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Candidate:  Stephen Popkin

Nominator(s):  Frida Fischer

Endorser(s):   Kazutaka Kogi, Frida Fischer, Masaya Takahashi

Statement:  I have focused on the effects of shiftwork and fatigue since beginning my doctoral studies in 1988. The safety impacts of work schedules was ingrained in me as, through a project, I met the surviving families of a catastrophic railroad crash between a freight and coal train earlier that year, killing four locomotive drivers ( No one should suffer such a fate, or otherwise be physically, cognitively and/or socially compromised as a result of their work schedules. That is the reason I entered our field, to make a difference and improve the lives of those working shifts. I continue this work today more broadly in the area of transportation.

While our science has changed and progressed over the years, there is still much to do, especially to: make our good work more accessible, further build our community and make real-world change. I feel that the Working Time Society has a role with each of these goals.

Right now WTS is in the process of developing consensus papers on important information that can be used by government, corporate and labor decision makers around the world. The next phase is to develop an outreach program to make sure this information is widely distributed, understood, and ultimately used to improve working conditions and occupational safety and health (both in developing and otherwise industrialized nations). Second, while we are a small and vibrant community, we could benefit from additional researchers and disciplines entering our field and focus on shiftwork. I have felt for a while that bringing in economists, policy and business analysts and those steeped in gaming theory, for example, would be a real benefit to understanding the larger system within which shiftwork and shiftworkers exist. I will work on expanding our visibility and membership in both these types of fields as well as the more traditional sleep, psychology, sociology and sleep medicine disciplines in addition to other ICOH scientific committees. The third area is most challenging – making real change. To me, the fact that people still regularly die or become hurt due to their scheduling regime is a wakeup call, especially as we as a society have been at this since the 1960s. Obviously a complex problem to address, I feel that the WTS and the ICOH Scientific Committee have the mandate to try, through influencing whatever levers are available or developed to change practices and thinking. To save and improve lives is an outcome hopefully the WTS board and members can all agree with and support.

I have been on the WTS board for the past nine years, both as a board member as well as its Secretary for the past six years. As President I’d continue to work positively with the WTS leadership and members to move the organization forward by continuing to shape the strategic vision set forth by our prior leaders, focusing on the three issues previously mentioned and otherwise strengthening our organization and its long and deserved traditions.

Position:  SECRETARY

Candidate:  Claudia Roberta de Castro Moreno

Nominator(s):  Self-Nomination

Endorser(s):   Frida Marina Fischer, Johannes Gärtner, Stephen Popkin

Statement:  Considering the experience I have got during the time I have been part of the

WTS board, I now plan to work closer to the executive board, as Secretary, mainly on the following activities: 1) to propose and organize the working agenda of the ICOH-Committee on Shiftwork and Working Time/WTS; 2) to check by-laws/rules, when there is a need for any adjustment; 3) to improve our communication with the general society; 4) to support the planning of a strategic view of WTS, making clear its mission, actions, and consequently its impacts on the scientific community as well as work organizations, industries and companies. In my point of view, it would be important to increase the role of WTS as an opinion leader for practitioners and decision makers.

Position:  TREASURER

Candidate:  Anna Arlinghaus

Nominator(s):  Self-Nomination

Endorser(s):   Frida Marina Fischer

Statement:  My previous work as WTS Treasurer has been an honor and I would like to continue managing the WTS finances over the next 3 years, particularly helping to improve the flow of transactions and membership management.

CV: Dr. Arlinghaus is an occupational psychologist working as a senior consultant at XIMES in Vienna, Austria. She acquired her PhD at University of Oldenburg, Germany, and was subsequently awarded a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard School of Public Health and Liberty Mutual Research Institute for Safety. She has been on the WTS Board since 2013.


Candidate:  Imelda Wong

Nominator(s):  Hans P. A. Van Dongen

Endorser(s):   Johannes Gärtner

Statement:  It has been with great pleasure to serve as a Director of the Shiftwork and Working Time Society for the past 2 years. As part of the Board, I have had the opportunity to fulfill my goal to work with my local government and policy makers to identify rising health and safety concerns with shiftwork. I have also begun developing forums for our members to be more active in our community by sharing the results of their research. My most recent project has been to develop activities for the 21st Shiftwork Symposium to engage early career shift work researchers.

I hope to be re-elected for another term so that I can continue with these projects. My goal is also to continue finding new ways of disseminate study findings to a broader audience. I bring over 10 years of project management experience and am excited about combining this with an emerging scientific career. I look forward to continue working with other scientists, industry/ government agencies and other interested parties to identify future research agendas and to help the Working Time Society move forward in its next phase.


Candidate:  Hans P.A. Van Dongen

Nominator(s):  Self-Nomination

Endorser(s):   Stephen Popkin

Statement:  With a track record in basic and applied research on sleep loss and shift work, as a continuing member of the WTS Board of Directors I will strive to further increase the visibility and membership base of the WTS; to promote intercultural knowledge building and international research activities and training and mentoring opportunities; and to stimulate creative, multidisciplinary approaches to shift work and working time research and translation to practice. Furthermore, I will lead in organizing the 24th International Symposium on Shiftwork and Working Time, to be held in the beautiful Inland Northwest region of the USA in 2019.


Candidate:  Thomas Kantermann

Nominator(s):  Self-Nomination

Endorser(s):   Stephen Popkin

Statement:  I am willing to serve the 3-year term as board member of the Working Time Society (WTS). My goals are to continue with the successful establishment of the ‘Internationale Gesellschaft für Arbeitszeit’, to support the society as best as I can, to help publishing the planned WTS consensus papers, and to serve as guest editor for the WTS special issue of Chronobiology International.

I studied biology and psychology at the University of Bielefeld (DE) and obtained my PhD in biology and my habilitation in medical psychology at the Ludwig-Maximilians-University Munich (DE). I was postdoc at the University of Surrey (UK), the Charité in Berlin (DE), and the University of Groningen (NL). In 2016, I started my own business as a freelancer in research, science management, and consulting. Since September 2017, I am teaching at the FOM University of Applied Sciences (DE).


Candidate:  Arne Lowden

Nominator(s):  Self-Nomination

Endorser(s):   Göran Kecklund

Statement:  AL is Associate Professor at Stockholm University and Stress Research Institute ( AL together with the Stockholm group arranged the WTS meeting in Stockholm in 2011. AL has for 4 years been arranging the International School of Chronobiology in Working Life ( .

He has served on the board for two periods and is eligible to serve one more term. He is currently on the financing committee. Arne works with research on the effect of lighting in shiftwork and adolescence, see for example consensus report #3 on WTS homepage ( .


Candidate:  Sampsa Puttonen

Nominator(s):  Self-Nomination

Endorser(s):   Mikko Härmä

Statement:  I am a current member of the WTS board and would very much like to continue my work in the board in the next term. I work as a senior researcher at the Finnish Institute of Occupational Health and I'm also an adjunct professor (health psychology) at the University of Helsinki, Finland. During the recent years my multidisciplinary projects have focused on health effects (and mechanisms) of shift work in the public and industry sector workers. I regularly work in company-based development and implementation projects on sleep fatigue and working time e.g. in transportation, aviation and industry sectors. The WTS provides excellent possibilities to world-wide collaboration between researchers and experts. To make the future of the society even better we need to increase the awareness of the society globally and actively seek for new collaborators and members. My research profile in ResearchGate:


Candidate:  Greg Roach

Nominator(s):  Self-Nomination

Endorser(s):   Charli Sargent

Statement:  I am a Professor at the Appleton Institute for Behavioural Science at CQ University in Adelaide, Australia.  My research is focused on the impact of irregular work schedules on the sleep/wake behavior, neurobehavioral function, and health outcomes of shiftworkers; the development of technologies and systems to manage the fatigue risk associated with shiftwork; and the relationships between training load, sleep patterns, and sports performance in world-class athletes.  I have been a member of the WTS for past 3 years, and I was on the organizing committee for the 23rd International Symposium on Shiftwork and Working Time in Uluru earlier this year.  If re-elected to the board for a second term, my priorities would be to (a) ensure the continued success of our biennial symposiums (next in USA and Japan) and associated publications (e.g. special issues on shiftwork in Chronobiology International) and (b) strengthen the future of our field by encouraging early-career researchers to pursue research related to understanding and minimizing the negative consequences of shiftwork.


Candidate:  Anne Helene Garde

Nominator(s):  Simon Folkard

Endorser(s):   Frida Marina FIscher

StatementAnne Helene Garde, PhD, is professor in psychosocial work environment with special assignments in working hours and psychophysiology. The current research focus of Garde is on safety and health effects of different working time arrangement. Designs of studies cover observational (epidemiology) and field studies with both subjective and objective measures as well as register studies. Garde has published more than 90 scientific papers with peer-review, and she has served as mentor for a total of 6 PhD students (3 on-going). Garde has been principal investigator in several large research projects, and has research collaboration within the Nordic and European countries. The collaboration with stakeholders is extensive including regular meetings with both employers and unions. 


Candidate:  Phil Bohle

Nominator(s):  Self-Nomination

Endorser(s):   Johannes Gärtner

StatementAfter enduring appalling rosters as an emergency medical technician, I have been a working hours researcher for most of the past 30 years. Since 1999, I have been a Professor at the Universities of New South Wales (organisational behaviour) and Sydney (work and health).  I have attended the 15 WTS symposia since 1989 and had the opportunity to serve on the Board in various capacities between 1999 and 2015, including as editor of the Shiftwork International Newsletter.  My position statement for the 2005 Board election proposed greater support for early-career researchers, and enhanced opportunities for their active participation in the Society, combined with greater research and policy leadership, including through the publication of consensus statements. Subsequent Boards have successfully pursued these objectives.  If elected, I intend to work to build on these successes, enhance the research and public profile of the WTS, and make it a more vibrant, rewarding association for all members.


Candidate:  Kyriaki Papantoniou

Nominator(s):  Self-Nomination

Endorser(s):   Hans P.A. Van Dongen

Statement: My research has largely focused on the effects of shift work on chronic disease outcomes and in particular cancer risk in a number of large epidemiological studies. I am willing to serve the WTS board for the next 3 years as a new executive board member. If elected I will strive to increase the visibility of the society among early-career researchers and encourage more international trans-disciplinary research collaborations, with the ultimate goal to prevent working time related disease in the working population and improve shift workers health.

 I am a Medical Doctor (MD, Patras University, Greece) and Epidemiologist (PhD, CREAL /ISGlobal, Barcelona, Spain) by training, with international research experience (Surrey University, UK and Harvard Medical School, USA). Since 2016, I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Epidemiology, Medical University of Vienna, Austria. 

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