Intensive course: From Small Bodies to Impact Craters

17 - 21 August 2020 we invite you to join an online, intensive DEEP course (5 ECTS) to learn about small bodies in the solar system. The course will be taught by Jane Luu, Ingrid Mann, Ramon Brasser, Nils Prieur and Stephanie Werner. 

Course content

In this course you will learn about

  • the populations of small bodies in the solar system, which are comets, asteroids and dust.
  • their dynamics in orbits around the sun based on n-body simulations.
  • how based on observations to determine their characteristics, such as orbit, size, colour and composition.
  • crater formation when they collide onto another planetary body using numerical experiments.
  • the flux of these projectiles through time using cratering statistics and remote sensing methods, and solar system evolution models.

The course includes lectures, student presentations, and hands on exercise for each of the five aspects.

The lecturers will be Jane Luu, Ingrid Mann, Ramon Brasser, Nils Prieur and Stephanie Werner each teaching one day of the course.

Course participants will receive more information regarding the program and obligatory activities after the application deadline.

The full course description can be found here.


Apply within 1 August 2020 through our online form

Contact DEEP for more information:

Time and place

The course is taught intensively online 17 - 21 August 2020 using Zoom and prerecorded lectures. If possible, we will invite anyone who can and wishes to be present to join us for the week in Oslo. 

We will start the lectures at 9:00 each day and continue to around 16:00 or 17:00.

Preparations and exam

You will receive literature to prepare in advance and get approximately one month to finish a home exam after the lecture week. We will ask each student to choose a selected aspect/subtopic of the course material and prepare a short presentation.

You get awarded 5 ECTS upon completion of the course. 


  • Stephanie C. Werner is a Professor at CEED and the Department of Geosciences at University of Oslo. She works on the formation and evolution of planets, cratering chronology, processes and planetary dynamics, remote sensing of the Earth and planets and potential field data interpretation.
  • Ingrid Mann is an experimental physicist with research interests including the physics of the ionosphere, magnetospheres, and near-Earth space, and dusty plasma phenomena. She uses space and remote observations as well as model calculations for her research. Ingrid is a Professor and group leader at the Department of Physics and Technology at University of Tromsø. 

  • Jane Luu is an Adjunct Professor with CEED, Department of Geosciences and Institute of Theoretical Astrophysics at University of Oslo. She is also employed as a senior staff member at the Draper Laboratory, Cambridge Massachusetts, USA. Jane has a PhD in Planetary Astronomy from MIT, and a Bachelor of Science in Physics from Stanford University. She received both the Kavli Prize in Astrophysics and the Shaw Prize in Astronomy in 2012.
  • Nils C. Prieur is a Postdoctoral Fellow CEED and the Department of Geosciences at University of Oslo. He was the first person in Norway to get a PhD in Planetology and specialises on Impact Cratering. 

  • Ramon Brasser is an Associate Professor at the Earth-Life Science Institute (ELSI) and an Associate Investigator at Collaborative Research in Origins (CRiO). His main research interest is the formation, history and dynamical evolution of the Solar System, coupled with understanding why Earth developed a biosphere (and when) and Venus and Mars probably did not.


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Published Feb. 6, 2020 10:20 AM - Last modified Sep. 8, 2021 3:41 PM