VISK - Reduced vulnerability to waterborne viral infection

The project contributes to fulfilling: Tying the region together

Sub programme: Öresund-Kattegat-Skagerrak

Lead Partner: Göteborg Stad

Norwegian Project owner: Norges Veterinærhøgskole

Partners: Statens veterinärmedicinska anstalt (SVA), Sveriges Livsmedelsverk (SLV), Länssjukhuset Ryhov (Jönköping), Lilla Edets kommun, Chalmers tekniska högskola, Göteborgsregionens Regionalförbund - GR, Kungälvs kommun, Svenskt Vatten, Danmarks Tekniska Universitet (DTU), Norsk Vann BA, Norges Teknisk-Naturvitenskaplige Universitet (NTNU), Universitetet for Miljø og Biovitenskap (UMB), Nedre Romerike Vannverk (NRV), Moss Vannverk - MOVAR, Fredrikstad Vannverk - FREVAR KF, Veterinærinstituttet (VI)

Project Period: 1 April 2010 - 31 March 2013 [The project is completed]

Total Budget: 4 314 314 EUR

Udbetalt støtte fra ERUF: 1 634 959 EUR

Udbetalt støtte fra norsk IR-midler: 450 281 EUR

Kontakt: Lena Blom


Phone: +46 (0)31 368 27 58


There is a concern within the KASK region over the presence and dispersion of waterborne pathogenic viruses. Consequently there are a number of ongoing studies and research projects which will be coordinated under VISK. Further VISK developed knowledge and competence for societal action, whose actions lead to human well-being and quality of life. VISK provided a basis for both preventive (decreased likelihood) and reactive (reduced consequence) actions based on the latest risk assessment research. VISK has created a network of competence for sustainable and safe drinking water systems, where municipalities within the KASK region and beyond can seek advice for contingency and safety plans.

VISK included stakeholders from municipalities, industry organizations, academia and authorities to provide a complete and holistic approach. This is the first time for an inter-regional approach for pathogens in Scandinavia, which further provides another link for the area.

The project activities match competence, interests and geographical spread. The VISK work packages include; project leadership, epidemiology, mapping, virus reduction, risk communication, communication strategies, as well as dissemination and communication.

VISK results were collated in a communication and action plan which were disseminated to politicians, water industry stakeholders and society. The aim was to enable correct decision-making. An open home page was to be designed and maintained to promote the communication of VISK results through handbooks, newsletters and reports.


Lena Blom

+46 (0)31 368 27 58