Confirmed keynote speakers

Jocelyn Bell Burnell

jbbFor the first time ever, Dame Susan Joce­lyn Bell Bur­nell DBE FRS FRSE FRAS will vis­it Trom­sø to give the keynote lec­ture at Fysik­er­møtet 2017!

Short CV sum­ma­ry (short­ened from Wikipedia):
She dis­cov­ered the first radio pul­sars in 1967, while she worked as a PhD stu­dent togeth­er with her super­vi­sor Antony Hewish and oth­ers on a radio tele­scope for using inter­plan­e­tary scin­til­la­tion to study quasars, which had recent­ly been dis­cov­ered (inter­plan­e­tary scin­til­la­tion allows com­pact sources to be dis­tin­guished from extend­ed ones).
In July 1967, she  dis­cov­ered a sig­nal which was puls­ing with great reg­u­lar­i­ty, at a rate of about one pulse per sec­ond. Tem­porar­i­ly dubbed “Lit­tle Green Man 1” (LGM‑1) the source (now known as PSR B1919+21) was lat­er iden­ti­fied as a rapid­ly rotat­ing neu­tron star.  For this dis­cov­ery, Hewish lat­er shared the Nobel Prize in Physics with astronomer Mar­tin Ryle, while, Bell Bur­nell was exclud­ed, despite hav­ing been the first to observe and pre­cise­ly analyse the pulsars.

She has  worked at the Uni­ver­si­ty of Southamp­ton (1968–73), Uni­ver­si­ty Col­lege Lon­don (1974–82) and the Roy­al Obser­va­to­ry, Edin­burgh (1982–91). In addi­tion, from 1973 to 1987, she was a tutor, con­sul­tant, exam­in­er, and lec­tur­er for the Open Uni­ver­si­ty.[19] She was Pro­fes­sor of Physics in the Open Uni­ver­si­ty from 1991 to 2001. She was also a vis­it­ing pro­fes­sor in Prince­ton Uni­ver­si­ty in the Unit­ed States and Dean of Sci­ence in the Uni­ver­si­ty of Bath (2001–04)[20]

Bell Bur­nell wasPres­i­dent of the Roy­al Astro­nom­i­cal Soci­ety between 2002-04, Pres­i­dent of the Insti­tute of Physics from Octo­ber 2008 until Octo­ber 2010, and was inter­im pres­i­dent fol­low­ing the death of her suc­ces­sor, Mar­shall Stone­ham, in ear­ly 2011. She was elect­ed as Pres­i­dent of the Roy­al Soci­ety of Edin­burgh in Octo­ber 2014. In March 2013 she was elect­ed Pro-Chan­cel­lor of the Uni­ver­si­ty of Dublin.
She is cur­rent­ly Vis­it­ing Pro­fes­sor of Astro­physics in the Uni­ver­si­ty of Oxford and a Fel­low of Mans­field Col­lege.[21]


Prof. Lynn J. Rotchild is a reknown astro­bi­ol­o­gist and evo­lu­tion­ary biol­o­gist who is work­ing with life in extreme sur­round­ings. In the course of her research she has vis­it­ed many places more or less harsh for bio­log­i­cal life to sur­vive, e.g. the ther­mal areas in Yel­low­stone Nation­al Park and the hyper­saline envi­ron­ments in the San Fran­cis­co Bay and the Boli­vian Andes [1], but this is her first time to vis­it Trom­sø. She is  to give the 2nd keynote speech!

Short CV (sum­ma­ry from Wikipedia):
Lynn Jus­tine Roth­schild (born May 11, 1957) is an evo­lu­tion­ary biol­o­gist and astro­bi­ol­o­gist at NASA’s Ames Research Cen­ter,[1] and was a con­sult­ing Pro­fes­sor at Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ty, where she taught Astro­bi­ol­o­gy and Space Explo­ration. She is an Adjunct Pro­fes­sor at Brown Uni­ver­si­ty and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Cal­i­for­nia, San­ta Cruz. At Ames her research has focused on how life, par­tic­u­lar­ly microbes, has evolved in the con­text of the phys­i­cal envi­ron­ment, both on Earth and poten­tial­ly beyond our plan­et’s bound­aries. Since 2007 she has stud­ied the effect of UV radi­a­tion on DNA syn­the­sis, car­bon metab­o­lism and mutation/DNA repair in the Rift Val­ley of Kenya and the Boli­vian Andes, and also in high alti­tude exper­i­ments atop Mt. Ever­est, in bal­loon pay­loads with Bio­Launch. Cur­rent­ly she is the prin­ci­pal inves­ti­ga­tor of a syn­thet­ic biol­o­gy pay­load on an upcom­ing satel­lite mission.

Roth­schild has been instru­men­tal in devel­op­ing the field of astro­bi­ol­o­gy. She found­ed and ran the first three Astro­bi­ol­o­gy Sci­ence Con­fer­ences (AbSci­Con), was the found­ing co-edi­tor of the Inter­na­tion­al Jour­nal of Astro­bi­ol­o­gy, and is the for­mer direc­tor of the Astro­bi­ol­o­gy Strate­gic Analy­sis and Sup­port Office for NASA. She has been a mem­ber of the Astro­bi­ol­o­gy Insti­tute since its inception.

Roth­schild lec­tures fre­quent­ly world­wide, includ­ing at the Vat­i­can and Wind­sor Cas­tle, Mys­tic Sea­port and the Roy­al Soci­ety of Lon­don. Roth­schild’s lec­ture at the annu­al Mol­e­c­u­lar Fron­tiers Sym­po­sium at the Roy­al Swedish Acad­e­my of Sci­ences in Stock­holm, May 2013, “Life in Extreme Envi­ron­ments and the Search for Life in the Uni­verse” can be viewed online.[2] She appears fre­quent­ly on radio and tele­vi­sion pro­grams, includ­ing the BBC, NPR, Nation­al Geo­graph­ic, Dis­cov­ery Chan­nel, ABC World News Tonight, and the His­to­ry Chan­nel and most recent­ly on Mor­gan Freeman’s “Through the Worm­hole” on the Sci­ence Chan­nel. Roth­schild is a Fel­low of the Lin­nean Soci­ety of Lon­don, and also a Fel­low of the Cal­i­for­nia Acad­e­my of Sci­ences and the Explor­ers Club.

An exam­ple of her TED talks can be viewed on YouTube: 





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