International cooperation is a key item in all of Matís activities and the ground for many projects. International funding’s have grown every year, 2014 they made up more than one third of Matís income. Every year, Matís takes part in various foreign projects and the company has become a popular cooperator due to the good reputation it has from previous collaborations. The reputation has open for partnerships with companies that operate in similar sectors.
“Foreign projects have increased Matís capacity to serve Icelandic industry,” says Oddur Már Gunnarsson, Director of Business Development. “Furthermore, the success of the projects that Matís has worked on, has made the company a popular partner both in Iceland and abroad, as is reflected in the numbers of projects that are carried out every year at Matís. In addition, Matís employees are in a good contact with scholars in their field, around the world and yearly a number of foreign scientists come to Matís, to work.”“All cooperation either in Iceland or abroad influences the company’s operations in one way or another resulting in increased knowledge and skills of employees. Modern technology has made it much easier for companies located in Iceland to work in an international environment. During the first years of Matís operation, international cooperation was mostly Nordic based but today more and more projects are part of European collaboration. We have also been working on strengthening the business relationship across the Atlantic, and the Galloway declaration will support that.”
“We are also very pleased about how many projects which were started here in Iceland have attracted attention in the Nordic countries and subsequently in Europe. Examples of such projects include EnRichMar and MareFrame, but the latter will deliver Matís one million euros in four years.”
Oddur says that other nations look to Iceland when it comes to fisheries, “Iceland is one of the largest fishing nations in Europe and other countries look to us for information, technology, fisheries management and full utilization of products. This gives us a strong ground to stand on in all cooperation. Then it cannot be over looked that our position here in the center of the Atlantic can be useful in the advent of greater cooperation between Europe, the United States and Canada.”
“Matís, has contributed greatly to the development of research strategy in fisheries management and we work closely with the Icelandic government in many fields, for example: bioeconomy, fisheries management, aquaculture, food and feed. Foreign politicians and governments have also been consulting with Matís, which strengthens our international cooperation and makes ground for new collaborators and new projects.”
“Matís employees are prominent in executive committees, councils and boards that have something to do with fisheries and the bioeconomy. This has given us good changes to speak on the behalf of Iceland abroad.”
Examples of committees, councils and boards:
- H2020 Food security, sustainable agriculture and forestry, marine/maritime/inland water research and the bioeconomy: Oddur Már Gunnarsson, director at Business Development.
- Climate action, environment, resource efficiency & raw materials: Anna Kristín Daníelsdóttir, director of Food Safety, Environment and Genetics.
- SCAR, Standing Committee for Agriculture Research: Sveinn Margeirsson, CEO.
- AG FISK (Workgroup for Nordic cooperation in fisheries): Sigurjón Arason, Chef Engineer at Matís.
- European Bioeconomy Panel: Hörður G. Kristinsson, Chief Science Officer at Matís.
- SAFE consortium ( A European platform for research bodies in the field of food safety): Oddur Már Gunnarsson
- European Sensory Network: Emilía Martindóttir, program director.
“Matís has also placed considerable emphasis on co-operation with the NDF “Nordic Development Fund”, where the main focus has been on improvise the utilization of fish in Tanzania to increase food security and at the same time pay more respect to the raw material and the resources which they come from.”
“Matís has put a lot of effort in cooperation with foreign educational institutions and now cooperates with Universities like: MTU in Thronheim, University of Lund, DTU in Copenhagen and the University of Florida. Matís takes also a big part in the teaching at the United Nations University of Fisheries. Matís is therefore not only a bridge between education and industry but a bridge between continents as well.”
For additional information please contact Oddur Már Gunnarsson at Matís.