About PGP

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After its ten-year period as a Norwegian Center of Excellence that ended in February 2013, PGP will continue as a cross-disciplinary research group within the University of Oslo. PGP will build on its success at integrating physics and geology. The scientific goal is to obtain a fundamental and quantitative understanding of the complex patterns and processes of the Earth. PGP continues to demonstrate that the physics of geological processes is an important and exciting interdisciplinary research area of great interest and relevance to industry and to the society as a whole, and that geologists and physicists can work effectively together to achieve more than they could working separately.

Mission statement

Our mission is to obtain

  • a fundamental and quantitative understanding of the Earth's complex patterns and processes
  • efficient ways of transmitting our basic research to the educational system, industry and the public

Main challenges:

  • establishing an adequate conceptual framework for dealing with the Earth's complex materials and processes
  • attracting highly qualified national and international scientists and students


Our aim is to establish an interdisciplinary science centre that includes scientists from the fields of physics, geology and applied mathematics

  • where geological processes are approached by integrated fieldwork, experiments, theory, and computer modelling
  • with an active and challenging program for master students
  • with active support from commercial enterprises, national and international foundations, and public agencies



Published Oct. 25, 2013 10:41 AM - Last modified Mar. 10, 2015 8:29 AM