Sudurnes Science and Learning Center

SnigillSudurnes Science and Learning Center is a research center with emphasis on natural science and related subjects. Southwest Iceland Nature Research Institute and The University of Iceland´s Research Center in Sudurnes are part of the center. The main focus for The University of Iceland´s Research Center in Sudurnes has been on research and teaching using the clean water (e.g. ecotoxicology), organisms from the wild (e.g. new species for aquaculture or fisheries) and prevention and cure of diseases in aquaculture or in the wild. Southwest Iceland Nature Research Institute collects and stores information and data regarding nature in the Sudurnes region. The main focus has been on ecological research and teaching.

Sudurnes Science and Learning Center is a Reykjanes UNESCO Global Geopark partner. The area was designated by UNESCO in 2015. UNESCO Global Geoparks are single, unified geographical areas where sites and landscapes of international geological significance are managed with a holistic concept of protection, education and sustainable development. Here you can read more about the Reykjanes Geopark.

The Center is also part of INTERACT, International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic, which is a circumarctic network of currently 84 terrestrial field bases in northern Europe, Russia, US, Canada, Greenland, Iceland, the Faroe Islands and Scotland as well as stations in northern alpine areas. INTERACT specifically seeks to build capacity for research and monitoring in the European Arctic and beyond, and is offering access to numerous research stations through the Transnational Access program. The network is funded by the European Union funding for Research and Innovation. Here you can read more about INTERACT.