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.

The Westfjords Tourist Bureau

Friday´s lunch lecture, February 13, will be given by Jón Páll Hreinsson, manager of Markaðsstofu Vestfjarða, The Westfjords Tourist Bureau, who will speak about their goals and mission. Markaðsstofu Vestfjarða, is a non- profit organisation owned by the municipalities in the Westfjords, along with Atvinnuþróunarfélagi Vestfjarða and Ferðamálasamtökum Vestfjarða.


The goals of the Tourist Bureau are to provide information about the life, nature and society in the Westfjords to both foreign and national tourists, so that they can fully enjoy their time here. Their mission is also to increase overall awareness of both the Westfjords and Iceland.


The lunch lecture is in Icelandic and will take place at the University Centre, beginning at 12:10 in the caffeteria - all are welcome.

Climate Changes and Policy

Dr. Norm R. Catto, Professor of Geography, visiting from Memorial University, St. John's, Newfoundland, has begun teaching the last core class, Climate Change and Policy, for the Master´s Program in Coastal and Marine Management. His research interests include coastal geomorphology, sedimentology, Quaternary sea level change, and the impacts of climate change. He has been the editor-in-chief of "Quaternary International" since 1999, and previously was Associate Editor from the foundation of the journal in 1989.

Dr. Catto has also just completed the Canadian edition of "Natural Hazards and Disasters", a textbook for university students. His interests are in measuring weather driven events that are currently happening or will happen in the near future, and that are having impact on specific communities, as well as providing ideas as to how to cope with them. He and his students have research interests in the Canadian Arctic (Sachs Harbour, Gjoa Haven, Tuktoyaktuk), Serbia, South Korea, Germany, Argentina, Estonia (among others), and many places throughout Canada.
Professor Norm R. Catto
Professor Norm R. Catto

"An ambitious cross-disciplinary graduate program," says visiting Professor

Dr. Gabriela Sabau, instructor for Economics of Coastal and Marine Environments, gave an interview on the time she spent at the University Centre of the Westfjords. During the interview Dr. Sabu described a field trip she took with her students to the fish processing plants, Gunnvör and Klofningur, in Ísafjörður Municipality and stated, "I have learned as much as I have taught." Dr. Sabau was please with her time at the University Centre and expressed an interest to further collaborate with the University Centre of the Westfjords.

The interview was published on the Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, Memorial University´s website.

Shores and Storms: Coastlines in Atlantic Canada

Professor Norm R. Catto will be our guest Friday the 30th of January during the next Lunch lecture. Professor Catto currently teaches a course on climate changes and policy at the masters program in coastal and marine management at the University Centre.


Coastlines in Atlantic Canada are subject to numerous storm events, rising sea level, and human activities. Shorelines are dynamic and change rapidly in form and sediment texture, in response to all these stresses. Changes impact not only the landscape, but also human use of the coastlines, including infrastructure maintenance, housing development, tourism, and capelin harvesting (among others). Ongoing study allows us to understand the linkages among factors causing changes in the beach systems.


The talk will start at 12.10 in the University Centre's cafeteria and is open to the public. The talk will be given in English.

Proessor Norm R. Catto.
Proessor Norm R. Catto.

A split second

Ólafur Jens Sigurðsson will be our guest Friday the 23rd of January during the next Lunch lecture. Ólafur teaches physics and mathematics at the preparatory program for university entrance at the University Centre of the Westfjords.


Throughout the history of mankind, people have been interested in measuring time. In modern time, we do so with a device called the atomic clock. This lecture will describe the way such a clock works, what problems arise when such a clock is built, and plans to improve these clocks. Finally, Ólafur will discuss his master's thesis, about laser cooling of magnesium atoms.


The talk will start at 12.10 in the University Centres cafeteria and is open to the public. The talk will be given in Icelandic. Further information is available on our Icelandic site.


Coastal and Marine Politics and Policy

The spring semester in the Coastal and Marine Management program has commenced. This week, the students in the masters program, began the first of the final two core courses, Coastal and Marine Politics and Policy, taught by Auður H. Ingólfsdóttir.

Auður H. Ingólfsdóttir, Master of Arts in Law and Diplomacy , is trained in international relations with a specialization in environmental and resource policy . She has coordinated a master's programme in environmental studies for the University of Iceland, worked as a special advisor in the international office of the Ministry for the Environment, and as an environmental consultant. During the last two years she has worked for international missions in Sri Lanka and the western Balkans as an expert from the Icelandic Crisis Response Unit of the Foreign Ministry.

The last core class, Climate Change and Policy, will begin on January 26th. Upon completion of the core classes the students will begin their elective courses. During each three week module, the students will choose between two simultaneously taught electives.
Auður H. Ingólfsdóttir
Auður H. Ingólfsdóttir
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