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Pernilla Bohlin Nizzetto new Research Director at NILU

Foto: Ingunn Trones, NILU

Pernilla Bohlin Nizzetto is appointed Research Director of NILU’s Department of Environmental Chemistry from 1 January 2023.

Pernilla came to NILU in 2014, to a position as senior scientist at the Department of Environmental Chemistry. She has a PhD in Occupational and Environmental Medicine from Gothenburg University and has done a post doc in environmental chemistry at RECETOX (Research Center for Toxic Compounds in the Environment), Masaryk University in the Czech Republic. During both her doctoral and post doc work, she focused on sampling methods and analytical methods of environmental pollutants in house dust and air from indoor and outdoor environments.

At NILU, Pernilla has led and further developed the National Monitoring Program for Atmospheric Contaminants since 2014. She has also worked with persistent organic pollutants (POPs) from the Arctic to the Antarctic within EMEP, AMAP and SCAR. An important focus for Pernilla has been to establish research on known and unknown chemicals in the indoor environment. She has broad international project experience, including as coordinator for the Horizon Europe project INQUIRE, and for working group 6 in the NORMAN network.

The Department of Environmental Chemistry is NILU’s largest department with around 50 employees. Their extensive activity spans fields such as human toxicology, indoor environment, environmental monitoring and sustainable chemistry.

“We are very pleased that our experienced and skilled colleague Pernilla has agreed to take over as the new Research Director for our Environmental Chemistry department. NILU is faced with major tasks, assisting various societal actors in future climate and environmental assignments. Our outstanding professionals are essential for us to be able to take lead in this challenging task”, says CEO John Rune Nielsen.

“I am very happy for this opportunity, and I am very motivated to contribute to the department’s ongoing and future development along with NILU’s management team and all the employees at the Environmental Chemistry department. Our environmental chemistry and human toxicology researchers and laboratories are at the cutting edge, both nationally and internationally. Together, we have great potential to have a more prominent and visible role in research aimed at sustainable development at an international level”, says Pernilla.

Pernilla Bohlin Nizzetto takes over the Research Director position after Aasmund Fahre Vik. He moves on to the position as new Deputy CEO and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at NILU at the turn of the year.

The Climate and Environmental Research Institute NILU is part of Norway’s new institute constellation NORIN – Norwegian Research Institutes, together with IFE and NIVA.