CMM student wins Green Thesis Award

Coastal and Marine Management student, Ivan Nikonov, has been awarded a Green Thesis Award for his master’s thesis titled “Using a macroalgal cultivation system in wastewater bioremediation: a case study of Bolungarvík, Iceland.”

Ivan Nikonov was awarded the Green Thesis Award.
Ivan Nikonov was awarded the Green Thesis Award.

Graduation Ceremony at Hrafnseyri

On June 17 the University Centre held its annual convocation, celebrating the graduation of masters students, in connection with Iceland’s National Day ceremony at Hrafnseyri in Arnarfjörður. This event has been held since 2009 when the first students graduated from the Coastal and Marine Management master’s program.

 

Candidates with Oddur Þór Vilhelmsson, Þorsteinn Gunnarsson and Peter Weiss.
Candidates with Oddur Þór Vilhelmsson, Þorsteinn Gunnarsson and Peter Weiss.

Seaweed cultivation project wrap up

The “Sustainable Cultivation of Seaweed” (SUSCULT) project has come to an end, with interesting outcomes and plenty of ideas for future research. The project, funded by the Nordic Council of Minsters, explored the potential of seaweed cultivation in the Nordic region based in literature research and by conducting small-scale tests.

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Dr. Brack Hale hired as Program Director

The University Centre of the Westfjords has hired Dr. Brack Hale as the new program director for the Coastal and Marine Management master’s program.

The University Centre of the Westfjords has hired Dr. Brack Hale as the new program director for the Coastal and Marine Management master’s program.
The University Centre of the Westfjords has hired Dr. Brack Hale as the new program director for the Coastal and Marine Management master’s program.

MOU with Adventure Tourism Company Aurora Arktika

Recently we signed an MOU with Aurora Arktika which formalizes the intent to work together in the future.

Peter Weiss, UW director, Inga Fanney Sigurðardóttir, owner and manager of AA and Catherine Chambers UW research manager.
Peter Weiss, UW director, Inga Fanney Sigurðardóttir, owner and manager of AA and Catherine Chambers UW research manager.

Participation on the Icelandic Science Committee on Climate Change

Today two of our staff members are taking part in the Icelandic Science Committee on Climate Change seminar on social impacts of climate change. The climate change science committee was appointed by the Icelandic Ministry of the Environment and is tasked with creating a report for the government on the latest science on climate change and its potential impacts.

Dr. Catherine Chambers and Dr. Matthias Kokorsch are taking part in the Icelandic Science Committee on Climate Change seminar on social impacts of climate change.
Dr. Catherine Chambers and Dr. Matthias Kokorsch are taking part in the Icelandic Science Committee on Climate Change seminar on social impacts of climate change.

Socio-economic aspects of energy transitions in small-boat fisheries

We are happy to announce that UW has received funding from Iceland’s National Power Company‘s Energy and Environment Grant for a project entitled “Socio-economic aspects of energy transitions in small-boat fisheries”. The project is lead by UW research manager Dr. Catherine Chambers, who has long standing experience in research regarding small-scale fisheries management and coastal communities.

Staff changes later this year

Dr. Verónica Méndez Aragón, program director of the Coastal and Marine Management master’s program, has decided to return full time to research activities and will therefore leave her position as program director this summer. This early announcement gives the University Centre the possibility to advertise the position with good time in advance, which is important for such a highly specialized position.

Dr. Verónica Méndez Aragón, program director of the Coastal and Marine Management master’s program, has decided to return full time to research activities and will therefore leave her position as program director this summer.
Dr. Verónica Méndez Aragón, program director of the Coastal and Marine Management master’s program, has decided to return full time to research activities and will therefore leave her position as program director this summer.

Two students awarded grant

Two masters students in the Coastal Communities and Regional Development program have been awarded a grant for their master’s thesis from the Icelandic Regional Development Institute (Byggðastofnun).

Frances Simmons and Tyler Wacker, have been awarded a grant from the Icelandic Regional Development Institute (Byggðastofnun) for their masters thesis research.
Frances Simmons and Tyler Wacker, have been awarded a grant from the Icelandic Regional Development Institute (Byggðastofnun) for their masters thesis research.

New Grant for visiting researcher at UW to continue studying waders

José Alves, a visiting researcher at UW, has recently been awarded a grant from RANNIS to investigate responses of migratory shorebirds to environmental change.

José Alves, a visiting researcher at UW, has recently been awarded a grant from RANNIS to investigate responses of migratory shorebirds to environmental change.
José Alves, a visiting researcher at UW, has recently been awarded a grant from RANNIS to investigate responses of migratory shorebirds to environmental change.
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