Intensive course - Special Topics on Dynamics and Evolution of the Earth and Planets: Interactions between star-planet couples (from Sun-Earth to Star-Exoplanet)

Autumn 2022 we invite you to join an intensive DEEP course (5 ECTS) to learn about interactions between star-planet couples (from Sun-Earth to Star-Exoplanet). GEO-DEEP9509

Picture, Sun and Earth
David Aguilar & Lockheed Martin

Course description:

The Special Topics course series explores state-of-the-art principles, methods, and techniques within selected topics in DEEP research school themes. In this course, we will bridge topics from the realm of astrophysics and geosciences. We intend to train participants in the fundamental workings of stars, the Sun, planets and exoplanets. Our knowledge of Earth and Sun is far more detailed than of other solar system bodies or planets orbiting other stars. Nevertheless, observations and numerical simulations allow predictions validated for the Earth and Sun to discuss the dynamics and interaction between star-planet couples. The course aims at familiarising with current state-of-the-art models of the different objects and models that prescribe their interactions (e.g. solar wind, flares, stellar activities onto bodies with and without a magnetic field) and how these compare with spacecraft and telescope observations. This interaction is known to have changed dramatically through time for the Sun-Earth couple, more specifically solar effects on planets'/Earth's climate system (e.g., Milankovitch cycle due to long-term insolation variations). We will also address on which timescales solar activity modulates the climate on Earth and at which timescales planetary activity or human action dominate

Learning outcomes

After completing the course, the candidate will:

  • have fundamental knowledge on the Sun, stars, Earth, planets and exoplanets
  • study these objects based on numerical simulations and observations
  • describe the interactions between star planet couples
  • model interactions and effects on the climate system (e.g. atmospheres)
  • distinguish planetary atmosphere and climate variations related to the activity of the star, the planet, and for the Earth due to life

For full course description:

Time and place

21 - 25 November, 2022. This course will happen at the University of Oslo, CEED.


The course is centered on a one week session (about 40 h). This includes lectures and practical. Course literature will be pre-selected and accessible to course participants in due time prior to the course. Preparatory work before and after the course week will be mandatory to be able to sit the final exam, this could include giving a short presentation on a prescribed topic during the course week.

Course schedule will be published later on.

Prior to the course

Prior to the course week the students will receive course material and prepare for an obligatory presentation on a given topic. Course literature will be pre-selected and accessible to course participants in due time prior to the course.


Home exam that counts 100% of the final grade. In order to sit the final exam, a mandatory presentation must be approved.

Home exam to be delivered up to one month after the course week and within the semester.

Expenses for DEEP members

DEEP will organize tickets and accommodation for all members. Travel and accommodation is covered. International PhD candidates and those who are not an active member of the research school should cover travel expenses privately. 

Admission to the course:

Open to PhD candidates enrolled in the Norwegian Research School for Dynamics and Evolution of Earth and Planets (DEEP), and international PhD candidates. International participants needs to cover their own travel costs. 

Registration to the course is via an online application form, (the registration form will be opened 22 August - 22 September). 

PhD candidates who are admitted to other education institutions than UiO must apply for visiting PhD status. This is via the same online application form. Applicants must be able to present original documentation on request.

We have 20 places in the course and DEEP members will have first priority. 

Only students admitted to the course may sit for the examination.



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Published May 12, 2022 11:43 AM - Last modified Aug. 4, 2022 2:31 PM