Open Lecture Series at the Seal Museum: 2019-2020

Aim and Scope of the Open Lecture Series:

The Icelandic Seal Center would like to introduce a new Open Lecture Series at the Icelandic Seal Museum. As part of the Seal Center’s mission in research and education, the Open Lecture Series focuses on Lifelong Learning, acknowledging its vital role in sustainability and community development. In the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, Lifeline Learning as a Sustainable Development Goal is integrally linked to other such goals. Starting the Open Lecture Series is the ISC’s way of heeding the call to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” (UN 2016). The aim of the Open Lecture Series is to highlight local work in the North of Iceland and will include presentations from local researchers, educators, and artists guided by the theme of nature.

The ISC’s Open Lecture Series will be held every third Thursday of each month and begins with the newest member of the ISC staff, Einar Þorleifsson, who is our naturalist charged with bird research in the north of Iceland.

If you would like to give a presentation at the Seal Museum, please send a title, abstract (100-200 words), and a photo to Jessica(at) and it will be considered for the 2020-2021 lectures.

Schedule 2019-2020

21 November 2019

Einar Þorleifsson, Naturalist, Náttúrustofa Norðurlands vestra and Icelandic Seal Center

16 January 2020

Dr. Vilhelmur Vilhelmsson, Historian, Director of the University of Iceland’s Research Centre in North West Iceland, and Joint Editor of the journal Saga

20 February 2020

Dr. Sandra M. Granquist, Specialist, Marine and Freshwater Research Institute, and Head of Seal Research at the Icelandic Seal Center 

19 March 2020

Dr. Jessica F. Aquino, Assistant Professor, Department of Rural Tourism, Hólar University, and Head of Tourism Research at the Icelandic Seal Center 

16 April 2020

Eric dos Santos, Researcher, Marine and Freshwater Research Institute and Icelandic Seal Center