Wednesday May 25 2022, No 10, Week 21
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Director's note

On the 12th of May, the Minister of Research and Higher Education Ola Borten Moe (Sp) went to the sensational step of throwing the entire board of the Norwegian Research Council. (NFR)

The background is the financial situation in The Research Council. Borten Moe explains that The Research Council was heading into financial ruin because it had promised away funds they did not have.
If continued, the deficit could reach 2.9 billion kroner in just two years if nothing was done to clean it up. - It will have consequences to promise money you do not have, says Borten Moe.
The entire board of The Research Council is thrown out and replaced by a temporary board. Kristin Halvorsen, former Minister of Finance and Minister of Education who currently heads the climate research institute Cicero, is the new chairman of the board. The new temporary board is reduced from 11 to 5 board members. The Ministry believes that more expertise is needed in public administration, budgeting, and accounting rules. The Research Council must initiate an external investigation of its own finances. For the time being, The Research Council has been instructed to stop allocations for new projects in the areas that funding allocations are likely to decline.
The Research Council has now prepared cuts of NOK 842 million, and I worry deeply about the consequences of such cuts that will put important research on hold. For instance, consequences for research in climate and innovation which is part of the goals in the long-term plan adopted by the Storting (Norwegian parliament) itself and that are important for societal transformation.  I am also concerned about the consequences for young researchers that can be dramatic with more people pushed into precarious, temporary positions, and people losing their jobs when there are no (or significantly less) funds to apply for.
In a recent announcement, The Research Council state that they will implement most of the allocations in June as planned, but with somewhat adjusted allocation level. This means that allocations from entries that do not have negative provisions will be completed and that allotments will be made in June for most calls for proposals, but with lower amounts than planned. The Research Council will return with the allocation level for the assignments in June as soon as possible. In September, allocations will be made on the items that do not have negative provisions. The Research Council get a lot of questions related to FRIPRO and SFF, which have scheduled award meetings in September. These are items that have negative provisions, and they are working on possible solutions to these calls and will return with information as soon as possible. For continuous updates check this link!
In 2019, the then Minister of Research Iselin Nybø said that the cut at the Research Council was a "one-time cut that is about The Research Council having built up large reserves over many years", and that this cut would not hurt the research. Now the story is opposite. But no matter what story of funding and cuts or shuffling of reserves, us researchers cannot pay the price for the Ministry of Education and Research’s crossing signals. We have made a formidable effort, inclduing in time and resources of Norwegian researchers and their international collaborators, to secure research funding.  We now find that the rules change along the way.  This undermines the confidence not only of our own researchers, but of the leading international partners and our ability to deliver on our promises. It is completely unsustainable! - Norway is in the middle of a demanding and necessary economic and social adjustment to life after oil. It will never succeed without the contributions of Norwegian research and the human and intellectual capital it builds to sustain innovation. All this is now put at risk. I expect that the Storting address the situation and ensure predictable framework conditions for all Norwegian research environments!

The Bjerknes Centre warmly congratulate Professor Fiamma Straneo with her honorary doctorate at University of Bergen and look forward to celebrating her and welcome her back in town!
The pioneering and world-leading oceanographer Fiamma Straneo is awarded honorary doctorate at UiB and she will participate in the commencement ceremony on June 2 in the University Aula where the degree will be conferred. Fiamma (Fiammetta) is one of the world's leading experts on climate in the Arctic, especially related to the extension of the Gulf Stream to the north. She has been a pioneer in showing how this warm water, via detours, also helps to melt Greenland's icebergs from below.
Fiamma is a professor of ocean and climate, and deputy director of the Polar Center at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego. Fiamma is closely linked to climate research in Bergen and has been a key partner and inspirer for both students and researchers at the Bjerknes Center for over two decades. Fiamma has had several research stays in Bergen, she has a professor II position at the Department of Geophysics, and she has been a former member of the Bjerknes Centre's Scientific Advisory Council for two years. Straneo has been and is a champion of gender balance and diversity in academia, including leadership in the Mentoring Physical Oceanography Women to Increase Retention network, and as a pioneer in inclusive research collaboration across nationalities and disciplines. She is co-chair of The Climate and Cryosphere Program (CliC) and one of the authors who contributed to the UN Climate Panel's Sixth Main Report.
Hurra for Fiamma!

Guest lecture by Fiamma Straneo
Place and time : VilVite 3. June 11-13 
Title: "An oceanographer's journey to the edge of the Greenland Ice Sheet through collaborative, inclusive, interdisciplinary science”

Click on the photo or this link for video presentation of Fiamma on Youtube. (Scripps)
30 years jubilee celebration of the Glacier Centre in Fjærland.
An eyewitness to the ongoing climate crisis.

31 years ago, the Queen of Norway opened the Norwegian Glacier Museum in Fjærland. The 30th anniversary was to be celebrated last year, but the pandemic led to a one-year postponement. And with the queen, came the sun and a beautiful setting for the celebration on Sunday the 22 of May. The queen, who is known for her love of Norwegian nature, has followed the center which is next to Norway's (and Europe’s) largest glacier Jostedalsbreen closely. Both on official visits and as a private person. The Norwegian glaciers are very visible climate indicators. That is why the center has a dedicated climate exhibition, The Ulltveit-Moe centre for climate science.  And from the valley in Fjærland you can see with your own eyes that the spectacular outlet glaciers are about to disappear.
The chairman of the board at the Norwegian Glacier Museum is professor and Bjerknes climate researcher Atle Nesje, which was also one of the hosts for the celebration. He confirms that there are quite gloomy prospects for our glaciers in the years to come. In the 90s, glaciers grew strongly, but around the year 2000 we had higher temperatures in the summer, and little precipitation in the winter. - Since the turn of the millennium, all glaciers around the Jostedalsbreen glacier have melted by several hundred meters. We see this in all of Norway and in the world that the glaciers are in decline.


HM Queen Sonja (in the middle) arriving at the Glacier Centre in Fjærland with professor Atle Nesje to the right. Photo: Kikki
Finally – Thank you for a fantastic CHESS Annual Meeting on Hurtigruten after 2 years’ delay!

Postponed by the corona pandemic for 2 years, our in-person CHESS Annual Meeting from 9 – 13 May 2022 was successfully concluded on Hurtigruten!

This annual meeting was the first physical CHESS conference after 2 years of hybrid meetings. It was well attended by 78 participants, an all-time high! Altogether, there were 24 lectures and 37 poster presentations during the meeting. Apart from participating in the scientific presentations and discussions, CHESS members also enjoyed some sightseeing and social activities together.
The meeting started Monday afternoon in a Tromsø hotel with team building activities to facilitate interactions among participants in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Afterwards, our two guests, Gudrun Sylte and Dallas Murphy, introduced the non-scientific topic “outreach and communication” to the audience. We then divided the cohort into 4 smaller groups, each went for a different tour in Tromsø city. Afterwards, the group had dinner in the hotel before boarding the Hurtigruten ship Trollfjord around midnight.

The next 4 mornings, before the meeting started, there was a 15-minute weather briefing led by our CHESS supervisor member Clemens Spensberger. The first meeting day on Hurtigruten started again with an outreach and communication session. Gudrun, the communication manager at Bjerknes Centre gave a presentation about media relation and journalism in general, while Eirik Heim gave lectures on technical knowledge about cinematography. It was followed by the first scientific session lead by our PhD students. The meeting alternated between scientific talks, outreach session, poster session, and sightseeing during the day. We continued the meeting with the same format for the second and third day.

On the final day, we had the last scientific student presentation session. For the outreach session, the CHESS students were divided into small groups the day before and each group produced a short video clip based on what they had learned. Their productions were presented during the last session of the final day. Some of the video clips significantly impressed our guest cinematographer!

The meeting was concluded with an evaluation delivered by the CHESS International Evaluation Board members, where students and supervisors had also contributed with valuable feedback and suggestions for future improvements of CHESS and its activities.

After having developed personal friendships and professional network during these few days at sea, the participants bid farewell to each other in Bergen! “It was a fantastic meeting” was one of the common comments that floated around upon leaving our ship Trollfjord.

Text: Mandy Kong, Thomas Spengler
BCCR Seminar
Next upcoming seminar:
30th May, 14:15 pm – Marcus Lofverstrom: The importance of Canadian Arctic Gateways for glacial expansion in Scandinavia
BIO Seminar
We are pleased to invite all interested in climate change, marine ecology and fishery science to join us for a seminar held by visiting professors Lisa Levin (Scripps Institution of Oceanography) and Karin E. Limburg (State University of New York).
When: Monday 30th May 2022, 09:15-10:45
Where: Stort auditorium Høyteknologisenteret (HIB), Marineholmen
Guest lecture by Professor Lisa A. Levin at BCCR

Title: Frontiers in Biodiversity, Dynamics and Management of Methane Seeps
Speaker: Lisa A. Levin, Distinguished Professor of Biological Oceanography at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego.
Time: 2 June at 13:00. BCCR lecture room 4020, Jahnebakken 5
Climate Futures, double seminar on June 2
As part of our first Climate Futures physical consortium meeting next week, we have invited some external speakers. Their seminars will be open to everyone from the Bjerknes Centre, and the talks will be presented at the VilVite auditorium just down the road.
Here’s the programme:
Part 1 (in English)
09.00 – 09.40: Tom Hamill (NOAA): Forecasting hurricanes 
09.40 – 10.20: Tim Woollings (University of Oxford): The jet stream – A journey through our changing climate
10.20 – 10.40: Break
Part 2 (in Norwegian)
10.40 – 11.20: Ingrid von Streng Velken (Eviny) – Climate Crisis and Innovation
11.20 – 12.00: Erlend Waaler (StartupLab) – “Startuplab 20tretti – Innovasjon i praksis”
Offshore Wind Power – Possibilities and Challenges
Bergens Geofysikeres Forening – Bergen Geophysical Society - invites you to a talk 2 June 2022
Norway and the World need more renewable energy. Wind power has a large potential in Norway with its long and windy coastline. Besides, Norway needs more legs to stand on after the dawn of the oil era. A key question is to what extent Norway possesses the technological prerequisites to succeed. The Government recently presented its vision on offshore wind, with the aim to supply the European energy marked at a level comparable to the present Norwegian hydropower production: what technical and environmental challenges need to be solved for Norway to realize the potential within offshore wind power?
We invited Kai Stoltz from GCE Ocean Technology, Karen de Jong from the Institute of Marin Research and Mostafa Bakhoday from the Universitety of Bergen to talk about possibilities and challenges associated with the rapidly growing offshore wind industry.
Time: Thursday 2 June at 17:00
Place: Nordnespynten – Nordnesparken 38
The talks are open to all interested
The talks are followed by an informal get-together with some catering.
(Price: NOK 50 (students or members) NOK 100 (others)  - registration required)
Registration: Send email to by Wednesday 1 June
If you face challenges on arrival, please contact Vidar Lien by phone  41614280
Please note: As a general rule Norwegian language is used by the presenters and during conversation, but you are free to use English or Scandinavian during BGF arrangements.
New faces
A warm welcome to two new members the Bjerknes Centre!
Oskar Eide Lilienthal is a PhD student at Department of Geography. His field is sea level, sediment cores and geomorphology, He is Norwegian and will be a part of the Global Climate theme.

Anqi Lyu from China is a new postdoc at NERSC. Her field is climate modelling. She will be a part of the Global Climate research theme.
New publications
Send us information about new publications: Older publications
Vacant positions
PhD position in physical oceanography  
Geophysical Institute, UiB
Deadline: June 7
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Upcoming CHESS activities
Upcoming CHESS courses/activities
CHESS Lagrangian modelling course, 7-10 June 2022
Scientific writing workshop with Dallas Murphy – 2022, 13-17 June 2022
Fundamentals of Ocean/Atmosphere Data Analysis, 20-24 June 2022
Summer School – Outreach, Teaching, and the IPCC Report, 22 June - 19 July 2022
Summer School on Land-Atmosphere Interaction Processes and Convection, 24-31 July 2022
Bornö Summer School on Ocean Biogeochemistry: Grand Challenges in a Warming World, 7-13 August 2022
Details see CHESS website
Upcoming events
2-17 June 2022
MPE Virtual Summer School on Attribution, causality, and decision-making.
June 6-10, 2022
The 8th HEPPA-SOLARIS workshop 
June 13-15 2022, Norway
SOLAS Summer School 2022
13-17 June virtual school
NVP International Summer School 2022 – The Global Arctic
17th – 26th June 2022 The University Centre in Svalbard (UNIS), Longyearbyen, Svalbard.
Training school:  Monday 27 June to Saturday 2 July 2022. The Workshop will take place within a three-day period from 27 to 29 June
Both in Athens, Greece 
WCRP Sea Level Conference
12-16 July, Singapore
Summer School on Land-Atmosphere Interaction Processes and Convection
24-31 July, National Norwegian Gliding Centre, Elverum, Norway
Urbino Summer School in Paleoclimatology 2022 
8th to the 20th July 2022 University of Urbino, Italy
14th International Conference
on Paleoceanography

29 August–2 September 2022, Bergen, Norway
2022 IS-ENES3 Summer School on Data Science for Climate Modelling 
1 - 7 September in Athens, Greece
International symposium in remembrance of Prof. Yongqi Gao
7-9 September, The Grand, Bergen 
The International Conference for YOUNG Marine Researchers - ICYMARE 
13 to 16 September 2022 at the University of Applied Sciences Bremerhaven, Germany
Third WMO Workshop on operational climate prediction
20–22 September 2022,Lisbon, Portugal
SOLAS Open Science Conference 2022 
25 - 30 September 2022, Cape Town, South Africa
 21. September - 2. October 2022
Arctic Processes in CMIP6 Bootcamp
5-14 October 2022, Helgoland Germany
GCOS Climate Observation Conference
17-19 October 2022, Darmstadt Germany
6th WGNE Workshop on Systematic Errors in Weather and Climate Models,
31 October to 4 November 2022. ECMWF, Reading.
Bjerknes Annual Meeting
25-26 October 2022,  Hotel Terminus, Bergen
Effects of Climate Change on the World's Ocean
17-21 April 2023, Bergen
Bjerknes Getaway 2023
11-13 January, Geilo
Funding opportunities
Spring call Bjerknes visiting fellow program 2022
Deadline June 1st.
Find the call here
NFR: The UN Decade of Ocean Science – Communication and Dissemination
Deadline: open-ended
NFR: Hosting Events
Deadline: Open-ended
NFR: Support for communication and dissemination
Deadline: Open ended
NFR: Personal overseas grant for Doctoral and Post-Doctoral Fellows
Deadline: Open-ended
NFR: Personal overseas grant for Researchers
Deadline: Open-ended
NFR: Support for hosting a research visit of 1-12 months
Deadline: Open-ended
NFR: Travel grant Emerging Leaders 2022
DIKU Research-Education cooperation Iceland-Norway
ECORD Scholarships 2022
Deadline: 31 May 2022
MSCA Postdoctoral Fellowships Research projects with mobility
Deadline: 14 September
Fulbright Arktis-stipend, Norway-USA mobility for Norwegian citizens
1 October
ERC Starting Grants 2023
Deadline 25 October (tentative)
ERC Synergy Grants 2023
Deadline: 8 November (tentative)
MSCA Doctoral Networks Establishment of doctoral network
Deadline: 15 November
International Research Exchange Program of ArCS II for 2022
Deadline: 30 November
ERC Consolidator Grants 2023
Deadline: 2 February (tentative)
ERC Advanced Grants 2023
Deadline: 23 May (tentative)
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