Curriculum Vitae for Birgitta Nordström

Personal data:

Full name: Ingrid Birgitta Nordström
Born: in Stockholm, Sweden
Languages: Swedish, Danish, English, French, German, and Spanish


Fil. mag. (M.Sc. in physics & mathematics), Stockholm University, 1967
Fil. lic. (Ph.D.), Stockholm University, 1970
Fil. dr. (astronomy), Stockholm University, 1975
Pedagogical course for university science teachers, Copenhagen University, 1974
Courses in public outreach Copenhagen University, 2004 and 2006


Associate Professor, Niels Bohr Institute, Danish Science Research Council, 2011-
Responsible for the Danish Almanac, Copenhagen University, 2005-
Associate Professor, Niels Bohr Institute, (Carlsberg Foundation), 2005-2008
Visiting Professor, University of Vienna Oct.-Dec. 2007
Visiting professor, Nordic Research Board (NordForsk), Lund University, 2002-2005
Assistant to the Director, Niels Bohr Institute, 1999 -
Visiting Professor, Swedish Research Council, Lund University, 2000-02
Invited lecturer to Chinese Universities (Beijing, Nanjing, Shanghai) in 2000 and 2002
Visiting Scientist, Observatoire de Paris-Meudon, July and November 1999
Visiting Professor of Astrophysics (C4), University of Kiel, Germany, Oct. 1997 - April 1998
Research Associate Professor, Niels Bohr Institute, Copenhagen, 1998-99
Research Associate Professor, Carlsberg Foundation, 1995-98
Selected for the short-list for the Chair of Astronomy at the Uppsala University (1995)
Visiting Scientist, Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, and
Associate, Harvard College Observatory, 1986-89
Associate Professor, part time, Copenhagen University Observatory, 1973-94
Lecturer and Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of Victoria, Canada, 1971-72
ESRO Research Fellow, Geneva Observatory, 1970-71
Lecturer, Linköping University, Sweden 1970-73
Research and Ph.D. Fellowships at Stockholm University 1969-72
Lecturer, Stockholm University, 1969-70

Recent science policy functions:

Chairperson, Astronomy&Astrophysics Board of Directors 2011-
Chairperson, Space Research Committee, Research Council of Norway, 2002-2011
Chairperson, IAU Finance Sub-Committee 2009-
President, Commission 30, International Astronomical Union, (IAU) 2003-2006
Chairperson, Academy of Finland Space Research Committee, 2007
Member of Space Research Advisory Committee, Swedish National Space Board 2006-
Consultant, ASTRONET, Integration of new EU member states 2006-2008
Expert and Rapporteur for the European Commission, 2002-
Board member in OPTICON 2000- , Executive Com. 2003- 2007
Member of Board of Directors of Astronomy and Astrophysics 2005-
Member of Advisory Board in European Commission FP6 project 2005-
Chair, ESO Users Committee 1998-2000; member 1984-1986 and 1995-2000
Chair, ESO Working Group on the Future of La Silla in the VLT Era 1998-99.
Treasurer and Member of Council, European Astronomical Society (EAS) 1995-
Member, Space Physics Board, Research Council of Norway (NFR), 1996-99; and
NFR Working Group on the Future of Space Science and Earth Observations
Danish Editor, Astronomisk Tidsskrift 1978-81
Referee for Astrophysical Journal and Astronomy and Astrophysics
External examiner of Ph.D. theses: Uppsala & Lund Universities and Belo Horisonte, Brazil
Official opponent (Ph.D.) at University of Turku 2002


Kungl Fysiografiska Sällskapet - Akademi för naturvetenskap, medicin och teknik (The Royal Physiographic Society in Lund) 2003-
International Astronomical Union (IAU) 1976-; Commission 30 (Radial Velocities; Scientific Organising Committee 1994-, Vice President 2000-2003), Commission 42 (Close Binary Stars), and Commission 33 (Structure and Dynamics of the Galactic System); Danish representative, Finance Committee, 1994 and 2000.
African Astronomical Society 2011-
American Astronomical Society 1989-
European Astronomical Society 1992-
Women in Physics (council) in Denmark 2002-
Nordic Network for Women in Physics 2005-
Swedish Astrobiology Network (council) 2002-

Current main fields of research:

Nucleosynthesis in the early Galaxy: Supernovae and the First Stars
Formation and evolution of galaxies

Observing experience with astronomical telescopes:

~40 observing runs at ESO and Danish telescopes at La Silla and Paranal, Chile, totalling more than 1½ year; many observing and research visits to France, Switzerland, Spain, Canada, and U.S.A.

Main collaborators:

J. Andersen, Copenhagen Obs., Denmark; T. Beers, C. Kennedy, Michigan State Univ., USA; C. Juul Hansen, Heidelberg Univ., C. Chiappini, Astrophys. Inst. Potsdam, Germany; R. Cayrel, P. Bonifacio, V. Hill, M. Spite & F. Spite, Obs. de Paris, France; A. Gimenez, INTA, Centro de Astrobiologia, Spain, M. Mayor & S. Udry, Obs. de Genève, Switzerland; D.W. Latham & G. Torres, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics, USA.; B. Barbuy, Univ. de São Paulo, Brazil;


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Public outreach:

Several (7) recent Press Releases as well as numerous newspaper interviews
Numerous public lectures in Denmark and Sweden
Lecturer at courses for High School physics teachers and students
Participation in several TV and radio programmes and educational films about astronomy
Articles in popular astronomy publications
Lecturer at "Folkeuniversitetet" in Denmark and in Sweden
Annual "Open House" lecture and exhibition at Copenhagen Univ. 1992-97