Research facilities and equipment
Natural resource studies are mainly science based and the facilities for research and practical training are therefore extremely important for both students and teachers.
Borgir, the research building
The research and innovation centre Borgir, which opened in October 2004, has greatly improved the University's research facilities and the practical science training within the Faculty of Natural Resource Sciences. The building, which spans 5,500 m2 (and a latter addition, another 2000 m2), also houses many institutions that work in close collaboration with the Faculty of Natural Resource Sciences, such as a branch of the Marine Research Institute, the Akureyri divisions of the Icelandic Institute of Natural History and the Environment Agency of Iceland, the Geophysics Division of the Icelandic Meteorological Office, the Stefansson Arctic Institute, the University of Akureyri Research Centre, and others.
The cooperation of these institutes and others in the research building now forms a solid knowledge base and offers excellent facilities for teaching and research in all fields of natural resources.
The Borgir building houses state-of-the-art laboratories and specially equipped classrooms for practical training in the various fields of natural resource sciences, for example, biotechnology, chemistry, physics and geophysics.
Research facilities are also found with the collaborative institutes in Borgir, such as an aquaculture division of Matis ltd. (formerly, the Icelandic Fisheries Laboratories), the Akureyri branches of the Marine Research Institute and the Icelandic Institute of Natural History, and a research division of the Icelandic Meteorological Office.
The University of Akureyri also works closely on research with the Food Research Centre at UNAK and AVS Biotech in natural resources management, both of which are situated in Borgir.
In addition to general lab equipment, the University possesses several specialised tools for the research and development work of experts in the Faculty of Natural Resource Sciences. Students are quite involved in that work in the latter stages of their studies.
Those specialised tools are, for example, for research in the field of molecular and systems biology, such as a DNA sequencer, a PCR (polymerase chain reaction) machine, equipment for two-dimensional electrophoresis of proteins (2D-PAGE), and for specialised analysis, for example, a gas chromatograph, an HPLC (high-performance liquid chromatography) and an XRF spectrometer.
Students in natural resource sciences and information technology have access to a high-quality environment for learning, assignments and research, and collaboration with companies and institutes ensures access to experts in all the academic fields of their Faculties.