Writing Science 2019

What: Learn how to write about physics

Where: Tidrommet, Physics building

Who: First year Master students

Bring: Laptop, pen and paper


Paper 1 - Paper 2 - Project plan 

Each week, we will meet in groups to read and write about physics. The sessions are mandatory (minimum requirement is attendance and participation in 8 of 12 sessions).


  • Group 1: Thursdays from 10.15 - 11.00
  • Group 2: Mondays from 13.15 - 14.00
  • Group 3: Wednesdays from 10.15 - 11.00


Paper 1 – The structure of a research article

Weeks 34, 35, 36, and 37.

We will read and discuss a published research article, write a structured summary, and give each other feedback in small groups. The aim is to get familiar with an academic paper and learn to describe the results and findings using your own words. 

All students read the same paper:

The ATLAS Collaboration (2012) A Particle Consistent with the Higgs Boson Observed with the ATLAS Detector at the Large Hadron Collider.
Science. LINK


Week 38: No teaching. 

Spend the time reading paper 2, see below. 


Paper 2 Argumentation in science

Weeks 39, 40, 41 and 42

We focus on argumentation and critical reading of a published paper.

Reading assignments: 

Biological and Medical Physics
Abravan, A., Eide, H.A., Løndalen, A.M. et al. (2018). Mapping Bone Marrow Response in the Vertebral Column by Positron Emission Tomography Following Radiotherapy and Erlotinib Therapy of Lung Cancer. Mol Imaging Biol. LINK

Didactic Physics: 
Bungum, Berit & Tellefsen, Cathrine Wahlstrøm (2016). Bruk av språk og diskusjoner for å fremme elevers forståelse i kvantefysikk gjennom digitale ressurser. Nordisk tidsskrift for pedagogikk & kritikk 2(1), s 2- 16. LINK

Materials, Nanophysics and Quantum Technology:
Jonne V. Koski, Ville F. Maisi, Jukka P. Pekola, and Dmitri V. Averin. (2014) Experimental realization of a Szilard engine with a single electron. PNAS September 23, 2014. LINK

Nuclear and Particle Physics:
Daniel Kasen, Brian Metzger, Jennifer Barnes, Eliot Quataert & Enrico Ramirez-Ruiz. (2017)Origin of the heavy elements in binary neutron-star mergers from a gravitational-wave event. Nature volume 551 LINK

Space Physics and Space Technology:
Brian J. Anderson, Kazue Takahashi, Bruce A. Toth. (2000) Sensing global Birkeland currents with iridium® engineering magnetometer data. Geophysical Research Letters. LINK

Theoretical Physics
J.M. Leinaas and J. Myrheim. (1977) “On the theory of identical particles”, Il Nuovo Cimento B 37, 1 LINK


Week 43: Information from the study section.

Everything you need to know about the mater thesis project plan. 


Writing Your Master Thesis Project Plan

Weeks 44, 45, 46 and 47

Workshops and group work to write your own project plan.

Give and get feedback from fellow students.

Examples of Master thesis project plans: 1, 2 and 3 

December 1. Deadline for submitting your project plan


Av Åsmund H. Eikenes
Publisert 25. juni 2019 15:40 - Sist endret 23. aug. 2019 12:42