Future – Niels Bohr Archive


Scientific Advisory Board

In 2015 NBA’s board of directors named an international Scientific Advisory Board (SAB) to evaluate NBA’s activities and to propose future developments in view of forthcoming changes (see below) in NBA's situation. The first meeting between SAB and NBA’s board was held in Copenhagen in June 2015.

Generational change

In the very near future two of the three permanent employees will retire. Indeed, the the announcement of the archivist position has already been made, soon to be followed by a call for the replacement of the Director.

Move to new quarters

In 2017 the Niels Bohr Institute (NBI), where NBA is located, will move from its quarters on Blegdamsvej, where NBI has resided from its establishment in 1921, to a newly constructed building. NBA will remain at the historical site at Blegdamsvej, where it expects to obtain improved accommodation.

Increased digitization effort

NBA is seeking funds to employ an assistant archivist to help with organizing and cataloguing collections and to make them available on the internet. The goal is to make all the archival material available on the internet in accordance with international archival standards.

Archival material “born digital”

“Born digital” material, such as email, poses a special new challenge. NBA hopes to pioneer this area via close collaboration with NBI’s physicists and by following developments in the area through its substantial international network in the science archives community.

Increased research activity

The organization, expansion and digitization of its collections will make it possible for NBA to strengthen its own research potential as well as inviting postdocs and historians of science working on relevant historical projects to be carried out on the basis of NBA's archival collections, the majority of which is indeed yet to be used for such purposes. In this regard, several new ideas and visions are currently being developed. In the longer run, such activities may help encourage a much-needed expansion of the field of history of science at the University of Copenhagen.

More outreach

NBA will increase its outreach activities, for example by arranging public exhibits and expanding outreach information on its webpage.

Adding to the network

During its history, NBA has become part of a substantial network of historians of science and science archivists around the world. We hope to improve the network even further by augmenting coordination and cooperation with relevant individuals and groups and with scholarly and archival institutions.


We look forward to welcoming researchers in our improved quarters and to making available to them important new archival material shedding light not only the history of modern physics, but also on physicists' role in society more generally.