Guest Students from the AUI participated in Maritime Anthropology course

Last week we welcomed four guest students from the new Nordic master’s program in Environmental Changes at Higher Latitudes, partly taught at Agricultural University of Iceland.

The four students on their way back from Ísafjörður last weekend. From the left: Alfredo Escanciano Gómez, Guðrún Guðjónsdóttir, María Rún Þrándardóttir and Eyrún Gyða Gunnlaugsdóttir. Photo: Isabel C. Barrio.
The four students on their way back from Ísafjörður last weekend. From the left: Alfredo Escanciano Gómez, Guðrún Guðjónsdóttir, María Rún Þrándardóttir and Eyrún Gyða Gunnlaugsdóttir. Photo: Isabel C. Barrio.

Research on Finnafjörður Harbor presented

This week CMM student Johannes Stein and CRD program director Matthias Kokorsch will present their research at an international conference in Connecticut (Nov 4 – 8). The title of the conference is ‘Coastal Transitions: Blue Economy’ and is organized by our Blue Economy teacher Dr. Patrick Heidkamp.

Johannes Stein in the north east of Iceland during his trip this summer to conduct a survey about Finnafjörður this summer.
Johannes Stein in the north east of Iceland during his trip this summer to conduct a survey about Finnafjörður this summer.
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Winners of Matís MAKEathon

Last weekend master’s students at the University Centre took part in a MAKEathon innovation competition held by Matís, Iceland’s leading food R&D. 

The winning team SOS.
The winning team SOS.

Masters Students take part in MAKEathon

Matís Iceland’s leading research and development organization on food and biotechnology hosts a three day MAKEathon at four different locations in Iceland, one of which is Ísafjörður and Bolungarvík. The University Centre and Djúpið innovation centre in Bolungarvík are partnering with Matís in this project

UW takes part in Matís MAKEathon.
UW takes part in Matís MAKEathon.

The Sustainable Culture of Seaweeds in the Nordic countries

UW has received funding as a partner on a Nordic Council of Ministers project called SUSCULT - The Sustainable Culture of Seaweeds in the Nordic countries. The one-year project aims to explore the biological and legal aspects of commercial seaweed cultivation.

SUSCULT is a one year project that aims to explore the biological and legal aspects of commercial seaweed cultivation. 
Photo: Djúpið
SUSCULT is a one year project that aims to explore the biological and legal aspects of commercial seaweed cultivation. Photo: Djúpið

Master’s Student Orientation Week at UW

This week we have once again had the pleasure of welcoming a new cohort of students for our two master’s programs in Coastal and Marine Management (CMM) and Coastal Communities and Regional Development (CRD). During these times of uncertainties, we are especially happy that all our students have arrived safely and that we can offer in class teaching under social distancing rules that apply to universities in Iceland.

Happy jump at the harbor. Coastal Communities and Coastal Management students have arrived at the University Centre.
Happy jump at the harbor. Coastal Communities and Coastal Management students have arrived at the University Centre.

Dr. Veronica Méndez Aragón hired as Program Director

The University Centre of the Westfjords has hired a new program director for the Coastal and Marine Management master’s program. The University Centre received 22 applications, of which 12 with a PhD. The application committee decided to hire Dr. Verónica Méndez Aragón for the position.

Dr. Veronica Méndez Aragón has been hired as a Program Director for the Coastal and Marine Management masters program.
Dr. Veronica Méndez Aragón has been hired as a Program Director for the Coastal and Marine Management masters program.

UW Director moves Office to Patreksfjörður

If people can work from a home-office for weeks because of COVID-19, they should be able to work from Patreksfjörður, shouldn’t they? Peter Weiss, the director of the University Centre decided to try it out and moves his office to Patreksfjörður for a week. The office will be in Ólafshús, where UW director will join some colleagues from other institutions.

Peter Weiss, director of the University Centre, has moved his office to Patreksfjörður for the week.
Peter Weiss, director of the University Centre, has moved his office to Patreksfjörður for the week.
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New staff position at University Centre of the Westfjords: Research Manager

The University Centre of the Westfjords has created a new position of Research Manager, who will oversee the research activity of the Centre. This is in line with the recent strategic plan meeting in January and the goals of the University Centre to be a liaison in the research community and to connect students, instructors and guest researchers to local institutions and initiatives. The Research Manager is Dr. Catherine Chambers, who has previously been the Academic Director of the Coastal and Marine Management Masters Program

Dr. Peter Weiss, Director of the University Centre of the Westfjords and Dr. Catherine Chambers, former academic director and new research manager.
Dr. Peter Weiss, Director of the University Centre of the Westfjords and Dr. Catherine Chambers, former academic director and new research manager.
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UW receives international research grant for researching climate change and community resilience

Recently the University Centre received fantastic news from NordForsk. UW and five project partners have been selected for funding. The research project is titled “Climate Change Resilience in Small Communities in the Nordic Countries” and will start in January 2021. The successful proposal was submitted to the NordForsk call “Nordic societal security in light of the emerging global and regional trends”.

The research project is titled “Climate Change Resilience in Small Communities in the Nordic Countries” and will start in January 2021. Photo: Andres Peters.
The research project is titled “Climate Change Resilience in Small Communities in the Nordic Countries” and will start in January 2021. Photo: Andres Peters.
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