About the research school DEEP


Stephanie C. Werner, Associate Professor

Administrativ coordinator

Anniken R. Birkelund, Senior Executive Officer

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The Research School

The Norwegian Research School for Dynamics and Evolution of Earth and Planets is a national initiative and involves all major national institutes educating PhD students within the fields of dynamics and evolution of the earth and planets. The goal is to offer efficient training of doctoral students by providing a platform for scientific discussions, fostering networks across Europe, offering specialised courses as well as soft skill training.

Scientific content

DEEP gathers researchers and students within geophysics, mineralogy, geochemistry and comparative planetology.

All the activities are focused within the four main DEEP themes:

  • Planetary Physics and Global Tectonics: Study of the physics and tectonic processes that govern the properties and evolution of the Earth and other planets.
  • Planetary interior: materials, structure and dynamics: Study of heat and mass flow in the core and the mantle. Mineralogy, seismology and Earth structure, melting relations and chemical heterogeneities.
  • Solid Earth: composition and evolution: Study of the crust, lithosphere and asthenosphere based on geology and geochemistry, geophysical imaging, and geodynamical modelling.
  • Solid Earth - Fluid Earth Interactions: Material recycling across the geospheres, how mantle dynamics, volcanism, plate tectonics influences long-term, global environmental and climatic changes.

Host institution

The Centre for Earth Evolution and Dynamics (CEED), University of Oslo, is host to the research school. CEED combines studies of processes and materials common to the terrestrial planets, convective mantle dynamics and plate tectonics, paleomagnetism, paleogeography and Earth evolution, including events like the formation of Large Igneous Province and their atmospheric and oceanographic consequences, such as related mass extinction.


The school is funded by the Research Council of Norway.

The DEEP steering board

Representatives from each of the Norwegian partner universities:

  • Stephanie Werner (Scientific director) - University of Oslo
  • Ritske Huismans - University of Bergen
  • Holger Stunitz - University of Tromsø
  • Suzanne McEnroe - Norwegian University of Science and Technology

PhD student representatives:

  • Åse Hestnes - University of Bergen
  • Eric James Ryan - Norwegian University of Science and Technology
  • Victoria  Sjøholt Engelschiøn - University of Oslo
  • Harald Hansen - University of Tromsø

One national and one international representative:

  • Hanne Christiansen - UNIS
  • Charles Lesher - Aarhus University

Internal webpages

On the internal webpages we share documents and working material with our partners. To gain access please contact post-deep@geo.uio.no.