EPINORs scientific profile.  We offer funding of PhD students activities, and various forms of support to course teachers and supervisors." /> EPINORs scientific profile.  We offer funding of PhD students activities, and various forms of support to course teachers and supervisors." />


For questions about admission, funding and registration contact your local administrative or scientific contact person from your home institution.

 UiT – The Arctic University of Norway

Bente Evjen Schøning
Administrative coordinator
Email: epinor@uit.no
Phone:+47 776208836/+47 97562393

Torkjel M. Sandanger
Scientific Leader
Email: torkjel.sandanger@uit.no

NTNU, The Norwegian University of Science and Technology

May Karin Dyrendahl
Administrative contact person
Email: may.k.dyrendahl@ntnu.no

Tom Ivar Lund Nilsen
Scientific contact person (nestleder)
Email: tom.nilsen@ntnu.no

Johan Håkon Bjørngaard

The University of Bergen

Trond Riise
Scientific contact person
Email: Trond.Riise@uib.no

Daniel Gundersen 
Administrative contact person
Email: daniel.gundersen@uib.no

Anne Kjersti Daltveit

The University of Oslo


Ester Mæland
Administrative contact person

Per Nafstad
Scientific contact person
Email: per.nafstad@medisin.uio.no

Magne Thoresen
Scientific contact person
Email: magne.thoresen@medisin.uio.no


National Institute of Occupational Health, Oslo

Karl-Christian Nordby
Scientific contact person
Email: karl.c.nordby@stami.no

Norwegian Institute of Public Health, Oslo

Magne Nylenna
Scientific contact person

The Cancer Registry of Norway

Trude Robsahm
Scientific contact person
Email: trude.robsahm@kreftregisteret.no


Presentations of the student representatives

EPINOR has four student representatives, and it is about time that they are properly introduced to the EPINOR network.

Student representative NTNU
Student representative NTNU
Atle Austnes Kongsvold (NTNU)

I have a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in human movement science from NTNU in Trondheim. For my master’s, I conducted a validation study of objective measurements of physical activity. Since I completed my master’s in 2016, I have continued working with this topic, and from August 2017 to February 2019 I was co-responsible for the data collection of objective physical activity measurements in The Trøndelag Health Study, where we collected data of approximately 38,000 individuals. I will be analysing these data during my PhD, that I started in September this year, at the Department of Public Health and Nursing at NTNU. The main goal is to identify determinants of physical activity – why are some people active, while others are not? I feel a lot of ownership to the data material and I look forward to work with it. In my spare time, I like to go for a run, and I’m also a fan of climbing.


student representative
Student representative UiB
Dagrun Slettebø Daltveit (UiB)

I am a statistician and a PhD candidate at UiB. In my project «Cancer risk in families with children with birth defects», I am studying associations between congenital birth defects and risk of cancer in children, as well as their siblings and parents. The project involves register data from four Nordic countries: Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. The project is part of a larger Nordic collaboration project: “Nordic Countries Linked Birth and Cancer Registries Cohort Project”. The first paper has recently been published: Cancer risk in individuals with major birth defects: large Nordic population based case-control study among children, adolescents, and adults.


student representative UiO
Student representative UiO
Mats Kirkeby Fjeld (UiO)

My name is Mats Fjeld and I’m a student representative from the University of Oslo. I am based at the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, where I write about physical activity and chronic pain. I have started the second half of my project and I’m looking forward to continuing in EPINOR. Wishing everyone a very Merry Christmas!


Student representative  UiT
Student representative UiT
Erlend Hoftun Farbu (UiT)

I am a physiotherapist and I have a master’s degree from the University of Bergen. Before I started as a PhD student at UiT, I worked as a rope access technician in the petroleum industry and studied to become an engineer. In my PhD project, I am investigating whether working in cold environments (e.g., outdoors or at a cold store), increases the risk of chronic pain. Additionally, I am trying to find out if the weather, e.g., temperature or barometric pressure, affects pain tolerance. To study these relationships, I’m using data from the Tromsø Study.


EPINOR International Advisory Board
Professor Paolo Vineis
Faculty of Medicine, School of Public Health
Professor David Leon
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
Professor Marie Reilly
Karolinska Institutet
Professor Elsebeth Lynge
University of Copenhagen
Professor Henrik Toft Sørensen
Aarhus University
Professor Anne Tjønneland
University of Copenhagen

The EPINOR consortium

The EPINOR consortium



UiT – Norges Arktiske Universitet
Det helsevitenskapelige fakultet
Institutt for samfunnsmedisin v/Bente Evjen Schøning
Breivika, 9019 Tromsø