Icelandic Centre for Research

The Icelandic Centre for Research (RANNIS) supports research, innovation, education and culture in Iceland. RANNIS administers competitive funds in the fields of research, innovation, education and culture, as well as strategic research programmes. RANNIS coordinates and promotes Icelandic participation in European programmes, such as Horizon 2020, Erasmus+ and Creative Europe. In Arctic science cooperation, RANNIS represents Iceland within the International Arctic Science Committee (IASC) and various other international Arctic platforms. RANNIS monitors resources and performance in R&D and promotes public awareness of research and innovation, education and culture in Iceland.

RANNIS cooperates closely with the Icelandic Science and Technology Policy Council and provides professional assistance the preparation and implementation of the national science and technology policy. RANNIS reports to the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture and operates according to the Act on Public Support for Scientific Research (No. 3/2003). RANNIS has a permanent staff of 43 but also relies on the involvement of external contacts, including scientists and technical experts who assist in the evaluation of grant proposals.

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Borgartún 30

105 Reykjavík


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Egill Thor Nielsson

Egill Þór Níelsson
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Egill Thor Nielsson

Egill Þór Níelsson
Senior Adviser

Relevant Publications

Nielsson, E.T. and Hauksdottir, G.R.T. (2020). “Kina, investeringer og sikker-hetspolitikk: Politikk og perspektiver i Norden – Island” (e. “China, Investments and Security Policy: Politics and Perspectives in the Nordics – Iceland”). Internasjonal Politikk, 77, 4. 

Smieszek, M., Koivurova, T., and Nielsson, E.T. (2020). “China and Arctic Science”. In T. Koivurova and S.Kopra. Chinese Policy and Presence in the Arctic, pp. 42-61. Nijhoff: Brill. 

Nielsson, E.T. and Gunnarsson, T. (eds.) (2020). Mapping Arctic Research in Iceland. Rannís: Reykjavik    

Grosfeld, L. M., Lenz, J., Fugmann, G., Gunnarsson, T., Níelsson, E. T., Rachold, V. (Eds.) (2020) Raising awareness and building capacity for science-based policy-making: Workshop Summary, October 2019, Reykjavik/Iceland. 

Nielsson, E.T. (2019), “China-Nordic Arctic Research Center”, In A.B. Forsby (ed.), Nordic-China Cooperation: Challenges and Opportunities, NIAS Reports, No. 52, pp. 59-63, NIAS Press.

Gunnarsson, T. and Nielsson, E.T. (2019). “An Icelandic Perspective”. In A.B. Forsby. Nordic-China Cooperation: Challenges and Opportunities. NIAS Reports, No. 52, pp. 87-93, Copenhagen: NIAS Press. 

Koivurova, T.; Kauppila, L.; Kopra, S.; Lanteigne, M.; Shi, M.; Smieszek,  M.; Stepien, A.; Käpylä, J.; Mikkola, H.; Nielsson,  E.T.; Nojonen, M. (2019): China in the Arctic and the Opportunities and Challenges for Chinese-Finnish Arctic Co-operation Finland’s Prime Minister ́s Office: 

Nielsson, E.T. (2019). “The Nordic Countries and China: Iceland”. In J. Yang and L. Heininen (eds.): Sino-Nordic Arctic Cooperation: Objectives and Approaches (in Chinese), pp 188 – 194. Beijing: Current Affairs Press.

Nielsson, E.T. (2019). “The West Nordic Region”. In J. Yang and L. Heininen (eds.): Sino-Nordic Arctic Cooperation: Objectives and Approaches (in Chinese), pp 141 – 142. Beijing: Current Affairs Press.

Nielsson, E.T. and Magnusson, B.M. (2019). “China’s Arctic policy white paper and its influence on the future of Arctic legal developments”. In A. Shibata, L. Zou, N. Sellheim and M. Scopelliti (eds.): The Foundations of Legal Order in the Arctic: The Role of Non-Arctic Actors, pp. 49 -65. Abingdon: Routledge

Tillman, H., Yang, J. and Nielsson, E.T. (2018). “The Polar Silk Road: China’s New Frontier of International Cooperation”. China Quarterly of International Strategic Studies, Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 1 – 18.