Major Achievements

Dissemination: From 2013 to 2016 BCSS research has led to the publication of 153 articles in top, peer-reviewed journals. Also, BCSS has organized more than 10 sessions at AGU and EGU meetings, and given about 400 presentations at international meetings, of which more than 70 have been invited.

December 2016:
Instrumentation: ASIM is fully integrated and ready to be launched in September 2017.

Award: Kjellmar Oksavik is awarded the prestigious Fulbright Arctic Chair stipend for 2017. He will visit Virginia Tech from August to December 2017.

Special invitation: In recognition of the scientific achievements by BCSS, the Centre Leader Nikolai Østgaard has been invited (2017) to the United Nation, Office of Outer Space Affairs, Vienna. Here he will give a talk to one of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittees  (UNCOPUOS/STSC) and present the Norwegian contribution to SCOSTEP/VarSITI.

Research grant: The proposal "Full Range Energetic Particle Precipitation Impacting the Middle Atmosphere (FREPPIMA))" was accepted for funding by the Research Council of Norway. PI: Hilde Nesse Tyssøy

Outreach: Fred Sigernes published a new cell phone app in Google Play that allows regular people to learn where the auroral oval is most likely located right now, in one hour, and in four hours. The app is called "Auroral Forecast 3D".

New PhD: Silje Eriksen Holmen successfully defends her PhD thesis "Trends and variability of polar mesopause region temperatures attributed to atmospheric dynamics and solar activity".

November 2016:
Outreach: Nikolai Østgaard lectures at SCOSTEP/ISWI, Sangli, India.

October 2016:
Instrumentation: The new SuperDARN radar in Svalbard was officially opened, see:

Media: An image taken by Pavlo Kochkin was selected as the picture of the week in the Journal of Physics D: Applied physics. The picture shows a discharge phenomenon called pilot system, which may have a similarity with sprites triggered by lightning. The image is from his paper:

New PhD: Christer van der Meeren successfully defends his PhD thesis “Mesoscale ionospheric plasma irregularities and scintillation over Svalbard

September 2016:
Award: A bust of Yuri Gagarin is awarded the Birkeland Centre for Space Science by the organization "Dialogue of Cultures" to honour the 55th year anniversary of Gagarin's famous space flight.

New PhD: Linn-Kristine Glesnes Ødegaard successfully defends her PhD thesis Energetic particle precipitation into the middle atmosphere - optimization and applications of the NOAA POES MEPED data

June 2016:
New PhD: Jone Peter Reistad successfully defends his PhD thesis “Mechanisms responsible for asymmetric aurora between the conjugate hemispheres

May 2016:
Award: The European Geosciences Union (EGU) awards Christoph Franzen the EGU Outstanding Student Poster (OSP) award for his poster entitled "Single vs multi-level quenching of the hydroxyl airglow".

April 2016:
Media: Auroral research at the Kjell Henriksen Observatory was featured on the largest European news channel Euronews in a program series called “Learning World”. This TV program has been translated into 13 languages; Arabic, English, French, German, Greek, Hungarian, Italian, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish, Turkish and Ukrainian. The movie is found here:

Media: The Australian TV newsmagazine 60 Minutes made a broadcast with Fred Sigernes at the Kjell Henriksen Observatory about the origin of the aurora.

February 2016:
Instrumentation: BCSS becomes part of a new space mission called SMILE. This is a collaborative mission between ESA and the Chinese Academy of Sciences scheduled for launch in 2021. BCSS will build a shutter system for the SXI soft X-ray telescope, which will measure the entry of solar wind plasma into the Earth’s magnetosphere.

December 2015:
Research grant: The proposal "Solar effects on natural climate variability in the North Atlantic and Arctic (SOLENA)" was accepted for funding by the Research Council of Norway. PI: Yvan Orsolini

November 2015:
Publication is highlighted: Jesper Gjerloev has been a co-author on a paper by Dods et al. (2015) which reports on how SuperMag magnetometers behave like a social network by “talking” to each other through vectors. The paper is highlighted in Science Newsline.

September 2015:
Publication is highlighted: Xiangchai Chen has been a co-author on a paper by Han et al. (2015). One of the figures from this paper is featured on the cover of the Journal of Geophysical Research.

Outreach: Hilde Nesse Tyssøy is one of the authors of the Norwegian science anthology book Stjerneklart.

August 2015:
Funding: A SWARM-SuperMAG project with Jesper Gjerloev as Principal Investigator receives funding from ESA.

Outreach: Kjartan Olafsson and Arve Aksnes are invited to be editors of the Space Physics Section of the Norwegian online encyclopedia entitled Store Norske Leksikon.

June 2015:
Funding: UiT/The Arctic University of Norway is awarded NOK 288 million for EISCAT_3D, with Kjellmar Oksavik as co-investigator. The award from the Research Council of Norway (RCN) will be used to build the first stage of the most advanced 3D imaging radar system in the world.

Award: Annet Eva Zawedde is awarded the Martin Landrøs Prize for outstanding master's thesis. Thesis title: "Weak to Moderate Recurrent Storms and their Influence on the Middle Atmosphere Composition in 2008". Thesis supervisor: Hilde Nesse Tyssøy.

May 2015:
Award: The Solar-Terrestrial Sciences (ST) Division of the European Geosciences Union (EGU) awards Christer van der Meeren the EGU Outstanding Student Poster (OSP) award for his poster entitled "Observations of simultaneous multi-constellation GNSS scintillation in nightside aurora over Svalbard".

April 2015:
Publication is highlighted: A January 2015 article in Geophysical Research Letters by Lühr et al.—with Jesper Gjerloev as co-author—is selected as a "Research Spotlight" by the journal's editors.

Award: Martino Marisaldi of BCSS and INAF - IASF Bologna wins the Fulbright Research Scholar Grant to spend a six month research period starting in October 2015 at the Dept. of Electrical and Computing Engineering at Duke University, Durham, NC, USA.

March 2015:
Media: UNIS team contributes with instruments and expertise during the total solar eclipse on Svalbard on the 20th of March, an event that was broadcasted live to millions of TV-viewers all over the world.

December 2014:
Publication is highlighted: Steve Milan is co-author on a Science paper by Fear et al. (2014) entitled "Direct observation of closed magnetic flux trapped in the high-latitude magnetosphere".

Award: Paul Tenfjord is granted the Fulbright Scholarship (9 months) stipend to go to the University of California, Los Angeles.

October 2014:
Publication is highlighted: One of the figures in the paper by Christer van der Meeren entitled «GPS scintillation and irregularities at the front of an ionization tongue in the nightside polar ionosphere» was used on the front cover of Journal of Geophysical Research.

September 2014:
Award: Thomas Gjesteland is awarded the Yaras Birkeland prize of 2014. Read more (in Norwegian).

June 2014:
Award: Jone Peter Reistad is granted the Peder Sæther (6 months) stipend to go to the University of California, Berkeley.

New PhD: Ragnhild Schrøder Nisi successfully defends her PhD thesis Constraining the source properties of TGFs

May 2014:
Conference: UNIS hosted the 2014 SuperDARN workshop from 25th - 30th May.

February 2014:
Collaboration: Collaboration was initiated with the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research.

January 2014:
Instrumentation: UiB delivers the ground model for ASIM.The purpose of this model is to verify the functionality of the electronics design before building the actual Flight Model.

Special invitation: Nikolai Østgaard becomes member of the Solar System Exploration Working Group (ESA)

December 2013:
Award: Outstanding Student Paper Award given to Nora Kleinknecht, NTNU, for her poster presentation at the AGU Fall Meeting 2013. See news article: Honours to Nora Kleinknecht

October/November 2013:
Outreach: Nikolai Østgaard lectures at SCOSTEP/ISWI, Nairobi, Kenya. Read more in "Space Science School in Kenya".

May 2013:
Award: Beate Krøvel Humberset was awarded an EGU Outstanding student poster (OSP) award for her poster presentation "Untangling the space-time ambiguity of pulsating aurora", abstract N° EGU2013-833 in session ST3.2. S

24 April 2013:
Media: A press release entitled “Scientists detect dark lightning linked to visible lightning” was published by AGU, based on a GRL-paper by Nikolai Østgaard, Thomas Gjesteland and Brant Carlson from the Birkeland Centre for Space Science. Other authors include A. B. Collier, S. A. Cummer, G. Lu, and H. J.Christian. A video was also uploaded to the AGU you tube site. The press release resulted in many news articles around the world.