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Master's Defense

On November 3rd, 2020, Sveinbjörg Smáradóttir, an SVS staff member, defended her MA thesis at the Department of Social Sciences at the University of Akureyri. The thesis´s title is Social Media and Quality of Life among Young Adults in Northern Iceland and it is related to the Arctic Youth and Sustainable Futures project, which is on-going international research led by Dr. Joan Nymand Larsen at the Stefansson Arctic ...

Hermann Pálsson Memorial Lecture, 21 November

Dr Astrid Ogilvie will give the Hermann Pálsson Memorial Lecture on the occasion of the annual conference of the Scottish Society for Northern Studies on Saturday 21 November 2020. The event, titled On the Horizon: Scotland, the Sea, and the Northern World, will take place virtually using Zoom. Consisting of four papers and a brief panel discussion, the conference will highlight current cross-disciplinary research on the ...

Online Conference 5 Nov. 2020

Stefansson Arctic Institute researchers Dr. Catherine Chambers and Dr. Níels Einarsson will discuss “The Humans – Reflections on Icelanders and Arctic Research in the Anthropocene”, at the online conference on Thursday, November 5, 2020 at 2 PM UTC+01. The Centre for Arctic Studies at the University of Iceland, the Icelandic Arctic Cooperation Network and the West Nordic Council in collaboration with the Nordic House, the Icelandic Chairmanship of the Arctic Council and the Arctic Circle have organized a series of online discussions, taking place in the fall of 2020, on key Arctic issues highlighted by ...

Dr Astrid Ogilvie: Online lecture, Friday 25 September 2020

Online lecture by Dr Astrid Ogilvie at the University of the Highlands and Islands, Friday 25th September, 16.00-17.00 UK time. The lecture‘s title is Reflections of Change: The Natural World in Literary and Historical Sources from Iceland ca. AD 800 to 1800. As part of the University of the Highlands and Islands Archaeology Institute Research series this seminar on the environmental history of Iceland looks at weather, climate, and other environmental information in Icelandic literature from the Early Medieval period until c.1800. The famous...

New research project: JUSTNORTH

New research project: JUSTNORTH – Toward Just, Ethical and Sustainable Arctic Economies, Environments and Societies Researchers at the Stefansson Arctic institute have been successful in securing EU funding with a consortium of 15 partners for a project on Arctic sustainable development. The project is JUSTNORTH – Toward Just, Ethical and Sustainable Arctic Economies, Environments and Societies. JUSTNORTH has been awarded ...

Cryosphere 2020: Symposium in Reykjavík, 21-24 September 2020

The Icelandic Meteorological Office, the WMO Global Cryosphere Watch (GCW) and the International Glaciological Society (IGS) will, in cooperation with several international scientific organizations and research institutes, including the Stefansson Arctic Institute, host a symposium on the Earth’s Cryosphere in Reykjavík, Iceland, 21–24 September, 2020. Registration is open. See...

Nansen Professorship Inaugural Lecture

The new Nansen Professor, Gunnar Rekvig, will give his inaugural lecture at the University of Akureyri on Thursday, 28 November 2019 at 12:00 to 13:00 in M102. Click on heading for more info.

ASSW 2020 Travel Support

Travel support for attending the Arctic Science Summit Week (ASSW) in Akureyri, Iceland, 27 March - 2 April 2020 is currently available. Application dead-line is 12 December 2019. Late applications will not be considered. No exceptions will be made. Click on headline for more.

New Nansen Professor at the University of Akureyri

Gunnar Rekvig has been selected as the 2019-2020 Nansen Professor in Arctic studies at the University of Akureyri. Rekvig holds a PhD in International and Regional Studies from Tokyo University of Foreign Studies (TUFS), and an MPhil degree in Peace and Conflict Transformation from UiT The Arctic University of Norway. He was previously an Assistant Professor at Tokyo University of Foreign Studies, World Language and ...

Stefansson Memorial Lecture 2019

The 2019 Vilhjálmur Stefansson Memorial Lecture was held in Reykjavík on 10 October. This year the attended the lecture formed part of the Arctic Circle Assembly programme. The lecture, titled „An Arctic without End: Visions for our Planet in an Age of the Anthropocene“ was presented by Dr. Michael Bravo of the Scott Polar Research Institute, Cambridge University. Introductory speeches were also made by Dr. Ólafur Ragnar Grímsson, chairman of ...