the Nordic Approach to Sustainable Work – Towards New EU Research Challenges

Organizer Swedish Platform for Sustainable Work as a Resource for Health, Innovation and Growth
Time 2018-10-29 12:002018-10-30 15:30
Location University of Lund, Faculty of Engineering, Lund
Free Registration

Welcome to the Conference at Lund University October 29-30, 2018. We begin at 12.00 and end at 15.30 the day after. The conference is free of charge.

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Policy discussions regarding the future of work have recently been revitalized. At the European level, the development of policies addressing the European Pillar of Social Rights clearly illustrates this process. The European Pillar of Social Rights identifies twenty sectors of policy development, research and innovative practices. Sustainable work is a central policy area for the Nordic Council of Ministers as well as in Sweden.

Globalization, digitalization, changed demography and technological transformations are examples of transitions with a fundamental impact on working conditions, working hours and location of work. They represent major challenges to employment relations, social protection and the role of social partners, let alone  participation of workers, health and safety at work, and a proper work life balance. Quality of jobs, social protection, and improvement of living conditions are major visions both in ILO centenary mission 2019 and in the UN Sustainable Development Goals presenting vision up to 2030.

The purpose of this conference is to focus on Nordic research and ideas on how to succeed in creating sustainable work in a European context. It also represents a final activity of the Swedish Platform for Sustainable Work as a Resource for Health, Innovation and Growth, which was initiated in 2013 ( The mission of the platform is not only to emphasize a Swedish and Nordic approach in the context of Horizon 2020, but also to focus on the next European Framework Programme for Research, FP9, commencing in 2021.

Program Highlights

Contributions by high-level Nordic and EU speakers

Allan Larsson
Advisor to the President of European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker and former Minister for Finance

Inger Schaumburg
Director General of the National Research Centre for the Working Environment in Denmark 

Keynotes, parallel sessions, workshops and networking activities on...

  • Future work, digitization and new skill requirements
  • Thoughts on the future of occupational research - Young scholars looking ahead
  • Working longer and better - Sustainable work for health and job longevity
  • The new world of work - Job quality, innovation and employment outcomes in Europe
  • Ergonomic challenges at the new workplace
  • Promotion of R&D on sustainable work – interacting with social partners