The mission of the Nordic Institute for Advanced Training in Occupational Health is set by the. The acronym NIVA originates from the Swedish language title Nordiska Institutionen för Vidareutbildning inom Arbetsmiljöområdet. NIVA gathers top experts and knowledge from the Nordic countries and transforms research findings into advanced courses and seminars within the field of occupational health and safety for researchers and practitioners from both the Nordic countries and worldwide.
NIVA was founded in 1982 in Helsinki, Finland in conjunction with the Finnish Institute for Occupational Health (FIOH). Already at the time, there was a strong belief in the importance of discussing common Nordic occupational health and safety matters and in the power of gathering Nordic experts within the field. NIVA has been an active player in the field of occupational health and safety education for over 30 years. During this time, over 12 500 experts and specialists from over 40 countries have attended and networked in NIVA. Some 25 % of the attendees come from countries outside of the Nordics. Today, NIVA is the only institute in Europe that solely focuses on an international and advanced level of occupational education – course participants are accepted regardless of where in the world they come from.
We rely on our extensive network of occupational health and safety specialists throughout research institutions and organizations primarily in the Nordic countries but also from other places in the world. We believe in the power of networking and people meeting each other. The feedback we get from both attendees and lecturers gives us reason to carry on with the winning concept of offering a platform to meet and exchange ideas. In general, our courses take place in the Nordic capitals (with some exceptions) and last 2-3 days providing hardcore substance information and offering excellent networking opportunities. In the year 2017, we have launched our first online course and we are excited to see where this new endeavor will take us.