Detailed Conference Program

As the conference comes closer, the program is almost complete. Changes will be published here. We have succeeded in attracting several of the world’s most prominent scientists to the conference and also expect an influx of amateur astronomers from abroad. Thus, the conference sessions will be in English. Our presenters are skilled at popularizing and we hope and believe that this will not present any problems for Norwegian participants. Welcome to an international astronomy conference!

Friday, March 1st:

17:00 – 18:30 – Check-in and registration

About 19:00 – 02:00 Aurora Borealis – Northern Lights Safari.
Primary destination is Skibotn Observatory, but we may end up elsewhere depending on the weather and auroral conditions. Refreshments will be served. The departure may be be delayed to ensure that all participants have arrived. (A few arrive on a flight landing 18:10.)

Saturday, March 2nd

09:00 – 09:10 – Conference opens

09:15 – 09:50 The Northern Lights, cultural heritage and science
Asgeir Brekke, Universitetet i Tromsø.

10:00 – 10:35 – Planets, Sun and climate
Jan-Erik Solheim, Universitetet i Tromsø (emeritus)

10:45 – 11:20 – Northern Lights Photography
Frederik Broms

11:30 – 12:05 – Exoplanets – the Kepler project
Lars A. Buchhave

12:10 – 13:10 – Lunch

13:15 – 13:50 – Supernovas
Jesper Sollerman

14:00 – 14:35 – Dark Matters
Carlos Frenk

14:45 – 15:20 – Nature’s own lenses
Håkon Dahle

15:30 – 16:05 – Supermassive Black Holes
Marc Sarzi

16:15 – 16:50 – Penetrating dust masks in the universe – an awesome new view of spiral galaxies
David Block

17:15 – Bus tranport to the Knowledge Centre

17:30 – 19:00 – The Norse and Lapp starscape at the planetarium
Anne Bruvold

19:10 – Bus transport back to the conference hotel

20:00 – Anniversary Dinner

Smart casual attire. The menu is as follows:

  • Salmon tartar with horseradish mayo, chips of rye bread, cress- and parmesan salad and dill oil.
  • Garlic roasted fillet of pork from Prima Jæren with green beans, almonds, dehydrated tomatoes and onion broth.
  • Caramel panna cotta with raspberry gel and a chocolate spear

Please tell us if there is something here you cannot eat. Two glasses of wine, beer or non-alcoholic beverages included. Drinks in excess of this are on your own tab.

Sunday, March 3rd

09:00 – 09:45 – General Assembly
Open to all but only members are eligible to vote.

10:00 – 10:35 – Cosmic background radiation
Øyvind Grøn

10:45 – 11:20 – Galactic archaeology
Ken Freeman

11:30 – 12:05 – Exoplanets and their atmospheres
Paul A. Wilson

12:10 – 13:30 – Lunch. Checkout from the hotel.

13:30 – 14:05 – Today’s great questions in astronomy
Anna K. D. Evans

14:15 – 15:00 – Panel with all speakers. Last opportunity for questions. Announcements of the winners of the photo contest. Conference close.

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