INTERACT phase II Kick-off meeting in Iceland

The first meeting of  INTERACT  (International Network for Terrestrial Research and Monitoring in the Arctic) in 2017 was held in Keflavík, Iceland on January 24th to 27th. The meeting marks the kick-off of INTERACT phase II, but the project has been funded through the Horizon2020 program of the European Union. The project, it’s 9 different work packages and the coordination between them was introduced and discussed during the meeting.

Rif Field Station will take part in three work packages (WP) within INTERACT phase II, no. 3,5 and 7. WP 3 is the Station Manager’s Forum – a communication and consulting platform for station managers. WP 5 is dedicated to Transnational Access of scientists to different stations within the network. Rif has already gotten noticeable attention and interesting applications  for 2017 through this package. Last but not least, Rif is part of WP 7, which revolves around improving and harmonising biodiversity monitoring. This project is managed by CAFF (Conservation of Arctic Flora and Fauna) and is based on the (Circumpolar Biodiversity Monitoring Program (CBMP). Along with Rif Field Station, two other stations participate in this package; the Cambridge Bay station in Canada and the  Zackenberg station in Greenland. These three stations will work together on the implementation of the CBMP terrestrial and freshwater monitoring components, with Rif serving as a model on how to successfully build up such a monitoring plan from scratch.  The project is very important for the increase and enhancement of ecological research and monitoring, both domestically and internationally. It is also in good harmony with Iceland’s policies and commitments regarding these matters. 

Below are pictures from the meeting, but along with discussing the project itself and its components, the group went on an excursion along the Reykjanes peninsula. The facilities and operations of the Suðurnes Science and Learning Centre were also introduced. The centre, which is also a member of INTERACT, hosted the Kick-off meeting in Keflavík.

IPTRN conference in Raufarhöfn, August 30th to September 2nd 2016

The IPTRN conference that was held here in Raufarhöfn  is now formally over, with the 50 polar tourism researchers that have been with us here for the last few days starting their journey home this morning. Everything has gone according to plan and the event has been filled with useful information, exchange of ideas, thoughts and good advise.

Big thank you to all of the people in the area that made this happen – the conference guests were extremely happy about the hospitality, the place itself and the positive attitude and energy they found at every step. We can be sure to see many of them again here in the not so distant future!

Funding from the Northeast Iceland Development fund

Last Wednesday, May 18th, the Northeast Iceland development fund (Uppbyggingarsjóður Norðurlands eystra) held a formal grant awarding ceremony in Breiðamýri, Reykjadalur. A large group of people attended, many of them who were receiving a grant to work on exciting projects, both involving innovation and economic activies as well as cultural projects and events.

We are very glad to inform you that Rif Field Station is one of the projects that was rewarded a grant at this time, and we are looking forward to put this important funding to good use in the further development of the station and its operations. Thus, we greet the summer full of optimism, ready for the many exciting projects ahead here in Raufarhöfn and Melrakkaslétta.

Jónína project manager (to the right) received the grant certificate on behalf of Rif. With her on the picture is Ingibjörg Hanna Sigurðardóttir, who received a grant on behalf of the project „Raufarhöfn and the future“.

Happy New Year!

Even though it still looks a bit like Christmas, the days are growing longer here in Raufarhöfn, just like elsewhere in Iceland. Therefore it is definitely time for Rif Field Station’s only employee to return – and we are happy to say that she will be staying with us for the rest of 2016! To celebrate the good news, the town and its harbour decided to put on their best winter coat for today.