Two new employees at the University Centre

Two new employees have now joined the staff of the University Centre of the Westfjords. Birna Lárusdóttir, project manager, will be responsible for various projects relating to the University Centre website as well as coordinating seminars and conferences held by the University Centre. Birna has a BA degree in Communications from University of Washington and she has a long experience in journalism as well as in editiorial work.[mynd 1 h]

Jennifer Grace Smith, United States, will be responsible for the Writing Centre of the University Centre. She is a former student from the Coastal and Marine Management Program at the University Centre and graduated in 2012. She also holds an MA degree in Chinese from Johns Hopkins University. She therefore has an excellent background for helping students in the masters program who will be writing there thesis in another language than their own. THe University Centre welcomes both Birna and Jennifer to their posts.[mynd 2 h]

Two Positions Available at UW

Two part time positions are now available at the University Centre of the Westfjords. First a 25% Project Manager position and second a Writing Centre supervisor position. Further information about these two jobs is available on our Icelandic webpage.

Bus in connection with conference between Ísafjörður and Patreksfjörður

About 60 participants have now registered for the conference on regional development, organised by the University Centre, the Westfjords’ Municipalities’ Association, Vesturbyggð municipality and Byggðastofnun Regional Development Institute of Iceland.  There will be a bus in connection with the conference

Iceland, Asia, and the Arctic: Focus Group

Since the turn of the century but especially since the 2008 financial crisis, the Icelandic government and business community has sought to build partnerships with Asian countries in order to grow the economy and enable Arctic ambitions. However, little is known about how regular Icelanders view these partnership-building efforts and how they may be changing the face of Icelandic society. An international team of researchers from the National University of Singapore, the University of Akureyri, the University of Lapland, and the University Centre of the Westfjords is holding focus groups around Iceland to learn more about the reception of the public to political, scientific, and economic engagement with Asian countries.

Plug-in electric vehicles

On Monday August 18 Dr. John Axsen gives an open lecture at the University Centre of the Westfjords on plug-in electric vehicles and their potential.

Removing Plastic from the Oceans

On September 24 the Environment Agency of Iceland hosts the international conference “Be Part of Removing Plastic from the Oceans”. Further information about the conference is available in its brochure. See also the preliminary agenda.

Annual General Meeting

It is during the month of May that the Annual General Meeting takes place at the University Centre Westfjords. The AGM this year falls on 17th of May, and discussion points include events over the past year, both financially and internally. The AGM will start at 1 pm at the University Centre.

Innovation Grants to Hire Graduates

Atvest, the economic development agency for the Westfjords, is offering circa 4 grants of 1 million ISK issued to companies or institutions in the Westfjords to hire a recent graduate students to work on an innovation or development project for the company/institution.

SNAPS final conference, Ísafjörður Feb 12

SNAPS stands for Snow, Ice and Avalanche Applications and is a collaboration between insitutions in Iceland, Norway, Sweden and Finland. The project was carried out with funding from the Northern Periphery Programme.

Development Fund for Immigration Issues - grants 2013

The Ministry of Welfare announes that applications are now open for the Development Fund for Immigration Issues.
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