Writing Science 2022 / FYS5960 / EIT5960

What: Learn how to write about physics

Aim: Submit a Master thesis project plan before 1 Dec.  

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, and the aim is to support you in writing the master thesis project plan.

FYS5960/EIT5960 is mandatory, with a minimum attendance and participation at 8 of 12 sessions.

If you have any questions related to Writing Science, contact Wanja Paulsen (wanja.paulsen@fys.uio.no) or Mia-Katrin Kvalsund (m.k.o.kvalsund@fys.uio.no).

Schedule FYS5960:

  • Group 1 - Nuclear and Particle Physics:
    Tuesdays from 09:15-10:00 at Tidrommet V172
  • Group 2 - Biological and Medical Physics and Space Physics:
    Mondays from 15:15-16:00 at Seminarrom V203
  • Group 3 - Theoretical Physics and Materials, Nano and Quantum Physics: Mondays from 16:15-17:00 at Tidrommet V172

Schedule EIT5960:

  • Group 2 - Signal Processing, Imaging and Microelectronics and Sensor Technology: Mondays from 14:15-15:00 at Seminarrom V203

Schedule digital teaching:


Week 35 

Introduction to «Writing Science» and how to read a research article.


Paper 1 – The structure of a research article

Weeks 36, 37, 38 and 39.

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. 

Article for FYS5960:
The ATLAS Collaboration (2012) A Particle Consistent with the Higgs Boson Observed with the ATLAS Detector at the Large Hadron Collider.
Science. LINK

Article for EIT5960:
Brian J. Anderson, Kazue Takahashi, Bruce A. Toth. (2000) Sensing global Birkeland currents with iridium® engineering magnetometer data. Geophysical Research Letters. LINK

Paper 2 – Communicating science

Reading assignments for FYS5960: 

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
Shor, Peter W. (1995) Scheme for reducing decoherence in quantum computer memory. Phys. Rev. A. LINK

Reading assignments for EIT5960: 

Signal Processing and Imaging:
Pilger, C., Gaebler, P., Hupe, P. et al. (2021) "Yield estimation of the 2020 
Beirut explosion using open access waveform and remote sensing data", Sci 
Rep 11, 14144 LINK

Aria, S., Elfarri, Y., Elvegård, M., Gottfridsson, A., Grønaas, H. S., 
Harang, S., ... & Martinsen, Ø. G. (2019) "Measuring blood pulse wave 
velocity with bioimpedance in different age groups", Sensors, 19(4), 850 LINK

Njuguna, Raphael, and Viktor Gruev. (2013) "Current-mode CMOS imaging sensor 
with velocity saturation mode of operation and feedback mechanism." IEEE 
Sensors Journal 14.3 : 710-721, LINK

Sensor Technology:
Hoang, H., Clausen, L. B. N., Røed, K., Bekkeng, T. A., Trondsen, E., 
Lybekk, B., ... & Moen, J. I. (2018). "The multi-needle Langmuir probe 
system on board NorSat-1". Space Science Reviews, 214(4), 1-16, LINK

There is no teaching in week 40.

Week 41, 42 and 43: Discussing the second article.

We will read and discuss the published research article specific for your study direction, focusing on how the authors have communicated the research they have performed.  The aim is to get familiar with how we as researchers can effectively and accessibly share our science with an audience, whether that is our fellow peers or the general public.


Week 44: Citation and reading the second article.

A representative of the UiO Science library will visit us and talk about correct citation of scientific papers, a skill every master student needs.

Writing Your Master Thesis Project Plan

Weeks 45, 46 and 47

Workshops and group work to write your own project plan.

Give and get feedback from fellow students.

December 1, Week 48
Deadline for submitting your project plan

Publisert 25. juni 2019 15:40 - Sist endret 30. sep. 2022 11:39