Category Archives: Words from the Director

Welcome the new director!

After eight years of existence, the Oskar Klein Centre of cosmoparticle physics ranks among the most dynamic and successful European research centres in the field. We are proud for having hosted outstanding postdocs and recruited world leading researchers.
Today, a new chapter in the OKC success story is about to unfold: it is time for me to pass on the baton to Hiranya Peiris, as she starts her journey as the new director of the centre.

As we turn the page to a new year

As we close the book on 2015 we can again look back at a year of exciting science and great accomplishments by members of the Oskar Klein Centre for Cosmoparticle Physics. As in previous years, OKCers feature very prominently in the list of the most cited astrophysics and cosmology papers led by Swedish scientists published during the year. The list was compiled by Robert Cumming in populärastronomi and appears in today’s issue. In fact, half of top-10 2015 publications originate in our centre, starting … Continue Reading ››

2014: another great year for the Oskar Klein Centre

After six very successful years of OKC leadership, Lars Bergström was asked to become the new Dean of the Mathematics and Physics Section of the Science Faculty of Stockholm University. As a consequence, he has stepped down as OKC director and  a new position at the Department of Physics at Stockholm University has been announced to find a replacement. In the mean time, I will serve as director of the centre. It is with a sense of great pride – and a fair bit of apprehension -  that … Continue Reading ››

New Wallenberg grant to OKC’s Jan Conrad

The Knut & Alice Wallenberg Foundation released yesterday the list of this year’s recipients of funding for research projects with very high potential. We were very happy to see that on this list appears Jan Conrad with the project “Discovering Dark Matter Particles in the Laboratory”, with a grant of SEK 28 883 000 (around 3 MEUR) for five years.

Katie Freese receives big VR grant!

The members of the Oskar Klein Centre had just noticed with satisfaction that we could keep the VR Linnaeus grant at the same level (increased by 10% in 2010) the second half of the grant period (until 2018), when even more exciting news reached us. First, our valued member of the International Advisory Board, Katie Freese from Michigan University, was announced as the new Director of Nordita, which is located in the neighbouring building to OKC. [caption id="attachment_2026" align="alignright" width="218" caption="Katie Freese, New Director of Nordita and recipient … Continue Reading ››

Sara Strandberg new member of the Swedish Young Academy

Congratulations to Sara Strandberg, member of the OKC Steering Group, who has just been elected into the Swedish Young Academy (SYA). SYA is a cross-disciplinary forum for young researchers. Although independent from the Royal Swedish Academy of Sciences, the creation of SYA has been encouraged by it. SYA has already made its voice heard in several important issues for young scientists, not the least concerning a sustainable academic career system.  
Sara Strandberg
At the start of SYA in … Continue Reading ››

Another interesting and very successful year of the Oskar Klein Centre

As the year 2013 is now nearing its end, it is time to recapitulate the main events of the year from the OKC perspective. If I temporarily put on my Nobel hat (being the scientific secretary of the Nobel Committee for Physics) the main event from the Stockholm horizon is without doubt the Nobel Prize to Francois Englert and Peter Higgs for their almost 50-year old prediction from the early 1960’s that was so spectacularly confirmed by the ATLAS and CMS experiments at CERN’s LHC accelerator last year.

A new interesting period for the OKC

Hello everybody in the OKC! Welcome back after a well-deserved vacation for most of you. For OKC this is a rather hectic period, as we have our mid-term evaluation requested from Vetenskaprådet (VR)  just starting. The International Advisory Board (Katie Freese, Bengt Gustafsson, Wolfgang Hillebrandt, Hugh Montgomery, John Peacock and Larus Thorlacius) will visit us August 29 - 30, and you have been informed by Serena about some of the events taking place.  The review process will take place during the … Continue Reading ››