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Awarded for popular science article

Researcher setting up equipment in the Arctic.
Frans-Jan Parmentier setting up monitoring equipment in the valley of Adventdalen on the Svalbard archipelago (photo: Carline Tromp).

Associate Professor Frans-Jan Parmentier has been awarded in Norway for his article about climate and permafrost.

Our researchers continue to recieve awards (see previously awarded dr Oskar Löfgren). This time it is Frans-Jan Parmentier who is acknowledged, who has received the Fægri award in Norway. The Fægri award goes to the best popular science articles published in 'Naturen', Norway's oldest popular science journal.

When I explain my research to non-experts I need to think about why my research is relevant to society. In the end, this helps to improve the science as well. I hope more scientists take up that challenge.

The article he is praised for is " Permafrost: den sovende klimakjempen" (english translation: Permafrost: the sleeping climate giant)."

- I’m thankful to receive this award for popular scientific writing. For me this is not just a way to reach a larger audience, but when I explain my research to non-experts I need to think about why my research is relevant to society. In the end, this helps to improve the science as well. I hope more scientists take up that challenge, says the awardee.

Frans-Jan Parmentier is affiliated as an associate professor here at the Department of Physical Geography and Ecosystem Science at Lund University, and a researcher at the Department of Geosciences (UiO). Naturen assigns the Fægri award together with the University of Bergen.

Read his article "Permafrost: den sovende klimakjempen" (in Norwegian) here