The Birkeland Centre for Space Science (BCSS) started in March 2013. It is led from the Department of Physics and Technology at the University of Bergen (UiB) with nodes at NTNU and UNIS. The overarching scientific objective of the BCSS is to understand ”How the Earth is coupled to space”. Under this title we have formulated four main questions where we have identified fundamental gaps in our knowledge:

1. When and why is the aurora in the two hemispheres asymmetric?
2. How do we get beyond the static large-scale picture of the ionosphere?
3. What are the effects of particle precipitation on the atmospheric system?
4. What is the role of energetic particles from thunderstorms in geospace?

The BCSS is organized in four scientific groups focusing on each of these questions. In addition, we have two groups to design, build and operate state-of-the art instrumentation, one for space and one for ground-based instrumentation. We also have a group for education and public outreach.



Nikolai Østgaard, Professor and Centre Leader
Michael Hesse, Professor
Karl Magnus Laundal, Researcher
Kjellmar Oksavik, Professor
Therese Moretto Jørgensen, Senior Advisor
Hilde Nesse Tyssøy, Researcher
Patrick Espy, Professor
Martino Marisaldi, Associate Professor


Centre Board

Nikolai Østgaard, Center leader, BCSS
Anne Marit Blokhus, Vice Dean, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, UiB
Elisabeth Müller Lysebo, Faculty Director, Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, UiB
Øyvind Frette, Head of Department, Department of Physics and Technology, UiB
Erik Wahlström, Head of department (Physics), NTNU
Harald Ellingsen, Managing Director, UNIS
Grete K. Ersland, Board Secretary, Head of Administration, Institute for Physics & Technology, UiB

Katarzyna Kosela-Dordevic, Adm. Coordinator, BCSS


Scientific Advisory Board

Kristi Kauristie, Researcher, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Finland
Herman Opgenoorth, Professor, Uppsala University, Sweden
Steve Cummer, Professor, Duke University, USA


Education and Public Outreach

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