Dr., Department of Chemistry, University of Bergen
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Organizations:Department of Chemistry, University of Bergen
IYC Interests:Increase the public appreciation and understanding of chemistry
Encourage interest of young people in chemistry
Generate enthusiasm for the creative future of chemistry
Celebrate the role of women in chemistry
I was trained as a synthetic organic chemist at the University of Oslo where I obtained the PhD in 1978. After two years as a Postdoctoral Fellow in Canada, I returned to Norway and taught at the Un iversity of Tromsø (in the Arctic) for 13 years before moving to the present position as professor in Bergen. I has written many chemistry textbooks for high-school students and made television programmes about chemistry for the general public. I have also had the pleasure of serving as President of the Norwegian Chemical Society and IUPAC President (2004/05).