47th Scandinavian Symposium on Physical Acoustics

28–31 January 2024

The Norwegian Physical Society is happy to announce the 47th symposium in the series, which will be held at Geilo, Norway. We encourage you to participate, and to distribute this invitation to others who may be interested in joining this symposium!

About the symposium

As always, the theme will be physical acoustics, with an emphasis on ultrasound, marine acoustics, nonlinear acoustics, and sound propagation in general, with applications in technology, medicine, fisheries, environmental monitoring, and defense.

The main purpose of these symposia is to strengthen contacts and exchange information between acoustics groups in Scandinavia. The symposium is held in English, and non-Scandinavian participants are very welcome.

The symposium has a quite informal tone, and is designed to facilitate getting to know colleagues, both during the sessions and during scheduled social activities indoors and outdoors. Geilo is one of the main sites for downhill skiing in Norway and has excellent tracks for cross-country skiing as well.


We will follow the same schedule as usual. The symposium opens on Sunday evening after dinner. On Monday and Tuesday, there are morning and afternoon sessions with a long break in between for networking, skiing, and lunch. On Wednesday, there is a morning session before the symposium closes in time for the trains to Oslo and Bergen. While the session lengths depend on the number of presentations at the conference, a typical symposium schedule looks like this:

~10:30Long break, lunchLong break, lunchConference closes
21:00Conference opens

(Note that the presentation sessions also include coffee breaks.)

We invite our participants to contribute 15-minute talks, though doing so is not mandatory. Furthermore, fresh master and PhD students are invited to give a 3-minute presentation of their project in a special session. Typically, the symposium attracts around 60 participants, holding about 30 talks throughout the five sessions.


There is no registration fee.

Participants are kindly requested to register as soon as possible, and no later than 17 December. Please use the registration form to indicate your time of arrival and departure, whether you require a single or double room, any accompanying persons, and the title of your talk if you intend to hold one. Rooms are automatically booked for all registered participants, and participants pay directly to the hotel at the end of their stay. If you would like to extend your stay outside the symposium period, it can be arranged by contacting the hotel directly.

Venue: Geilo Hotel

Address:Gamleveien 2, 3580 Geilo
Telephone:+47 32 09 05 11
  • Single room: 2145 kr per night (including all meals)
  • Double room: 2665 kr per night (including all meals)


From the southern half of Norway, the most convenient options to get to and from Geilo are driving a car or taking the train.

Geilo is roughly in the middle of the Bergen Railway between Oslo and Bergen, and the train journey from either end takes about 3–4 hours. Early estimates for the most relevant train times are:

  • Sunday, Oslo–Geilo: 12:03–15:44 or 14:25–17:58
  • Sunday, Bergen–Geilo: 11:43–15:00 or 15:41–18:45
  • Wednesday, Geilo–Oslo: 11:12–15:05 or 15:04–19:05
  • Wednesday, Geilo–Bergen: 11:56–15:00 or 15:49–19:06

More train options, up-to-date train times, and train tickets are available at entur.no or in the Entur app.

If you are joining us from further away, the two best options are to fly either to Oslo or to Bergen and then take the train from there to Geilo:

  • From Oslo Airport, Gardermoen, you can take the Airport Express Train (frequent departures, but more expensive) or a regular train (cheaper, but less frequent departures) to Oslo Central Station and take the train to Geilo from there.
  • From Bergen Airport, Flesland, you can take the Bergen Light Rail to the Nonneseter stop. This is right next to Bergen Central Station, where you can take the train to Geilo.

Organising committee

Contact email: SSPAGeilo@gmail.com