This is the official web-site for the NordForsk network:

Complex-system approaches to space and laboratory plasmas

     Space  plasmas, fusion plasmas and complex plasmas share the feature that they have all recently been fertilized by by methods and ideas from the rapidly growing field of complex-systems science. This network is an effort to revitalize plasma science in the Nordic countries by exploiting this potential for cross-fertilization and bring young researchers and students to the field by emphasizing a trans-disciplinary approach.

     Complexity science has a relatively strong position in the Nordic Countries. There are several strong groups emphasizing  applications in geophysics, complex materials, biology, and social networks. There is, however, virtually no interaction with plasma physics or with those fields where plasma physics is important.

     Climate science is on the rise everywhere, and particularly strong efforts are made in Norway. In the  document “Nye byggesteiner i Nord” the Norwegian government announces a new cross-disciplinary center of climate research in Tromsø. Our ambition is to join this effort by merging scattered activities in space science (space weather/space climate), paleoclimate, theoretical climate dynamics, and statistical climate analysis.

The network nodes

•University of Tromsø, Norway. Contact: Kristoffer Rypdal, Department of Physics and Technology, Complex Systems Group,


•Royal Institute of Technology, Stockholm, Sweden. Contact: Svetlana Ratynskaya, School of Electrical Engineering,

•Technical University of Denmark. Contact: Jens Juul Rasmussen, Riso National Laboratory for Sustainable Energy,

•University of Warwick, UK. Contact: Nick Watkins, British Antarctic Survey,

•Polar Geophysical Institute, Apatity, Russia. Contact: Boris V. Kozelov, Magnetosphere-ionosphere interaction group,

•Centro Ricerche Frascati, Rome, Italy, Contact: Alexander Milovanov, ENEA - Sezione FUS-MAG,

•Max-Planck Institute of Extraterrestrial Physics (MPI), Garching, Germany, Contact: Boris Klumov, Plasma crystal group,

The network instruments

•To fund researcher mobility among the nodes to facilitate scientific collaboration.

•To organize network workshops, at least one per year until the end of 2012. The 1. network workshop was organized in Montemagno, Italy, Oct. 28-Nov. 2, 2009.

•To run a weekly seminar, The Birkeland Seminar, where the scientific topics and projects of the network are discussed in depth.

•To run this web-site where the activity within the network is communicated and discussed on a day-to-day basis.

Complexity and Plasmas