COVID-19 statement

Norway will open their borders for residents of several EU countries from the 15th of July. But it remains uncertain whether travelling to Norway is possible at the beginning of October due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, we, as organizing committee, decided that the coming edition of the Nordic Winter Sports Conference will be held digitally. The dates, the 1st and 2nd of October, remain unchanged

Program NWSC

Day 1 – Thursday, October 1


9:00-9:15 – Opening


Session 1 Keynote


Dr. Jos de Koning, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Energetic consequences of race strategy and race tactics in winter sports

10:00-10:10 – Group discussion in small groups

10:10-10:25 – Plenary questions


10:25-10:35 – Break


Session 2 Paralympic research – translation from research to practice

·         10:35-10:50 – Dr. Kathrin Steffen, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences

Injury and illness surveillance of elite athletes - The Norwegian Olympic team experience

·         10:50-11:05 – Dr. Marie Lund Ohlsson, Mid Sweden University

The impact of the arms in para alpine slalom skiing

·         11:05-11:20 – Dr. Julia Baumgart/ Camilla Høvik Carlsen, Norwegian University of Science and Technology

Using sensor technology to track performance in para XC skiing: time well spent or time wasted?

11:20-11:30 – Group discussion in small groups

11:30-11:45 – Plenary questions to the three speakers


11:45-13:00 – Break


Session 3 The female athlete

·         13:00-13:15 – Dr. Boye Welde, Norwegian Arctic University

The female endurance athlete - research questions and ongoing studies

·         13:15-13:30 – Dr. Kristin Jonvik, Sunn Idrett

Relative energy deficiency in sport (RED-S) – practical implications for the youth

13:30-13:40 – Group discussion in small groups

13:40-13:55 – Plenary questions to the two speakers

13:55-14:25 – Panel discussion with US cross-country skier Jessica Diggins and her coach Matt Whitcomb


Session 4 Poster sessions

14:25-15:05 – Poster sessions



Day 2 – Friday, October 2


9:00-9:10 – Opening


Session 5 Keynote


Dr. Henrik Gustafsson, Karlstad University

Motivation: the dark side and the bright side

9:55-10:05 – Group discussion in small groups

10:05-10:20 – Plenary questions


10:20-10:30 – Break


Session 6 Athletic development

·         10:30-10:45 – Dr. Thomas Losnegård, Norwegian School of Sport Sciences

Energy system contribution in XC skiing: theoretical framework and practical application for sprint and distance skiing

·         10:45-11:00 – Rune Kjøsen Talsnes, Nord University & Tor Arne Hetland former sports manager of the Team China Meråker project

Practical and scientific experiences from optimizing the sport-specific development of endurance transfer athletes

·         11:00-11:15 – Liselotte Ohlson, The Swedish Sports Confederation

Development of young athletes – Evidence based training and compliance?


11:40-13:00 – Break


Session 7 The coach-scientist collaboration

·         13:00-13:15 – Harri Luchsinger, Norwegian University of Science and Technology & Siegfried Mazet, Norwegian national biathlon coach

Scientifically backed practice in the development of future biathletes in Norway

·         13:15-13:30 – Roy Mulder, Norwegian University of Science and Technology & Bjarne Rykkje, coach of the Norwegian national speed skating team

How to bring science and sports practice together: a case project

13:30-13:40 – Group discussion in small groups

13:40-13:55 – Plenary questions to the four speakers



Applied researcher award

A prize of €500 will be awarded to the best poster/presentation in the field of applied research, as evaluated by the scientific committee.