The 2021 meeting of the Norwegian Physical Society (Fysikermøte)

June 21st - 24th 2021, University of Stavanger

Registration via Indico

Contact the organizers: via email

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About the 2021 Fysikermøte

"Fysikermøte" is the central biannual meeting of the Norwegian Physical Society attended by physicist in Norway, working in academia, industry and secondary education. This year the meeting will take place at the University of Stavanger between June 21st and 24th 2021.

The program features plenary talks on the latest developments in physics in Norway, as well as parallel sessions organized by the different topical subgroups of the society. We are thrilled to welcome a diverse set of domestic and international speakers to a dedicated outreach event on the Science of Energy on June 23rd. With many of our members having an international background, all talks will be given in English.

To register a presentation for the parallel session, please contact the the conveners of the respective topical subgroups, whose names are listed in the program section of this website.

We will organize a a social program during the meeting with coffee breaks and lunch, as well as an excursion combined with a dinner banquet at the botanical garden island of Flor & Fjære.

As in every edition, the program includes the traditional biannual gathering (årsmøtene) and an award ceremony for prizes, inclusing the Martin Landres-prize for best MSc-thesis and the education prize.

About the Norwegian Physical Society

The Norwegian Physical Society (NFS) was founded in 1953, with the aim of promoting research, information exchange and collaboration in the fields of physics. It has its origins in the Physics Association at the University of Oslo, which was established as early as 1939. Today, NFS has around 1000 members and is a member organization of the European Physical Society.

The NFS has eight topical subgroups: subatomic physics and astrophysics, condensed matter and atomic physics, biophysics, optics, acoustics, space, plasma and climate physics, industrial and energy physics, as well as teaching and dissemination (Norwegian Physics Teachers Association). The aim of these groups is to strengthen the contact between their members working in the same field. Read more about the topical subgroups.

In addition to the topical subgroups, NFS has created networks for women in physics, as well as for physics history and philosophy.

Scientific Program

Physical acoustics, with emphasis on hydroacoustics, industrial and medical ultrasound, non-linear acoustics and general sound propagation, with applications in technology, medicine and fisheries.
Conveners: Lars Hoff (Universitetet i Sørøst-Norge), Erlend Viggen (Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet)
An interdisciplinary subgroup, in which methods and theories from physics are used to study biological systems. It spans all levels of biological organization from the molecular scale to whole organisms and ecosystems.
Conveners: Catharina Davies (Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet), Pawel Sikorski (Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet), Kristian Ytre-Hauge (Universitetet i Bergen)
Condensed matter and atomic physics

Condensed matter physics is a field of research that spans many different specializations of modern physics, including chemical and polymer physics, thin films, dynamics and statistical physics, semiconductor physics, crystalline solids and their microstructure, magnetism, metal and materials physics, surface science, low temperature physics, as well as vacuum science and technology.

Atomic physics studies the basic interactions between electrons, lasers, atoms and molecules. These include electron excitation and ionization, high-resolution laser photoionization, as well as the production and studies of laser-cooled and trapped atoms.

Conveners: Hicham Agueny (Universitetet i Bergen), Ingvild Julie Thue Jensen (SINTEF)
Industrial- and Energy Physics
Petroleum physics research improves the physical characterization of oil and gas reservoirs to increase the understanding of transport mechanisms for oil, gas and water in porous rocks in order to contribute to improved methods of oil extraction.
Conveners: Erik Stensrud Marstein (IFE), Jon Samseth (SINTEF), Erik Skjetne (Equinor)
Optics studies the interaction between light and atoms, molecules and semiconductor systems in different contexts. This field covers various research topics including quantum gases, quantum information, theoretical and computational optical physics, experimental and theoretical semiconductor quantum optics, and ultra-fast lasers, the theory and applications of high harmonic generation, laser cooling and capture, quantum control, and much more.
Conveners: Astrid Asknes (Norges teknisk-naturvitenskapelige universitet), Børge Hamre (Universitetet i Bergen), Åsmund Sudbø (Universitetet i Oslo)
Space-, Plasma- and Climate Physics

Climate physics is an interdisciplinary approach to scientific climate research with connections to meteorology, oceanography, geology, geophysics, biology and mathematics.

Space physics research in Norway addresses the Earth's upper atmosphere, ionosphere and magnetosphere and related plasma physics; small objects in the solar system, mesospheric and cosmic dust and dusty plasma phenomena.

Conveners: Wojciech J. Miloch (Universitetet i Oslo), Kjartan Jh Olafsson (Universitetet i Bergen), Audun Theodorsen (Norges arktiske Universitet)
Subatomic physics and astrophysics

Subatomic and particle physics studies the microscopic constituents of matter and the forces acting between them. Strong collaborations exist with the European Center for Nuclear Research (CERN) and other major institutional research infrastructures.

Astrophysics explores the past, present and future of the universe using various observational methods from optical telescopes to gravitational wave observatories.

Conveners: Håvard Helstrup (Høgskulen på Vestlandet), Are Raklev (Universitetet i Oslo), Hans Arnold Winther (Universitetet i Oslo)


Outreach program

The science of Energy

Selected presentations are available on the YouTube channel of the Institute of Mathematics and Physics at the University of Stavanger.

  • The science of Energy

    Prof. Richard Muller
    University of California, Berkeley
    author of Energy for future presidents

  • Hydropower

    Assoc. Prof. Pål-Tore Storli,
    Waterpower Lab,

  • Fission

    Assoc. Prof. Alexander Rothkopf,
    Institute for Mathematics and Physics,
    University of Stavanger

  • Oil

    Prof. Aksel Hiorth,
    Institutt for energiressurser,
    Universitet i Stavanger

  • Fusion

    Prof. Dr. Thomas Klinger,
    Wendelstein 7-X project leader,
    Max-Planck-Institute for Plasma Physics

  • Hydrogen

    Assoc. Prof. Olena Zavorotynska
    Institutt for matematikk og fysikk,
    Universitet i Stavanger

  • Batteries

    Dr. Fride Vullum-Bruer,
    Senior Research Scientist
    SINTEF Energy

  • Solar energy

    Tine Uberg Nærland, PhD
    Research Scientist
    Insitute for Energy Technology

  • Wind energy

    Prof. Trond Kvamsdal,
    Department of Mathematical Sciences

Images: Mercy / Erik Christensen / IAEA / Oak Ridge National Laboratory / NASA
Hosted by:
  • Sigbjørn Hervik (Universitetet i Stavanger)
  • Alexander Rothkopf (Universitetet i Stavanger)
  • Anders Tranberg (Universitetet i Stavanger)
  • Per Amundsen (Vitenskapsakademiet i Stavanger)