The creation of a science park – a dynamic centre of knowledge and innovation - in Iceland is under way. It will be located on University campus in the Vatnsmýri area. A collaboration forum for the creation of a science park in Vatnsmýri and a schedule for its realisation was formally settled last Monday with the signing of an agreement between the City of Reykjavík, the University of Iceland, Reykjavík University, Association of municipalities in the Capital area, and Landspítalinn – University Hospital.
The mutual goal of all parties concerned is to form an ambitious plan for the advancement of Vatnsmýri area as a centre for knowledge and innovation in Iceland.
The information economy needs to be boosted in Iceland, a fact recognised by all parties to this agreement which marks a decisive step in that direction. The Vatnsmýri science park can play a key role in this development as it is located in close proximity of two of the largest universities in Iceland, and the University Hospital. The location, near the city centre, also creates important opportunities and possibilities in building a dynamic base of knowledge. A modern planning of the area can attract and nurture companies, research institutions and employees in the information industry in international competition.
The project management for the collaboration forum places emphasis on the following items:
• Analysing the current situation and the main opportunity for knowledge and innovation in Vatnsýmri in an international context
• Creating a mutual vision for a future base of knowledge in Vatnsmýri.
• Preparing an introduction of the area for selected parties in Iceland and abroad
• Publishing a plan of action with a time schedule for the next steps.
The project management agreed on beginning this work immediately and it is scheduled to conclude mid April 2014.
Dagur B. Eggertsson, Chairman of the City Council, Gunnar Einarsson, Chairman of Association of municipalities in the Capital area, Kristín Ingólfsdóttir, Rector of the University of Iceland, Ari Kristinn Jónsson, Rector of Reykjavík University and Páll Matthíasson, Director of the Landspítali – University Hospital, signed the agreement last Monday and they are furthermore members of the Project Management of a collaborative forum for a science park in Vatnsmýri.
Source: University of Iceland