Promoting PoreLab’s science to the public

An important goal of PoreLab is to communicate its research and findings, as well as to increase the appreciation and understanding of science in general. Our aim is to reach both Norwegian and international audiences. Bringing scientific culture and research closer to pre-university educational levels and promoting research vocation is of great importance to PoreLab.
The members of PoreLab are accessible to media, and are encouraged to contribute their comments on issues to public concern whenever their expertise is applicable.
You find in the list below a few examples for outreach.

We did it again!

3 October 2021
PoreLab participated to the Pink Ribbon Run this year again in Trondheim with a group of 20 PoreLab members. The Pink Ribbon is an international symbol of breast cancer awareness.

Read more here >>

PoreLab goes Pink!

10 October 2020
PoreLab participated to the virtual Pink Ribbon Run 2020 both in Trondheim and Oslo. The Pink Ribbon is an international symbol of breast cancer awareness

Read more here >>

Har vi fått besøk av en kosmisk hybelkanin”

22 September 2020
The last article published by Professor Eirik Flekkøy on ‘Oumuamua, the interstellar guest in our solar system, is available here in Aftenposten. The article is in Norwegian.

Article in Aftenposten here >>

PoreLab virtual exhibition “The Art of Porous Media”

21 September 2020
At PoreLab, we are lucky enough to work in a field in which one really does not need to look too much to find aesthetically pleasing images. Everything is beautiful if you look closely and carefully enough. Over the years we have come across a tremendous collection of striking visual patterns, stunning compositions of matter and motion brought to us by nature itself. We have curated some of our finest work, from an esthetic point of view, and made an exhibition, so it is our pleasure now to turn public a selection of some of our most beautiful moments, in a virtual gallery, accessible to everyone.
The opening of PoreLab exhibition “The Art of Porous Media” was scheduled on September 21th, 2020.

Visit the exhibition here >>

Article in TiTan about the exhibition here >>

PoreLab researcher, Marcel Moura, on Live TV in Brazil

18 May 2020
PoreLab researcher, Marcel Moura,  was on live TV on May 18th, 2020, in Brazil. It was a special program about the anniversary of his hometown Caruaru (18/05). He talked about PoreLab’s activities and showed a video of the Flying Chain experiment. He talked as well about a very relevant topic during this corona time, namely how air flow through a facemask really is a problem of flow in porous media.

The interview (in Portuguese) can be seen here >>

Vejen til frihed

7 May 2020
Exit-strategi. Kan vi forhindre nye bølger af COVID-19 ved hjælp af såkaldt kontaktsporing? Ja, viser en gruppe forskere: Ved hjælp af overvågning, test og karantæne er det muligt at holde smitten i ave.
Figuren til venstre viser udviklingen i smittede efter en genåbning (stiplet linje). Figuren til højre viser, hvad der sker, hvis genåbningen følges af et omfattende opsporingsprogram. Illustration: Kristian Stølevik Olsen

Read the article (in Danish) here >>

Splitter ny 3D-skanner følger væsker fra hulrom til hulrom

24 April 2020
I en ny artikkel fra Eivind Torgersen under, viser fram Professor Knut Jørgen Måløy og PhD kandidat Joachim Falck Brodin fra institutt for fysikk ved Universitet i Oslo nyvinningen som åpner nye dører i forskning på det som kalles porøse medier (Foto: Eivind Torgersen/UiO)

Read the article (in Norwegian) in Titan here >>

Ta en kopp te og tenk på jordskjelv

23 April 2020
En tilsynelatende hverdagslig og kjedelig tepose kan fortelle om vitenskap. Men du må se nøye etter. Les Titan artikkel fra Marcel Moura, forsker ved institutt for Fysikk, Universitet i Oslo.

Read the article (in Norwegian) in Titan here >>

Oumuamua may be made of a fine web of dust rather than rock or ice.ESO/M. Kornmesser

‘Oumuamua, the first known interstellar visitor to our solar system, is a dustbunny

15 November 2019
Professor Eirik Flekkøy explains the nature of Oumuamua in several popular media.

Read the article under Popular Science here >>

Read the article under Interesting Engineering here >>

Read the article under NewsHub here>>

Information en Francais ici >>

PoreLab Researcher Marcel Moura, special guest at the Brazilian radio “Cultura”. Picture: private

PoreLab Researcher Marcel Moura, special guest at the Brazilian radio “Cultura”

29 October 2019
Dr. Marcel Moura, Researcher at PoreLab Oslo, was a special guest for an hour-long radio program in Brazil. He was interviewed in relation with recent oil spill along the Brazilian coasts.

Read more here >>

Illustration: PoreLab/UiO (left) og Wikipedia/CC BY-SA 4.0 (right)

Dust bunnies in space!

18 October 2019
Together with the astronomer Jane X. Luu, Njord and PoreLab UiO professors Eirik Grude Flekkøy and Renaud Toussaint, may have identified the solar system’s largest dust bunny.
It is an interstellar object, travelling through our solar system, never to return, and was first observed from Hawaii in October 2017. It’s called ‘Oumuamua, meaning “guest” or “scout” in Polynesian, and is approximately 400 meters long, weighing 10 grams per m2.

Read the article in Norwegian under Titan here >>

Betongen er så sterk, fordi den er så svak

7 October 2019
Det høres litt rart ut, men noen materialer kan bli sterkere når de utsettes for påkjenninger. Hvorfor det, og hvorfor gir de til slutt etter likevel?
Les artikkel under Gemini fra Professor Alex Hansen, forsker Srutarshi Pradhan og doktorgradskandidat Jonas Tøgersen Kjellstadli fra Institutt for fysikk.

Les artikkel på norsk under Gemini here >>

NRK radio: Norske Tilstander

Director of PoreLab, Alex Hansen, on NRK Radio

19 June 2019
Alex was invited to NRK radio for youth on June 19th after his talk at the NTNU Festival “the Big Challenge”.

Listen to him here, click: “NTNU-forsker lærer oss noe nytt” (in Norwegian) >>

Alex Hansen speaks about Open Science at the Frontiers Forum

Director of PoreLab, Alex Hansen, speaks about Open Science at Frontiers

10-12 May 2019
Alex speaks about Open Science at Frontiers.

Watch him here >>

The Frontiers Forum brings together 400+ top global scientists and other thought leaders. It provides a valuable opportunity for the Frontiers community to see and discuss the latest in Open Science – and the Science Unlimited event showcases inspiring developments powering our world of tomorrow, from world leading experts on health, longevity, sustainability and more.

See the full program and all speaker talks >>

Eirik Flekkøy at the TV program “Brille”

Eirik Flekkøy on the famous TV program “Brille”

23 April 2019
Professor Eirik Grude Flekkøy was invited on April 23rd, 2019, to participate to the famous Norwegian TV program, “Brille”, on TV Norge. Eirik explains the mechanism of the flying chain fountain phenomenon as well as 2 other physical phenomena.

Read more here >>

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med 25 års jubileet for raset i 2003.
Alle bilder Foto:NGU

Grunnforskning kan gi bedre varsel før ras

3 mai 2019
Olav Galteland, Dick Bedeaux, Signe Kjelstrup, Bjørn Hafskjold and Alex Hansen explain how the activities at PoreLab could help with the prediction of mudslides.

Read the article (in Norwegian) here >>

Entropy Volume 20 – Issue 12 – December 2018

Cover story for Entropy

December 2018
The paper from Mariá Barragán, Kim Kristiansen and Signe Kjelstrup entitled “Perspectives on Thermoelectric Energy Conversion in Ion-Exchange Membranes” was selected as the cover story for ENTROPY Volume 20.

Read the paper here >>

Read the full article under Titan here >>

Mechanisms of the Flying Chain Fountain

13 December 2018
When a chain is released by one end from a container, it forms a striking arch extending well above the container. Watch the astonishing video with Marcel Moura, Post-Doctoral researcher at PoreLab, on the left.

Read more about the physics behind this phenomenon here >>

Professor Lars Onsager

50th Anniversary of the Nobel Prize to Lars Onsager

22 November 2018
On Thursday 22 November, an exhibition on Lars Onsager opened at the Natural Science Library. It is now 50 years since he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

Read more under Gemini here >>

Read about Faglig-pedagogisk dag here >>

UiO – Faglig-Pedagogisk Dag

1 November 2018
PoreLab was present at the “Faglig-pedagogisk dag”, the year’s largest educational day for school teachers at the University of Oslo. Marcel Moura, post-doctoral fellow at the Physics department, showed a set of inspiring experiments using only simple kitchen materials such as cinnamon, sugar, coffee and soap. The experiments can be easily performed for the students in class to teach basic physical concepts, such as surface tension and spontaneous granular stratification.
– Det er klart at i en overgangsperiode hvor det meste er nytt vil du se en del uheldige utslag, med hva man kaller røvertidsskrifter og tilsvarende. Men når markedsmekanismene har fått lov til å virke en stund vil dette gå seg til, mener Alex Hansen

Plan S: På høy tid at dette skjer

31 October 2018
Professor og leder for SFF ’en Porelab, Alex Hansen, gir Plan S sin fulle tilslutning. Forslaget om at all offentlig finansiert forskning skal publiseres i tidsskrifter med åpen tilgang er eneste riktige, slår han fast.

Read more under UA here >>

Greveskogen high school from Vestfold Fylkekommune visits PoreLab

Greveskogen High School visits PoreLab

12 October 2018
27 students from the natural sciences program at the Greveskogen high school from Vestfold Fylkekommune visited PoreLab facilities, spending half a day at PoreLab, visiting e.g. the laboratory of the Geosciences and Petroleum department where they could participate to the demonstration of experiments.

Read more here >>

Astrid Gunnarshaug and Kim Roger Kristiansen, PhD candidates at PoreLab, present some concepts relevant to porous media research at the 2018 Researchers’s night – Photo: Per Henning

PoreLab to the Researcher’s night

28 September 2018
PoreLab participated for the first time, September 2018, in Researcher’s night. The Researchers’ Night was launched at the European level under the initiative “Researchers in Europe 2005”. It is meant to boost public awareness of the positive role of research in society, and especially among young people.
Jonas Kjellstadli, Astrid Gunnarshaug and Kim Roger Kristiansen, PhD candidates at PoreLab, presented concepts relevant to porous media research. Examples of thermoelectric effects, converting temperature differences into electricity and vice versa were shown. Also demonstrated was an example of dilatancy in granular materials, highlighting the counter-intuitive effect this has on an interstitial fluid.

Read more about the Researcher’s night here >>

PoreLab PhD kandidat Kim Kristiansen, Professor Bjørn Hafskjold og PhD kandidat Vilde Bråten på NTNUs stand

PoreLab deltar til VIVO 2018

4 Februar 2018
Karrieredagen VIVO arrangeres hvert år av linjeforeningen for biologi, kjemi og bioteknologi, Volvox & Alkymisten, og er skreddersydd for studenter innenfor disse fagfeltene. Her kommer mange bedrifter som skal stå på stand, og noen som skal holde presentasjoner.

Les mer om VIVO 2018 her >>

Composition by Maja S.K. Ratjke based on the work from Signe Kjelstrup, Professor in Chemistry

The Sound of Science

New pieces of music inspired by the life and work of scientists.

Watch the video here >>

-By using synthetic porous samples and modern image analysis techniques, we have been able to finally verify the predictions, explain Marcel Moura (left) and professor Knut Jørgen Måløy. Photo: Wenche Willoch/UiO

30 years old prediction on motion of fluids is verified

11 October 2017
Marcel Moura, Post-Doctoral researcher at PoreLab, explains the experiments that allow him to verify 30 years old prediction on motion of fluids. His article was accepted for publication in the prestigious journal Physical Review Letters (PRL).

Read more in Titan here >>

Read the full PRL article here >>

Øivind Wilhelmsen works on basic research to understand the interface between gases and fluids. Illustration: Colourbox

Two prestigious awards for research on interfaces for Øivind Wilhelmsen

12 June 2017
Two international professional organizations recognize PhD research that could improve everything from weather forecasts to the prediction of volcanic eruptions. Øivind Wilhelmsen currently works as research scientist at SINTEF Energy Research. He is as well adjunct Professor at the Department of Energy and Process Engineering at NTNU and member of PoreLab.

Read more under Norwegian SciTech News here >>

Spente finalister: Knut Jørgen Måløy (t.v.), Alex Hansen og Eirik Flekkøy. Fotograf: Hilde Lynnebakken/UiO

Kunnskap om olje skal gi verden rent vann

10 mars 2017
Takket være oljeindustrien er norske forskere ved UiO og NTNU verdensledende i et forskningsfelt med enormt potensial. Nå har de fått finansiering og status som Senter for fremragende forskning.

Read more in Titan here >>

Reinsdyr i solnedgang.
Foto: © Stig Tronvold / NN / Samfoto

The magical reindeer nose

15 December 2016
Reindeer live in some of the harshest climates known to humankind. The secret to their survival may actually lie partly in their nose.

Read more under Norwegian SciTech News here >>

Eirik Grude Flekkøy mener eksperimentering i laben gir mindre prøv og feil i industrien – Fotograf: Hilde Lynnebakken/UiO

Ny kunnskap om propper i rør viktig for industrien

18 juli 2016
Sand og vann kan være forbløffende komplisert. En ny studie viser hvordan propper dannes i rør. Denne kunnskapen er viktig for oljeutvinning, spredning av forurensing og transport av blod i kroppen.

Read more under Titan here >>

To understand the weather, you have to understand raindrops. Photo: Per Harald Olsen, NTNU

Understanding tiny droplets can make for better weather forecasts

4 May 2016
Øivind Wilhelmsen, a research scientist at SINTEF Energy Research and Professor at PoreLab, explains that the study of tiny water droplets could result in more precise weather forecasts and climate models.

Read more under Norwegian SciTech News here >>

Photo: Rune Petter Ness

Magiske 0,8

1 February 2004
What do cement floors, earthquakes and broken cups have in common? A magic number. Professor Alex Hansen and two French research colleagues claim they have finally found the answer as to how this ‘magic’ number came into being. For the first time, researchers have managed to calculate the number they have previously seen only in experiments.

Read more under Norwegian SciTech News here >>