Teaching and supervision experience

Pedagogical education

In 2020, I acquired basic university pedagogical competence through participation in the courses and development projects at the University of Oslo (UiO) but continue to further develop (e.g. through participation in conferences such as UiO's annual conference(s) on education).


Teaching experience

I realised that I like to teach already early during my studies and since sought for opportunities to teach. My first involvement in teaching at university level was the lecture series “Astronomy for all faculties” at the University of Freiburg, Germany, in 2005. After starting at the University of Oslo, I was a co-lecturer in B.Sc. level courses  on stellar physics in 2007–08 and on observational astronomy during 2013–14 and 2017–2018. I prepared my own lecture materials for these courses, which was a very useful experience. 

During the period 2019–2021, I was able to contribute several lectures each semester to the largest B.Sc. level taught at ITA, which is an introduction to astronomy for students from all faculties. I prepared my own lectures and taught in Norwegian in person and – during the pandemic – also online and with hybrid setups. Particularly noteworthy is the large spread in knowledge and abilities of the students in this course, which required me to rethink and adjust my teaching strategy, resulting in a development project. I have also offered a special syllabus on M.Sc. and Ph.D. level (e.g., in 2021) which included defining literature lists for the students and oral exams.

Astronomy classes at elementary schools and lectures for high school students (Ungforsk, 2018+2022 ) and school teachers in Norwegian (Faglig pedagogisk dag, UiO, 2018) added breadth to my teaching experience as they required a different pedagogic approach. Likewise, my involvement in the planning of an interdisciplinary intensive course in collaboration with DEEP/CEED at UiO in 2022 was an interesting experience as I had to teach an introduction to solar/stellar physics to Ph.D. students from different backgrounds in the fields of geosciences, meteorology and astrophysics. That required to rethink how to best prepare the subject in view of the varied backgrounds. I have also been (and will be) involved as lecturer in international summer schools, mostly on Ph.D. level.  

In 2021, I prepared my own course (Solar and stellar physics, AST5770) at ITA/UiO, which I taught in the spring semester 2022. The course is designed for the second semester of M.Sc. studies (10 ECTS) and combines lectures, group classes and project work, which is summarised in form of a scientific article by the students. My aim for designing this course, for which I benefited from my previous experience, was to communicate the fundamental knowledge across a rather extended subject with practical exercises that I deem essential for carrying out research (e.g., working with real scientific data and scientific writing). It was also important to find an appropriate balance between width and depth within one semester, while creating connection points to courses previously taken by the students.  

Teaching at the University of Oslo:

Year Course Level Role
2007-2008 AST2120 - The Stars (Stellar physics) B.Sc. Co-lecturer
2012 AST3310 - Astrophysical plasma and stellar interiors B.Sc. Co-examiner
2013-2014, 2017-2018 AST2210 - Observational Astronomy B.Sc. Co-lecturer
2019-2021 AST1010 - Astronomy - A Cosmic Journey B.Sc. Co-lecturer
2021 Special syllabus (literature assignment + oral exam) M.Sc. / Ph.D. Main examiner
since 2022 AST5770 - Solar and stellar physics M.Sc. Main lecturer
2022 GEO-DEEP9509 - Interactions between Star-Planet Couples (from Sun-Earth to Star-Exoplanet) Ph.D. Part of lecturer group

Summer schools: In 2016, I was a lecturer at the 5th SOLARNET School Waves and Oscillations in the Solar Atmosphere, Belfast, U.K. (Ph.D. level).


Supervision experience 

Already before receiving my PhD in 2003, I was interested and involved in the supervision of students, starting with my role as group teacher for the master level course in observational astronomy at the University of Kiel, Germany, in 1998/9. During the period 2004–2006 while being a post-doctoral researcher at the Kiepenheuer Institute for Solar Physics, University of Freiburg, Germany, I supervised a summer student and co-supervised a PhD student. After relocating to the University of Oslo in 2006, I actively sought opportunities for gaining supervision experience and as a result supervised 5 IAESTE exchange students and 3 summer students (typically for a period of 6-8 weeks each). During my time at the University of Oslo so far, I was the main supervisor of four Ph.D. students (the third foreseen to finish in 2023, the fourth in 2025) and four M.Sc. students (with two additional students currently working on their theses). I have also mentored post-docs that were employed as part of projects of which I was the PI.

Published Sep. 15, 2022 4:44 PM - Last modified Dec. 1, 2022 12:02 PM