The Fisheries Science Centre
The Fisheries Science Centre at the University of Akureyri was officially opened on Thursday 16 April 2009, when a contract was signed between UNAK and the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture.
The Centre was established to support the policy of the University of Akureyri (UNAK) to strengthen ties between the industry and the University; strengthen mutual relations and research and the acquisition and dissemination of knowledge within the fishing industry.
The Centre also aims to strengthen the leadership of UNAK in education and research on the fisheries sector with the promotion of applied research, projects and training related to fisheries. This means, among other things, to enhance cooperation with the sector, to improve the public image of fisheries and promote the education at UNAK. The Fisheries Science Centre will seek to achieve their goals by:
- Gathering and disseminating information on fisheries.
- Being responsible for organising research projects and implementing them.
- Promoting innovation and supporting entrepreneurial activities in the fisheries sector.
- Promoting cooperation with domestic and foreign research institutes and other parties on any matter concerning fisheries.
- Organising and participating in conferences, discussion meetings, seminars, lectures and other educational activities.
- Connecting students at UNAK with projects in cooperation with companies.
- Providing service research in its own name.
- Collecting information on fisheries in a database which is useful in research.
- Participating in publications and the collection of books, periodicals and other materials on fisheries.
The Centre is an institution under the University but obtains its funding independently. There are three formal employees at the Centre: one full-time employee and two part-time employees. The Centre has one full-time position, which is strengthened through research grants, individual projects and teaching within the University.
Furthermore, if you are looking for information on Icelandic fisheries or on the marine ecosystem around Iceland we would like to draw your attention to the web-site www.fisheries.is. This site was constructed by specialists at the University for the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture.
For more information please contact Rannveig Björnsdóttir.