Centre for Advanced Study

at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

In focus

  • Medieval war, computational linguistics and molecular chemistry are the topics of next year's projects.

    2017/2018: Molecular Chemistry, Medieval War and Computational Linguistics

    The academic year of 2016/2017 is just about to come to an end, and CAS is looking forward to the next. In August, we will welcome three new research groups working on computational linguistics, molecular chemistry, and the Nordic “civil wars”. No doubt next year’s groups will be as versatile as their predecessors.

  • Fracture of tectonic plates in Tingvellir Park, Iceland. Photograph: Shutterstock

    Former CAS group leader wins the Fridtjof Nansen Award of Excellence

    Former CAS group leader Professor Trond Helge Torsvik has been awarded this 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).

Read

  • Spraps of things left by the Germans in the POW camps in Norddal.

    The heritage of war

    In autumn 1944, Norddal, in the north of Troms County, was occupied by German army forces in retreat. They had brought with them an unknown number of Soviet prisoners, who were distributed among four prisoner-of-war (POW) camps. When the war ended, the camps were abandoned and their stories almost lost in time.

  • Hansen's disease, hands of old man suffering from leprosy, amputated hands. Karen Thornber describes the disease as highly stigmatised in many societies, despite its being completely curable and not very contagious. Photograph: Shutterstock

    Humanities can help improve human health

    Karen Thornber argues that humanities can help improve human health and in particular can alert us to the need to tackle persistent stigmas against diseases.

  • Erlend Fornæss Wold and Berit Stensønes are group leaders of the CAS maths project 2016/2017 Photo: Centre for Advanced Study, CAS Oslo

    – Complex numbers make the world bigger

    Their mathematics is already used outside the mathematical sphere, from calculating an asteroid’s position to measuring the size of an iceberg, but Berit Stensønes believes it is only the beginning of the developments and applications of these powerful tools.

Listen

  • Levi Bryant at Litteraturhuset event by Centre for Advanced Study/ CAS Oslo

    Talk by Levi Bryant: A critique of object-oriented philosophy

    In this talk, philosopher Levi R. Bryant talks about the history of speculative realism and object-oriented ontology. He then moves into a brief discussion of Graham Harman’s object-oriented philosophy, and an alternative vision he would like to propose.

  • 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

    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

    Glaciers retreat: - The mountain is sad

Events

There are currently no events planned

Banner 1300x375

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.

LOGO