Expert Panels

Expert Panel members are appointed by the Science Committee of the Icelandic Science and Technology Policy Council. Up to seven individuals with qualifications at associate professor level or higher, who have extensive experience of research, are appointed to each Expert Panel. At least two members of each Expert Panel shall be predominantly active professionally outside of Iceland.

For guidlines for expert panels and external experts, please consult the IRF Handbook .

IRF Expert Panels

Seven Expert Panels review the applications (see table below). Seven active scientists make up each Expert Panel, and they are selected for their expert knowledge in the relevant field. In the application form, the applicants select the Expert Panel in which they wish the application to be evaluated. IRF staff can move an application between Expert Panels if recommended by the chairs of the panels. See Section 4: Expert Panel guidelines, for additional information on the work of Expert Panel members.

Expert Panel Scientific category
Physical sciences and mathematics

Physical sciences

Chemical sciences


Earth and related environmental sciences


Engineering and technical sciences

Industrial Biotechnology

Environmental engineering

Computer and information sciences

Environmental biotechnology

Civil engineering

Materials engineering

Mechanical engineering

Medical engineering

Electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering

Chemical engineering

Other engineering and technologies

Natural and environmental sciences

Biological sciences (plant sciences, botany, zoology, ornithology, entomology, behavioral sciences biology, marine biology, freshwater biology, limnology, ecology, biodiversity conservation, evolutionary biology)

Agriculture, forestry, and fisheries

Agriculture and biotechnology

Other agricultural sciences

Animal and dairy science

Other natural sciences

Veterinary sciences

Biomedical sciences

Basic medicine

Biological sciences (cell biology, immunology, microbiology, virology, biochemistry, molecular biology, biochemical research methods, mycology, biophysics, genetic and heredity)

Clinical sciences and public health

Clinical medicine

Public health

Health sciences

Other medical sciences

Health biotechnology

Social sciences and educational sciences

Economics and business

Educational sciences


Other social sciences

Political Science

Social and economic geography


Media and communications


Humanities and arts

History and archaeology

Languages and literature

Art (arts, history of arts, performing arts, music)

Other humanities

Philosophy, ethics and religion

Questions regarding individual Expert Panels and scientific categories shall be directed to the staff of the Icelandic Centre for Research. Applicants may under no circumstances be in contact with Expert Panel members during the review process.

IRF Expert Panel members

Physical sciences and mathematics
Gunnar Stefánsson, chair
University of Iceland
Biplab SanyalUppsala University
Kari StrandUniversity of Oulu
Peter Bøggild DTU
Nicholas Westwood University of St Andrews
Abigail Barker Uppsala University
Sadegh KochfarUniversity of Edinburgh
Engineering and technical sciences
Rúnar Unnþórsson, chair
University of Iceland
Regina Hebig
Univ of Gothenburg, Chamlers
Felix AlbuValahia Univ of Targoviste
Paolo Gargiulo Reykjavik University
Valentina Markova Technical University of Varna
Vikram Pakrashi University College Dublin
Jeroen Arendsen Stichting Sherpa Expertiscentrum
Natural and environmental sciences
Starri Heiðmarsson, chair
NW-Iceland Nature Research Center
Asuncion Rios Murillo
Museo Nzcional de Ciencias Naturales
Gunilla Rosenqvist
Håkan Wallander
Lund University
Martin Genner University of Bristol
Carmen Galan University of Cordoba
Xavier Vekemans University de Lille
Biomedical sciences
Bryndís Birnir, chair
University of Uppsala
Albert Vernon Smith
University of Michigan
Anders Woetman Andersen
University of Copenhagen
Anne Ephrussi EMBL
Martin Bushell University of Glasgow
Jóhann Guðjónsson
University of Michigan
Suparna Sanyal
Uppsala University
Clinical sciences and public health
Álfgeir L. Kristjánsson, chair
West Virginia University
Ingunn Björnsdóttir University of Oslo
Josef Kautzner IKEM
Mari KangasniemiUniversity of Turku
Maren Kristine Raknes NTNU
Peymane Adab
University of Birmingham
Lorraine Harper University of Birmingham
Social sciences and educational sciences
Helga Hallgrímsdóttir, chair
University of Victoria
Naomi Ekas Texas Christian University
Anna Ólafsdóttir University of Akureyri
Gylfi Magnússon University of Iceland
Sveinn Eggertsson
University of Iceland
Herdís Steingrímsdóttir Copenhagen Business School
Kamrul Hossain
University of Lapland
Humanities and arts
Már Jónsson, chair
University of Iceland
Hilary M. Carey University of Bristol
Jóhannes Dagsson Iceland University of the Arts
Marcos Martinón-Torres University of Cambridge
Stephanie Gropper University of Tuebingen
Paul Tenngart Lund University
Synne Behrndt Stockholm University of the Arts

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