Science and Technology Policy Council
The Science and Technology Policy Council is responsible for setting public policy in matters of science and technology in Iceland.
The role of the Science and Technology Policy Council is to support scientific research, science education and technological development in Iceland so as to strengthen the foundations of the Icelandic culture and increase the competitiveness of the economy. The Science and Technology Policy Council operates pursuant to Act No 2/2003.
The Council is chaired by the Prime Minister and its members include the Minister of Finance and Economic Affairs, the Minister of Industry and Commerce, and the Minister of Education, Science and Culture, as well as 16 representatives nominated by different ministries and higher education institutions and by the social partners. In addition, the Prime Minister may appoint up to four other ministers to the Council.
The Council sets the official science and technology policy for a three-year period. The Council's deliberations in each of the two fields are prepared by its working committees, the Science Board and the Technology Board. The Science and Technology Policy Council is convened four times a year.