New CMM Program Director

The University Centre of the Westfjords received 13 applications for the position of Programme Director for the master‘s in Coastal and Marine Management, advertised due to maternity leave.

All applicants held at least one masters degree, four applicants held PhDs. Nine applicants held a degree in integrated coastal zone management, resource management, or marine sciences. Six applicants were foreigners. As this isn‘t a teacher nor research position, relevant management experience was important.

Eight applicants were invited for job interviews, personally or through skype. The application committee is pleased to announce that Dagný Arnarsdóttir has been offered and accepted the position.

Dagný Arnarsdóttir holds a masters in Environmental and Resource management from the University of Iceland. She has experience in human resource management, event management, public relations and teaching. She has been working for the Society of Environmental Scientists and is currently a project manager in the international programme in Environment and Natural Resources at the University of Iceland.

New Staff Member

The Univeristy Centre of the Westfjords welcomes Árný Rós Gísladóttir as the new receptionist. Ten applications were received for this part time position. Árný Rós began work on September 24.

Environmental Issues Symposium

The Ministry of Environment is holding an environmental issues´ symposium on October 9 and 10 in Reykjavík. The main theme of the symposium will be sustainable development. The Minister of Environment will introduce a new report on environment and resources and a draft of the new sustainable development policy.

If you would like to participate, please register by October 2 on the website of the Ministry of Environment or via telephone 545-8600.

All further information on the symposium is available in Icelandic on the Ministry´s website.

Grants for research and innovation in Vestur Barðastrandasýsla

Vestur Barðastrandasýsla´s (Westfjords of Iceland) Research and Innovation fund is seeking applications for research and innovation in the Westfjords. Applicants proposing projects that involve the utilization of local natural resources, such as aquaculture, shellfish farming, nature tourism and local culture will be given priority.

Further information in Icelandic.

The University Centre seeks a Program Director

The University Centre of the Westfjords seeks a capable person for a demanding position: Program Director of the master´s in Coastal and Marine Management. The position is advertised for 10 months due to maternal leave, with a possibility of prolonging. All further information can be found in the advertisement for the positon.

Polar Law Symposium in Akureyri September 10-12, 2009

Polar Law Program, University of Akureyri, Iceland in collaboration with Polar Law Institute; Yearbook on Polar Law; The Stefansson Arctic Institute; The Northern Research Forum; and the Association of Polar Early Career Scientists
announce the Second Akureyri Polar Law Symposium 2009
University of Akureyri, September 10-12, 2009
Location: Sólborg, room L 201


The Technological Development and Innovation Fund

The Technological Development and Innovation Fund announces an open presentation on the funds work, Tuesday August 25 at 3 pm in the house of Samtök atvinnulífsins Borgartún 35 in Reykjavík.

Further information in Icelandic here.

Lecture on John Levy´s Icelandic Collection

Wednesday, August 26, Katherine M. Campbell, lecturer at the University of Edinborg, will present at The Icelandic Centre for Ethnology and Folklore. Ms. Campbell´s lecture will discuss the collector, John Levy and his Icelandic collection.

For further information please contact the The Icelandic Centre for Ethnology and Folklore.

ICEF Spring Symposium

The Icelandic Centre for Ethnology and Folklore will have its spring symposium Saturday April, 11 in Hólmavík. During the symposium, various projects from the ICEF will be introduced as well as projects from collaborating partners. The symposium will start at 13.30 at Café Riis in Hólmavík. Further information is available in Icelandic on the ICEF website.

Master student receives research grant from the Westfjords Business Development Agency

Last week Atvest (The Westfjords Business Development Agency) announced that Bjarni M. Jónsson, a student in the Master´s program in Coastal and Marine Management, had received a grant for investigating ocean currents as an energy harvesting opportunity. Bjarni has already come to an agreement with Dr. Þorsteinn Ingi Sigfússon to be his supervisor for this project. Dr. Thorsteinn is a Professor of physics at the Science Institute of the University of Iceland and the Director General of Iceland's Center of Innovation.
The staff and students of the University Centre congratulate Bjarni and wish him all the best with the challenging and ambitious work ahead.
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