Motivation Award

The Motivation Award for Young Researchers

The Icelandic Science and Technology Policy Council's Motivation Award is awarded to a scientist, who early in his/her career is believed to have excelled, and creates expectations about scientific contribution, which has the potential to strengthen the foundations of Icelandic society. The award has been granted from 1987 - the first one being awarded on the occasion of the University of Iceland's Employment Department's 50 th anniversaty. The objective of the Motivation Awards is to encourage young scientists in their careers and promote the added value of science and the work of scientists to the general public.

The Icelandic Science and Technology Policy Council annually calls for nominations for the award.


Recipients of the Motivation Award for Researchers:

2019: Finnur Dellsén, Associate professor of philosophy, University of Iceland.

2018: Páll Melsteð, Professor at Faculty of Industrial Engineering, Mechanical Engineering and Computer Science, University of Iceland.

2017: Dr. Anton Karl Ingason, Lecturer at Faculty of Icelandic and Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Iceland.

2016: Dr. Margrét Helga Ögmundsdóttir, Professor at the Faculty of Medicine, University of Iceland.

2015: Sesselja Ómarsdóttir, Professor at the Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, University of Iceland.

2014: Ingibjörg Gunnarsdóttir, professor of nutrition, University of Iceland.

2013: Jón Gunnar Bernburg, professor of sociology, University of Iceland.

2012: Páll Jakobsson, professor of astrophysics, University of Iceland.

2011: Hördur G. Kristinsson, Director of Research, Biotechnology & Biomolecules at Matís.

2010: Unnur Anna Valdimarsdóttir, manager of the Centre of Public Health Sciences  and a senior lecturer at the University of Iceland's Faculty of Medicine.

2009  Ármann Jakobsson, literary scholar, Faculty of Humanities, University of Iceland.

2008  Ari Kristinn Jónsson, computer scientist and dean of the University of Iceland's Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering.

2007:  Kristján Leósson, scientist at the Physics Division of the University of Iceland's Science Institution.

2006:  Agnar Helgason anthropologist at deCODE Genetics.

2005:  Freysteinn Sigmundsson, geophysicist at the Nordic Volcanological Centre at the University of Iceland's Institute of Earth Sciences.

2004:  Anna Birna Almarsdóttir, senior lecturer at the University of Iceland's Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences.

2003:  Svanhildur Óskarsdóttir, scholar at the Árni Magnússon Institute.

2002:  Steinunn Thorlacíus, project manager at Urður, Verðandi, Skuld.

2001:  Magnús Már Halldórsson professor at the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering at the University of Iceland and Orri Vésteinsson, lecturer at the University of Iceland's Faculty of Archaeology.

2000:  Eiríkur Steingrímsson, research professor at the University of Iceland's Faculty of Medicine and Anna K. Daníelsdóttir, stem cell genetic scientist at the Marine Research Institute    

1999:  Valur Ingimundarson, senior lecturer of history at the University of Iceland and 
Hilmar B. Janusson, development manager at Össur hf.

1998:  Ingibjörg Harðardóttir, senior lecturer of biochemistry and molecular biology at the University of Iceland.

1997:  Kristján Kristjánsson, professor of philosophy at the University of Akureyri and Jón Atli Benediktsson, professor of electrical and computer engineering at the University of Iceland.

1996:  Sveinbjörn Gizurarson, professor of pharmacology at the University of Iceland and CEO of Lyfjaþróun hf. and Ástráður Eysteinsson, professor of literature at the University of Iceland.

1994:  Reynir Arngrímsson, Medical Doctor.

1992:  Hörður Arnarson, CEO of Marel hf.

1990:  Áslaug Helgadóttir, Assistance Rector of Research at the Agricultural University of Iceland.

1988:  Gunnar Stefánsson, statistician at the Maritime Research Institute and senior lecturer of math at the University of Iceland.

1987:  Jakob K. Kristjánsson, CEO of Prokaria.








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