Science and Education

Reykjalundur aims to encourage up-to-date research activity. The Research Manager together with the Science Council work together towards that aim. Reykjalundur has a research policy that regulates the research activity and there is a research fund that annually funds selected research projects.

Strong research activity requires a number of conditions such as:

  • Staff´s knowledge and interest in science and learning
  • Co-operation with the Universities, and cultivation of research interest and activities for undergraduate and graduate students by staff at Reykjalundur. Presently, there are formal agreements about co-operation between Reykjalundur and the University of Iceland and the University of Akureyri.
  • Encouragement and support from management for staff members who engage in scientific work and publish articles in peer reviewed journals.

Reykjalundur plays an important role in the teaching and training of social science and health students. Various health professionals work at Reykjalundur and the interdisciplinary approach applied at Reykjalundur makes it attractive both as a training and research facility.

Over the years numerous trainees from various disciplines such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, nursing, nursing assistance, social work, psychology, nutritional therapy, speech therapy and sport and health therapy have had practical placement training. The length of the placement and type of activities varies in according to discipline and the level of studies students are undertaking.

Many students have completed a research project at Reykjalundur as a part of their undergraduate or graduate university studies. In such instances the rule is that principal investigator and supervisor of the project is a staff member from Reykjalundur while the university supervisor is an academic staff member at the university.

Good co-operation between Reykjalundur and various educational institutions is an integral part of building knowledge and experience for future health and social sciences professionals in Iceland for the benefit of society as a whole.