WOW on the national trends and scenarios for the length, timing, tempo and control of working hours in the Nordic countries, as well as the main results on the  association of working hours with health, well-being and participation in working life.
  • the results of several intervention studies on individual management of sleep and fatigue in shift work. The plenary lectures on the main results of the project will be given by key principle researchers of the project
  • policy recommendations for good Nordic working time models for health, well-being and participation in working life, collecting invited feedback from its national and international stakeholders for the final WOW Policy Paper 2020.

See the Symposium Programme

Symposium venue is in Espoo – 19th &20th March 2020 (CANCELLED)

 Hanaholmen, Swedish-Finnish Cultural Centre, hanaholmen.fi

  • Address: Hanasaarenranta 5, 02100 Espoo
  • Hanaholmen offers visitors top modern hotel rooms and conference facilities, located only 6 km from Helsinki with the beautiful Finnish archipelago just outside the conference windows

On the 20th March the Venue will also host a satellite scientific symposium for researchers  –
WINC (Working Hours in the Nordic Countries)  

WOW project has contributed to the support of WINC  an active interdisciplinary Nordic research platform with annual scientific Nordic meetings on any issues associated to working hours, health and well-being. Nordic researchers with their new scientific results are invited to join the scientific meeting on 20th March. See the WINC Programme.

  • deadline for abstracts: 15th January 2020