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08 October 2009

Klaus Mosegaard new Deputy Head of Institute

Geophysicist Klaus Mosegaard has been appointed the Deputy Head of the Niels Bohr Institute and has at the same time been appointed Professor.

”The most important aspect of my new job as Deputy Head of Institute for Education is to ensure that studying physics is attractive to students. We need to convince young people that physics is one of the most exciting fields to study and at the same time we need to maintain a very high standard so that we are able to compete in future with the world´s leading universities”, explains Klaus Mosegaard. 

What  makes physics exciting to study is, to a great extent, good teaching. Therefore it is incredibly important that it is interesting to teach. Klaus Mosegaard explains that physics is like being a detective, trying to discover how the laws of nature work. It is this motivation that makes it an intriguing subject to teach, so that the students feel the enthusiam.

Calculating backwards
In addition to becoming Deputy Head of Institute, Klaus Mosegaard has been appointed Professor and has important new research projects. As a geophysicist you stand on the surface of the earth and want to know what is happening below your feet. ”You can only bore into the outermost layer and can only get around 10 km down, but many of the problems we have in geophysics are to calculate that hidden world underneath us and to investigate the Earth’s processes and resources,  he explains.

That is exactly where Klaus Mosegaard’s expertise – to calculate a theoretical foundation for calculation models. He works with ’inverse problems’, that is to say, he calculates backwards. He starts with an effect and works out the cause. The internal structure of the Moon can be determined in this wayand his latest research project, for which he has just been granted 10 million kroner, aims to improve the extraction of oil by calculating the geological structure below the Earth’s surface.