Article by Bente Barge on the 2021 Almlöf-Gropen lecture in Kjemi
PhD student Bente Barge reports on the 2021 Almlöf–Gropen lecture in Kjemi, the journal of the Norwegian Chemical Society
The cover of Kjemi 5 (2021), the journal of the Norwegian Chemical Society.
Each year, a prominent theoretical chemist is invited to deliver the Almlöf–Gropen lecture at the Hylleraas Centre in Oslo and Tromsø. This year, the Almlöf–Gropen lecture was given by Alán Aspuru-Guzik of the University of Toronto, as part of the Almlöf–Gropen Seminar 2021. His lively and inspiring online talk, There is no time for science as usual: Materials Acceleration Platforms, attracted a large audience on September 10. The Almlöf–Gropen lecture was preceded by two well-prepared and well-presented talks given by two young members of the Hylleraas Centre — Tanner Culpitt in Oslo and Gabriel Gerez in Tromsø.
Because of the pandemic, the Almlöf–Gropen lectures in 2020 and 2021 were delivered online and in this manner became accessible to a broader audience, increasing attendance. The article written in Kjemi 5 (2021) by PhD student Bente S. Barge at the Hylleraas Centre in Tromsø about this year's Almlöf–Gropen lecture helps spread the word further, to all Norwegian chemists — inspiring us to maintain the high standard set by Alán Aspuru-Guzik in the future, with speakers that reach out to all chemists.