General information


Travel has been arranged such that those travelling from Norway will all connect through Amsterdam, and fly together to Calgary on 4 November. Those travelling within Canada (and Beate, who is traveling from Baltimore), will join the Norwegian contingent at the Calgary airport on the afternoon of the 4th, and all will drive to Kananaskis (about an hour's drive) on a hired bus. At the field station, we will be given an introduction and safety briefing, then supper, followed by the evening off. In due course you will be contacted by University of Oslo with your travel orders, including details of your return on 15 November. If you have any questions about your travel, or you would like to make different arrangements such as extending your stay in Calgary beyond the end of the school, please contact Lasse Clausen <> as soon as possible.


As a team, we are aiming to write and submit for publication at least one original research paper in ten days - an ambitious goal! The first half of our school is dominated by lectures, given both by the instructors and students, and will include extensive discussions. During the mornings, there will be two lectures by the instructors, giving background on the task at hand (general magnetospheric concepts and details on cusp ion heating).

On one of the afternoons, you will be asked to make a 15 minute presentation from one paper on the reading list, assigned at random. It is essential to the success of this school that everyone has the necessary background to be able to contribute productively to the data analysis and paper writing. We emphasize here that the point of this exercise is not to test how well the you understand the paper: statements like “...and then the authors do this analysis, and I have absolutely no idea why...” are perfectly acceptable. We want your presentation to spark active discussions and learning, maybe even a "Eureka!" moment. Moreover, the discussions will provide the framework that shapes the paper(s) that you write as a team. Your summary of a key observation or analysis technique will likely become part of the research paper. So do come prepared (and have fun!) by reading through and taking some notes on each of the papers from the list.

The second half of the PhD school is then devoted to the actual data analysis and paper writing, both activities being closely supervised by the four instructors.You will be working and publishing at the frontier of space physics on a difficult problem. You will have the opportunity to use your analysis and computing skills as you help gather data, make plots, draw conclusions, and contribute to the writing of the paper in a team environment. 


  • Please make sure you have adequate travel and health insurance!
  • On Tuesday (Nov. 5th) we will have an icebreaker after dinner.
  • On Saturday (Nov. 9th) afternoon we will go on an excursion into Banff for an outdoor activity (weather permitting) followed by dinner at a local restaurant.
  • Norwegian students: If you are interested in receiving the 5 ECTS, please contact Katrine Langvad at <> to work out the technicalities. In order to pass the course, you will need to hand in a short report outlining your contribution during the school and pass an oral exam at the end of the school in Canada.
  • The papers from the reading list will be published on the STEP PhD school blog page: /fysikk/english/research/projects/canorock-step/phd-school/2013-phd-school-reading-list.html
Published Aug. 3, 2013 8:41 PM