My name is Veronica Berglyd Olsen. I am currently working towards a Ph.D. in high energy physics at the University of Oslo, Norway. My thesis work mainly consists of numerical simulations related to an experiment called AWAKE – an advanced plasma wakefield experiment. The experiment is located at CERN, so I currently live in France, close to the main CERN site and just across the border of the Swiss city Geneva.
In May 2017 I was selected for a two year fellowship at CERN starting in August. The project I am assigned to is High Luminosity LHC, an upgrade to the Large Hadron Collider aiming for 2020. You can read more about the project here.
In addition to working with physics, I have been involved with LGBT organisations as a board member, and I have written a lot on LGBT related topics. I sometimes do freelance writing on the topic and have been published a few times. I also enjoy writing popular science as well as some science fiction. I occasionally write for the blog Skepchick, and I am the editor of its Norwegian sister site.