Public Lectures

Forelæsning Anja Andersen


Niels Bohr Special: The Atomic model, The Correspondence Principal and Complimentary  

In connection with the nature and science festival Bloom in Søndermarken, three experts will talk about Niels Bohr's three most groundbreaking scientific ideas.

Hear the Danish Niels Bohr expert and science historian Helge Kragh talk about the atomic model, which revolutionised our understand of how the electrons move around the atomic core.

Also listen when the American philosopher of science Hans Halvorson talks about the correspondence - a concept that allowed Niels Bohr to bridge the gap between quantum mechanics and classical physics.

Last but not least, Associate Professor Anja Skaar Jacobsen will talk about complementarity, which is Bohr's brain-wrenching idea that two mutually contradictory descriptions of a phenomenon can be equally true and equally wrong at the same time.

The festival is from May 27th - 29th.

Read more on Bloom's website (in Danish).

Lecture series in cooperation with Folkeuniversitet København / People’s University of Copenhagen:

Autumn 2022

The purpose of the lecture series is to show a glimpse of some of the areas in which the institute is an international leader. This is established in connection with the Niels Bohr Institute's 100th anniversary. Five different researchers from the Niels Bohr Institute present topics in modern physics in the context of the institute's anniversary and the awarding of the Nobel Prize to Niels Bohr in 1922. The lectures will take place in Auditorium A at Blegdamsvej 17

The lecture series has been created in collaboration with Niels Bohr International Academy, which was founded in 2007 as a research unit under the Niels Bohr Institute to attract young research talents from all over the world to Denmark

The lectures include:

  1. Two-Dimensional Superconductor-Semiconductor Arrays by Charles Marcus (Held in English)
  2. From Niels Bohr’s atomic model to modern one-photon light sources by Peter Lodahl (Held in Danish)
  3. Tales of Cosmic Booms by Irene Tamborra (Held in English)
  4. Modern quantum physics and applications by Jan W. Thomsen (Held in Danish)
  5. Black holes: From curiosity to an important piece in the evolution of the universe by Marianne Vestergaard (Held in Danish)

Link to the website with program and registration coming soon.

  Auditorium A, Niels Bohr Institutet

Lecture series in cooperation with The Society for the Dissemination of Natural Science (“SNU”):

In 2022, The Society for the Dissemination of Natural Science will arrange a lecture series on Niels Bohr and quantum mechanics.

SNU was founded by H.C. Ørsted in 1824. After a larger journey abroad, Ørsted saw a need for a society in Denmark where everybody could come and hear about the newest advances in the field of physics and chemistry and the what these potentially meant for the business world. SNU focuses on dissemination of the natural sciences – the best and the newest. Niels Bohr was chairperson for SNU for 27 years.

The lecture series will be held at the H.C. Ørsted Institute in Auditorium 1 in collaboration with the Niels Bohr Institute

Upcoming lectures

In this talk Christian Joas will present a short history of twentieth-century physics in Copenhagen, discuss the reasons for the Institute’s successes both before and after World War II, and elaborate on the secrets of the “Copenhagen spirit.

The talk will be held in English.

Rocks and space debris

The Earth's atmosphere is constantly hit by small and large chunks of rock and space debris. It shows as beautiful shooting stars and it also provides us with a steady supply of meteorites that can make us wiser about how our Solar System originated. However, not all pieces are we equally happy with. Fragments of defective satellites and rocket launchers pose an increasing risk to both astronauts and newly launched satellites. In the long run, it can develop into an unmanageable problem that can make space travel from Earth impossible. Larger pieces of natural rock also pose a risk to life on Earth that we must deal with.

The lecture will be held by Professor Anja Andersen and projektleader Henning Haack.

Previous lectures

- Einstein's contribution to quantum mechanics
- Niels Bohr and Risø
- Niel Bohr Institute: A dynamo for Danish research at CERN

Read more about lectures on SNU's website

Auditorium A, Niels Bohr Institutet

Previous public lectures

Lecture Series by Det Udenrigspolitisk Selskab (Society for Foreign Policy):

Aspects relating to foreign policy in scientific research – on the occasion of the 100 year anniversary for the inauguration of the Niels Bohr Institute.

Lecture series with a focus on the international aspects of science and its relevance for Danish foreign policy. The intended audience for the lectures will be those interested and engaged in the topic here in Denmark, including members of the Det Udenrigspolitisk Selskab, users of the Royal Library, politicians and other officials involved with foreign policy.

See the lecture series and registration here >>