Centre for Advanced Study

at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters

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    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.

  • Savannah Georgia, pebblestones, Liverpoool, ballast

    Ballast: Loads with history

    Ballast, the material used to stabilize ships, is the object of study for archaeologist and CAS Fellow professor Burström. He understands ballast as a “Gigantic relocation of material”.

  • Demolition of Blok P, by Cartsen Ankiksdal

    Object Study, Blok P

    Blok P in Nuuk was built by the Danes in an effort to urbanize Greenland in the 60s, and 1 % of Greenland’s population have since called Blok P their home. It was demolished in 2012.

  • Plastiglomerates: Much of the material Þóra Pétursdóttir analyses cannot be traced to a specific place or culture - they have moreover been thoroughly transformed and removed from their initial function. Here is a picture she has taken of a 'plastiglomerate'- natural material held together by plastic.

    - We are not in control of the afterlife of things

    - The plastic bag, which we estimate can live up to 500 years, manifests that we are not in control of the afterlife of things, CAS fellow and postdoc Þóra Pétursdóttir says, and argues why plastic, shoes, fishing nets and all kinds of materials found on the world’s shores must be understood as part of our “environment”.

  • Hongtao Li presents app with map

    Fighting air pollution with apps

    How are apps and social media creating new ways to combat air pollution? Associate professor Hongtao Li sheds light on how new technology is influencing the air pollution debate in China during his CAS lunch seminar.

  • In his lunch seminar “Spaces of spaces” at CAS, Prof. Finnur Larusson took the opportunity to talk more generally about his field describing pure mathematics as 'mathematics for its own sake, driven by its own internal forces'.

    "Spaces of Spaces"

    Every semester, CAS fellows are challenged to present their research to the other research groups at the centre over lunch, and explaining work in pure mathematics can definitively be considered a challenge.

  • Air pollution Beijing

    Clear skies over China– The magic of science

    It’s the Olympic Games in Beijing and the heavy smog that usually fills the air of the capitol and the lungs of its inhabitants has somehow lifted. Dedicated researchers are to thank.

  • Call for project illustration by Kaj Clausen

    CAS announces research projects 2018/2019

    After a comprehensive election process, the Centre for Advanced Study (CAS) at the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters has the pleasure of announcing the three selected research projects at CAS for the 2018/2019 academic year.

  • Glacier ice melting arctic

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

  • Kavli prize winners 2016

    The Kavli Week 2016: honoring nine scientific pioneers

    September 6, the Kavli Prize honors the 2016 Laureates for their seminal advances in Astrophysics, Nanoscience and Neuroscience. The program of the Kavli Week also facilitates for dialogues on significant research in the fields of Astrophysics, Nanoscience and Neuroscience