The Birkeland Lecture
The University of Oslo has since 1987 arranged a ”Birkeland Lecture” in cooperation with the Norwegain Academy of Science and Letters, the Norwegian Space Centre and the Norwegian company Norsk Hydro ASA (from 2004: YARA ASA). Except for 1993 – when the lecture was given in Tokyo - the lectures have been given in Norway, most of them at the Academy in Oslo. Some years seminars have been arranged in connection with the lectures, e.g in 1993 when the lecture was part of a ”Joint Japanese-Norwegian Workshop on Arctic Research”, and in 1995 when the lecture was part of a seminar on Norwegian environmental research. Also in 2001, when professor D. Southwood from ESA gave the Birkeland Lecture, a workshop on Norwegian space research with emphasis on the Cluster programme was arranged at the University of Oslo. This cooperation with the Academy and Norsk Hydro and YARA has given the University of Oslo the opportunity to invite many outstanding scientists within the area of geophysical and space research to Oslo, areas which were central in Kristian Birkeland´s own research.
To improve the experimental basis for his theory of the geomagnetic effects in the polar region, Birkeland carried out a large scale expedition in the Arctic . The expedition took place in the years 1902-03, and the map shows the position of the experimental stations which he had equipped with modern instruments. These stations were of central impor-tance for this enterprise, and he called them “The Norwegian Stations”. (Map from Birkeland´s main research contribution “The Norwegian Auroral Polaris Expeditions”, 1908).
- Professor Jan A. Holtet, Department of Physics, University of Oslo (chairman)
- Professor Alv Egeland, Department of Physics, University of Oslo
- Øyvind Sørensen, Chief Executive at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
- Bernhard Stormyr, Communication Manager, Yara
- Pål Brekke, Senior Advisor, The Norwegian Space Centre
About the Birkeland Lecture
The Birkeland Lecture is open for everybody. There is no registration. Free admission.
For more information about the Birkeland Lecture:
The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters
Phone: + 47 22 12 10 92