Scientific activities at Nordita include the following:
Research carried out by Nordita academic staff, who are engaged in theoretical and numerical work on many fronts including astrophysics, biological physics, condensed matter and materials physics, cosmology and gravitational theory, statistical physics and complex systems, and high-energy physics. The in-house research forms the backbone of Nordita activities and complements the more service oriented functions.
Nordita has traditionally provided extensive training at the post-doctoral level and has contributed to the career development of numerous senior scientists, who are active in the Nordic countries today.
Since the move to Stockholm in 2007, Nordita has placed increased emphasis on organizing scientific programs, where groups of experts within a specific area of research gather at Nordita to work together for extended periods. The international scientific community is invited to suggest programs. Proposals are evaluated by an external panel and decided on by the Nordita Board.
In addition to the scientific programs, Nordita runs several shorter workshops, conferences, and symposia each year, often in co-operation with outside organizers.
Nordita has a long tradition of organizing advanced level summer and winter schools aimed at graduate students and junior researchers. These schools often cover specialized areas and thus complement graduate courses available at the students' home institutions.
Nordita supports numerous short term visits by both junior and senior scientists to participate in Nordita activities or collaborate with Nordita staff. The visitor program also includes several long-term visitors each year.