Enjoyable Workshop experience

Another of our annual workshops has been successfully arranged, and it seems the popularity is steadily climbing. This year, the number of participants reached an all time high of 97.


We met on June 15 at Holmenkollen Park Hotel in Oslo, once again in brilliant weather, for three days of interesting professional and social interaction.


During the conference, we heard 20 talks from PhD and postdoc students and 10 talks from invited speakers from academia and industry. The poster session comprised 23 presentations from PhD and post doc members.


On Tuesday afternoon we chartered a bus to the Kon-Tiki museum. They had unfortunately forgotten that we were coming, but as consolation let us in for free to roam the exhibition at our own leisure. This was also quite a pleasant break after a long day in the conference hall. After our museum visit, we walked the short distance to Lanternen restaurant, where we were served an excellent dinner. Olav Solgaard from Stanford University gave an inspirational speech about following your own ideas in stead of just doing what your professor tells you to.


Student awards


Wednesday concluded our stay at Holmenkollen Park and, true to tradition, the rain started as the conference drew to an end. Our final task before ending the conference was celebrating the best student presentations. The prize for best poster presentation was given to Fredrik K. Olsen, Department of Electronics and Telecommunications at NTNU, with his poster ”Impact of interface coupling in magnetic oxide thin film bilayers”.


The prize for best student talk went to Ranveig Flatabø from Department of Physics and Technology, UoB, for her talk ”Charging effect in nanostructures on insulating substrates”.

Fredrik Olsen on earlier occasion

Ranveig Flatabø with head of jury Trond Ytterdal



Both winners received book gift certificates.