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I worked at the Icelandic Centre for Research (RANNIS) between 1994 and 2007. My main duties at RANNIS were to run and administrate competitive research funds and participate in international research collaboration.
Since 2007, I have been the director of Reykjavik University Research Services. My main duties have been financing of research, running projects, monitoring financing opportunities, research evaluation and dissemination of research and international collaboration in research. I have also been teaching academics to write applications to competitive funds and to write scientific articles in peer-reviewed journals.
Reykjavík 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. In addition, RU’s Open University serves both companies and individuals in the community with various options for continuous education. 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. RU is the second largest university in Iceland, with approximately 3300 students, 250 full time faculty and staff in addition to 200 part time lecturers. The employees of the university come from around 20 countries (EU and non-EU). Approximately 140 academic employees (assistant professors, associate professors, professors, adjuncts, postdoctoral fellows, guest professors, and other specialists) currently work at RU on various research projects in collaboration with both domestic and international research institutions and companies.
RU Research Services was established in September 2007 and its main objectives are:
I. Financing research:
Monitor financing opportunities nationally and abroad (EU and USA).
Assist academic employees in writing application to competitive funds.
Assist academic employees in writing reports and running research projects.
II. Research evaluation:
Collect data, statistics and reports on research activities within RU.
Coordinate RU annual research assessment.
III. Dissemination and cooperation:
Publish and present RU research.
Contact person to national and international competitive research funds.
University of Iceland: B.Sc.-degree in biology
University of Iceland: Postgraduate-study. Investigations on bumblebees (Bombus spp.) in Iceland 1985-1989: The Royal Veterinary and Agricultural University, Denmark: Ph.D.-degree. Field: Insect pollination of cultivated crop plants 1994-2003: The Icelandic Research Council (RANNIS), Iceland: Head of Science Division and Assistant Director 2003-2007: The Icelandic Centre for Research (RANNIS), Iceland: Head of Division for Research and Innovation and Assistant Director 2007-2013: Reykjavik University, Iceland: Director of RU Research Services since 2013: Reykjavik University, Iceland: Executive Director of RU Research and Information (Three departments: RU Research Services, RU IT Department and RU Library and Information Services)