Role and Operation

University of Iceland Institute of Research Centres


The University of Iceland‘s Institute of Research Centres was founded in 2003. The Institute is a venue for the University‘s collaboration with local authorities, institutions, businesses and individuals in rural areas. Its objectives are to meet the demand for research and education all over Iceland, to provide facilities for research projects dealing with local environmental and societal conditions, to provide facilities for students’ field work, to increase access to research based education in rural areas, and to strengthen the University’s ties to local enterprises and daily life in rural areas.

The Centres have had a positive impact on local societies by encouraging – and enabling - young researchers to make a career in research outside the capital area, by channelling research activities and research funding to rural areas, and by increasing the University’s cooperation with local research initiatives.

The Institute's manager is Sæunn Stefánsdóttir.


The University of Iceland's Research Centre in Húsavík

The main premise for locating a marine biology research center in Húsavík are:

  • Broad knowledge and local interest in marine mammals
  • Strong support in the fishing- and whale watching industry
  • Unique access to whales in their natural invironment
  • Strong synergies in management

The Research Centre in Húsavík shares building with the Húsavík Academic Center and cooperates with Húsavík Academic Center, North East Iceland Nature Center, The Húsavík Whale Museum, whale watching companies and more associates.

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