He is the new Chair of the Gothenburg Physics Centre

​Måns Henningson is Head of the Department of Physics at the University of Gothenburg. He will lead the Gothenburg Physics Centre – a cooperation between his department and three departments at Chalmers: Physics, Microtechnology and Nanoscience (MC2) and Space Earth and Environment. 
Måns Henningson succeeds Mikael Fogelström, Head of the MC2 Department, who has held the Chair since January 2017.
We asked Måns Henningson some questions about his new task:

What are your expectations?
"That the job should not be much more difficult than when I chaired the GPC previously, which I think was around 2015. The main task is to ensure the continued smooth collaboration between our different departments. 
Actually, I just became aware of one added responsibility, namely to be the legally responsible publisher for the GPC Update newsletter. But this fits in well with my emerging new career in publishing, since I am already a member of the advisory board of Curie, published by the Swedish Research Council, and the editorial board of Fysikaktuellt, published by the Swedish Physical Society."

Why is the Gothenburg Physics Centre an important platform?

"While we are four independent and well-functioning departments with distinct, altho​​​ugh overlapping missions, there is a tremendous advantage to be gained by collaborating in certain areas. Undergraduate education, where we have a well-established tradition of sharing teachers and facilities, and seminars and colloquia, where we can attract top class international speakers, are examples that immediately come to my mind. And we should of course not forget the Gothenburg Lise Meitner Award. GPC greatly enhances our visibility!"

Can you briefly tell us about your passion for physics? And what makes physics the coolest thing to study?

"The word physics comes from ancient Greek φυσική ἐπιστήμη, or “knowledge of nature”. It is a wonderfully ambitious endeavor to understand the world. But despite its extremely long tradition, the subject has actually changed quite a bit in the short time that I have followed it. Completely new applications and many inter-disciplinary connections have appeared, driven by (and driving) technological developments. This is of course a very healthy thing for a subject which I feel is as relevant as ever."

Text: Mia Halleröd Palmgren


Published: Tue 03 Sep 2019.