The Norwegian Institute for Water Research (NIVA)

NIVA is Norway’s leading institute for basic and applied research on marine and freshwaters. The institute’s research comprises of a wide range of environmental, climatic and resource-related fields. Its problem solving and advisory services applies a multidisciplinary approach to through combining research, monitoring and evaluation.

NIVA was founded in 1958 and is a non-profit research foundation with its board appointed by the Ministry of Climate and Environment, the Research Council of Norway and employees.

NIVA has five offices; one at Oslo Innovation Centre/CIENS (head office), and four regional offices in Bergen, Grimstad, Hamar, and Copenhagen, in addition to a research facility in the Oslo Fjord.

Currently NIVA has over 200 employees, whereby two-thirds have backgrounds in water sciences and over half work in research areas such as chemistry, biology, limnology, geology, hydrology, environmental technology, ecotoxicology, oceanography, geography, resource management and environmental economics.

NIVA has good experience with international research cooperation and about 20 % of its turnover comes from international projects.