2nd Sustainability Conference at the University of Akureyri

The annual sustainability conference

For the second time, the University of Akureyri holds the annual sustainability conference, organized by the environmental council.
This year we welcome internationally renowned speakers from seven countries, focusing on topics of current public concern such as plastic waste management, wastewater treatment, and protection of the oceans.

Participation is free and the conference will be held both on-site and online.

Join Zoom Meeting 

or personally in room m101, Sólborg, university of akureyri

Program in PDF form


09:00 – 09:15 Opening Note
Giorgio Baruchello (University of Akureyri, Iceland)

09:15 – 10:15 Student session
Chair: Julie Madsen (University of Akureyri, Iceland)
Round table discussion about student engagement in environmental management processes and sustainability aspects of Universities. Presentation of student research projects.

10:15 – 10:45 Climate change, air pollution, and seasonal depression
Yvonne Höller (University of Akureyri, Iceland)

10:45 – 11:00 short break

11:00 – 11:30 Case study Akureyri. Akureyri’s sewer system: past, present and future / Views on waste-water treatment in Iceland
Hrönn Brynjarsdóttir (Nordurorka, Akureyri, Iceland), Natalia Ramirez (University of Akureyri, Iceland)

11:30 – 12:00 Safeguarding soils for a sustainable future
Thomas Fritz Schmid Sutter (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain)

12:00 – 13:00 Lunch break

13:00 – 14:00 Keynote lecture: Open net pen fish farming
Alexandra Morton (Director and Founder of Raincoast Research, Canada)

14:00 – 14:15 short break

14:15 – 14:45 Climate change and the impact and future of snow sports
Caroline Dodd (Cornell University, New York)

14:45 – 15:15 Augmented Fashion
Karen Cross (Robert Gordon University, Scotland)

15:15 – 15:30 short break

15:30 – 16:00 Why existing international agreements to regulate marine plastic pollution are failing
Elizabeth Mendenhall (Fulbright Iceland visiting scholar, University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island)

16:00 – 16:30 Working for Plastic Law Reform in Canada
Calvin Sandborn (Legal Director, Environmental Law Centre, University of Victoria, Canada)
Edith Barabash (Articled Student, Environmental Law Centre, University of Victoria, Canada)
Adele DesBrisay (Co-op Student, Environmental Law Centre, University of Victoria, Canada)

16:30 – 17:00 Problems with plastic waste and the recycling industry in Iceland and the Nordics
Bjartmar Alexandersson (Stundin, Iceland)

17:00 - 17:30 Origin Plastics - 'Circularity you can see'
Daniel Sutherland (Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen)

Program from last year

1st Sustainability Workshop