About our speakers

The conference will offer interesting lectures by some of the world’s foremost experts on the sun, climate, northern lights, aurora photography, cosmology and general astronomy. All talks will be held in English.

This is our list of confirmed speakers:

Professor Carlos S. Frenk heads the world-renowned Institute for Cosmology, University of Durham in England. Using some of the world’s most powerful computers, he creates computer simulations and models of the universe, to understand how it has evolved from its humble beginnings through to the complexity in the present.

Fredrik Broms, originally from Sweden, currently residing in Kvaløya outside Tromsø, was with the picture “Surrounded by Space” selected as one of the top photographers in the competition “Astronomy Photographer of the Year” in 2010. Trained as a marine biologist, he is considered among the foremost nature photographers in the world and has in recent years focused on the northern lights.

Anna Kathinka Dalland Evans is a researcher and press officer at the Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Oslo. She works in observational cosmology, where data from the telescopes used to analyze issues dealing universe on a large scale. She is also a webmaster and communications officer at the Institute of Astrophysics and has participated on NRK science program Schrödinger’s cat.

Øyvind Grøn is a professor at the Oslo University College, and Adjunct Professor at the University of Oslo. He has conducted research in the areas of general relativity, cosmology and classical electromagnetism. For us, he is perhaps best known as an avid contributor to Astronomy for many years and was therefore appointed an honorary member of the Norwegian Astronomical Society in 2010.

Anne Bruvold is pedagogical leader at Nordnorsk Vitensenter, where she works with science communication and developing practical science experiments for school children and the general public. She has a degree in physics from the University of Tromsø, in addition to teacher education. Bruvold has for years been an active board member of Tromsø Astronomy Association and is one of the organizers of the anniversary conference.

Jan-Erik Solheim is professor emeritus at the University of Tromsø. He has studied cosmology, galaxies and rapidly variable stars. In recent years he has taken a closer look at the periodic fluctuations in the Earth’s climate and the possible astronomical reasons for these. Solheim has contributed greatly to the modernization of professional astronomy in Norway, with the creation of Skibotn Observatory (1978), Nordic Optical Telescope (1989), Nordlysplanetariet of Tromsø and the international network The Whole Earth Telescope.

Jesper Sollerman, professor in Astronomy at the Department of Astronomy at Stockholm University, is a Swedish astronomer who helped discover the accelerating expansion of the universe, a discovery listed twice in the top-10 in the journal Science’s annual ranking of the most important scientific discoveries. His main interest is the observation of supernovae, pulsars and gamma ray bursts. Sollerman heads Svenska Astronomiska Sällskapet and is active science journalist in the magazine Populär Astronomi.

Asgeir Brekke is a professor of physics at the University of Tromsø and adjunct professor at the University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS). Brekke was a key figure in the development of the physics community in Tromsø and the EISCAT radar systems for auroral research. His research is concentrated in ionospheric physics, and he is also very keen to convey knowledge about the northern lights, its cultural and mythological heritage.

Håkon Dahle, researcher at the Institute for Theoretical Astrophysics, University of Oslo, on gravitational lenses, dark matter, galaxy clusters and galaxy formation. He has worked at the Nordic Optical Telescope and the large telescopes in Hawaii and Chile, head of the organization for the Astronomy Year in Norway in 2009, and is currently a board member of the Norwegian Astronomical Society and is one of the organizers of this conference. Dahle has also been an active amateur astronomer since age 11, with a special interest in comets, meteors and variable stars.

Marc Sarzi research on galaxy formation at the University of Hertfordshire in England, where he concentrates on supermassive black holes and the quaint phenomenon that the black hole mass appears to be closely related to the properties of the host galaxy,  such as the total luminosity or mass. Through his research Sarzi made several surprising discoveries.

David Block, director of the AECI-AVENG Cosmic Dust Laboratory at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa. Elected as a Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society of London at the remarkable age of nineteen, David Block is held in the highest esteem in international astronomical circles. He has conducted research at some of the world’s greatest universities and observatories in Europe, mainland USA, Hawaii and Australia. He is the only South African astronomer to have had his research featured twice on the front cover of the prestigious scientific journal, Nature.

Lars A. Buchhave, The Niels Bohr Institute, Astrophysics and Planetary Science, Copenhagen. Currently on the Kepler team looking for exo-planets.

Ken Freeman is an renowned Australian astronomer and astrophysicist who currently is Duffield Professor of Astronomy in the Research School of Astronomy and Astrophysics at the Mount Stromlo Observatory of the Australian National University in Canberra. He is known as the man who explained galactic dark matter to the world and won recently the PM’s Prize for Science.

Paul A. Wilson is an observational exoplanet-astronomer currently undertaking his PhD in the Exeter Astrophysics Group at the University of Exeter. His research involves studying the atmospheres of transiting exoplanets and brown dwarfs using large telescopes on La Palma and in Chile. He has previously worked at the Nordic Optical Telescope and is also interested in astronomy outreach.

1 svar til About our speakers

  1. Liz Mahoney sier:

    Hello frå Texas!

    Jeg vokste opp i Norge, der halvparten av familien min bor. Jeg bor nå i Amerika, men får ikke interesse for et prosjekt for å hjelpe folk med å bli begeistret for universet vårt. Kanskje du kan hjelpe?

    I have a friend who is a twitch streamer. He averages about 100 views per stream. He wants to host a discussion about our universe for his viewers. Would any astronomy teachers be interested in a 20 minute chat? You would of course be welcome to discuss your organization and put out a call for donations to further research.


    Liz Mahoney
    Average Citizen ?
    Space Junkie ?
    Star Trek Enthusiast ?

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