Matchmaking heaven in Reykjavik: networking for researchers

Develop your dream project and make your professional networking even more creative at our matchmaking day in Reykjavik! Register and join us September 19th 2019.

We have prepared our Matchmaking Day for you to not just dream, but to realize your dreams. You will get to know more about our funding opportunities and how to write successful applications, and there will also be workshops to develop your best ideas.

As our guest we have invited an expert on creativity: Dr Hannes Ottosson, project manager at Innovation Centre Iceland and Adjunct lecturer at the University of Iceland where he teaches innovation and business development (fields of interest; innovation, entrepreneurship, business development, social capital, social innovation, cluster development and innovation education). He will give us insight in how to make our research networks creative and effective and there will be some workshops for you to enhance and improve your networking in a hands-on way.

The matchmaking day is held back-to-back with NordGen Forests conference, Future Forest Health – Early detection and mitigation of invasive pests and diseases in Nordic forests, taking place in Reykjavik September 17-18, the days just before our Matchmaking Day!

Matchmaking Day Reykjavik
Date: September 19th, 2019
Time: 08.30-14.15
Cost: € 0  (Travel grant for PhD students: See details below)
Venue: Grand Hotel Reykjavik
Adress: Sigtún 38, 105 Reykjavík, Iceland
Map and directions

08:30 Coffee, tea and mingle
09:00 Welcome
09:15 Creativity Workshop: My Dream Project
09:35 Information from Nordic Forest Research (SNS), Nordic Agri Research (NKJ), The Forest Bioeconomy Network and NordGen Forest: How to apply for our funding, tips and trix
10:30 Creative networking: Hannes Ottósson from Innovation Centre Iceland and University of Iceland will help us explore creativity
11:00 Lunch and networking
12:15 Group exercise: “Networking treasures”
13:00 Speed Dating to advance your dream project
13:45 Concluding remarks
14:15 Coffee, tea and mingle

The day is free of charge, register before September 2!

You can change or delete your registration until September 2 (for travel grant holders the latest date to change your mind is July 22nd). Please note that those who are not granted travel reimbursement need to arrange accommodation in Reykjavik. Participants who are registered but does not show up at the workshop will be invoiced € 500 for their absence.

Travel grant: Are you a PhD student?

Our Matchmaking Day is especially (but not only!) designed for PhD students to get in contact with experienced colleagues and to expand their research networks in an inspiring environment. Therefore we will support 10-12 PhD students with travel reimbursement for the Matchmaking Day.

Register latest June 24th if you want to apply for the travel grant! The granted PhD students will be reimbursed with up to € 550 for travel costs to Reykjavik (return ticket). The accommodation for two days will be paid by SNS in advance. There is a limited number of grants that will be distributed evenly between the Nordic countries.

Successful travel grant applicants will be contacted June 25 and asked to sign a contract, that should be returned July 22 at the latest. If a travel grant holder who has signed the contract does not show up at the workshop, the research institute of the travel grant holder will be invoiced € 500 for costs that have been payed by SNS in advance.

If you are not among the granted for travel reimbursement, you are most welcome to register here again (without travel reimbursement this time) before September 2.


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Funded and ongoing networks


About the organisers:

Nordic Forest Research (SNS) is a co-operating body under the Nordic Council of Ministers that strives to enhance benefits for the Nordic region and to contribute to a sustainable society. We provide funding to interlink researchers and to facilitate exchange of brilliant ideas within sustainable forest research in the Nordic countries.

Forest Bioeconomy Network (former EFINORD) Forest Bioeconomy Network (ForBioeconomy) will primary focus on the forest-based bioeconomy in the context of northern Europe, addressing both regional diversity as well as emerging challenges and opportunities. Within that, specific scientific focus of the Research Network lays in: (i) sustainable and efficient production and use of biomass, (ii) securing sustainable provision of forest ecosystem services and (iii) promotion of supply and demand for bio-based products.

The primary objective of the Nordic Joint Committee for Agricultural and Food Research (NKJ) is to contribute to promote and coordinate a knowledge-based agriculture and food sector in the Nordic countries. To meet this end, NKJ encourages and provides support to joint Nordic cooperation within agriculture and food research, including forestry and fishery.

NordGen Forest is a Nordic body dedicated to forest regeneration, plants, seed and genetic resources. NordGen Forest addresses conservation and sustainable use of forest genetic resources, by being a forum for researchers, practitioners and managers working on forest genetics, seeds, planting stock and regeneration, and by facilitating the flow of scientific information and knowhow between these groups.

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