Professor of physics awarded by the City of Gothenburg

Professor Per-Olof Nilsson at the Department of Physics at Chalmers University of Technology is well-known for his skills in communicating science to the public in an accessible, creative and passionate way.
Through the years, he has inspired thousands and thousands of students of all ages. With his popular Physics toys, crowded science cafés and many other activities he has spread his enthusiasm for physics and natural sciences to the public. Now, he has been awarded a badge of merit by the City of Gothenburg. (Göteborgs stads förtjänsttecken).

"This really shows how important it is to communicate science to the public. Most of all I’m happy on behalf of Chalmers because public understanding of science is crucial in our society,” says Per-Olof “P-O” Nilsson.

The motivation for the award from the City of Gothenburg will be announced in connection with the award ceremony on 4 June.

The reconstruction work of the new locations for Per-Olof Nilsson’s Physics toys at the Gothenburg Physics Centre has recently begun.

“I’m really looking forward to a new start and I hope that we can soon invite lots of young people to explore physics with us again”, says P-O Nilsson.

Besides Per-Olof Nilsson, Chalmers Professor Ann-Sofie Sandberg has also been awarded the badge of merit by the City of Gothenburg. Read an article about her.  

Text: Mia Halleröd Palmgren, mia.hallerodpalmgren@chalmers.se


More about Professor Per-Olof "P-O" Nilsson

Watch a short video clip when he demonstrates the “Finnish rocket.”

Watch a news feature about P-O Nilsson when he was awarded the prize from “Längmanska Kulturfonden” in 2015. The film was recorded at the old location for the Physics toys.

Read more about the plans for ”Fysiklek” at Gothenburg Physics centre.


Published: Mon 14 May 2018. Modified: Wed 16 May 2018