Science Institute - University of Iceland

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Physics, Chemistry, and Mathematics (EH):

     Upper Atmosph. Sect.
     Applied Mathematics

Nanophysics laboratory

Institute of Earth Sciences
  Nordic Volcanological Center

University of Iceland
Science Institute
University of Iceland
Dunhaga 3
107 Reykjavik
Phone:+354 525-4800
Fax:   +354 552-8911

The Icelandic Research Fund awards two grants of excellence, seven project grants and four post-doctoral grants to scientists conducting research at the Science Institute.

January 24, 2014

The Icelandic Research Fund is a governmental budgeted fund, awarding grants within program policies issued by the Science and Technology Council of Iceland. Awards are based on external peer review of all new proposals. The fund is administrated by RANNÍS.

We congratulate grantees and coworkers, listed below, on their research project awards.
Further information:

Grant of excellence: Áslaug Geirsdóttir, Gifford H. Miller, Anne E. Jennings, Simon Belt, Gwenn E. Flowers, Guðfinna Aðalgeirsdóttir, Helge Drange, Finnur Pálsson, Eyjólfur Magnússon, Helgi Björnsson and Alexander H. Jarosch.
Integrating paleoclimate reconstructions with modeling to understand abrupt climate change in the northern North Atlantic region.
Further information of this project :

Grant of Exellence: Snorri Þór Sigurðsson, Thomas Prisner, Harald Schwalbe, Beatrix Suess and Hartmut Oschkinat.
Stable radicals for biophysical studies.

Further information of this project:


A new study led by scientists from the Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado Boulder and Institute of Earth Sciences, University of Iceland appears to answer contentious questions about the onset and cause of Earth's Little Ice Age, a period of cooling temperatures that began after the Middle Ages and lasted into the late 19th century.

The DOSECC GLAD-200 core rig at lake Hvítárvatn

Nature paper on crustal deformation and magmatic movements at Eyjafjallajökull volcano

Today a paper entitled Intrusion triggering of the Eyjafjallajökull explosive eruption is published in NATURE. Magmatic movements of the volcano have been measured in details with GPS geodesy and satellite radar interferometry and interpreted in terms of magma movements in a complicated plumbing system under the volcano. The results may provide general clues for how long-dormant volcanoes wake up and erupt, with evolving magma intrusions eventually hitting pockets of magma residing in volcano roots triggering explosive eruptions.
The results are the outcome of collaborative research between University of Iceland, Delft University of Technology, Netherlands, Icelandic Meteorological Office, University of Gothenburg, Sweden and University of Wisconsin- Madison, USA.

Further information on the homepage of Institute of Earth Sciences

Breakthrough in nano-optics
University of Iceland researchers develop plasmonic amplifier

Reykjavik - Researchers at the University of Iceland have demonstrated net optical amplification in a plasmonic waveguide. The results of the team around Kristjan Leosson and Malte Gather, which were published in the journal Nature Photonics this week, represent an important breakthrough in the field of plasmonics. Optical amplification is the only feasible strategy to make light travel over sizable distances when it is bound in a plasmonic mode. Achieving such a macroscopic propagation of surface plasma waves is critical for many applications of the emerging plasmonics technology, which range from compact communication devices and optical computing to the detection and characterization of cells, virus particles or even single molecules.


Joined scandinavian research project with participation from the Science Institute receives large Norwegian grant.

A joined research project concerning energy properties of matter, antimatter, atoms and molecules, involving participants from Norway, Denmark, Iceland as well as CERN was granted 7M NKr (155 M IKr) from the Research council of Norway. (more)

New Center of Computational Science at the Science Institute

A Center of Excellence grant from the Icelandic Research fund administered by RANNÍS amounting to 25 mkr. a year for 3 years will lay the foundation for a new Center of Computational Science at the Science Institute of the University of Iceland.  The Center will establish a stimulating environment for graduate student research and teaching in computational science and will operate a 800 compute unit computer cluster.  Initially, a total of 15 graduate students and post-docs will be working at the Center, in addition to the four principal investigators: Hannes Jónsson and Vidar Gudmundsson professors in the Science Department of the University of Iceland and Andrei Manolescu and Sigurdur I. Erlingsson professors at the Reykjavík University.

Memorandum of Understanding between NUU and SIUI

In April 2008 the Chairman of the Science Institute of the University of Iceland, Bryndís Brandsdóttir, and the President of the National United University in Miaoli Taiwan, Dr. Lung-Sheng Lee signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to encourage scientific cooperation between the two Institutes. (more)

A new center for micro- and nanotechnology at the Science Institute, University of Iceland

On September 29. september 2006 Kristín Ingólfsdóttir, rektor at the University of Iceland, officially opens this center.
(some photos)

Ari Ólafsson, associate professor in physics awarded

On September 22, 2006 Associate Professor Ari Ólafsson received the RANNÍS outreach award. For years Ari has been the department's most active member in outreach. He has held many courses and demonstrations for students and children of all ages. He is the driving force behind the "Experiment House", a project around the establishment of a science center, a place where the public can learn about physics and science through hands-on experience with experiments.


"Northern Hemisphere Glaciers: Past, Present and their Future Fate"

January 12, 2013
Helgi Björnsson's 70th year anniversary


Seminar - Physics Dept.

Seminars in chemistry and biochemistry

Mathematics Seminar

Honored research

High-rate continuous GPS observations in Iceland
Þóra Árnadóttir
Open positions:
  • Vacancy for a research scientist (post-doc) in the mathematics division

  • Postdoc in glaciology - Institute of Earth Sciences