Dr. Aivars Bērziņš is currently Director of the National Institute of Food Safety, Animal Health and Environment (BIOR) and Professor at the Latvia University of Agriculture, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. He represented Latvia as a Member of EFSA’s Advisory Forum from 2013 to 2016.
Previously, he was the Head of Department of Research and Development at BIOR and took different academic positions at the Latvia University of Agriculture and the University of Helsinki. Moreover, he was a visiting researcher at Purdue University (USA) and the Norwegian School of Veterinary Science. From 2006 to 2008, Dr. Bērziņš worked for the Latvian Ministry of Agriculture as Deputy State Secretary responsible for veterinary and food control matters.
Dr. Bērziņš graduated at the Latvia University of Agriculture, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine and obtained his PhD degree in Veterinary Medicine and Food Hygiene at the University of Helsinki, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine.