Bakgrunn og aktiviteter


Bilde av forsida av boka Periodesystemet 

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The ScienceHumanities research group at Department of teacher education, NTNU

In the ScienceHumanities research group, we use perspectives from the humanities and the social sciences to study natural science (including school science) as practice and culture, past and present. E.g. we study the history of science and science education, Nature of science in textbooks and classroom practice, writing cultures from a sociocultural perspective, students’ understanding of science, practical experiments in science teaching.  

I hold a M.Sc. in chemistry/chemistry education (1998) and a PhD in chemistry education/history of chemistry (2005). Research interests include the history of 20th century chemistry in Norway, studies of technical-chemical education in Norway, radioactivity and nuclear science, the periodic system, the material culture of chemistry, women in chemistry, collaborative couples in the sciences, textbooks in chemistry, 19th and 20th century teaching practices and tools, small-scale experiments in chemistry education, writing cultures and practices in science.

Recent interview with Annette Lykknes

The International of the Periodic System 2019 (IYPT2019)

In December 2017, the United Nations (UN) General Assembly proclaimed 2019 as the International Year of the Periodic Table of Chemical Elements. The IYPT brought together many stakeholders, among them UNESCO, scientific societies, and educational and research institutions. The activities related to the IYPT at NTNU were coordinated by the ScienceHumanities research group, and supported by Department of Teacher Education, Faculty of Natural Sciences (and its Department of Chemistry, Department of Material Science and Engineering, Department of Chemical Engineering, and Department of Biotechnology and Food Science), and the Royal Norwegian Society for Sciences and Letters.  Collaborators included The Geological Survey of Norway (NGU) and the Science Center in Trondheim (Vitensenteret).

The activities include Stjernestøv (“Stardust”) – a “chemistry van” which has been equipped with chemical elements in order to reach out to schools in the provinces of Trøndelag, a periodic table app (still in the making), a popular science book, a scientific anthology, two special issues of journals, popular articles and lectures, numerous press coverages, a web site, and two exhibitions at the Natural Science Library at NTNU. Overall, the aim of the activities has been to disseminate chemistry in general, to make sense of the periodic system and its elements in particular, and to use the history of the periodic system to show that science is multifaceted, complex and collaborative, and to a lesser extent results from the work of the individual genius.  

Website for Periodesystemets år ved NTNU

Selected publications:

Members of the research group:

PhD students

Mirtachew T. Ali: "Development and Use of Low-Cost Locally Available Instructional Materials as a Vehicle for Enhancing the Quality of High School Chemistry Education in Ethiopia"

Ethegebreal Aregehagn: "Improving the Learning of Geometrical Optics with Multiple Representations"

Master students

Aleksander Knutsen: "Maria Goeppert-Mayer as a case to learn Nature of Science in secondary school"

Kristine Fjelldal Sunde: "Teachers’ Use of Questions during Laboratory Experiments"

Recent master theses:


Kjemi fagdidaktikk (PPU 4224/4727) -  Episoder i naturvitenskapenes historie (RFEL 3093) - Selvvalgt teori (LPY3006 - Master i naturfagdidaktikk)

Vitenskapelig, faglig og kunstnerisk arbeid

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  • Eikeseth, Unni; Lykknes, Annette. (2019) PERIODESYSTEMET Fra alkymi til kjernekjemi. Museumsforlaget AS. 2019. ISBN 9788283050752.
  • Lykknes, Annette; Van Tiggelen, Brigitte. (2019) Women in their Element: Selected Women’s Contributions to the Periodic System. World Scientific. 2019. ISBN 9789811206283.
  • Lykknes, Annette; Suay-Matallana, Ignacio. (2017) 11th International Conference on the History of Chemistry, Trondheim 2017. Book of abstracts. 2017. ISBN 978-82-7923-079-3.