Category Archives: Awards

Best presentation award to Elise Holter Thompson

Elise Holter Thompson from CINPLA won the best oral presentation award at the 4th National PhD Conference in Neuroscience, hosted by the Norwegian Research School in Neuroscience. Svenn-Arne Dragly from CINPLA was the runner up. With the price comes 6000 NOK, to be used for any purpose that promotes the recipient’s research training.

Congratulations to Elise and Svenn-Arne!

Price for excellence in education awarded to Hans Petter Langtangen

Professor Hans Petter Langtangen was awarded the Olav Thon Foundation prize for excellence in education 2016. He is  a world-leading pioneer introducing python scripting in science education, and his book Python Scripting for Computational Science (Springer) was quickly sold out when it was released in 2003, and the new edition is still on the best-selling lists. The price was awarded for his work on modernizing the education at the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, University of Oslo.


Traditionally, science courses with much use of mathematical models applied pen and paper techniques to solve the mathematical problems. This is still so in most courses in the world. However, Langtangen wanted the students to solve mathematical problems through programming from day 1, because this is the way one does mathematics today in industry and research.

In 1999 he started a course at UiO with the aim of teaching scripting and automation in science, and the course notes evolved into the book in 2003, placing UiO in the forefront when it comes to computation in science education.

Langtangen has educated over 1000 people in Python, both scientists and administrative software developers. When he started in 1999, Python was hardly used at all in Norwegian industry, now it is commonly used. And by “Python” Langtangen mean much more than the language, it’s the way of working: automating manual operations for reliability, being more effective, seeing new ways to do things.

Langtangen is director of the Center for Biomedical Computing, a Norwegian Center of Excellence 2007-2017 at the  Simula Research Laboratory.

This is the second time this price is awarded to a CINPLA member.

Cinpla PhD students awarded “Ideprisen”

With fierce competition from about 160 other projects, our PhD students was awarded the prize for their development of science-education apps.

In addition to apps for molecular dynamics and waves the team have developed an app to illustrate and understand how nerve cells interact and function in a network. These types of networks are believed to form the basic structures of complex phenomenons observed in the mammalian brain. Together with Inven2 they are now working to further develop their concept.

A screenshot of Neuronify – the nerve cell app.


Read more about this event here (in Norwegian)

Koen awarded ERC starting grant

Our very own Koen Vervaeke was awarded an ERC starting grant today. This is fantastic news and will open up for establishing a whole team of researchers.


The title of the project is “The role of 5HT3a inhibitory interneurons in sensory processing”.

About the starting grants from the ERC website: “ERC Starting Grants aim to support up-and-coming research leaders who are about to establish a proper research team and to start conducting independent research in Europe. The scheme targets promising researchers who have the proven potential of becoming independent research leaders. It will support the creation of excellent new research teams.”

Poster awards to Milad and Svenn-Arne

Milad Hobbi Mobarhan from CINPLA won the poster competition at the Strategic Research Environments’ conference, hosted by the Faculty of Mathematics and Natural Sciences. With the price comes a travel grant of 20,000 NOK.

Svenn-Arne Dragly from CINPLA and Even Sannes Riiser from CELS were runner ups and was both awarded with travel grants of 5000 NOK.

Congratulations to Milad, Svenn-Arne and Even!

National education price awarded to CINPLA member

Professor Anders-Malthe Sørenssen was awarded the annual Olav Thon Foundation price for outstanding education. The price was awarded for his work on modernizing the physics education at the University of Oslo. He has increased the use of computational methods and challenged undergraduate students with current research problems.

Read the announcment from the Olav Thon Foundation. More information from the Department of Physics and the dean’s blog.