Two open field courses in the southern Westfjords

The “Blue Economy” is no longer just about fishing and fish processing. In the Westfjords, for example, aquaculture has made a sizeable niche for itself, and the increasing uses for seaweeds, kelp and other resources are revealing new opportunities for the marine economy of the future. There are also often ways of increasing value by connecting the Blue Economy with the Green Economy.

This spring, the University Centre of the Westfjords will offer two field courses in the southern Westfjords on innovations in aquaculture and on innovations in marine resource utilisation. The courses benefit from having agencies working in the field right on their doorstep and company visits are an essential course component.

Students are versed in the opportunities and challenges of cold water aquaculture during the first course, while the second course focuses on innovations in the sustainable utilisation of coastal resources. At the end of each course students work on a business plan for an innovation project of their own choosing.

Further information about the courses can be found below and via links to each course description. Information on entry requirements is also available via the link below.

 

Innovations in Aquaculture

Length: 1 week (2 ECTS) – 22.03.2015-27.03.2015

Location: Tálknafjörður

Prerequisites

Language: English and Icelandic (business plan)

Price: ISK 10,000

Instructors:

Dr. Peter Krost, marine biologist and co-owner of the company CRM, Coastal Research and Management.

María Maack, biologist and specialist in Ecological Economics.

Registration:

Please register by downloading the registration form (word format), fill in and attach to an e-mail to nyskopun@uwestfjords.is

For further information, feel free to contact Peter Weiss, director of UW.

Email: nyskopun@uwestfjords.is   tel: +354 450 3045

Course description:

Course description and further information on the teachers can be found on the master's programme website.

Schedule:

The exact schedule will be available here before the courses start. Class teaching, group teaching, group work and individual work, as well as individual guidance, will take place throughout the day and also in the evenings.

Overnight stay:

The course will be held in Tálknafjörður, where most aquaculture companies in the Westfjords are located. Tálknafjörður is a small fishing village of roughly 250 inhabitants. UW has reserved double rooms at Guesthouse Bjarmaland. Participants have to book their accommodation (five nights) themselves.

Guesthouse Bjarmaland offers a special price for course participants, ISK 4,870 per night, plus ISK 1,500 for breakfast.

Participants are welcome to book different accommodation. The closest villages are Patreksfjörður and Bíldudalur, each about 15 km away over mountain roads. In Patreksfjörður, there is a hotel.

Teaching facilities:

Teaching of this course takes place in an old schoolhouse, Dunhaga, on the grounds of Tálknafjörður’s large open-air swimming pool; roughly 900 m from the village centre. Dunhaga houses a large classroom, as well as facilities for individual work and group work. The building, with internet connection, will be accessible all day. Part of the course is made up of visits to companies.

Food:

Coffee, cakes and light refreshments in the evenings are included in the course fee. Other meals (lunch, breakfast) are not included. Lunch is available for sale during the course.

In Tálknafjörður is a restaurant, Hópið, which offers a good dish of the day for a reasonable price. There is also a shop in Tálknafjörður.

During the course we will serve coffee and cakes, as well as light refreshments in the evening.

Travel to Tálknafjörður:

Reykjavík – Tálknafjörður: 230 km + ferry   www.seatours.is

Reykjavík – Tálknafjörður: 410 km (through Búðardalur/Reykhólar)

Ísafjörður-Tálknafjörður: ca. 500 km (through Hólmavík)

UW assists students in carpooling.

Travel days:

Sunday 22.03.2015 is travel day to Tálknafjörður. The course starts on Sunday afternoon at 17.00 with an Icebreaker, light refreshments and teaching in Dunhaga schoolhouse, at the swimming pool. The course ends on Friday 27.03.2015 at noon. Please note: there is teaching all of Friday morning.

 

Harvesting the Sea – Innovation and Sustainability

Length: 1 week (2 ECTS) – 28.03.2015-03.04.2015

Location: Reykhólar

Prerequisites

Language: English and Icelandic (business plan)

Price: ISK 10,000

Instructors:

Dr. Peter Krost, marine biologist and co-owner of the company CRM, Coastal Research and Management.

María Maack, biologist and specialist in Ecological Economics.

Registration:

Please register by downloading the registration form (word format), fill in and attach to an e-mail to nyskopun@uwestfjords.is

For further information, feel free to contact Peter Weiss, director of UW.

Email: nyskopun@uwestfjords.is   tel: +354 450 3045

Course description:

Course description and further information on the teachers can be found on the master's programme website.

Schedule:

The exact schedule will be available here before the course starts. Class teaching, group teaching, group work and individual work, as well as individual guidance, will take place throughout the day and also in the evenings.

Overnight stay:

The course will be held in Reykhólar, where the most intensive harvesting of algae in Iceland takes place. Reykhólar is a little community in the inner Breiðafjörður with approximately 200 inhabitants. UW has reserved rooms at the local boarding school. Participants have to book their accommodation (five nights) themselves by emailing skrifstofa@reykholar.is.

A special price to participants of this course is ISK x,xxx in double rooms, with breakfast.

Participants are welcome to book other accomodation, for example Hotel Bjarkarlundur around 15 km away, or through www.sveit.is at Miðjanes.

Teaching facilities:

Teaching of this course will take place in Reykhólar primary school. The dining room and the dormitory are in the same building. There is wireless internet connection. There is an excellent little swimming pool just 200 m away. The teaching facilities will be accessible all day. Part of the course comprises visits to companies in the area, as well as analysis of algae on the beach and tidal flats.

Food:

Coffee, cakes and light refreshments in the evenings are included in the course fee. Other meals (lunch, breakfast) are not included. Lunch is available for sale in both places.

In Reykhólar, participants can get the dish of the day at lunchtime in the canteen for a reasonable price. The schedule presupposes that participants eat there, as the nearest alternative during this field course is in Bjarkarlundur, 15 km driving. Reykhólar has a small grocery store. The nearest supermarket is in Hólmavík, 50 km away.

During the course we will serve coffee and cakes, as well as light refreshments in the evening.

Travel to Reykhólar:

Reykjavík – Reykhólar: 230 km, all asphalted

Ísafjörður – Reykhólar: 240 km, all asphalted

Tálknafjörður-Reykhólar: 180 km

UW assists students in carpooling.

Travel days:

Saturday morning, 28.03.2015, is travel day to Reykhólar. The course starts on Sunday afternoon at 17.00 with an icebreaker, light refreshments and teaching in the library of the local school, to the south side of the church. The course ends on Thursday 02.04.2015 at noon. Please note: there is teaching all of Thursday morning (Maundy Thursday).

These courses receive funding from Sóknaráætlun landshlutanna.