6. - 8. September 2021
00.00 - 00.00

We are delighted to welcome you to the 2021 Nordic Meeting on Agricultural Occupational Health and Safety which is held at Skjetlein Grønt Kompetansesenter, Trondheim.

More research and dissemination of knowledge can prevent and improve farmers’ prerequisite for producing food, contribute to increased safety and reduce the extent of occupational illness in agriculture.
Scientific Partners: National Centre of Expertise for Occupational Health in Agriculture and the Department of Occupational Medicine at St. Olavs Hospital, Trondheim University Hospital, The Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences, Ruralis- Institute of rural and regional research, Department of Industrial Economics and Technology Management, NTNU, and Department of Sociology and Political Science, NTNU.
Partners: Norwegian Farmers Union, The Federation of Swedish Farmers, Norwegian Agricultural Extension Services, Trøndelag County Council and County Governor of Trøndelag.

Submit abstracts

The Scientific Committee is pleased to invite you to submit abstracts for consideration to the Nordic Meeting on Agricultural Occupational Health and Safety 2021. We invite abstracts for oral or poster presentations. The deadline for abstract submission is June 15, 2021. Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic, the conference will be conducted as a hybrid event, both face-to-face and online. More information can be found here.

Information about dates, accommodation and transport can be found here.

Price for physical attendance over three days is 3800 NOK and digital participation costs 1500 NOK. For registration press here.

Programme for Nordic meeting (description of social and cultural program is at the bottom of the website)

Monday, 6th of September
11.00-12.00: Registration and Snacks
12.00-13.00: Welcome and Opening of the Meeting
13.00-13.45: Keynote Speech by Magnhild Oust Torske, Nord University
13.00-15.30: Presentations by the conference participants
15.30-16.15: Keynote Speech by Grete Elholm, Aarhus University
16.15-17.00: Presentations by the conference participants
18.30-23.00: Dinner and social event

Tuesday, 7th of September
09.00-10.00: Keynote Speech by Eystein Skjerve, Norwegian University of Life Sciences
10.00-13.15: Presentations by the conference participants
14.15-17.00: Presentations by the conference participants
18.15-23.00: Concert in Nidaros Cathedral and Dinner

Wednesday, 8th of September
09.00-09.45: Keynote Speech by Johan Fredrik Rye, Norwegian University of Science and Technology
10.00-12.00: Presentation by Norwegian Farmers Union, Federation of Swedish Farmers and SEGES/Agriculture & Food Council (Denmark)
12.00-13.00: Guided tour-farm, student facilities and educational practice at Skjetlein Secondary School
13.00-15.00: Closing of the Meeting and Lunch

Invited key note speakers

Johan Fredrik Rye is a Professor at the Department of Sociology and Political Science at NTNU. His current research is on international labour migration, focusing on migration streams from Central and Eastern European to Western European countries following the EU enlargements in 2004 and 2007. Key issues are migrants’ relation to the labour markets in hosting societies, their experiences with precarious wage, working and life conditions, and how they seek to establish transnational life strategies. He is currently leading the Global Labour in Rural Socities (GLARUS) research project, which studies labour migration to low-waged, low-skilled and low-status jobs in the rural industries, such as the agricultural industries, in Norway/Europe and the US, and he is charing the Research Group Migration and Mobilities at Department of Sociology and Political Science at NTNU. Among recent publications is International Labour Migration to Europe’s Rural Regions (co-edited with Karen O’Reilly, Routledge 2021).
Grethe Elholm is an assistant professor at Institute of Public Health at Aarhus University. Her research involves investigating the effects of both indoor and outdoor environmental exposures on human health, particularly respiratory health and allergy. Occupational farming exposures have been scrutinized during the recent decades, since it is known that high levels of organic dust can have detrimental health effects. Elholm and her colleagues have contributed with several insights in this field, as they have carried out measuring campaigns in many farm stables, where they logged and mapped dust and endotoxin exposure according to specific tasks during a normal workday, and analysed the effects on lung health and the risk of developing allergy. It turns out that the diverse farming exposure environment poses both detrimental and beneficial effects.

More about Elholm: Department of Public Health (au.dk) Grethe ELHOLM | Assistant Professor | PhD, MSc | Aarhus University | AU | Department of Public Health (researchgate.net)

Eystein Skjerve is a professor of Veterinary Public Health at the Veterinary Faculty at the Norwegian University of Life Sciences. His research has focused on infections that are transmitted between humans and vertebrates, so-called zoonoses. He has focused on zoonoses transmitted under Norwegian / Nordic conditions and has also worked for many years on similar issues in African countries. Such infections can be spread through food, but the origin is the direct contact with domestic animals and the environment that humans share with domestic animals (buildings, drinking water.) His approach has been a classic One Health approach where one seeks to understand how such infections can be controlled within the triad of humans, domestic animals, and wildlife. The environment shared by these three is a common factor. Skjerve has been the project manager of the project HUNT HUNT One Health (www.huntenhelse.no), a sub-project under the Health Survey in Trøndelag (HUNT), where one has collected stool samples from animals belonging to participants in HUNT.  Samples are now fully sequenced and will eventually be compared with similar from owners.

More about Skjerve: https://www.nmbu.no/ans/eystein.skjerve http://www.eskjerve.com/ https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Eystein-Skjerve

Magnhild Torske has a phd in medicine and is lecturer at Nord University in Norway. Her field of interest is mental health in agriculture, and she has studied this topic by using data from The Trøndelag Health Study (the HUNT study). The HUNT study is one of the largest health studies ever performed.  She has knowledge about how the prevalence of anxiety and depression among farmers have developed over time, and compared to other occupational groups, and how mental health among farmers are the same or different from their siblings. Torske is now currently leading FarmMERGE (2021-2024), financed by The Norwegian Research council and Gjensidige. The overall aim of FarmMERGE is to investigate the associations between farmer health (both physical and mental) and their work environment – and the health, welfare and productivity of their animals.


In addition to an academic program, we have evenings with social and cultural content. Read more here: social and cultural program



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