Passion for Science
Passion for Science

Inspired by Space

The Passion for Science Astro Symposium, Inspired by Space, is open to all interested in the current status and future direction of space research.

Poster Inspired by Space

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Four outstanding scientists will present their personal perspective on what makes studying space so exciting to them and why it is important to us here on Earth.  Topics will span from molecules in space and their role in the formation of stars and planets, over asteroids and comets in our solar system including visitors from interstellar space, to solar eruptions and the effects here at Earth of living in the outer atmosphere of the highly variable Sun.

In addition, we will have a panel discussion about the future of space research led off by questions from early career researchers at UiB and also offering opportunity for the audience to ask questions.

We welcome students, PhD candidates, young researchers, senior faculty staff, administration, collaboration partners and the public audience to take part in this exciting symposium about space science.


Chair: Professor Nikolai Østgaard, University of Bergen, Director of the Birkeland Centre for Space Science 

13.15Welcome to the Inspired by Space symposium 
Pro-Dean Anne Marit Blokhus, University of Bergen, Chair of the Board of Birkeland Centre for Space Science
Kavli Prize Laureate in Astrophysics 2018:
Dr. Ewine van Dishoeck, Leiden University, Netherlands
Kavli Prize Laureate in Astrophysics 2012:
Dr. Jane Luu, Draper Laboratory, USA
Dr. Holly Gilbert, Director of Heliophysics Science at NASA Goddard Space Flight Center, USA
Dr. Olga Malandraki, National Observatory of Athens, President of EGU Solar-Terrestrial Sciences Division
 Break with refreshments

Panel discussion with the speakers on the future of space research
Including questions from early career researchers at UiB and the audience.
Moderator: Professor Michael Hesse, University of Bergen


From left to right: Holly Gilbert, Jane Luu and Olga Malandraki.

NASA Goddard, Shaw Prize Foundation, whoswhogreece.com