Professor Per Vult von Steyern, 62, from Malmö, has been appointed to be the CEO of NIOM, starting May. He succeeds Professor Jon E. Dahl, 71.

Professor Vult von Steyern is Doctor of Odontology and chair of the Department of Materials Science and Technology, Faculty of Odontology, Malmö University, Sweden. He is a licensed specialist in Prosthodontics, and scientist with dental ceramics as his main field of research. He is currently also President of the Swedish Dental Society and the leaving president of the Scandinavian Society for Prosthetic Dentistry.

An excellent choice

His predecessor, Professor Jon E. Dahl, is set to retire after leading the institute since 2011.

-It is a professionally stimulating and challenging position, to be the CEO of NIOM. I know Per as an accomplished scientist with long experience in leading complex organizations. His appointment will significantly strengthen cooperation within the Nordic countries, and with relevant divisions of NORCE. I am convinced that Per will be an excellent leader of NIOM, Dahl says.

From the left: Per Vult von Steyern and Jon E. Dahl.

Nordic profile

NIOM’s main activities are dental research and testing of biomaterials. The Institute promotes greater cooperation between the Nordic countries within these fields. Among other initiatives, NIOM hosts several guest researchers each year. The institutes primary purpose is to contribute to ensuring that the materials and equipment used in dentistry in the Nordic countries are safe and appropriate.

-The appointment of Vult von Steyern means NIOM will be ideally set to maintain and strengthen both its Nordic profile, and its strong position within materials research and testing, says Helge Tennebø, Chair of the NIOM Board.

Overlap in May

Vult von Steyern and Dahl will overlap for a month in May, for effective knowledge transfer.

-It is a fantastic Institute, with a proud heritage and highly skilled staff. An institute that enjoys considerable recognition, and performs an important function for patients, dental health personnel and the Nordic governments. I am very much looking forward to leading NIOM, Vult von Steyern says.

NIOM is a Nordic Co-operative Body owned jointly by NORCE and the Ministry of Health and Care Services. It is located at Ullevål, in Oslo.