The Icelandic Tourism Research CentreThe Icelandic Tourism Research Centre (ITRC) is a cooperative project between the University of Iceland, the University of Akureyri, Hólar University, The Icelandic Tourist Board and The Icelandic Travel Industry Association, receiving funding and goodwill from all of these along with backing from government funds.

The aim of this co-operation is the improvement and promotion of tourism research in Iceland and strengthening the bonds of research and industry through domestic and international collaborative projects.

Key words: #tourism #research #tourismimpacts #projects #arctic #collaboration #iceland

The Marine and Freshwater Research Institute copyMarine and Freshwater Research Institute (MFRI) is a government institute under the auspices of the Ministry of Industries and Innovation. The institute employs around 190 staff, operates 2 research vessels and 10 branches around the country, including an aquaculture experimental station.

MFRI conducts various marine and freshwater research and provides the Ministry with scientific advice based on its research on marine and freshwater resources and the environment. MFRI is leading in marine and freshwater research in Icelandic territories and the arctic, providing advice on sustainable use and protection of the environment with an ecosystem approach by monitoring marine and freshwater ecosystems.

Key words: #research #ocean #seal #whale #science


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Matís is a science and know-how community based on strong research infrastructure and collaboration with the aim to maximize the Impact of Investment in Research and Innovation. We provide our clients assistance to increase value, food safety and public health.

Matís is a government owned, non-profit, independent research company, founded in 2007 following the merger of three former public research institutes. We pursue research and development aligned to the food and biotechnology industries as well as providing Iceland’s leading analytical testing service for public and private authorities.


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The Northern Research Forum (NRF) provides an international platform for an effective dialogue between members of the research community and a wide range of stakeholders including researchers, educators, politicians, business leaders, civil servants, community leaders, NGO representatives, and resource users and managers.

Mr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, the President of Iceland (1996-2006), launched the idea of the NRF and it was formed a year later in 1999. The University of Akureyri and the Stefansson Arctic Institute in Akureyri, Iceland host the secretariat for the Northern Research Forum.

Key words: #international #dialogue #research #education #politics #business #ngo 


Protection of the Arctic Marine Environment (PAME) is a working group of the Arctic Council, a high-level intergovernmental forum to promote cooperation, coordination and interaction among the Arctic states of Canada, USA, Russia, Finland, Norway, Sweden, the Kingdom of Denmark (representing Greeenland, Faroe Islands and Denmark) and Iceland.

The working groups are an essential part of the Council, contributing valuable information to shape decision-making in the region. The PAME Working Group's activities are directed towards protection of the Arctic marine environment. 

Polar Law Institute logoThe Polar Law Institute is a non-profit research and education institution and operates within the University of Akureyri. It was established together and in cooperation with the Polar Law Programme at the University. The aim and purpose of Polar Law Institute is:

  • Organize symposiums, seminars and lectures on Polar law, including the annual Polar Law Symposium;
  • Support the Polar Law program of the University of Akureyri;
  • Provide teaching in individual courses or in cooperation with the University of Akureyri or other institutions;
  • Publication of books and Articles on Polar Law, including the Yearbook of Polar Law;
  • Enhance cooperation of academics, the public sector and the private sector within the field of Polar Law;
  • Strengthen cooperation of various parties in the interest of inter-disciplinary studies;
  • To raise funds for and carry out research projects in cooperation with other parties.

RU logo fsizeReykjavík University (RU) consists of four schools - the School of Business, School of Computer Science, School of Law and School of Science and Engineering. RU offers diploma, B.Sc., M.Sc. and Ph.D. programs. RU is a non-profit organization chartered by the Icelandic Chamber of Commerce, the Confederation of Icelandic Employers, and the Federation of Icelandic Industries.

The main focus of RU is on research, excellence in teaching, and cooperation with industry and the active business community. RU puts emphasis on innovation and entrepreneurship, international cooperation and standards as well as promoting interdisciplinary cooperation. 

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Rif Field Station is a non-profit organization established in 2014. Six Icelandic research institutions, along with the Norðurþing municipality, support the station. Rif aims to promote research and monitoring projects in Melrakkaslétta peninsula, gather and share information on the area’s natural environment, and support the local community.

Rif provides housing and research facilities for scientists interested in using the unique research possibilities that Melrakkaslétta has to offer. It is hoped that scientists will be conducting various research in the area on a permanent basis in the future. 

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