After its ten-year period as a Norwegian Center of Excellence, that ended in February 2013, PGP continues as a cross-disciplinary research group within the University of Oslo.

Mountain range with green in the front and cloudy sky in the background.

Torres del Paine Laccolith, Southern Chilean Patagonia. Photo: Olivier Galland.

PGP builds on its success at integrating physics and geology. The scientific goal is to obtain a fundamental and quantitative understanding of the complex patterns and processes of the Earth. PGP continues to demonstrate that the physics of geological processes is an important and exciting interdisciplinary research area of great interest and relevance to industry and to society as a whole and that geologists and physicists can work effectively together to achieve more than they could working separately.

Mission statement

Our mission is to obtain:

  • A fundamental and quantitative understanding of the Earth's complex patterns and processes.
  • Efficient ways of transmitting our basic research to the educational system, industry and the Public.

Main challenges 

  • Establishing an adequate conceptual framework for dealing with the Earth's complex materials and processes.
  • Attracting highly qualified national and international scientists and students.


We aim to be an interdisciplinary science centre that includes scientists from the fields of physics, geology and applied mathematics.

  • Where geological processes are approached by integrated fieldwork, experiments, theory, and computer modelling.
  • With an active and challenging program for master students.
  • With active support from commercial enterprises, national and international foundations, and public agencies.

Group leader:

Professor Luca Menegon


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Published Nov. 21, 2018 3:28 PM - Last modified Nov. 17, 2021 12:43 PM