Cooperation projects

Cooperation with other organizations in Latvia and abroad is an important factor for publicity of the Institute and the development of all directions of Institute’s activities.

Cooperation with organizations in Latvia

The most important cooperation partners of the Institute are the Food and Veterinary Service of Latvia and other laboratories and food chain companies. The cooperation is implemented by providing services, engaging in joint research and innovation projects and providing shared services to third parties.
Within the field of training activities “BIOR” cooperates with educational institutions: University of Agriculture of Latvia, University of Latvia, Daugavpils University, Riga Technical University, Mechanics and Technology College of Olaine. The cooperation is implemented by providing internship opportunities and experimental basis for students as well as by involving “BIOR” specialists in the process of lecturing and leading of scientific researches and qualification papers.


International cooperation

Taking over the experiences of the National Diagnostic Centre and the Latvian Fish Resources Agency, the Institute of Food Safety, Animal Health and Environment “BIOR” has succeeded an extensive network of international cooperation organizations.

“BIOR” has a significant cooperation with other EU National Reference Laboratories. Historically the closest cooperation has established with the National Food and Veterinary Risk Assessment Institute of the Lithuania, the Estonian Veterinary and Food laboratory and the European Community Reference Laboratories. Laboratories exchange information about analytical methods, including reference methods, used in the laboratories, coordinate activities for introducing of new methods in the work of national reference laboratories in all Member States, as well as provide training and qualification upgrading courses for national reference laboratories’ staff.
Cooperation with the European Community Reference Laboratory provides the access to the latest information about trends and laws in fields of food and animal disease investigations as well as their implementation in laboratories.


The second group of cooperation partners has related with the Institute’s activities implemented in the fisheries sector. “BIOR” participates in the International Council for the Exploration of the Sea (ICES), the Scientific, Technical and Economic Committee for Fisheries (STECF), the Scientific Council of the Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Organization (NAFO), the Baltic Sea Regional Advisory Council (Baltic RAC), the European Inland Fisheries Advisory Commission (EIFAC), the European Fisheries and Aquaculture Research Organisation (EFARO), as well as in other organizations of the sector.

Representing interests of Latvia, experts from “BIOR” representing interests of Latvia participate in various European Commission working groups on food safety, animal health and fisheries issues.
The great cooperation has evolved among “BIOR” and Russian leading institutes for food, veterinary and fisheries in the field of research activities.

For providing of various services to the customer, cooperation with other foreign laboratories is important. It allows offering customer comprehensive laboratory diagnostic services, even if some tests are not performed in Latvia. Major customers abroad are: national veterinary services of Ukraine, Russia, Kosovo, Belarus and Moldova and food processing companies of Belarus.

Recent research projects and international collaboration
of the Institute of Food Safety, Animal Health and Environment “BIOR”:


6th Framework Programme EU:

  • European network of excellence for Ocean ecosystems analysis (EUR-OCEANS);
  • Marine protected territories as tool for fisheries management and ecosystem conservation (PROTECT);
  • WP Nr.4. Evaluation of strategies for rebuilding (UNCOVER);
  • Development and enhancement of laboratory networks for avian influenza;
  • Control of porcine circovirus diseases: Towards Improved Food Quality and Safety (Specific Support Action NMSACC-PCVD 518432);
  • Development of harmonised schemes for monitoring and reporting of Echinococcus, Trichinella, Cysticercus and Sarcocystits in animal and foodstuffs in the EU (CF/EFSA/ZOONOZES).
     

7th Framework Programme EU:

  • Bridging the gap between science and stakeholders; phase 1- common ground (GAP1, SIS-2007-CT-217639).


The European Economic Area and Norway financial mechanisms:

  1. Improvement of existing control system of dioxins and polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons in fish products;
  2. Promotion of sustainable management of fish and environmentally friendly aquaculture (PROMIWA);
  3. Foundation and technological task of designing a biologically safe laboratory.


Funding of European Commission:

  1. Marine protected areas in the eastern Baltic sea, LIFE05NAT/LV/000100;
  2. Improved methodology for Baltic cod age estimation (DECODE);
  3. Restoration of zooplankton dynamic in the Baltic Sea (BAZOOCA).
     

 

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