Last December Agnes Gunnarsdóttir, CEO of Perlan, and Hilmar Bragi Janusson, Dean of Engineering and Natural Sciences at the University of Iceland, signed a letter of intent regarding the future development of the natural science exhibition in Perlan.
The letter of intent delineates that the exhibitions will be based on the most up-to-date knowledge in the field of natural science. Perlan will become a hub for sharing research and findings from natural scientists and Ph.D. students at the University of Iceland for years to come.
“The department has scientists who are prominent in their respective fields, in research relating to geophysics, geoscience, glaciology, geothermal science, and environment and natural resource studies. This is reflected by the fact that Iceland attracts both students and scientists from around the world who want to work and take part in the cutting edge research being done here. Work that, among other things, sheds light on the impact of both climate change and seismic activity on our biosphere and society,” says Hilmar.
Hilmar and Agnes agree that this is truly a win-win situation for both parties and that Perlan’s role as an educational hub for the public is of utmost importance in their signing of the agreement.
“Working in cooperation with the University of Iceland means a great deal to us, and the partnership will be mutually beneficial. It’s critically important that all the material we present in our exhibitions is accurate and well supported by the academic community. It is also essential that Perlan takes on a role as a hub for new research coming from the University of Iceland, a gateway for information flowing between the public and the academic community. We have worked closely with scholars from the university thus far and are therefore confident that our partnership will continue to thrive,” Agnes says in closing.