Research landscape

 

There is a thriving and growing research culture in the Faroe Islands, with several institutes, laboratories, museums and private companies working on original research projects.

International collaboration is essential to the quality of Faroese research and innovation. Faroese researchers participate in many international networks, and the Faroese research and innovation landscape is to a large extent anchored in international partnerships.

 

 

higher education sector

Education and research

The Faroe Islands have one university - The University of the Faroe Islands.

The task of the University of the Faroe Islands - Fróðskaparsetur Føroya - is to conduct research, to provide higher education, and to disseminate information about academic research methods and results.

Research is conducted in a number of fields that are being taught at the university. The university collaborates closely with other research institutions and with private companies in certain research areas. The university also collaborates with several universities in neighbouring countries.

 

 

 

 

research institutes

Health, biology and environment

There are several governmental research institutes in the Faroe Islands. The institutes mainly conduct research in marine, natural and medical sciences.

Some of the institutes also have specific tasks assigned by the government, e.g. to make proposals concerning the exploitation of fish stocks and recommendations on health related issues.

Most institutes have substantial collaboration with international research institutes on joint research projects. A growing part of the research is financed by national and international research foundations.

The Agricultural Agency (Búnaðarstovan) carries out statutory control and tests within the agricultural field and undertakes research and development in connection with these tasks.

The agency participates in several international research programmes.

 

 

The National Archive (Landsskjalasavnið) conducts research in administrative and political history and in urbanization and demography.

The institute collects and preserves documents of historical value or of administrative and legal importance to citizens and authorities.

The institute also prepares the Genealogy Registry which is part of the Genetic Biobank.

The institute participates in Nordic and Arctic research programmes.

The archive is organized under The Faroese National Heritage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

industrial sector

Private research programmes

The industry participates in several research projects conducted by governmental research institutes. A few private companies have research programmes of their own.

Research Park iNOVA is a newly opened scientific environment in Tórshavn providing access to modern laboratories, high-end instruments, offices and event location for private companies and public institutions.

The research park was created as a part of a coordinated effort by the government and an array of the largest private enterprises on the islands to improve the scientific infrastructure of the Faroe Islands.

 

 

 

research institutes

private sector