Centre for Advanced Study

at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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).

  • Hein B. Bjerck shared his reflections on the scorched things that survived the fire in his eighty-five year old uncle’s home in 2013. Photo: Hein B. Bjerck

    Charred Memories – Ephemeral survivors in my uncle’s burnt home

    – Cognitive memories of things in a home cannot be inherited, because they do not reside in the things themselves, but in the relation between things and personal mindscapes, Hein Bjerck says.

  • 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.

  • View of Yinchuan city (Ningxia province, China) during sand storm. December 7 dr. Susanne Stein will visit CAS and give the seminar From Desertification Alarm to ‘Health Killer’: Shifting Interpretations of Dust Storms in Contemporary China

    Dust storms is a health killer, but disappeared from the public debate

    Throughout time sand and dust storms have been a topic in Chinese historical records. Although they are widely understood as a “health killer” today, they have almost disappeared from public debate, scholar argues.

  • – Barnebarnet mitt har vokst opp med en bestemor som er matematiker, og tror matte er et typisk kvinneyrke. Men det er jo ikke det, sier professor Berit Sensønes.

    – Det er vanskeligere for kvinner å komme seg opp og fram i matematikken

    Professor Berit Stensønes gir publiseringskrav og kvotering mye av skylda.