Two master´s courses

The first two elective courses of the summer term in the Master´s of Coastal and Marine Management at the University Centre of the Westfjords , began this week. The summer elective courses are open to eligible individuals interested in furthering their education in the field.

Jón Ólafsson
Jón Ólafsson
The second course, Evaluating Variation in Population and Communities, is taught by Dr. Emil Olafsson, a marine biologist. Dr. Ólafsson sits on the editorial committees of several international journals including Marine Ecology Progress Series. He is the founder and Scientific Director of Menntun, a consultancy company specializing in environmental research and education.

The following two three-week courses offered are Planning of Coastal and Marine Regions and On the Law of the Sea and Environment.

Environmental philosophy - lecture time correction

The lecture on Environmental Philosophy tomorrow, March 22 will start at 9 am, not 1pm as formerly announced.

Lecturer is Guðbjörg R. Jóhannesdóttir, MA in environmental philosophy from the University of Lancaster, UK, and presently doctoral student at the University of Iceland. Guðbjörg will introduce the concept environmental philosophy as well as some of its subfields, fx the the aesthetics of nature and the philosphy of nature conservation.

 

The lecture will be in English and is held in connection with the course Human Ecology, which is one of the elective courses of the master´s program in Coastal and Marine Management.

Environmental Philosophy - open lecture

Wednesday April 22, at 1pm - 4pm, there will be an open lecture on Environmental Philosophy at the University Centre of the Westfjords. Lecturer is Guðbjörg R. Jóhannesdóttir, MA in environmental philosophy from the University of Lancaster, UK, and presently doctoral student at the University of Iceland. Guðbjörg will introduce the concept environmental philosophy as well as some of its subfields, fx the the aesthetics of nature and the philosphy of nature conservation.

The lecture will be in English and is held in connection with the course Human Ecology, which is one of the elective courses of the master´s program in Coastal and Marine Management.

Master´s program in Coastal and Marine Management covered by the TV news

The Icelandic National Broadcasting Service recently covered the master´s program in Coastal and Marine Management at the University of the Westfjords. One of the students, Tanja Geis from Hong Kong, was interviewed about her stay in Ísafjörður. The story has been published on the website of the broadcasting service, please click here.

The Westfjords Heritage Musuem

Jón Sigurpálsson and Björn Baldursson of the Westfjords Heritage Musuem will be our guests during the Next Lunch Lecture, Friday March 27. They will give a brief introduction to the activities of the museum, e.g. its exhibition, boat conservation and the museum´s own production of salt fish.

The talk will begin at 12.10 in the University Centre´s cafeteria and is open to the public. The talk will be in Icelandic and further information is available on our Icelandic site.

International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

In celebration of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, Micaela Kristin-Kali will speak about what she has learned in Iceland. She will also report Dorrit's, the President's wife, statement on this day, in 2001, when the feast of nations was celebrated.

Micaela first came to Iceland as a tourist in 1989, and fell in love with the country upon her arrival in Keflavík. She waited for her kids to grow up so she could return. In January 2001, she flew over the Atlantic with her belongings and officially made Iceland her home.

Micaela is a former yuppie who worked in crisis management for a large telecommunication company in the USA for many years. She has a PhD in theology and is interested in the question: Why is Christmas celebrated?

The talk will start at 12.10 in the University Centre´s cafeteria and is open to the public. It is held in collaboration with The Multicultural Centre in Ísafjörur, Roots, a society for cultural diversity and the Red Cross. The talk will be given in English.

Art Exhibition at the University Centre

Gallery Dynjandi , in Bílduldalur, is traveling around the Westfjords displaying " Stone from Bíldudalur" and the "Westfjords at Winter". The exhibition will be open at the University Centre March 7 and 8 between 13.00 and 18.00.

The exhibition is a combination of sculptures and paintings by Hanna Woll from Germany and photographs, three dimensional pictures and projected photos by Hafdís Húnfjörð from Tálknafjörður.

Jón Þórðarson, the curator, will talk about the works with guests, focusing specifically on the photographs. On March 7, Jón will discuss the exhibit with the guests throughout the day and on March 8, he will be available for further discussion during the last two hours.

The Last Grocers in Reykjavík

The corner shop Kjötborg in Reykjavík
The corner shop Kjötborg in Reykjavík
The talk will begin at 12.10 in the University Centre´s cafeteria and is open to the public. The talk will be in Icelandic and further information is available on our Icelandic site.

Presentations of Final work on Fishing Technologies

The students from The United Nations University Fisheries Training Programme in Iceland, who have been here working in the Unviersity Centre of the Westfjods and with the Icelandic Marine Research Institute in Isafjordur since November, will be presenting their final projects on Friday, March 6. Einar Hreinsson and Ólafur Arnar Ingólfsson from the Marine Research Institute, have been guiding the students in their diverse interests and projects on better and more efficient fishing technologies.
Roany Martinez (Cuba), Makkhen Kheng (Cambodia), Kingsley Madalo Thengo (Malawi) Mahadew Rama Kokane (India) Theofillus Kairua (Namibia)
Roany Martinez (Cuba), Makkhen Kheng (Cambodia), Kingsley Madalo Thengo (Malawi) Mahadew Rama Kokane (India) Theofillus Kairua (Namibia)

Research and Education in Industrial Ecology

Professor Ronald Wennersten from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden, will be our guest Friday the 20th of February during the next Lunch lecture. Professor Wennersten currently teaches a course on Conflict Resolution in Resource Management at the masters program in Coastal and Marine Management at the University Centre. In his talk Professor Wennersten will talk about research and education in Industrial Ecology.

Industrial Ecology - Science for Sustainable Development

 

The problem

 

It is increasingly obvious that our increased capabilities resulting from technological development have been accompanied by problems that now require urgent solutions. Technology is a driving force for global economic development, but more research must be devoted to how technology can contribute to the long-term sustainability of social and economic systems and the carrying capacity of ecosystems.

 

The way societies have developed today is more or less built on four principles:

 

1. We extract minerals and fossil fuels from the Earth's crust.
2. We produce utilities using increasing amounts of fossil fuels (oil, gas, coal).
3. When the resources have been used they are turned into waste in landfills.
4. We dispose of wastes in water and air through dilution in recipient waters and in the atmosphere


To turn to new pathways we need a new kind of knowledge to solve the problems that the old kind of knowledge has created. This knowledge has to be built on a holistic framework with knowledge from many of the old disciplines.

 

Industrial Ecology - the solution?

 

Industrial Ecology is such an interdisciplinary framework for designing and operating human societies in a more sustainable way. It examines local, regional and global uses and flows of materials and energy in products, processes, industrial and consumer sectors and focuses on the potential role of industry, authorities and the public sector in reducing environmental burdens throughout the life cycle of different products. Industrial Ecology requires us to understand how the industrial system works, how it is regulated and its interaction with society and the biosphere in order to determine how it could be restructured to make it more sustainable. In Industrial Ecology we utilise all the new knowledge that is developing in areas such as energy and environmental technology and also experiences from urban planning. In this way we can put the pieces together and build a more sustainable Earth.

 

Sustainable Development requires partnerships in which industry, local and regional authorities, NGOs and universities are important actors. Sustainable Development is fundamentally a political process, but universities can play an important role in this process by developing more sound scientific knowledge.

 

One example of research at the Department of Industrial Ecology is a new residential area in Stockholm where an Industrial Ecology model has been developed and is now being evaluated. This model is the basis for designing a sustainable city area where energy, material and water can be utilised in a more sustainable way. The model will be used for developing new sustainable areas in Stockholm in the future. In this way a more holistic approach can be taken in urban development.

 

For those companies that understand that the future lies in the development of sustainable solutions, there is an enormous business potential in the future.

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