Colloquium: A physicist in Antarctica

By Professor Wojciech Miloch, Plasma and space physics, UiO

Antarctica is an extreme, pristine continent, where the glaciers rise to 3000 meters above the sea level, the summer sun never sets, and winter storms can be fierce.

Yet, scientific research and collaboration thrive in Antarctica. Here, Norway operates a research station Troll, where over the last two years, we have established an observatory for the space weather studies in the southern hemisphere.

I will talk about traveling to the “South Pole”, extreme logistics and challenges in establishing the observatory, life at the station and in the field, dangers and adventures, and the scientific research (physics, geosciences, biology) in this sector of Antarctica.

Wojciech Miloch is a professor in space and plasma physics at UiO and leader of the 4DSpace - Strategic Research Initiative for integrated studies of the Earth’s ionosphere.

He has been involved in ESA space exploration missions, such as Rosetta, Bepi-Colombo, Swarm; experimental and numerical studies of fundamental plasma processes; and space weather research with a focus on the polar regions, both in the Arctic and in Antarctica.


Light meal served from 12 | Talk 12.15



Published Apr. 25, 2019 8:59 AM - Last modified Apr. 25, 2019 9:02 AM