Aug 12 – 18, 2017
Hillerød, Denmark
Europe/Stockholm timezone

The traditional Nordita one-week summer school in physics for students from the Nordic and Baltic countries will be organized this year in Danhostel Hillerød; Nordisk Lejrskole & Kursuscenter in Hillerød, a picturesque town north of Copenhagen, Denmark. The school aims at introducing frontier areas of physics research by world top scientists at a level understandable for undergraduate students, and also to stimulate further studies. It gives a unique opportunity for students to learn the newest most exciting developments in theoretical physics and to work together with other Nordic/Baltic students.

The following five series of lectures, each of four hours, will be given. The lectures will be accompanied by group exercises and discussion sessions.

  • Superoscillations and weak measurements - Michael Berry (Bristol)
  • Galactic Magnetic Fields - Kandaswamy Subramanian (IUCAA, Pune)
  • Gravitational Waves - Fawad Hassan (Stockholm University)
  • Introduction to AdS/CFT - Blaise Goutéraux (Nordita)
  • Applications of Renormalization Group to Condensed Matter Problems - R. Shankar (Yale)

Download poster (PDF)

August 14th -- Excursion on Tuesday, August 15th

A bus will leave from the hostel at 12.45. Lunch in the form of sandwiches will be served on the bus. We will go to Roskilde and the Viking Ship museum there. The bus back to the hostel leaves at 17, so we should be back in time for dinner at 18.

August 13th -- Sunday Reading Material

August 12th -- Updated Travel information

More details on travel to Hillerød from Copenahagen Airport and Central Station on the Practical Information page.

August 9th -- Travel information

Just a quick reminder that the "Practical Information" tab to the left contains lots of helpful info, including about how to get from central Copenhagen to Hillerød.

August 8th -- Reading material (Prof Subramanian)

Updates on the page Reading Material.

August 6th -- Reading material (Prof Berry)

Updates on the page Reading Material.

July 26th -- Reading material (Prof Shankar)

Updates on the page Reading Material.

July 23rd -- Preliminary programme

We hope that all participants will be able to arrive in time to eat dinner together at 18:00 on Saturday 12th.

The preliminary program is now available by clicking on the "Program" tab in the navigation bar to the left.


Registration is now closed, and notification of acceptance has been sent.

Who may apply?

You should:

  • be a master's or undergraduate student,
  • study in the Nordic or Baltic region,
  • have a background of three or more years of university studies in physics/mathematics, or corresponding studies at a technical university.
This master class is not open to Ph.D students. We particularly encourage female students to apply.

How to apply:

An application to the Nordita Master Class goes in two steps:

  1. Fill in the form in the menu to the left
  2. Send your CV and a one-page cover letter stating why you want to attend the school as attachments to a mail to Documents should be sent in pdf format.

Note that both steps must be completed by the deadline 1 June 2017.

Notifications of acceptance/rejection will be sent from Nordita within few weeks after the application deadline.

How much does it cost?

The selected students (about 35) will participate free of charge. This includes traveling to and from Hillerød (cheapest tickets), housing and food in Hillerød.

The Nordita Master Class 2017 is organized by David Abergel and Dhrubaditya Mitra in collaboration with Nordita administrative staff.

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Hillerød, Denmark