Alumni publication: Social-ecological resilience and community-based tourism

We are happy to share our student’s achievements after they graduate. Recent alumna Kristin Weis has published the results of her master’s thesis in Coastal and Marine Management on Social-ecological resilience and community-based tourism in the commonwealth of Dominica.

Recent alumna Kristin Weis has published the results of her master’s thesis in Coastal and Marine Management on Social-ecological resilience and community-based tourism in the commonwealth of Dominica. The paper appears in peer reviewed journal Tourism Geographies.
Recent alumna Kristin Weis has published the results of her master’s thesis in Coastal and Marine Management on Social-ecological resilience and community-based tourism in the commonwealth of Dominica. The paper appears in peer reviewed journal Tourism Geographies.
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Funding for the project Fostering Innovation in Rural Iceland

We are happy to share some very good news from the Icelandic Research Fund (Rannís). The University Centre and startup company East of Moon have been awarded a grant for a two-year project titled “Fostering Innovation in Rural Iceland.” This is also very good news for our current and prospective Coastal Communities and Regional Development students, since master’s thesis research projects can get funded from the project.

Remote and rural communities in Iceland are more at risk of having jobs eliminated due to the 4th industrial revolution compared to the capital area. At the same time, rural innovation ecosystems are less active according to available measures. The project examines how innovation ecosystems can be fostered in rural areas that leads to a more inclusive and resilient society and develops practical and adaptable ways to boost innovation there.

Arnar Sigurðsson (left) and Matthias Kokorsch (right) are the principal investigators for the project Fostering Innovation in Rural Iceland.
Arnar Sigurðsson (left) and Matthias Kokorsch (right) are the principal investigators for the project Fostering Innovation in Rural Iceland.

Course Schedule for 2021-2022 – Introducing Thematic Blocks

The new course schedule for 2021-2022 for our two Coastal Studies masters programs is now available! The new schedule features some exciting novelties that will both benefit full time students and short-term students such as exchange and visiting students.

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.
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