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The Birkeland Lecture 2016: Our Dynamic Sun

By Professor Eric Priest, St Andrews University, Scotland

Fig 1. A solar prominence erupting at about 1500 km/s on Aug 31, 2012. The image is a composite of 304 and 171 Å wavelength bands form the Atmospheric Imaging Assembly (AIA) on the Solar Dynamics Observatory (SDO).

This year's Birkeland Lecture will take place at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters on the the 22nd of September and is open to everybody.

Eric Priest has chosen the sun as the focus point for his lectrue. The Sun, an object of worship for early civilisations, is the main source of light and life on Earth and of our space weather, with many subtle effects on our environment. Furthermore, on the Sun we can view in exquisite detail many cosmical processes that occur across the universe in more distant and exotic environments.

(12.08.2016) More

Academic freedom under pressure in Turkey

The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters (DNVA), The Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters (DKNVS), Norwegian Academy of Technological Sciences (NTVA), and The Young Academy of Norway (AFYF) condemn the attempted coup d'état in Turkey, but are at the same time deeply concerned about the developments since then.

(19.08.2016) More

Endre Szemerédi gives Abel Lecture at the 7th European Congress of Mathematics

Endre Szemerédi received the 2012 Abel Prize

For the first time in the history of the ECM one of the Abel Laureates will give a dedicated Lecture to the 7ECM participants. Endre Szemerédi, who received the Abel Prize in 2012, is going to talk about "Arithmetic progressions and graph theoretic lemmas". He will be introduced by Timothy Gowers. Øivind Andersen, Secretary General of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, will deliver the opening address. The lecture will take place on 19 July from 16:30 till 17:30 in the main building of TU Berlin and is open to everybody.

(05.07.2016) More

Nine scientific pioneers to receive the 2016 Kavli Prizes

Ole M. Sejersted , President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

Nine pioneering scientists from Germany, Switzerland, the UK and the USA have been named this year's recipients of the Kavli Prizes - prizes that recognize scientists for their seminal advances in astrophysics, nanoscience and neuroscience. The President of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Ole M. Sejersted (picture) announced the names of the winners today, June 2. This year's laureates were selected for the direct detection of gravitational waves, the invention and realization of atomic force microscopy, and for the discovery of mechanisms that allow experience and neural activity to remodel brain function.

(02.06.2016) More

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Forthcoming events

5 September 2016 at 09:00 - 5 September 2016 at 16:15

The Kavli Prize Laureate Lectures

Lectures

Location: Georg Sverdrups Hus, University of Oslo - Blindern Campus

Register for the event at here. Free lunch included.

6 September 2016 at 14:00 - 6 September 2016 at 15:30

The Kavli Prize Award Ceremony at Oslo Concert Hall

Location: Oslo Concert Hall

Hosted by Alan Alda and Lena Kristin Ellingsen. His Royal Highness Crown Prince Haakon will present the prizes to the laureates.  

6 September 2016 at 19:00

The Kavli Prize Award Banquet at Oslo City Hall

Location: Oslo City Hall

Prime Minister Erna Solberg is hosting the banquet at Oslo City Hall in honour of the laureates.

8 September 2016 at 09:15 - 8 September 2016 at 12:00

The Kavli Prize Laureate Lectures at NTNU

Location: NTNU

Lecture with the Kavli Laureates in nanoscience and neuroscience. The lectures are open.

8 September 2016 at 10:00 - 8 September 2016 at 16:00

The Kavli Prize Symposium in Astrophysics

Scientific conferences

Location: Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

Opening remarks by Silvia Torres-Peimbert, President of IAU, International Astronomical Union

Lectures:
• Hans-Thomas Janka, Max-Planck-Institut für Astrophysik Unravelling the Mechanism of Supernova Explosions
• Cathy Olkin, Southwest Research Institute Our New View of Pluto
• Jochen Liske, University of Hamburg The sky is the limit: New megastructures for astronomy
• Ofer Lahav, University College London “Wide-field optical surveys: from Dark Energy to Gravitational-Wave counter parts”
• Mario Santos, University of Western Cape Probing the Large Scale Structure of the Universe at radio wave lengths 

8 September 2016 at 14:00 - 8 September 2016 at 17:00

The Kavli Prize Symposia in at Neuroscience NTNU

Scientific conferences

Location: NTNU

Opening remarks by Emre Yaksi, Kavli Institute for Systems Neuroscience / Centre for Neural Computation.

Lectures:
• Vivek Jayaraman, Janelia Research Campus Dissecting the workings of a neural compass
• Leslie Vosshall, The Rockefeller University Building a Mosquito Sensory System to Hunt Humans
• Botond Roska, Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research (FMI) The first steps in vision: cell types, circuits and repair

8 September 2016 at 14:00 - 8 September 2016 at 17:00

The Kavli Prize Symposia in Nanoscience at NTNU

Scientific conferences

Location: NTNU

Opening remarks by Silvia Torres-Peimbert, President of IAU, International Astronomical Union

Lectures:
• Shuji Nakamura, University of California The Invention of Blue LED and Future Solid State Lighting
• Stacey Bent, Stanford University Layer-by-Layer Synthesis of Nanomaterials for Energy Applications
• Krijn de Jong, Utrecht University Nanoscale effects in catalysis for more sustainable production of fuels and chemicals
• Dimos Poulikakos, ETH Zürich How to arrest, interrogate and transport viruses in liquids, one at a time

Closing remarks by Erik Wahlström, Head of Department, Department of Physics, NTNU

22 September 2016 at 17:30

The Birkeland Lecture 2016: Our Dynamic Sun

Lectures

Location: The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters, Oslo

Professor Eric R. Priest, University of St. Andrews, Scotland will deliver the Birkeland Lecture.

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