Thank you everyone for CoastGIS 2018!

September 27. and 28. Ísafjörður turned into a vivid conference venue for the reoccurring CoastGIS symposium.

About a 100 people from various backgrounds had found their way to Ísafjörður, from 20 different nations. More than 50 presented their research orally or with a poster, including 6 former students of the Coastal and Marine Management masters program at UW. We enjoyed many interesting talks on how spatial data and information technologies can help in better understanding and managing coastal space and resources.

The conference was held at Edinborg Culture House as well as the University Centre and offered plenary sessions, parallel sessions, a poster session and a workshop – all in 2 days.

Ísafjörður might be small but has no trouble in serving a conference of this size thanks to many participating facilities and services (Edinborgahús, Edinborga Bistro, Vestfirskar ævintýraferðir, Hotel Ísafjörður, Fræðslumistöð Vestfjarða, Fisherman, Gústi Productions, Sophus Magnússon bifreiðastjóri).

For questions please contact astrid@uw.is.

Photos from the symposium:

Day 1

Day 2

Astrid Fehling, CoastGIS 2018 project manager giving her opening remarks.
Astrid Fehling, CoastGIS 2018 project manager giving her opening remarks.
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International GIS conference in Ísafjörður

The International Symposium of GIS and Computer Cartography for Coastal Zone Management will be held in Ísafjörður 27-29 September 2018. It is still possible to register for the conference!

 

 

Icelandic Courses for five weeks

Soon our Icelandic Language courses will come to an end as the final days of the Intermediate course are upon us. The courses began on July 31 with the three-week Beginners A1-A2 course, followed by a one week Crash Course A1 and finally the ongoing Intermediate course. This year we have had over 60 students in the courses, including a Crash Course taught in May.

Students on the beginners course with staff and teachers.
Students on the beginners course with staff and teachers.

E mail services - Notice about changes

The University Centre of the Westfjords is in the process of switching email services from Snerpa to G Suite and therefore the Snerpa webmail is now closed.

Lunch Lecture in high summer: Work on hydrodynamic ocean modelling in Skutulsfjörður

Even though UW's weekly Lunch Lectures are on summer holidays, some research students from SeaTech Toulon are at work together with their supervisor, Björn Erlingsson. They are modelling the ocean currents in Skutulsfjörður, the fjord where the town of Ísafjörður is located on a sandreef in the middle of the fjord, and will present their findings on Friday, 27.02.2018, at 12:10, the normal time of Vísindaport Lunch Lectures.

 

Research students from SeaTech Toulon at work with taking samples. Not a bad working place, still obviously difficult to get everybody on the picture.
Research students from SeaTech Toulon at work with taking samples. Not a bad working place, still obviously difficult to get everybody on the picture.

10 years SIT Study Abroad in Ísafjörður - Alumni meet with this year's field school

Even though the University Center of the Westfjords (UW) is still a relatively young institution, some of its activities have already put down long roots. For the first time now, alumni from the School for International Training (SIT) have met in Ísafjörður for a ten years reunion to reminisce in good memories.

New York Times Student Journey - Iceland: Energy & Climate Change at the Arctic Circle

Today we welcomed a group of 17 very interested US - High School students and their leaders Patrick Hagarty and Steph Yin traveling with the New York Times. The group is visiting the Westfjords to learn about renewable energy and the impacts of climate change in remote arctic communities.

New Program in Regional Development postponed by one year

On March 8th the University Centre received the official confirmation that the Ministry of Culture and Education would fund the new master's program in Coastal Communities and Regional Development. When the green light was given by the Ministry in March, the time frame was too short to attract students to a new program in the Westfjords, even though UW took advantage of the latest possible deadline, June 5th. 

CMM Graduate Receives National Geographic Early Career Grant

Brianna Bambic, soon to graduate from the Coastal and Marine Management master’s program at the University Center of the Westfjords, was recently awarded the National Geographic Early Career Grant. Her initial master’s thesis involved the creation of a new immersive virtual experience that allowed participants to see the changing Belizean reef from the last 40 years.

Briana Bambic was recently awarded a National Geographic Early Career Grant.
Briana Bambic was recently awarded a National Geographic Early Career Grant.

Research Photo Exhibition

On Tuesday a group of researchers in the Westfjords joined together and opened a photo exhibition in Edinborgarhúsið Culture House in Ísafjörður. The photos will be hosted at the local restaurant Hamraborg and will then be featured in other communities around the Westfjords.

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