Matís’ Annual Report for the year 2014 is out, in line with what has become a tradition; publication of the report in the first week of every year. The main focus of the report this year is on bioeconomy as this year the chairmanship of the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) was in the hands of the Icelandic government. The chairmanship rotates between the five Nordic countries and is held for a period of one year and followed by a three-year chairmanship program.
The Year 2014 in Review
Iceland chaired the NCM in 2014. Matís worked closely with Icelandic authorities on the development and implementation of the presidency program “NordBio”. The focus off the Icelandic chairmanship program is on the bioeconomy, which is the basis for almost all research and innovation projects at Matís. The main tasks of the presidency hinged on innovation in the Nordic bioeconomy with the aim to strengthen regional economic growth.
Matís leads the innovation and product development projects under NordBio during the presidency program. Sigrún Elsa Smáradóttir, Program Director at Business Development, is the project manager.
The project is aimed at innovation, product development and improved possessing for increased value and sustainability in the bioeconomy. Focusing on underutilized bioresourses and waste, means are sought to increase production of biomass to use for example in biorefineries and to introduce new technologies, including biotechnology, to increase the value of products from biological resources.
We are growing!
Matís is growing, especially internationally; our biggest year yet in terms of
turnover from international cooperation. We believe we are doing something right!
In cooperation with industry partners, Matís has already made good progress in creating value from underutilized resources and still attempts to improve utilization of resources that are already utilized, by active research and innovation as well as by actively supporting entrepreneurs and industries. Innovation projects within the chairmanship program are therefore a natural extension of Matís’s goals. Also, this combines Icelandic and Nordic knowledge with the aim of identifying opportunities, decreasing waste and increasing the value of the bioeconomy.
There are more interesting stories in the Annual report this year. To name a few:
- Analysis and Colsulting | Franklín Georgsson, Director
- Amylomics | Harvesting the natural beauty of Iceland’s volcanoes
- Biotechnology and Biomolecules | Hörður G. Kristinsson, Director, Ph.D.
- EcoFishMan | Novel strategy to increase fishery productivity
- Food Safety, Environment and Genetics | Anna Kristín Daníelsdóttir, Director, Ph.D.
- Taste | The Application of Edible Seaweed for Taste Enhancement and Salt Replacement
- Resources and Products | Arnljótur Bjarki Bergsson, Director
- Safe Food | There is no Food Trade without Safe Food
- Education and Food Production | Guðjón Þorkelsson, Director
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