My story – timeline & overview July 2005 – graduated BSc Marine Biology & Oceanography, University of Southampton, UK November 2005 – moved to Iceland as Marie-Curie Early- Stage Researcher in EU Research Training Network ‘FishACE’ (FP6). Based at Hafrannsóknastofnunin (& University of Iceland). 36 months funding 2008/2009 – funded by Rannís FS grant, co-funded by Hafró & Teaching assistant salary, University of Iceland December 2009 – completed PhD ‘Spatial and temporal variation in life history traits of Atlantic cod in Icelandic waters’ January 2010 – awarded Rannís Postdoctoral Researcher grant (3 years salary, from March 2010) Euraxess Event, Reykjavik, 27 th May 2011
The PhD years Euraxess Event, Reykjavik, 27 th May 2011 Committee: Guðrún Marteinsdóttir (Uni. of Iceland), Guðmundur Þórðarson (Hafró), Mikko Heino (Uni. of Bergen, Norway), Ulf Dieckmann (International Institute of Applied Systems Analysis, Austria) Part of EU RTN FishACE: ‘Fisheries-induced Adaptive Change in Exploited stocks’, 3 million EURO budget, funded 7 PhD students & 9 Postdocs, 8 Nations, 11 Institutes inc. Hafró Presented at >6 international conferences + 3 national seminars, attended >8 meetings/workshops, inc. ICES Study Group, spent 5 months at IIASA (Austria), published 5 peer- reviewed papers (3 as main author) Researcher in EU Research Network ‘Fisheries-induced Evolution’ (FinE), 2007 – 2010
Life as a Postdoc Euraxess Event, Reykjavik, 27 th May 2011 ‘Diversity in Icelandic cod and its consequences for population persistence and sustainable exploitation’ 1 published paper, 3 currently in prep. Co-supervisor of 2 PhD students, part of Nordic Centre of Excellence, NorMER Co-ordinator/Principal Investigator of project: ‘Developing morphological and life history markers of sub-stock structure in Icelandic cod‘, funded by Icelandic Ministry of Fisheries Co-organiser/lecturer for graduate summer program in Marine & Fisheries Science at University of Iceland 1 (PhD) grant application in review, 2 project grant applications to be submitted
I enjoy being a foreign researcher in Iceland..... Euraxess Event, Reykjavik, 27 th May 2011 Lack of bureaucracy ‘Can-do attitude’ Rules are guidelines Flexibility & innovation – Icelanders are not afraid of change Experts & sources of knowledge in close proximity, aware of each other Unnecessary to learn Icelandic, although doing so is encouraged Informal attitude to communication/exchange of knowledge Less competition, greater funding opportunities Greater funding for marine research Helpful, friendly, welcoming, interested, enthusiastic, laid-back, good work/life ethics, inspiring social support/attitudes Island mentality – e.g. word of mouth
.....but sometimes it can be challenging! Euraxess Event, Reykjavik, 27 th May 2011 Lack of bureaucracy ‘It’ll get done, probably tomorrow, don’t worry’ Rules are guidelines Experts in close proximity, and yet there can be frustratingly little communication Fighting for National language in science creates provincial atmosphere Informal attitude to communication/exchange of knowledge Fear of competition can lead to insular attitudes & lack of collaboration Lack of translation of key documents, websites, guidelines, etc Forming social bonds beyond veneer can be difficult Island mentality – e.g. word of mouth
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