Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics (Nordita)

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  • About Nordita

    A Nordic Collaboration

    Nordita is the Nordic Institute for Theoretical Physics, and its purpose is to carry out research and strengthen the Nordic collaboration within the basic areas of theoretical physics. Reflecting the Nordic background, the institute has an official name in each of the five Nordic languages:

    • Nordisk institut for teoretisk fysik (in Danish)
    • Teoreettisen fysiikan pohjoismainen laitos (in Finnish)
    • Norræna stofnunin í kennilegri eðlisfræði (in Icelandic)
    • Nordisk institutt for teoretisk fysikk (in Norwegian)
    • Nordiska institutet för teoretisk fysik (in Swedish)


    Until 2006, Nordita was funded by the five Nordic countries Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden through theNordic Council of Ministers.

    Currently Nordita funding is shared between the Nordic Council of Ministers, the Swedish Research Council, and the two host universities KTH and Stockholm University.


    Nordita was founded as the Nordic Institute for TheoreticalAtomic Physics in Copenhagen, Denmark, on 1 October, 1957, under the ownership of the Nordic Council of Ministers and located at the premises of the Niels Bohr Institute. After the move to Stockholm, Sweden, in 2007, Nordita is hosted jointly by KTH (the Royal Institute of Technology) and Stockholm University.

    Read more on the purpose and history of Nordita.

    NORDITA 50 år - article by Christofer Cronström published in 2008 in Reflexer, the journal of Fysikersamfundet i Finland.

    The on-line biography of Professor James Hamilton, who was a Nordita Professor of Theoretical Particle Physics from 1964 to 1986, includes chapters on his years at Nordita in Copenhagen.

    Science at Nordita

    Basic Research in Theoretical Physics

    Research carried out by Nordita academic staff, who are engaged in theoretical and numerical work on many fronts including astrophysics, biological physics, condensed matter and materials physics, cosmology and gravitational theory, statistical physics and complex systems, and subatomic physics. The in-house research forms the backbone of Nordita activities and complements the more service oriented functions.

    Research training for young scientists

    Nordita has traditionally provided extensive training at the post-doctoral level and has contributed to the career development of numerous senior scientists, who are active in the Nordic countries today.

    • The Postdoctoral program at Nordita remains an important recruitment tool for theoretical physics in the Nordic region.
    • Nordita in Stockholm has also introduced a Visiting PhD Student program, where advanced PhD students can apply for support to spend one to three months at Nordita to work with staff members and benefit from the active scientific environment at the AlbaNova centre.

    Scientific programs

    Since the move to Stockholm in 2007, Nordita has placed increased emphasis on organizing scientific programs, where groups of experts within a specific area of research gather at Nordita to work together for extended periods. The international scientific community is invited to suggest programs. Proposals are evaluated by an external panel and decided on by the Nordita Board.


    In addition to the scientific programs, Nordita runs several shorter workshops, conferences and symposia each year, often in co-operation with outside organizers.

    Advanced schools

    Nordita has a long tradition of organizing advanced level summer and winter schools aimed at graduate students and junior researchers. These schools often cover specialized areas and thus complement graduate courses available at the students’ home institutions.

    Visiting scientist program

    Nordita supports numerous short term visits by both junior and senior scientists to participate in Nordita activities or collaborate with Nordita staff. The visitor program also includes several long-term visitors each year.


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