Centre for Advanced Study

at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

In focus

  • Fracture of tectonic plates in tingvellir park in Iceland.

    The Fridtjof Nansen Award of Excellence assigned former CAS group leader

    Former CAS group leader Trond Helge Torsvik is awarded the prestigious prize for his outstanding work in geophysics.

  • CAS group leader 2017/2018 Trygve Helgaker and CAS board alternate Kenneth Ruud will lead one of ten new Norwegian Centres of Excellence (SFF) Hylleraas Centre for Quantum Molecular Sciences. Photo: Shutterstock

    CAS Oslo researchers will lead prestigious centres

    CAS Oslo congratulates former CAS group leader, future group leader 2017/2018 and CAS board alternate who will lead two different Norwegian Centres of Excellence (SFF).

  • Hip joint implant xray scan test results for adult patient showing orthopedic Traumatology titanium metal plate implantology hip replacement. Implantable medical devices are becoming increasingly unsure due to the antibiotic resistance, the Young CAS group writes. Photo: Shutterstock

    Announcement of Young CAS project: the post-antibiotic era

    Resistance against antibiotics is increasing, with the consequence that infections harmless today can take lives in the future. This summer, a group of young researchers will gather at CAS aiming at developing a new generation of anti-infective biomaterials for implantable devices.


  • Robert Macfarlane in Greenland summer 2016. Photo: Helen Spenceley

    How can we better articulate the Anthropocene?

    – We are Generation Anthropocene, Robert Macfarlane says, but argues that our need for change seems to greatly exceed our capacity to exert it.

  • Bryan Tilt held a seminar during lunch for all the scholars at CAS Oslo.

    Air pollution: ‘I haven’t seen the stars for years’

    Our second lunch seminar this semester was held by Bryan Tilt, who shared his research on the different perceptions of air pollution in rural and urban areas in China: – There is little research on whether one needs to have reached a certain economic level in order to worry about environmental issues.

  • The art festival Komafest invited international artists to decorate houses in Vardø, north Norway, in 2012, to highlight depopulation problems. Saphinaz-Amal Naguib

    Vardø’s rich street art scene: will the city become an ecomuseum?

    In our first lunch seminar this spring, Saphinaz-Amal Naguib brought us to Norway’s most north-eastern city near the border to Russia, Vardø, and introduced us to a rich street art scene that demonstrates the large-scale depopulation of the arctic city.


  • Robert Macfarlane went to Greenland in 2016, and found it difficult to articulate what happened in front of his eyes: a drastically changing landscape.  Photo: Helen Spenceley

    PodCAS #4: Robert Macfarlane: – We are the Generation Anthropocene

    April 6 2017 writer and scholar Robert Macfarlane gave the talk Deep Time, Thin Place And Thick Speech in the Anthropocene at Litteraturhuset in Oslo.

  • Glacier ice melting arctic

    podCAS #3: Glaciers retreat: - The mountain is sad

  • Professor Robert Losey analyzes dog skeletons in Siberia. Professor Losey is part of the CAS project Arctic Domestication in the Era of the Anthropocene.

    podCAS #2: Dogs and humans' long-lasting relationship


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Air pollution in China: Poor people likely to be worst off

CAS researchers expect that the rural population and poor migrants in cities will be the hardest hit when it comes to air pollution exposure. Professor Mette Halskov Hansen hopes that the CAS project she leads can help raise awareness and promote debate.

Room for interdisciplinary engagement

The leaves on the magnificent trees outside our building here in Oslo have turned yellow and red—the tell-tale sign that the academic year is underway, Scientific Director at CAS Professor Vigdis Broch-Due writes.