tirsdag 20. september 2016

On the road (again)

Jenter og teknologi-turen skjer i samarbeid med NHO


Da har vi allerede kommet oss et godt stykke på vei på denne Jenter og teknologi-turneen rundt så å si hele Norge. I skrivende stund sitter jeg på Comfort Clarion Hotel i Bergen - flott beliggenhet, men det eldste og mest slitte rommet så langt på turen :P Ikke at jeg får nytt så mye av at vi er midt i Bergen sentrum heller, dessverre, siden vi kom fram klokken 19, og sene kvelder er ikke akkurat noe å anbefale denne uken, tror jeg :P Uansett, i morgen skal vi snakke i Bergen :)
Vi reiser altså landet rundt i vår helt egen turné-buss, og skal i løpet av denne og neste uke ha holdt 10 "show" (konferanser/foredrag) for ganske mange 9.- og 10.-klassejenter.


Synne, som er konfransier på alle arrangementene, og meg, etter at vi var ferdige i Stavanger i dag - ganske slitne, men fremdeles utrolig gira og fjasete (før vi setter oss i bilen og slukner, begge to)

"Jenter og teknologi" er et arrangement som går ut på å vise frem jenter som jobber med teknologiske fag, og målet er å få flere jenter til å vurdere realfag/teknologiske fag videre. På denne turneen så er det en jente som heter Ellen, som er utdannet elektriker og videre ingeniør, og meg, som er med og holder foredrag på hvert eneste sted vi er. Vi forteller om hvordan og hvorfor vi har endt opp der vi er, om hva vi gjør, og hvorfor vi mener at flere jenter virkelig burde vurdere liknende utdannelser. I tillegg til oss så er det mange lokale rollemodeller på hvert eneste sted - så alle arrangementene blir litt ulike.

Skal vi få opp antallet teknologer, og få de beste hodene og hendene, er vi nødt til å rekruttere talenter fra hele befolkningen. I dag er det få kvinner som velger en slik retning, og det ønsker vi å endre på, sier NHO-sjef Kristin Skogen Lund.Vi vet at personlige møter er noe av det mest effektive for å motivere. På arrangementene vil de unge jentene møte vanlige unge kvinner, som vi håper de kan relatere seg til, utdyper Laukvik. Jentene vil møte rollemodeller fra yrkesfagene, fagskolene og høyere utdanning. NHOs medlemsbedrifter melder i Kompetansebarometeret om et ekstra stort behov for:  
  • Yrkesfag: Bygg- og anleggsteknikk, elektro, teknikk- og industriell produksjon.  
  • Tekniske fagskoler. 
  • Høyere utdanning: Ingeniør, IKT og matematiske og naturvitenskapelige fag. 

I går var vi i Kristiansand, og i dag var vi i Stavanger. På bare de to eventene har vi snakket til ca 700 jenter, og det betyr at når vi har snakket her i Bergen i morgen så vipper vi 1000 - DET ER KULT!

Etter at vi er ferdige i morgen hiver vi oss inn i vanen, for da skal vi kjøre ett av de lengste strekkene på denne turneen, nemlig Bergen-Ålesund - det er visst mer enn 7 timer i ren kjøring... Heldigvis er avslutter vi uken i Trondheim på fredag, som jeg regner med blir mindre slitsomt :)
Denne uken gjenstår altså Bergen i morgen (onsdag), Ålesund på torsdag, og Trondheim på fredag. Etter at jeg er ferdig på fredag setter jeg meg på flyet for å kose meg hjemme sammen med Alexandra og Anders i helgen - de beste jeg vet. Søndag kveld setter jeg meg igjen på flyet, og da er destinasjonen Alta - der snakker vi på mandag. Deretter blir det Bodø på tirsdag, Steinkjer på onsdag, Lillehammer på torsdag, og så avslutter vi i Sarpsborg på fredag.


<3 gjengen <3

Hvis du vil følge oss videre, så har vi en Facebook-side HER, på snap heter jeg sunnivarose (jeg oppdaterer selvsagt gjennom hele denne turen), og vi jentene på tur heter Teknologijenter :)
Hvis dere vil høre litt mer om hva jeg snakker om, og hvorfor jeg er med på dette arrangementet kan du sjekke ut denne videoen (vi testet ut Facebook Live i dag, for første gang) og radioinnlegget fra Sørlandssengia i går.



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I dag har jeg faktisk fått gjort bitte bitte litte grann med nøytroner - jeg har i alle fall tenkt, og satt tankene ned på papir. Ikke akkurat stor forskning på meg i dag heller, men det er nå mer enn de siste dagene, da... Jeg må ærlig innrømme at jeg ikke er noe fan av å jobbe i bil; jeg blir ikke uvel med én gang, men jeg syns det er ubehagelig, og dessuten syns jeg det er fryktelig vanskelig å konsentrere meg. Får vel nesten bare innse at det blir lite forskning på meg disse 5 dagene, men heldigvis har Anders lovet å hjelpe meg litt til helgen når jeg kommer hjem <3 #nerdlove
På bildet under prøver jeg å bruke data fra en gammel artikkel (eldre enn meg) for å prøve å finne ut av hvordan nøytronene ser ut i våre detektorer, og hvordan vi skal trekke fra et visst antall av tellingene våre. Håper veldig at det går! (Hvis ikke er jeg alvorlig usikker på hvordan det kommer til å gå; hvis jeg ikke kan forsvare skikkelig at vi klarer å ta hensyn til hvor mye av vpre data som er nøytroner, og hvor mye som er gammastråling, tviler jeg sterkt på at jeg har en tredje artikkel for publisering, og hvis jeg ikke har det så er jeg veldig usikker på hva so skjer med doktorgraden...:/ )



Ønsker dere alle en super kveld!

mandag 19. september 2016

T-202

  • up at 6:30
  • get into "talk mode" (make-up, hair, shoes...)
  • breakfast and last preparations on talk
  • check-out at 8:15
  • stress about how the technical stuff wasn't working properly
  • give talk at 12 - it went quite ok :)
  • on radio (NRK Sørlandssendingen)
  • get in van, and drive more or less non stop from Krsitiansand to Stavanger
  • check in to hotel in Stavanger
  • eat dinner with the rest of the gang
  • no work on article, or neutrons, or anything
  • bad conscience 
  • bed at 11

Follow my snaps at sunnivarose, and/or teknologijenter :)

søndag 18. september 2016

Summing up the week

Another week has just come to an end, and it's time to sum up. One of the conclusions is that I have survived the first of the three crazy weeks :)

Right now
Right now I've just come out of the shower, am in my bed at a hotel in Kristiansand, and looking forward to talk to several hundred girls about nuclear physics and research and stuff, and why I think science is awesome, tomorrow. My talk isn't completely ready yet - that will probably happen tomorrow morning during an early breakfast <3

Boost(s) of the week
When I had just finishing my talk on Bruges.
When Stephan Oberstedt came up to me after my talk and told me I gave a great talk.  
When I met this scientist from Uppsala who approached me and told me he really liked my blog and my outreach work. 
When I came back to Oslo and I met Alexandra and Anders <3 
When I was sitting in the Jacuzzi, as we were sailing out of Oslo on Friday, with all three kids and Anders, and a glass of Champagne.

Bummer(s) of the week
I’ll give you two.
1) The horrible night in Bruges, when it was hot as hell, and I was eaten up by mosquitos. It still itches and hurts like crazy.
2) When Alexandra told me I always go away when she’s with us. This is of course not true, but it breaks my heart that she might feel this way. And then I had to leave both Alexandra and Anders this afternoon to go on science/technology tour. I miss them both already.

Theme of the week
Neutrons. Surprise! 
So I talk a lot about neutrons these days, and it’ll probably continue for a while. When I think about my PhD now (which I do quite often), I immediately think neutrons.

Feeling
Stress, like before. 
I admit it: I’m stressed now. I’m stressed about the neutrons we see in our detectors, and I’m stressed about my PhD – fearing that if we/I don’t manage to take properly ”care” of those stupid neutrons, I won’t get my PhD. And when I think that I might not get my PhD, I get more stressed, and then I think more about neutrons, and then more about not getting my PhD, and so on...:P

Person
Supervisor Sunniva is my person of the week :) 
We’ve travelled together to Brussles and then Bruges; we were thrown out of first class at the train twice (first we didn’t know there was a first class, then we thought we had left first class, but apparently we hadn’t, and I don't think we were the conductor's favourite people that evening), survived more than 30 degrees in our hotel rooms and one million mosquitos. She’s an awesome supervisor and travel companion, always super positive!


Picture
This was taken yesterday. A very happy Alexandra has just gotten the biggest candy floss - a perfect way to end the day at Tivoli in Copenhagen :D


fredag 16. september 2016

T-105

105 days left before I have to finish the PhD:
-       up at 4:30 AM
-       travelled from Bruges to Brussels to the airport (LOTS of security there...)
-       thought quite a lot about neutrons (I’ve got some questions about these, and i’ll try to explain in more detail when I have more time ;) )
-       just got to Oslo; to meet Anders, Alexandra, my sister, Andrea and Arian (niece and nephew), and my mother – we’ll have a real family weekend in Copenhagen (and on the boat – mostly on the boat, actually)

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Most of the pictures I've taken this last week is of slides, which I really don't think you'd like to see ;) But there are a couple onhes from outside the conference. Basically  they're from the trip down and the trip back, and when we eat.












I thought this was a little bit funny; isn't breakfast sort of by definition in the morning..? :P



torsdag 15. september 2016

Three crazy weeks

So I started this blogpost on Sunday, actually, but it was first now I’ve had the time to continue and finish – and of course, most of what I wrote on Sunday (like being at Gardermoen, drinking a glass of wine, on my way to conference) is not true anymore. Now I am at the Nuclear Data 2016 conference, and this first one of three crazy weeks is going to an end.

So here’s s small recap of this week:
-       I gave my talk yesterday – it went quite well, I think
-       We have discussed quite a lot about what to do about the neutrons that we know are part of what we see in our gamma detectors (I’m really looking forward to get all the new detectors, that will be able to distinguish between neutrons and gammas!)
-       I still get quite nervous about talking to other scientists, but it’s better now than it was before
-       it’s very hot here – more than 30 degrees
-       it’s very hot in my hotel room (no AC) – probably more than 30 degrees, and if I open the window, I get many many many mosquito bites (temperature and mosquitos are the reasons why I only slept for max one hour at the time this night, and that I had to get up three times to take a super quick shower just to cool down)
-       Bruges is a very beautiful city. Unfortunately there’s not much time to see much when you travel to these kinds of conferences, but I’ve seen enough to know that this is a place I need to get back to with Anders – it really seems like the ideal place for a romantic weekend <3
-       the top people in IAEA, NEA and other such organisations are not able (at least none were able this week) to give a speech with any kind of substance. For example, one of the top people of one of these organisations basically said I’m a biologist, you’re nerds, I’m too important to stay here for the conference*, water’s becoming more and more important. Maybe I’m naïve, but I’d think those kinds of people were able to at least give motivating speeches to 400 scientist…
-       I’ve learned a little bit more about (prompt) fission gamma rays
-       I now know we need to analyse the plutonium experiment so that we hopefully can use that as a test to if we manage to estimate how much neutrons we measure together with our gammas
-       there are a lot of things I don’t understand, and I feel kind of stupid for much of the time (I don’t think it’s all my fault, though, since I think many of the speakers don’t really think about us in the audience – that we should be able to understand what they’re saying, and maybe even learn something)
-       Americans are mostly good at giving talks, and not just because they don’t have language issues; they’ re simply (often) good at explaining what they’re doing, in a simple language, and they don’t forget that 90% of the people in the audience are actually not experts in exactly the same field as themselves
-       there are actually people wearing corderoi pants here
-       I just heard someone using the word ”guesstimate”, which is just an awesome word, completely covering the process of getting rid of these neutrons :D
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The ”crazy” part of these three weeks is that I’m going to be ”on the road” for most of the time:
On Sunday I left Oslo, for Brussels, and then Bruges. Tomorrow I’m going back to Oslo, only to go directly on the boat to Copenhagen (Family trip, with Anders, Alexandra, my sister, her kids, and our mother). We’re coming back to Oslo on Sunday morning, and then I need to get back home and quickly re-pack my bags, before I’ll meet NHO just after lunch. Then I’m starting the two weeks long #jenterogteknologi-tour: we’re going to visit en different cities all around Norway – a new one every day, and I’ll be giving a talk in all of these cities. It really is all around Norway; from Kristiansand in the south, to Alta in the North, and we’ll be driving around in a van :D Luckily I get to go home and see Anders and Alexandra next weekend, but it will be sad to only see both of them once a week for three weeks (I saw them last weekend, and I’ll meet them this weekend, and then the weekend after).
I’m looking forward to October now, and ”only” having to finish my PhD…

Unfortunately, I’ll miss the very end of the conference, since  have to be back in Oslo by noon’ish tomorrow. This means I have to be on the train from Bruges at 6AM. Hopefully then I can sleep on the train.

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*He din’t say that he was too important, but he made a point out of leaving just after the first Keynote session. The other things he actually said…
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