The announced Keynote speaker Kári Stefánsson, M.D., Dr. Med. is unfortunately indisposed at the last minute. Dr. Guđni Th. Johannesson has kindly agreed to step in and he will give the Keynote speak on Monday morning at 9.30 after the opening ceremony.
Dr. Guđni Th. Jóhannesson
Dr. Guđni Th. Jóhannesson is an associate professor of history at the University of Iceland. He is also president of the Historical Society of Iceland, one of the country's oldest publishing houses. From 2014 Dr. Jóhannesson is the chairman of the advisory board of the National Archives of Iceland and he is also a member of the local organizing committee. He studied history at the University of Iceland, the University of Warwick (England), St Antony's College, University of Oxford, and Queen Mary, University of London, where he received his Ph.D. in 2003. After that, he was a post-doctoral fellow at the University of Iceland, a freelance writer and a historian, and an associate professor at Reykjavík University, before transferring to the University of Iceland in 2013. A frequent media commentator in Iceland, Jóhannesson has published a number of books on the country's recent history and current affairs.
In 2006, Dr. Johannesson revealed for the first time archival documents on phone tapping and other surveillance of left-wing intellectuals and associations in Iceland. In his address, he will describe the year-long hunt for these sources, the fight to have them published and the furor it caused in Icelandic society.
The title of Jóhannesson´s Keynote speak is «Sources, access, archives. A personal story»
Kári Stefánsson, M.D., Dr.Med.
Kári Stefánsson, M.D., Dr. Med. has served as President, Chief Executive Officer and a Director since he founded deCODE genetics in August 1996. Dr. Stefánsson was appointed the Chairman of the Board of Directors of deCODE genetics in December 1999. From 1993 until April 1997, Dr. Stefánsson was a professor of Neurology, Neuropathology and Neuroscience at Harvard University. From 1983 to 1993, he held faculty positions in Neurology, Neuropathology and Neurosciences at the University of Chicago.
Dr. Stefánsson received his M.D. and Dr. Med. from the University of Iceland and is board-certified in neurology and neuropathology in the United States. He has published numerous articles on the genetics of common/complex diseases and has been among the leaders of the world in the discovery of variants in the sequence of the human genome that associate with the risk of common/complex traits.
Dr. Stefánsson was chosen by Time magazine as one of the 100 most influential men of the year for 2007 and by Newsweek as one of the 10 most important biologists of the 21 century. He was the recipient of the Jakobus Award 2007, The World Glaucoma Association Award for present scientific impact 2007, The European Society of Human Genetics Award 2009, and The Andre Jahre Award 2009.
Gísli Guđjónsson, CBE, Emeritus Professor of Forensic Psychology at King's College London
Gísli Guđjónsson is an Emeritus Professor of Forensic Psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry of King's College London and a Professor of Psychology at Reykjavík University.
Professor Guđjónsson is viewed as having developed forensic psychology as a scientific discipline and his work, including his testimony in landmark cases in Britain and elsewhere, has significantly enhanced legal practice with regards to human rights of the accused, police training and confession evidence.
He is internationally recognised for his pioneering research into the measurement and application of interrogative suggestibility, psychological vulnerabilities and false confessions, which has stimulated extensive research and been applied to forensic and legal practice worldwide. Professor Guđjónsson has also made a large contribution to the role of psychologists as expert witnesses and has contributed significantly to the training of clinical and forensic psychologists, doctors, police officers and lawyers.
Prior to his retirement from King‘s College on 1st January 2012 Professor Guđjónsson was the Head of Forensic Psychology Services for Lambeth Forensic Services and Medium Secure Services at the South London and Maudsley NHS Trust (SLaM). He is a Chartered Psychologist and a Fellow of the British Psychological Society, a registered practitioner (clinical and forensic) with the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) and an honorary consultant clinical and forensic psychologist at Broadmoor Maximum Security Hospital.
Professor Guđjónsson was awarded an Honorary Doctorate in Medicine in 2001 by the University of Iceland for services to forensic psychiatry and psychology. In April 2009 the British Psychological Society presented him with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his exceptionally significant and sustained contribution to the practice of psychology. He was awarded the European Association of Psychology and Law (EAPL) Life Time Achievement Award for 2012. Professor Guđjónsson was appointed a Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the Queen’s Birthday 2011 Honours List for services to clinical psychology.