Sustainability Institute and Forum (SIF)

Welcome to SIF!

The objective of SIF is to foster research and education in sustainable development focusing on the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). To this purpose, SIF will be inclusive and open to external ideas in order to account for the interdisciplinary nature of the SDGs.

At SIF, we support and engage in research activities that promote sustainable development across a variety of industry sectors. As a Reykjavik University research institution, we engage with both the School of Technology and the School of Social Sciences. 


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10.11.2022 : SIF Lecture Series Returns - November 15

SIF's lecture series returns for the 2022 - 2023 school year on November 15th with a lunch and learn lecture. The lecture will feature SIF's three initially funded PhD Research Projects from 2021. Rachel Brophy, Albert Alonso, and Brandon Velasquez will provide 15 minute presentations on their research and what the future holds for it.  


1.7.2022 : Students Win Sustainability Award For AI Assisted Trashing Sorting Bin

REYKJAVIK, June 23 - Congratulations to Daníel Logi Matthíasson Eva María Hönnud. Sigurthórsd., Kjartan Freyr Hafthórsson, Ólafur Gunnar Daníelsson, and Unnar Freyr Arnthórsson who were selected for the Sustainable Institute and Forum's Student Award in Sustainability for their work developing an AI-assisted trash sorting mechanism named the Epoch Smart Bin.


27.5.2022 : SIF Lecture Series - Magnus de Witt

REYKJAVIK, May 23 - The Sustainability Institute & Forum (SIF) hosted it's second lunchtime lecture series, featuring doctoral candidate Magnus de Witt. Magnus de Witt is a doctoral student at the Department of Engineering at Reykjavík University. His research interest focuses on energy-related issues in the Arctic, with a central focus on the energy transition in remote Arctic communities. His research includes energy security, energy policy, technologies, and community engagement. Magnus has traveled across the Arctic to conduct field studies and see the energy situation firsthand. Prior to his doctoral studies, Magnus earned an MSc in Sustainable Energy Engineering from the Iceland School of Energy and a BSc in Mechanical Engineering.


27.5.2022 : SIF Scholar Xavier Shioya Musonye Successfully Defends his PhD Thesis

REYKJAVIK, May 17 - At 13:00, Xavier Shioya Musonye successfully defended his culminating doctoral research in M103. Xavier performed optimization-based modeling of Kenya's energy system in order to uncover pathways towards secure, affordable, and sustainable energy services. His thesis committee was composed of Dr. Hlynur Stefánsson, Dr. Eyjólfur I. Ásgeirsson, and Dr. Ragnar Kristjánsson of Reykjavík University, as well as Dr. Brynhildur Davíðsdóttir, at the University of Iceland. Dr. Kenneth Karlsson, Senior Project Manager at IVL Svenska Miljöinstitutet, served as Xavier's examiner.


11.4.2022 : 2022 SIF Grant Calls Now Open

The 2022 Sustainability Institute and Forum (SIF) grant calls are now open for applications. In line with the outcome of our most recent strategy meeting, SIF will be offering grants for research projects and to support PhD students. The 2022 SIF Project Grant is aimed at supporting 3-6 projects of up to one year duration with expenses pertaining to RU students, materials, and grant-related costs. Travel costs are not permitted at this time. The 2022 SIF PhD Support Fund is aimed at providing bridge funding for up to two PhD student’s salary for one year (6m ISK), with consideration to their funding prospects from Reykjavik University and RANNIS. Applicants who apply for this grant are expected to also apply for the RANNIS Doctoral Student Grant.

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