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.

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.
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