Iceland Node

Date of launch: 2019

Institution hosting the node: The Icelandic Centre of Future studies

Node Co-Chairs: 

  • Karl Fridriksson, Managing Director, Innovation Center Iceland
  • Seavar Kristinsson, consultant


  • To be a leading research centre in future studies in Iceland, in effective co-operation with companies and agencies in Iceland and abroad
  • To participate actively in society-related research projects and other social projects and work on independent and innovative projects in various fields of future studies
  • To raise awareness among the public and business community of the value of differing approaches in the field of future studies
  • To define the driving forces affecting progress in Iceland and abroad.

Recent activities: Our activities includes

  • Working together with foreign universities and agencies working in the field of foreign studies
  • Teaching forward-looking strategies and planning and management courses as well as participating in larger projects and students’ practical projects
  • Conducting our own surveys and studies
  • Holding conferences and publishing and contributing to larger planning projects
  • Taking part in international projects in the field
  • Joining international organisations and co-operation projects and inviting guest speakers;
  • Applying this multidisciplinary, comprehensive approach to various social projects, whether in a specific field or for more wide-ranging studies of individual areas.

Some 2021/2022 activities:

  • April 21, 2022. The Expansion of Technology – A Ten-Year Perspective
  • April 28, 2022. Cities of the Future – Leading to 360 Degrees of Sustainability
  • March 1, 2022. The Rise and Consequences of the Development of Artificial Intelligence – The Emergency of AGI – Business and Communities
  • March 24, 2022. The Rise and Consequences of the Development of Artificial Intelligence – The Emergency of AGI
  • March 8, 2022. The Silicon Valley, the Fourth Industrial Revolution, and change management
  • February 15, 2022. The future of the e-currency economy – Research results
  • February 10, 2022. E-currencies – Short-lived pimples or the basis of an economic revolution? Futures in February
  • February 2, 2022. Important Transformations and Scenarios. Futures in February
  • December 10, 2021. Book Presentation on Advent – The Future of Mankind. Our destiny in the universe
  • December 3, 2022. Book presentation on Advent – Meaning by Fríða Ísberg
  • November 18, 2021. The labour market of the future. Wherever you want, whenever you want and with those you want!
  • October 21, 2021. Global Goals and the Future. Just transition?
  • October 2, 2021. Politics and the future – Timely debate one week after the election results
  • September 23, 2122. EY – Corporate Sustainability
  • September 16, 2021. With a milestone in the letter
  • September 3, 2021. Gigg or Gold – How Do We Work in the Future?
  • August 28, 2021. Global Brain – Assumptions and Arguments – Saturday’s Lecture by London Futurist
  • August 18, 2021. Board meeting (closed meeting) of a professional group on futurology
  • July 28, 2021. Three Scenarios for COVID -19 for the United States – Seminar
  • June 23, 2021. On the grounds of longevity – Tomorrow’s event
  • May 26, 2021. Annual General Meeting and Lecture. The best way to predict the future is to create it.

Node members:

  • Anna Sigurborg Ólafsdóttir, Representative of the Future committee of the Icelandic parliament (Alþingi)
  • Ásta Kristín Sigurjónsdóttir, CIO of The Iceland Tourism Cluster
  • Karl Friðriksson, Chairmen and CIO of the Icelandic Centre of Future studies
  • Njörður Sigurjónsson, Dean at the University of Bifröst.
  • Runólfur Smári Steinþórsson, Professor at the University of Iceland
  • Sævar Kristinsson, Consultant at KPMG
  • Unnur Valborg Hilmarsdóttir, CIO of Invest