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:

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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