Marine Litter Week at UW

This week the University Centre is hosting a Marine Litter Workshop. The workshop is run by Wouter Jan Strietman from Wageningen Economic Research and Martine van den Heuvel-Greve from Wageningen Marine Research at Wageningen University in the Netherlands. On Friday we also have one thesis defense on the topic plus a Lunch Lecture on the Arctic Marine Litter Project.

A part of the group participating in the Marine Litter Workshop.
A part of the group participating in the Marine Litter Workshop.

Everyone enjoyed a successful 3-week beginners’ course in Icelandic

Everyone enjoyed a successful 3-week beginners’ course in Icelandic

The past three weeks we had an ambitious group of language students here. From all over the world they came to Ísafjörður to learn Icelandic. For some of them it was the first course while others had some previous knowledge in Icelandic.

proud language students with their teachers
proud language students with their teachers
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New York Times Student Journey visiting the University Centre

Last Sunday we welcomed a group of high school students with the New York Times Student Journeys program.

The student group with their instructors Sean, Carolyn, and Tryggvi, UW Project Manager Astrid, as well as CMM-students Jake, Erin and Jamie.
The student group with their instructors Sean, Carolyn, and Tryggvi, UW Project Manager Astrid, as well as CMM-students Jake, Erin and Jamie.

UW receives Nordic Council of Ministers research grant on plastics

UW has received funding from the Nordic Council of Ministers Ocean Working Group for a project entitled “Plastics in commercial fish stocks of Norway, Iceland and Faroe Islands.”

Dr. Catherine Chambers, to the right and Dr. Pernilla Carlsson to the left at the harbor in Ísafjörður.
Dr. Catherine Chambers, to the right and Dr. Pernilla Carlsson to the left at the harbor in Ísafjörður.

One-Week intensive Icelandic Course

Last week seven students attended the one-week Crash Course in Icelandic language offered at the University Centre.

The group of students with teacher Ólafur Guðsteinn and project manager Astrid Fehling.
The group of students with teacher Ólafur Guðsteinn and project manager Astrid Fehling.
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Dr. Matthias Kokorsch Hired as Program Director

The University Centre is offering a new master’s program in Coastal Communities and Regional Development to begin in Autumn 2019 and of course such a new program needs a director. The person hired is Dr. Matthias Kokorsch. Matthias holds a PhD from University of Iceland. The topic of his thesis was "Mapping Resilience – Coastal Communities in Iceland." 

Dr. Matthias Kokorsch has been hired as the program director for Coastal Communities and Regional Development.
Dr. Matthias Kokorsch has been hired as the program director for Coastal Communities and Regional Development.

Beach Debris Research Field Trip

University Centre Coastal and Marine Management students conducted beach debris research near Hólmavík in the Pollution in the Coastal Arctic course, taught by Pernilla Carlsson from NIVA in Norway. Hólmavík is in the Strandir region of Iceland, which is a hotspot for beach debris because of the ocean currents that channel debris to this area, providing a good chance for the students to research the amount and types of debris.

The group of students collected debris from 800 meters of beach.
The group of students collected debris from 800 meters of beach.
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Coastal Studies Students at Arctic Frontiers

Conferences play an intricate role in becoming a scientist and our large faculty and advisor network ensures our students have many interesting options to chose from during their career here at the University Center of the Westfjords and beyond. Last week the 13th annual Arctic Frontiers conference was held in Tromsø in Norway. The conference is a global event, linking policy, business and science for responsible and sustainable development of the Arctic. This year UW was well represented at Arctic Frontiers by students, alumni and instructors alike.

Coastal Studies students and instructor at Arctic Frontiers. From the left: Adriana Neeltje de Vries, Ignacio Baena Vega, Madeleine Purver, Alexandra Stocker, Zoe Walker and instructor Pernilla Carlsson.
Coastal Studies students and instructor at Arctic Frontiers. From the left: Adriana Neeltje de Vries, Ignacio Baena Vega, Madeleine Purver, Alexandra Stocker, Zoe Walker and instructor Pernilla Carlsson.
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Sustainability of Coastal Tourism Destinations

Johanna Schumacher, a 2014 graduate of the Coastal and Marine Management program at UW just published her article, “Measuring and comparing the sustainability of coastal tourism destinations in Germany, Lithuania, and Indonesia” in the multidisciplinary journal Environment, Development, and Sustainability.

Johanna Schumacher, a 2014 graduate of the Coastal and Marine Management program at UW just published an article in the peer reviewed journal Environment, Development, and Sustainability.
Johanna Schumacher, a 2014 graduate of the Coastal and Marine Management program at UW just published an article in the peer reviewed journal Environment, Development, and Sustainability.

Master‘s Programs Contract Renewed

Several staff members recently traveled up north to visit the University of Akureyri (UNAK). The main purpose of this visit was to renew the master´s program contract between UW and UNAK. Whilst up north the staff also used the opportunity to meet with numerous officials at UNAK.

Eyjólfur Guðmundsson, rector of the University of Akureyri and Peter Weiss, director of the University Centre signed a renewed contract between the institutions.
Eyjólfur Guðmundsson, rector of the University of Akureyri and Peter Weiss, director of the University Centre signed a renewed contract between the institutions.
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