Conference: The Wealth of Sea and Coast

The conference The Wealth of Sea and Coast: Initiatives, Innovation and the use of Cultural Heritage will be held in Ketilshús in Akureyri, Friday the 7th of May 2010 as part of the European Union Project Fishernet - Fishing Cultural Heritage Network. Simultaneous Icelandic, Spanish, and English translation will be provided at the conferenceSee conference programme on the website of Stefansson Arctic Institute.

Environmentally Certified Westfjords

This Saturday, April 17, the Westfjords Tourist Association is hosting a conference called "Environmental Certified Westfjords", at Hótel Núpur by Dýrafjörður.

All further information is available on our Icelandic website, and on the website of the Westfjords Tourist Association.

The conference will be in Icelandic, except one talk by Leo Christensen, representative of employment affairs for Lolland commune in Denmark, who will talk about the rebuilding of the Lolland. To see at what time his talk is please click here.

Seminar on Exams and Exam Taking

On Wednesday May 5 at 7-10 PM the Westfjords Adult Learning Centre will offer a seminar on exams and taking exams.

The course will be in Icelandic, further information available in Icelandic.

Marine biologist – postdoc position in Breiðafjord-area

Vör Marine Research Centre in Ólafsvík, Breiðafjörður, seeks a candidate to participate in building a research team on food web studies in Breiðafjörður, West Iceland. Applicants must hold a PhD-degree in marine biology or related fields. Further information here.

Call for Participation and for Applications from Young Researchers

The 6th Open Assembly of the Northern Research Forum (NRF), Our Ice Dependent world, is to be held on October 24th - 27th, 2010 in Oslo and Kirkenes, Norway. The event is organized together with the 6th NRF Host Planning Committee. Young researchers and professionals who have passed their MA and plan to complete a doctoral degree or have recently completed a doctoral degree, are eligible to receive full or partial travel funding from the NRF in order to participate.


Further information is available on the NRF website.

Master's Projects Presentations

This week the students graduating from the Coastal and Marine Management master's program will present their master's projects. The presentations will be held at the University Centre but sent out via Skype since students, advisors and external readers are situated around the world. The presentations are open to the public and will be on Thursday and Friday in Room 1-2 at the University Centre.

Thursday, January 21
Traian Leu
Estimating the Impacts of Bridges on Juvenile Atlantic Cod, Gadus morhua, in Icelandic Fjords
Advisor: Guðbjörg Ásta Ólafsdóttir

Jacob Kasper
Spatial and Temporal Trends of Fifteen Noncommercial fin-fish species in Iceland between 1985 and 2009
Advisor: Höskuldur Björnsson

Friday, January 22
Astrid Dispert
On the importance of including metadata when dealing with Local Ecological Knowledge
Advisor: Chris Miller

Henry Fletcher
Opportunities for Greater Public Participation in the Natural Sciences: a Case Study of the Alde and Ore
Futures ICZM Project, Suffolk, UK
Advisor: Rodrigo Menafra

Danielle Stollack
An Exploratory Study of a Situated Learning-to-Change Process in 3 Eastern Cape Coastal Communities
Advisor: Rob O'Donoghue
Students and instructors on a sailboat trip in Ísafjarðardjúp fjord at the beginning of the CMM program in September 2008.
Students and instructors on a sailboat trip in Ísafjarðardjúp fjord at the beginning of the CMM program in September 2008.

ICEF Christmas talk

The Icelandic Centre for Ethnology and Folklore will host a special Christmas talk on Saturday December 19, in Hólmavík. The program includes talks on folklore research, music and readings from new books by authors. The program will be in English, further information on the ICEF website

The Development Fund for Immigration Issues open for applications

The Immigration Board announces that they are open for applications for grants from the Development Fund for Immigration Issues for the year 2009. The Fund's purpose is to enhance research and development projects in the field of immigration issues with the goal of facilitating mutual adjustment between immigrants and Icelandic society.

Application dead line for Research and Development fund V-Barð extended until 11.12.2009

The application dead line for grants for the Research and Development fund V-Barð (southerly Westfjords) has been extended until friday, 11.12.09. Applicants should read the application instructions on the regional development agency's web site ( and send in a formal application before midnight on desember 11th. There, applicants can also find information on the field of research funded. The fund is meant exclusively for research and development in the southerly Westfjords. 

Feel free to contact Þorgeir Pálsson/Atvest for further information: 450 3000 or 899 0020

The Leifur Eiríksson Foundation Grants

The Leifur Eiríksson Foundation announces grants for scholars from Icelandic universities for graduate research or study at universities in the United States


Applications must be received by December 4, 2009. Supporting documents, i.e. letters of reference and transcripts, must be received no later than December 14, 2009.


The Leifur Eríksson Foundation has decided to grant 6 scholarships of up to $25.000 each for graduate research or study during the school year 2010-11. The Foundation funds scholars from U.S. universities for graduate research or studies at universities in Iceland, and scholars from universities in Iceland to conduct research and study at universities in the United States. All fields of study are included.


Recipients are chosen by the Foundation's Board of Trustees.


See the Website of the Foundation for general information for applicants and a link to online applications. The website also contains information about past scholarship winners.

Students in Iceland can apply online and also submit their application material to the Office of International Education at the University of Iceland.

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