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Science and Technology Policy Council 2016-2018

The role of the Science and Technology Policy Council is to support scientific research, science education and innovation in Iceland so as to strengthen the foundations of the Icelandic culture and increase the competitiveness of the economy. The Council sets the official science and technology policy for a three-year period. The Council's deliberations in each of the two fields are prepared by its working committees, the Science Board and the Technology Board. 

The Prime Minister chairs the Science and Technology Policy Council and is one of its permanent members together with the Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, the Minister of Education, Science and Culture and the Minister of Tourism, Industry and Innovation. The Prime Minister appoints two members to the Council. The other members of the Science and Technology Policy Council are nominated by:

  • the Rectors' Conference of Higher Education Institutions; (4) 
  • the Icelandic Confederation of Labour; (2) 
  • SA–Business Iceland; (2) 
  • the Minister responsible for science; (2)
  • the Minister responsible for industry, business development and Innovation; (2) 
  • the Minister responsible for health (1) 
  • the Minister responsible for environmental research (1) 

The Council operates pursuant to the Act on the Science and Technology Policy Council.

Composition of the Science and Technology Policy Council 2016 to 2018:

  • Katrín Jakobsdóttir, Prime Minister, chair
  • Lilja Alfreðsdóttir, Minister of Education, Science and Culture
  • Þórdís Kolbrún Reykfjörð Gylfadóttir, Minister of Tourism, Industry and Innovation
  • Bjarni Benediktsson, Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs 
  • Kristján Þór Júlíusson, Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture 
  • Svandís Svavarsdóttir, Minister of Health 
  • Guðmundur Ingi Guðbrandsson, Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources
  • Ari Kristinn Jónsson, Rector of the Reykjavik University, nominated by the Rectors‘ Conference of Higher Education Institutions. 
    Alternate: Fríða Björk Ingvarsdóttir, Rector of the Iceland Academy of the Arts.
  • Ásdís Jónsdóttir, Senior adviser at The Ministry of Education, Science and Culture, nominated by the Minister of  Education, Science and Culture. 
    Alternate: Stefán Baldursson, Head of Office, Science and Culture.
  • Erik Figueras Torras, Director of Technology at Síminn, nominated by SA-Business Iceland. 
    Alternate: Áslaug Hulda Jónsdóttir, Chair of the Union of Independent schools. 
  • Helga  Zoëga, PhD in Epidemiology and Associate Professor at the University of Iceland, appointed without nomination. Alternate : Tinna Laufey Ásgeirsdóttir, PhD in Health Economics and Professor at the University of Iceland. 
  • Gunnar Haraldsson, PhD in Economics, appointed without nomination. 
    Alternate: Kristján Leósson, Managing Director of the Department of Material, Biotechnology and Energy at The Innovation Center Iceland.
  • Eyjólfur Guðmundsson, Rector of the University of Akureyri, nominated by the Rectors‘ Conference of Higher Education Institutions. 
    Alternate: Erla Björk Örnólfsdóttir, Rector of the Hólar University College.
  • Eyrún Valsdóttir, Head of the Education Services of the ICL (ASÍ), nominated by The Icelandic Confederation of Labour. 
    Alternate: Finnbjörn A. Hermannsson, Chair of Byggidn, the Icelandic Builders‘ Union.
  • Guðni Axelsson, Director of Geothermal Training at ÍSOR, Iceland Geosurvey, nominated by the Minister for the Environment and Natural Resources. 
    Alternate: Ingvar Kristinsson, Director of Business Development, Icelandic Meteorological Office.
  • Jón Atli Benediktsson, Rector at the University of Iceland, nominated by the Rectors‘ Conference of Higher Education Institutions. 
    Alternate: Guðbjörg Linda Rafnsdóttir, Professor at the University of Iceland.
  • Karl Andersen, Professor at the Univeristy of Iceland, nominated by the Minister of Health. 
    Alternate: Erla Kolbrún Svavarsdóttir, Professor at the University of Iceland.
  • Ragnheiður H. Magnúsdóttir, Business Manager - Inside Sales at Marel, nominated by the Minister of Industry and Commerce. 
    Alternate: Elvar Knútur Valsson, expert at The Ministry of Industry and Innovation. 
  • Ragnhildur Helgadóttir, Professor and Dean of The Faculty of Law at the University of Reykjavík, nominated by the Minister of  Education, Science and Culture
    Alternate: Daði Már Kristófersson, Dean of The School of Social Sciences at The University of Iceland.  
  • Róbert Farestveit, Economist at the ICL, nominated by The Icelandic Confederation of Labour. 
    Alternate: Kristján Þórður Snæbjarnarson, Chair of the Union of Icelandic Electrical Workers.
  • Steinunn Gestsdóttir, Professor at the University of Iceland, nominated by the Rectors‘ Conference of Higher Education Institutions.  
    Alternate: Þórarinn Guðjónsson, Associate Professor at the University of Iceland.
  • Svana Helen Björnsdóttir, Executive Chair and Founder of Stiki, nominated by SA-Business Iceland.
    Alternate: Þorkell Sigurlaugsson, Executive Director of Finance and Faculty Management, Reykjavík University.
  • Sveinn Margeirsson, Director of Matís, nominated by the Minister of Fisheries and Agriculture. 
    Alternate: Helga Sigurrós Valgeirsdóttir, Business Manager Corporate Development & Marketing at Arion Bank.

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