Starmus – rubbing shoulders with the stars

It felt like my hometown Trondheim was the centre of the universe when we hosted the Starmus Festival on June 18-23 2017. Moonwalkers, Noble Laureates and other rock stars of science like Neil deGrasse Tyson was here, and they all shared their views on the future of humanity and our scientific quests.


Jeffrey Sachs was on the impressive speaker list at Starmus in Trondheim and received a standing ovation for his talk. Photo: Max Alexander/Starmus

We had truly amazing and inspiring days. For those of you who weren’t there, I wanted to share links to video from all of the lectures so that you can take part in the inspiration yourself.

All titles are links to the videos.

Sunday June 18

Charlie Duke – The Legacy of Apollo 16

Michel Mayor – Exoplanets and ExoEarths

Sara Seager – Origins and Aliens: The Search for Biosignatures on Exoplanets

Lynn Rothschild – The Most Extreme Environments Where the Alien Life Could Be Found

Sandra Magnus – Perspectives from Space

Steve Vai – Creative Manifestation


The science festival Starmus IV in Trondheim, Norway.
Steve Vai/Musician
Photo: Max Alexander/Starmus

David Zambuka – GET A LIFE (form)!

Stefan Hell – Optical Microscopy: the resolution revolution

Monday June 19

Nobel Laureates – Panel Discussion


Edvard Moser, Adam Riess, Sir Chris Pissarides, Finn Kydland, George Smoot, May-Britt Moser, Adam Smith (moderator), Tim Hunt, Robert Wilson, Stefan W. Hell, Susumu Tonegawa, Torsten Wiesel. 
Photo: Kai T. Dragland / NTNU

Harrison Schmitt – Apollo 17 and Beyond

George Smoot – Cosmic Connections

Adam Riess – Supernovae Reveal an Accelerating Universe 

Brian Greene – String Theory and the Fabric of Spacetime

Tuesday June 20

Moonwalkers Buzz Aldrin, Charlie Duke and Harrisson Schmitt – in conversation with Neil deGrasse Tyson


Moonwalkers in conversation with Neil deGrasse Tyson. Photo: Thor Nielsen/NTNU

Stephen Hawking, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Jean-Michel Jarre – Stephen Hawking Medal Ceremony

May-Britt Moser with the Trondheim Soloists – Into Whiteness

Wednesday June 21

Jeffrey Sachs – How We Can Survive Trump, Climate Change and Other Global Crisis

Oliver Stone – Decoding Truth in Films

Finn Kydland – Innovation, Capital Formation, and Economic Policy

Larry King – The Era of Post-truth and Fake News

Sir Chris Pissarides – Work in the Age of Robots

Jaan Tallinn – On Steering the Artificial Intelligence

Neil deGrasse Tyson, Eugene Kaspersky, Finn Kydland, Chris Pissarides and Oliver Stone – Panel Discussion Moderated by Larry King


Panel discussion: 108 Minutes: The World on Fire. In the panel: Oliver Stone, Chris Pissarides, Neil deGrasse Tyson, Finn Kydland, Eugene Kaspersky. Moderated by Larry King.
Photo: Thor Nielsen / NTNU

Thursday June 22

A very exciting day for me, as I had the honor of hosting the conference main program with a colleague. The smiles imply that we had a great time!

Stein og Nancy

Martin Rees – Living beyond 2100: On Earth and Beyond

Katharine Hayhoe – Climate Change: Facts and Fictions

Nancy Knowlton – Life on Planet Ocean: From DNA to Crochet and Twitter

Emanuelle Charpentier – CRISPR-Cas9: a gene editing technology that revolutionises life sciences

Nick Lane – Energy and Matter at the Origin of Life (starts at 2:12)

John Delaney – Understanding the Planetary Life Support Systems: Next generation Science in the Ocean Basins

Panel discussion with May-Britt Moser, Torsten Wiesel, Alexandra Witze, Dame Susan Bailey, Markus Reymann, Claude Nicollier and Sandra Magnus – Outreach and Education

Friday June 23

Edvard Moser – The Brain’s Positioning System: Why Do We Not Get Lost?

Susumu Tonegawa – Memory: Your Most Mysterious Friend

Jill Tarter – Sufficiently Advanced Technologies: Indistinguishable from Magic, or from Nature?

Paul D. N. Hebert – A Mission for Planetary Diversity

Terry “AstroTerry” Virts – The View from Above – Perspectives on Earth and Our Place in the Universe


Me and AstroTerry Virts, who has taken more than 300.000 pictures of Earth and the Universe from the International Space Station.

Viewpoint Ladehammeren

Last weekend I was at Ladehammeren, which is one of Trondheims open air areas for the public 71 meters above sea level. If you visit Trondheim you should definitely stop by. It offers a great view of the city and its fjord, and also an amazing sculpture by the German sculptor Rolf Schaffner.

27767635655_1562e879ed_oView of Trondheim and Trondheimsfjorden from Ladehammeren.

27667063792_3625bfe697_oEquilibrio Nord, by Rolf Schaffner. 

Capture the Blue

It was art by accident on my part when I was out on a Sunday stroll and came across the opening of a sculpture park right by Nidarosdomen.

The artist is Torhild Storvik Malmedal, and the sculpture park is called “Capture the Blue.” It features ten monumental sculptures in marble and glass and was launched in a showing that included music and dance that interpreted the sculptures.

Barcelona: City Life, Architecture and Art

Visited Barcelona in July 2015 and had a great experience. These are some of the motives and moments that caught my eye.

Full Flickr-album here: Barcelona City Life, Architecture and Art