75 years Anniversary Conference

Rannís celebrated its 75th anniversary in 2015, as the former Icelandic Research Council was formally established in 1940, marking the start of public support for research and development.

To celebrate the occasion, Rannís and the Science and Technology Policy Council organised a special 75th Anniversary Conference, Thursday 26 November 2015 at 14:00-16:00, at The Reykjavík Hilton Nordica.

Guests had the opportunity to look into the history of research and innovation, education and culture and look towards the future of Rannís and its latest development. The Motivation Award for Young Scientists was awarded at the convention.

The conference ended with an informal reception.


  • Opening address
    Illugi Gunnarsson, Minister of Education, Science and Culture
  • Motivation Award for Young Scientists
    Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson, Prime Minister and chair of the Science and Technology Policy Council and Áslaug Helgadóttir, chair of the selection committee
  • Science at a crossroad - Research at the University of Iceland 1984-2014
    Jón Atli Benediktsson, Rector of the University of Iceland
  • University Research and Innovation. From idea to market
    Sigrídur Ólafsdóttir, Head of Inspection, The Icelandic Medicines Control Agency
  • Education and human resources - Challenges in education in Iceland
    Hermundur Sigmundsson, professor of psychology at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology at Trondheim and the University of Reykjavik
  • Making big dreams come true!
    Sævar Helgi Bragason, science communication manager at the University of Iceland's School of Eningeering and Natural Sciences and Katrín Lilja Sigurdardóttir, Adjunct of Chemistry at the Faculty of Physical Sciences, University of Iceland
  • Reception

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