How can we keep ourselves and our environment healthy? That is the challenge facing government authorities at all levels, from the local to the international. The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) conducts research and provides advice to assist them in this task.

RIVM works to prevent and control outbreaks of infectious diseases. We promote public health and consumer safety, and we help to protect the quality of the environment. RIVM collects and collates knowledge and information from various sources, both national and international. We apply this knowledge ourselves, and we place it at the disposal of policy-makers, researchers, regulatory authorities and the general public. Each year, RIVM produces numerous reports on all aspects of public health, nutrition and diet, health care, disaster management, nature and the environment.

Office National de la Chasse et de la Faune Sauvage

Public institution under the joint supervision of the Ministries of Ecology and Agriculture, and the National Office of Wildlife Hunting performs five main tasks that meet the major axes of the last Environmental Conference, later in the Grenelle Environment



Estonian University of Life Sciences is the only university in  Estonia whose priorities in academic and research activities  provide the sustainable development of natural resources  necessary for the existence of Man as well as the preservation of  heritage and habitat.

The academic structure is composed of research and development institutes or institutions, centres and other structural units. Currently, teaching and research is carried out in five institutes.


The Istituto Zooprofilattico Sperimentale delle Venezie (IZSVe) is a public veterinary Institute which conducts prevention, control and research activities in three main areas: animal health and welfare, food safety, and environmental protection.

The Institute employs almost 600 people, including veterinarians, biologists, chemists, technicians and administration staff.

The IZSVe was founded on June, 14, 1929 in Padua and it is part of a national network that consists of nine other Italian public veterinary institutes, each of which covers a specific geographical area. Today, the IZSVe is located at Legnaro (PD), in northeast Italy.


Institute for Terrestrial and Aquatic Wildlife Research (ITAW)

The ITAW has two facilities, one located in Büsum on the North Sea focusing on aquatic research and one in Hanover mainly working on terrestrial aspects.
The research of the institute includes investigations on the ecology and health of many different wildlife species. Basic, applied and monitoring research is conducted. Main working areas are e.g. abundance estimates, distribution and habitat use of marine and terrestrial species, feeding and reproductive ecology, bioacoustics, health assessment, infectious and zoonotic diseases, immunology, endocrinology. Effects of anthropogenic activities on wildlife populations are evaluated and population development is modelled. Management advice is given to national and international bodies.

Contact person:
Prof. Dr. Ursula Siebert