Aquaculture research in Ísafjörður

This week's Lunch lecture, Friday 10th of October, will be an introduction to Aquaculture research conducted by Matís - Icelandic food research in Ísafjörður. Dr. Þorleifur Ágústsson will discuss the main research focus of the Matís branch in Ísafjörður that mainly concentrates on biological and technical solutions for aquaculture. The lecture is in Icelandic and starts at 12.10 and is open to everyone. Further information is available in Icelandic.

U.S. presidential elections

The Lunch lecture this Friday at the University Centre of the Westfjords will focus on the subject of the 2008 U.S. presidential elections. Mr. Jon Moody, Regional Security Officer at the U.S. Embassy in Reykjavík will talk about the two presidential candidates and the elections in general. The lecture starts at 12.10 and is open to everyone.

Jon Moody of Oklahoma is a career member of the United States Foreign Service at the U.S. Embassy in Reykjavik. From 2007 to 2008 he served at the U.S. Embassy in Kabul, Afghanistan. Mr. Moody's previous assignments have been Regional Security Officer, U.S. Consulate Lahore, Pakistan (2006-2007), Assistant Regional Security Officer, U.S. Embassy Monrovia, Liberia (2004-2006), Diplomatic Security's Criminal Investigative Liaison Branch in Washington, DC (2003-2004). Mr. Moody was sworn as a Special Agent of the Diplomatic Security Service in February 2003. Before joining the Foreign Service, he worked as a security specialist for the Diplomatic Security Service and the Immigration and Naturalization Service. Mr. Moody is a four-time recipient of the Department of State Meritorious Honor Award. He has a Bachelor's Degree in German Area Studies from Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas.

Lunch lecture on the martial art of the Vikings

In the first Lunch lecture of the semester, Dr. William Short will discuss the weapons and fighting techniques of the Viking age.


In this presentation, William will talk about the sources of information available for researching medieval martial arts. Next, he will discuss the weapons of the Viking age. Last, he will describe the results of his research, and talk about how the weapons were used by ordinary men, as a part of their everyday lives in the Viking age.


The results of the research are surprising. The Viking people created an effective martial arts system. Their fighting techniques were not crude or simple, but instead were subtle, elegant, and sophisticated.


Dr. William Short received a Doctor of Science degree from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1980. In recent years, he has been affiliated with the Higgins Armory Museum, a museum of arms and armor in the United States.

At the museum, staff members have been researching the martial arts of the European middle ages. Because of his interest in the Sagas of Icelanders and other medieval Icelandic literature, William has been researching the weapons and the fighting techniques of the Viking age, and he regularly demonstrates these techniques to museum visitors. He has written a book about his research, Viking Weapons and Combat Techniques, which will be published by Westholme Publishing in November, 2008.


The Lunch lectures are an informal venue for presenting research that is ongoing or completed. The presentations take around 20-30 minutes and after that discussions are welcome. The lectures take place in the cafeteria of the University Centre and is open to all.


More information:
Higgins Armory Museum
Westholme Publishing
Viking Weapons and Combat Techniques

Symposium and opening of master´s program

On Sunday the 31st of September at 16.00 PM the Minister of Education Mrs Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir will formally launch the new masters program in Coastal and Marine Management at the University Centre of theWestfjords. This marks a milestone in the activity of the University Centre of the Westfjords, since this is the first time that a whole programme is taught from beginning to end in the region.

Along with the launch of the masters program, a symposium on sustainable uses of Icelandic coastal zones will be held. The symposium will be opened by the minister of Fisheries and Agriculture Mr. Einar K. Guðfinnsson at 13.00 PM on Sunday and continue on Monday from 8.30 AM to 12.30 PM. Further information on the Symposium here.
The Minister of Education Mrs Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir
The Minister of Education Mrs Þorgerður Katrín Gunnarsdóttir

The University Centre at NAFSA 2008

The University Centre of the Westfjords will be represented at the NAFSA conference in Washington D.C. May 25. - 30th, in the Nordic Booth #1220. Feel free to contact Peter Weiss the University Centre´s director who will be there to answer any questions and enquiries.

International film festival, summer course and conference

An International film festival, summer course and conference will be held in Ísafjörður from May 29th to June 1st by NAFA (The Nordic Anthropological Film Association), The Museum of Jón Sigurðsson and The University Centre of the Westfjords, in association with Roots (a non-governmental organisation for multicultural society), The Department of Anthropology and Folkloristics of The University of Iceland and The Icelandic Anthropology Association.

The focus of the festival will be on how people from many different parts of the world manage to overcome various difficulties (i.e. breaking barriers) in their daily lives. The films come from various parts of the world, Canada, The US, The UK, Kenya, Malawi, South Africa, Mozambique, Norway, Sweden, Belgium, Germany, Romania, Brazil and Iceland.

Films will be screened in the afternoon and in the evening each day, but in the morning lectures and panel discussions will take place. Among participants are distinguished international. For further information please visit the festivals website.

The University Centre featured on UArctic Website

The University Centre of the West Fjords is featured on the Website of The University of the Arctic this month. The article focuses on the new masters program in Costal and Marine Management, which starts next September (open for enrolment now). It also shades light on other aspects of the University Centres activities, such as distance learning programs and Field Schools. To read the article click here.
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