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Merry Christmas and Happy New Year - 23.12.2015

Matís wishes everyone a wonderful Christmas season and a happy New Year.

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The IDF Group at Intellectual Ventures Begins New Collaboration with Matis, a Leading Global Food Research Company - 22.12.2015

The Invention Development Fund (IDF), part of the Intellectual Ventures family of investment funds, today announced a new collaboration with Matis, a leading food research, biotechnology and marine biology company based in Reykjavik, Iceland. The collaboration will see the Matis team of researchers contributing to IDF's global invention network as inventors, working specifically on various corporate-sponsored Open Innovation projects related to food, enzymes and biotechnology, aquaculture, agriculture, and other areas.

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Assistance to developing countries - an integral part of Matís' operations - 21.12.2015

Matís has been a cooperative partner in the teaching programme of the United Nations University Fisheries Training Programme, UNU-FTP , since it started in 1998.

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We want it to become the norm that scientists work with fishermen - 10.12.2015

‘We want it to become the norm that scientists work with fishermen to conduct fisheries research, and for the fishing industry stakeholders and scientists to be considered valuable partners in the policy-making process,' said Steve Mackinson, from the Centre for Environment, Fisheries and Aquaculture Science in the UK, in an interview in the Horizon, EU Research & Innovation Magazine recently.

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Fiskeldi | Aquaculture

Aquaculture must increase to maintain worldwide supply of fish - 1.12.2015

As the demand for fish continues to grow, aquaculture production must increase to maintain the availability of seafood supply and reduce fishing pressure. The way to meet the demand is to farm fish. Fish meal is the dominant protein source in fish feed, but its production is decreasing since better direct utilisation of pelagic fish into more valuable human food products is envisaged with better techniques in fishing and chilling of the raw materials.

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Life history of 186 Atlantic salmons - 25.11.2015

The origin and life history of 186 Atlantic salmon caught at sea within Icelandic waters were investigated using microsatellites to assess the origin and scales and otoliths to assess freshwater and sea age. The investigation was performed by Matís in collaboration with the Institute of Freshwater Fisheries, the Marine Research Institute, and the Directorate of Fisheries.

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Icelandic companies sign declaration on climate issues - 19.11.2015

Matís is one of 103 Icelandic companies and institutions that signed a declaration on climate issues in a collaborative venture of the City of Reykjavík and Festa, The Icelandic Center for Corporate Social Responsibility.

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The Seafood Conference Iceland 2015 - 17.11.2015

The idea behind the Seafood Conference is to create a platform for all who are part of the seafood industry in Iceland to meet.

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Matís employee at SAFE Consortium - 11.11.2015

Dr. Hrönn Jörundsdóttir, Ph.D. in chemistry and project manager at Matís, Icelandic Food and Biotech R&D, has been nominated by the Executive Board of The European Association for Food Safety, SAFE Consortium to be the Administrative Secretary.

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Building Partnership between Universities and Industry - 2.11.2015

Matís is in collaboration with the University of Iceland, as well with other Icelandic and foreign universities, in order to ensure good partnership between industry and the academic community. The company is working on development and innovation in the food industry, biotechnology and food safety.

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Stakeholder meeting in the Icelandic part of the MareFrame project - 30.10.2015

A stakeholders meeting in the Icelandic part of MareFrame project has just ended here at Matís. The meeting was held, among other things, to discuss the progress of the Icelandic case study.

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The Global Bioeconomy Summit - 23.10.2015

Innovation, growth and sustainable development are the topics of The Global Bioeconomy Summit to be held in Berlin November 25 - 26, 2015. Matís is a direct participant as Sigrún Elsa Smáradóttir is part of the international Advisory Committee.

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Drying and smoking are affordable fish preservation methods - 19.10.2015

Cyprian Ogombe Odoli will defend his dissertation in food science Thursday, October 22. The defense will take place at the University of Iceland (Hátíðarsalur) and starts at 2 pm. 

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NORDIC NEXUS - Nordic connections and solutions for a developing Arctic. - 15.10.2015

Sigrún Elsa Smáradóttir will be giving a presentation at a breakout session at the Arctic Circle by the Nordic Council of Ministers this coming Friday.

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Forum in Latvia: “Opening and clustering bioeconomy sectors” - 13.10.2015

Sigrún Elsa Smáradóttir from Matís will give a lecture " Innovation in cross-sectoral bioeconomy" at the Latvia University of Agriculture on Thursday.

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PROMAC: Energy efficient PROcessing of MACroalgae in blue-green value chains - 8.10.2015

Matís participates in PROMAC, a project investigating seaweeds as novel raw materials for human food and domestic animal feed applications. The project is funded with by the Research Council of Norway, through the BIONÆR (Sustainable Innovation in Food and Bio-based Industries) programme.

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Siggi and his Icelandic Skyr - 28.9.2015

Mark Astley at the Dairy Reporter wrote an interesting article recently about Skyr, the Icelandic national food. Interesting to say the least and sheds a light on different types of the low fat, high protein content snack foods readily available in US stores.

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CETMAR and Matís set the pathway for an alliance to lead seafood innovation - 14.9.2015

Matís CEO Sveinn Margeirsson met last week with CETMAR Foundation management in Vigo. Both centres have worked together in several European research projects, as EcoFishMan, Mareframe, or PrimeFish. This meeting has helped them to establish ways of collaboration with the Galicia marine sector, to find common fields of interest and to build the foundations of future common projects.

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Utilization of Northern Cereals - Training offered to companies - 8.9.2015

A new project will study the utilization of northern cereals. The project is supported by the Northern Periphery & Arctic Programme for 3 years. Participants are from Iceland (Matis and the Agricultural University), North-Norway (NIBIO), Faroe Islands (Agricultural Centre), Orkney (University of Highlands and Islands) and Canada (Government of Newfoundland and Labrador).

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Guðjón Þorkelsson appointed professor at University of Iceland's Faculty of Food Science and Nutrition - 4.9.2015

Mr. Guðjón Þorkelsson, an employee of Matís, was recently appointed professor at HÍ (University of Iceland). Since 1978 Guðjón has lectured at the University. He studied biology at HÍ where he graduated in 1977, after graduation he went to University of Leeds, England, where he studied food science and attained M.Sc. degree. In addition, Guðjón is a member of the managing board of HÍ´s School of Health Sciences.

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Vörur frá Villimey

Bioactivity in products from Villimey - 1.9.2015

Villimey slf produces certified organic products made with wild Icelandic herbs that grow in the untainted nature of the West Fjords of Iceland. The Villimey products were launched commercially in August 2005, a production that has grown year by year ever since. The products have been well received in Iceland and their reputation abroad continues to grow.

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Iceland School of Fisheries - registration closes September 10th - 27.8.2015

Advanced learning in modern fisheries management, marketing, innovation and processing - registration closes September 10th. Check out CVs from all our lecturers and the expected learning outcomes! Read more

Collaboration with True Westfjords: Dropi Cod Liver Oil - 26.8.2015

An inside look at our collaboration with True Westfjords!

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Trip to Northern Iceland - 20.8.2015

Our team set off to Sauðárkrókur to learn more about their community.

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Skagfjordur - Icelandic Destination of Excellence 2015 - 13.8.2015

Skagafjordur municipality has been chosen as Icelandic Destination of Excellence for the project Skagafjordur Local Food (often referred to as Skagafjordur Food Chest) according to Kjarninn, an Icelandic newspaper. Destinations of excellence are chosen in Europe in a European project EDEN, acronym for European Destinations of Excellence, a project promoting sustainable tourism development models across the European Union.

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Iceland School of Fisheries - Executive programme at Reykjavík University - 27.7.2015

Advanced learning in modern fisheries management, marketing, innovation and processing.

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Eco-labels may bring intangible benefits - XXII EAFE Conference 2015 - 23.7.2015

European Association of Fisheries Economists held their XXII conference on management issues within the reformed Common Fishery Policy, its implementation, and its socio-economic impacts. MareFrame representatives did attend the conference as dr. Anna Kristín Daníelsdóttir, the project coordinator was in attendance.

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Your studies are finished; have you found your dream job? - 22.7.2015

When pursuing a higher education, it's important to follow a study path that motivates and challenges you. But in reality, the competition for jobs can be fierce and, unfortunately, not all graduates are immediately successful in finding employment, relevant to their field of study. Read more

Distinguished visitors at Matis! - 7.7.2015

The Rector of United Nations University (UNU) Dr. David M. Malone, along with the UNU‘s Vice-Rector and Executive Officier Max Bond are visiting the Training Programmes of UNU that are being hosted in Iceland.

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Positive Development for Food Safety - 6.7.2015

Matis signs agreement on the operation of a NRL.

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Call for New Research on Food Fraud - 25.6.2015

We support FoodIntegrity!

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Meet a few of our interns! - 24.6.2015

At Matis, we're always fishing for new talented scientists to join our team!

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Ocean/River Sampling Day 2015 - 23.6.2015

Ocean Sampling Day (OSD) takes place on the longest day in the northern hemisphere, during the summer solstice on June 21. Started in 2014, on this day, up to 100 science teams all around the world take water samples from the ocean in order to identify the microbes in it.

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Matís aids in the export of fish from the Caribbean - 22.6.2015

Dr. Helga Gunnlaugsdóttir and Margeir Gissurarson, both from Matís, are currently in the Caribbean assisting local governments and the Caribbean Regional Fisheries Mechanism (CRFM) getting ready to export fish to Europe. Read more
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Utilisation of the Arctic Sea Urchin - 15.6.2015

Nofima hosted the start-up meeting of the EU Northern Periphery and Arctic (NPA) Program project titled Utilisation of the Arctic Sea Urchin Resource (URCHIN) in Tromsø on May 19-21. The project partners came from throughout the Northern Periphery area including Ireland, Iceland, Norway, Greenland and Canada.

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Matís signs Memorandum of Understanding with Canada-based Marine Institute - 12.6.2015

A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), signed yesterday between the Fisheries and Marine Institute (MI) of Memorial University of Newfoundland and Matís Ltd. will provide a framework for the advancement of fisheries and oceans-related education, training and research and development between Newfoundland and Labrador, Canada and Iceland.

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EuroMix project Kick-Off - 11.6.2015

EU Horizon2020 project EuroMix (European Test and Risk Assessment Strategies for Mixtures) kick-off was held on 20-21 May at RIVM premises in Bilthoven. EuroMix will provide a test strategy for mixture testing based on new and already existing toxicological tests.

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Sampling around Iceland - 9.6.2015

Pauline Bergsten is a French intern working at Matís for six months.  She is currently on an oceanographic cruise with the Marine Research Institute and is collecting samples for microbial and metagenomics studies.  She just sent us news about her experience.

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Value Creation in the Icelandic Seafood Industry - 3.6.2015

The Icelandic fishing industry is important to the Icelandic nation and the country's economy. Over the last two decades or so a significant increase has been seen in the value of exported Icelandic seafood. Yet at the same time the overall quantity of caught fish has stayed relatively unchanged.

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Strategies for the gradual elimination of discards in European fisheries - 1.6.2015

DiscardLess is a new European project coordinated by Denmark's Technical University (DTU). Matís plays a part in the project and recently a start-up meeting was held in Iceland with some of the Icelandic stakeholders taking part in the project.

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The African smoked fish business; ready for industrialization? - 18.5.2015

In his presentation, Ian Goulding talks about "The African smoked fish business; ready for industrialisation?" Mr. Goulding was in Iceland on behalf of United Nations University Fisheries Training Programme, located in Iceland (www.unuftp.is). The presentation was held in Matís HQ in Reykjavík, Iceland.

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Origin of the species; where does your lunch come from? - 12.5.2015

In his presentation, Ian Goulding talks about "Origin of the species; where does your lunch come from?" Mr. Goulding was in Iceland on behalf of United Nations University Fisheries Training Programme, located in Iceland (www.unuftp.is). The presentation was held in Matís HQ in Reykjavík, Iceland.

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Silhouette-Of-Seaweed - 4.5.2015

Matís has received a post-doc grant from the Marie Skłodowska-Curie action which is aimed at providing researchers with necessary skills and international experience for a successful career.

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Money, jobs or food. Who needs fisheries and why? - 29.4.2015

In his presentation, Ian Goulding talks about "Money, jobs or food. Who needs fisheries and why?" Mr. Goulding was in Iceland on behalf of United Nations University Fisheries Training Programme located in Iceland (www.unuftp.is). The presentation is held in Matís' HQ in Reykjavík, Iceland. Read more
Fiskeldi | Aquaculture

Single cell protein for more fish - 27.4.2015

Europe is facing a shortage of protein, protein which is used for animal feeds and other purposes. Alternative protein sources which are financially and environmentally sustainable and do not compete with food production have to be used to compensate for this shortage. In 2014, the Greenfeed project won an award for its efforts to devise a promising alternative to fish feed.

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Reducing seafood surface contamination with chitosan - 24.4.2015

A project that evaluated the efficiency of different chitosan treatments when used by fishery companies has now ended. The project was a cooperative effort by Primex, Rammi, Fjardarlax and Matís with a financial support from AVS (R&D Fund of the Ministry of Fisheries and Agriculture in Iceland).

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The effects of packaging on food and on the environment – all the answers you need - 20.4.2015

Dr. Hrönn Ólína Jörundsdóttir

gave a presentation not long ago on the effects of packaging on food and on the environment. She spoke to us right after her presentation and we asked her to give us the main points in less than 90 seconds!

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Enhancing the economic sustainability and competitiveness of European fisheries and aquaculture sectors - 14.4.2015

Today is the kick-off meeting of the Horizon 2020 project PrimeFish. The overall objective of PrimeFish is to enhance the economic sustainability and competitiveness of European fisheries and aquaculture sectors.

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Increase the value of convenience food, such as ready meals and dairy and cereal products - 11.4.2015

EnRichMar

is an EU-FP7-SME (Small and Medium-sized Enterprises) project with the main objective to increase the value of convenience food, such as ready meals and dairy and cereal products, by adding functional ingredients, produced from underutilised marine-based raw materials and by-products from fish processing, with confirmed bioavailability.

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New opportunities in geothermal energy for developing countries - 8.4.2015

New report explores uses of natural heat for food production and processing.

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