The Ernst Selmer International Workshop and Ernst Selmer National Event

Ernst Sejersted Selmer

Ernst Sejersted Selmer was a Norwegian mathematician and cryptologist. His work encompasses a variety of topics in pure and applied mathematics, ranging from Diophantine equations and number theory to linear recursion and periodic sequences. He was a professor at the University of Bergen from 1957 to his retirement in 1990, during which period he significantly contributed not only to the scientific but also administrative and pedagogical activities of the Faculty of of Mathematics and Natural Sciences, serving as dean of the faculty from 1960 to 1968. It is during this period that he used his expertise to lay the theoretical foundation behind the Norwegian social security number, which was introduced in 1964 and remains in use to this day. Selmer was a member of the Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and the Royal Norwegian Society of Sciences and Letters. For his achievements on a national and academic level, Selmer was awarded the Order of St. Olav, first class, in 1983.

On Selmer’s birthday, February 11, 2003, the Selmer center was established in honor of prof. Selmer on the foundation of the coding and cryptography group at the University of Bergen, and it conducts research in cryptology, data security, and discrete mathematics. With the co-location of the Selmer Center and Simula UiB, Bergen has one of the largest and more influential crypto research environments in Scandinavia.

The Ernst Selmer International Workshop

Dedicated to the 100-th anniversary of Prof. Ernst Sejersted Selmer

September 14 – 18, 2020, Loen, Norway

Organized by the Selmer Center of the University of Bergen

We are pleased to announce the Ernst Selmer International Workshop which aims to bring together international collaborators and friends of the Selmer Center to celebrate the event. The workshop is open by invitation only, and will take place between September 14 and September 18, 2020 at the Alexandra hotel in Loen, Norway.

Tentative Schedule

Monday, September 14 13:00 Organized bus trip from Bergen to Loen
Buffet dinner at Alexandra Hotel
Tuesday, September 15 09:00 – 17:00 Talks
19:30 Welcoming dinner at Hoven
Wednesday, September 16 09:00 – 17:00 Excursion
19:00 Buffet dinner at Alexandra Hotel
Thursday, September 17 09:00 – 17:00 Talks
  19:30 Banquet at Yrineset
Friday, September 18 09:00 Organized bus trip from Loen to Bergen

Invited speakers

Invited guests

General chairs

Organizing committee

Travel information

There will be an organized bus trip from Bergen to Loen on September 14, and an organized bus trip from Loen back to Bergen on September 18 for the participants of the workshop. Other travel possibilities are listed below.

From Bergen via boat and bus

If you are traveling from Bergen, it is possible to get to Loen via a scenic boat trip followed by a bus ride. An Express boat travels between Bergen Stradnkaiterminal to Måløy daily. The trip takes slightly less than five hours, and offers a wonderful opportunity to experience Norwegian nature. The price is around 805 NOK for a one-way ticket, or 1208 NOK for a return ticket, with 50% discount for students and senior citizens. You can find timetables and prices, and book tickets directly online.

Express Boat: Bergen Strandkaiterminal — Måløy
Sunday: 13/09
Bergen (16.30) — Måløy (21.10)
Monday – Friday: 14/09-18/09
Bergen (8.00) — Måløy (12.40)
Bergen (16.30) — Måløy (21.10)
Saturday: 19/09
Bergen (14.15) — Måløy (18.50)

Express Boat: Måløy — Bergen Strandkaiterminal
Monday – Friday: 14/09-18/09
Måløy (07.20) — Bergen (11.50)
Måløy (15.50) — Bergen (20.45)
Saturday: 19/09
Måløy (07.20) — Bergen (11.50)
Sunday: 20/09
Måløy (15.50) — Bergen (20.15)

You can find the bus schedule between Måløy and Loen online. Tickets can be purchased directly on board the bus.

From Bergen via express bus

There is a daily express bus between Bergen and Loen. The trip takes around six hours and a one-way ticket costs around 545 NOK. You can find prices and timetables online.

Monday – Friday: 03:55 AM → 09:40 AM. 04:40 PM → 10:50 PM
Saturday-Sunday: 06:15 AM → 12:10 PM. 04:40 PM → 10:50 PM

From Ørsta-Volda and Ålesund

If you prefer to travel by plane, the closest airports to Loen are Hovden at Ørsta-Volda, and Vigra at Ålesund. You can book flights online via Widerøe’s website. You can check the routes and timetables of buses traveling from the respective airports to Loen online.


The Ernst Selmer National Event

In celebration of the 100-th anniversary of Prof. Ernst Sejersted Selmer

February 11, 2020, Bergen, Norway

Organized by the Selmer Center and Simula UiB

We are pleased to announce the Ernst Selmer National Event with the purpose of gathering national collaborators, representatives from the government, the University of Bergen, and other organizations which have taken part in the development of the Selmer Center, to celebrate Selmer’s 100-th anniversary. The event will take place on February 11, 2020 from 08:00 to 16:00 at the auditorium at Vilvite in Bergen, Norway.

A program for the event (in Norwegian) is available online.

General chairs

Organizing committee