About NINA

ABOUT NINA

Organization and management

Organization chart, NINA's management and the board

Cooperation

NINA collaborates with research institutions worldwide

Annual reports

NINA Annual Report 2020

The Norwegian Institute for Nature Research

The Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA) is Norway’s leading institution for applied ecological research, with broad-based expertise on the genetic, population, species, ecosystem and landscape level, in terrestrial, freshwater and coastal marine environments.

The Norwegian Institute for Nature Research, NINA, is as an independent foundation focusing on environmental research, emphasizing the interaction between human society, natural resources and biodiversity. NINA was established in 1988. The headquarters are located in Trondheim, with branches in Tromsø, Lillehammer, Bergen and Oslo. In addition, NINA owns and runs the aquatic research station for wild fish at Ims in Rogaland and the arctic fox breeding center at Oppdal. 

NINA’s activities include research, environmental impact assessments, environmental monitoring, counselling and evaluation. 

NINA’s scientists come from a wide range of disciplinary backgrounds that include biologists, geographers, geneticists, social scientists, sociologists and more. We have a broad-based expertise on the genetic, population, species, ecosystem and landscape level, in terrestrial, freshwater and coastal marine ecosystems. 

NINA’s main areas of activities: 

  • Ecosystem/biodiversity 
  • Sustainable use and harvesting of fish and game stocks
  • Environmental monitoring 
  • Climate change impacts and adaptation 
  • Ecosystem services 
  • Environmental impact assessments connected to infrastructure development and land-use changes
  • Restoration ecology 
  • Land use and landscape analysis 
  • Mapping and monitoring of biodiversity 
  • Analysis of conflicts related to utilization of natural resources 
  • Human interactions with their natural environment

Active dialogue and communication is of key importance for NINA’s work. 

NINA participates in the research centres CIENS (Oslo Centre for Interdisciplinary Environmental and Social Research), The Fram Centre (High North Research Centre for Climate and the Environment). HydroCen (Norwegian Research Centre for Hydropower). 

NINA is part of Miljøalliansen, which is a strategic cooperation between the environmental research institutes in Norway. 

NINA cooperates with research institutes in more than 30 countries in Europe, Africa, Asia and America. 

NINA is also a member of ALTER-Net (A Long-Term Biodiversity, Ecosystem and Awareness Research Network) and ILTER (International Long Term Ecological Research network).

Mission Statement

The United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals are a set of interlinked global ambitions to eradicate poverty, fight inequality, combat climate change and protect ecosystems by 2030. NINA’s extensive expertise and project portfolio makes our work relevant to many of these goals.

NINAs Mission Statement

Departments

Aquatic biodiversity

The department for aquatic biodiversity is located in Trondheim.

Postal address:

P.O. Box 5685 Torgarden
NO-7485 Trondheim
Norway

Visiting address:

Høgskoleringen 9
7034 Trondheim
Norway 

Phone: +47 73 80 14 00
E-mail: firmapost@nina.no

Research Director: Ingeborg Palm Helland

Assisting Research Director: Tonje Aronsen

Salmonid fishes

Postal address:

P.O. Box 5685 Torgarden
NO-7485 Trondheim
Norway

Visiting address:

Høgskoleringen 9
7034 Trondheim
Norway 

Phone: +47 73 80 14 00

E-mail: firmapost@nina.no

Research Director: Ingebrigt Uglem

Assisting Research Director: Anne Kristin Jøranlid

NINAs Salmonid Fishes department is located in Trondheim, and focuses on both wild salmonids and aquaculture. Our research on wild salmonids embraces all life stages, both in freshwater and in the ocean, and includes basic and applied research within ecology, behaviour, genetics, life history and physiology.

Our core research within aquaculture addresses environmental effects of salmon farming related to salmon lice, escape of farmed fish and impacts on other nature-based industries, in addition to fish welfare. The department contributes significantly to national surveillance programs and is a central knowledge provider for environmental management. Sustainable use of areas and management of ecosystems and species in coastal waters are also central research areas.

Terrestrial ecology

Postal address:

P.O. Box 5685 Torgarden
NO-7485 Trondheim
Norway

Visiting address:

Høgskoleringen 9
7034 Trondheim
Norway

Phone: +47 73 80 14 00

E-mail: firmapost@nina.no

Research Director: Svein-Håkon Lorentsen

Assisting Research Director: Bente Rønning

The terrestrial ecology department is located in Trondheim, and monitors populations and demographic parameters in deer, Arctic fox, seabirds and geese, as well as animal health. We also study area use of deer and seabirds, and have specialized knowledge of mountain, forest, wetland, coastal and polar ecosystems. We operate two bird radars in research on effects of renewable energy (wind power) and powerlines on birds. Consulting and impact assessments on effects of various interventions in nature are key disciplines. The department is responsible for NINA’s animal welfare unit.

Terrestrial biodiversity

Postal address:

P.O. Box 5685 Torgarden
NO-7485 Trondheim
Norway

Visiting address:

Høgskoleringen 9
7034 Trondheim
Norway

Phone: +47 73 80 14 00

E-mail: firmapost@nina.no

Research Director: Signe Nybø

Assisting Research Director: Jørgen Rosvold


Rovdata

Postal address:

P.O. Box 5685 Torgarden
NO-7485 Trondheim
Norway

Visiting address:

Høgskoleringen 9
7034 Trondheim
Norway

Phone: +47 73 80 16 00

E-mail: rovdata@rovdata.no

Manager: Jonas Kindberg

Rovdata is an independent supplier of monitoring data and population figures for lynx, wolverine, brown bear, wolf and golden eagle in Norway. We are an independent unit, with its own leader and staff, in the Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA).

NINA Tromsø

Postal address:

Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA)
FRAM – High North Research Centre for Climate and the Environment
PO Box 6606 Langnes
NO-9296 Tromsø
Norway

Visiting address:

FRAM – High North Research Centre for Climate and the Environment 
Hjalmar Johansens gate 14
Tromsø

Phone: +47 77 75 04 00

Research Director: Cathrine Henaug

NINA Oslo

Postal- and visiting address:

Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA)
Sognsveien 68
NO-0855 Oslo
Norway

Phone: +47 43 80 14 00

Research Director: 
Kristin Thorsrud Teien

Assisting Research Directors:
Tor Atle Mo

Audun Ruud

NINA Lillehammer

Postal- and visiting address:

Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA)
Fakkelgården
NO-2624 Lillehammer
Norway

Phone: +47 73 80 14 00

Research Director: 
Jon Museth

We use multidisciplinary approaches to explore human interactions with their natural environment, and how to best address the relevant managerial challenges.

Our strength lies in our disciplinary expertise and cooperation with local stakeholder groups including individual users, communities, managers, policymakers, businesses and industry.

Research areas:

  • Developing effective measures and tools in nature management
  • Value creation based on nature and natural resources
  • Investigating the dynamics of and interactions within socio ecological systems

NINA Bergen

Postal- and visiting address:

Norwegian Institute for Nature Research (NINA)
Thormøhlensgate 55
NO-5006 Bergen
Norway

Phone: +47 73 80 14 00

E-mail: firmapost@nina.no

Research Director: 
Bente Rønning

Employees

Projects world wide

Scientific papers (2019)

Turnover (2020)

Norwegian Institute for Nature Research

NINA is an independent foundation for nature research and research on the interaction between human society, natural resources and biodiversity.
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