Annual Meeting of the Norwegian Geophysical Society in Lillestrøm

Group photo at the NGF meeting in Lillestrøm. Photo: Lars Robert Hole

During 9-10 November, more than 30 scientists from different fields within geophysics met in Lillestrøm near Oslo for the Annual Meeting of the Norwegian Geophysical Society (Norsk Geofysisk Forening). This time, more than a third of the participants were from CHESS, including many early career scientists. Topics ranged from historic observations of the Earth’s magnetic field by Roald Amundsen and Robert Scott in the early 20th century to modern remote sensing strategies to detect avalanches in Northern Norway using glass fibre optics. In addition, there were talks ranging from local meteorology related to the construction planning of the new E39 along western Norway, field campaigns around Svalbard, all the way to classical oceanography and meteorology.

The meeting also features a poster session for the first time in its more than 100 year history, highlighting the increased interest in this society as well as a significant influx of early career scientists. The meeting thus also provided a great blend of new members and long-term members with many interesting stories from the amazing history of this society, which was founded 1917 by a stunning collection of Norwegian scientists such as Vilhelm Bjerknes, Hans Theodor Hesselberg, Bjørn Helland-Hansen, Ole Andreas Krogness, Harald Ulrik Sverdrup, Fridtjof Nansen, and Bernt J. Birkeland, just to name a few.

As mentioned on several previous occasions, CHESS wishes to increase its ties with NGF in the last two years of the existence of the research school and CHESS wants to contribute to strengthen the role of NGF as a Norwegian platform for scientists within our field to meet and connect. CHESS is therefore happy to announce that the newly elected board of NGF consists of CHESS members. Britta Schäfer (UiO), representing early career scientists, joins the board together with Igor Esau (UiT) and Thomas Spengler (UiB), who was elected president of NGF.

The coming two years will have an increased focus on further building and strengthening this national network in our field of research with the strong wish to also provide a vital platform for exchange, both academically and across institutions including the public and private sector. CHESS also wishes to establish an increased focus on early career scientists within NGF. We hope that all members in CHESS will contribute to help increase NGF’s visibility and its relevance within Norwegian geophysics.

Text: Thomas Spengler

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