Friday 15 May 2020, No 10, Week 20
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Director's note

International collaboration

Two months into the corona lockdown we have got accustomed to new ways of working and interacting. Conferences and meetings are online, teaching is online, and even cultural events and social gatherings are sometimes online. While we all are looking forward to the days when we again can socialize in ways we are used to, I am sure that many of our new habits will persist.  Trips to Oslo for one-hour meetings or around the world for a two-day conference should be history. My optimistic take on this is that the World’s peak emissions are behind us.
While online meetings and teaching are relatively new to us, we collaborate with two universities that have practiced this for many years; the University of the West Indies (UWI) serving 17 nations in Caribbean and the University of the South Pacific serving 12 nations in the Pacific. The Bergen-Pacific connection is particularly strong, and in our Global theme there are now two from Fiji; PhD student Ashneel Chandra and postdoc Vandhna Kumar.
Ashneel and Vandhna work with Noel Keenlyside in the Mare Nullius project coordinated by the social anthropologist Edvard Hviding. Hviding has been instrumental in a new Norway-Pacific Ocean-Climate Scholarship Programme that was launched by Norway’s Minister of international development Dag-Inge Ulstein on April 20. The programme will fund 24 PhD scholarships at USP, and the students will be co-supervised from UiB and also offered courses here.
This week UiB joined the International Universities Climate Alliance, as the first in Scandinavia. The university was invited due to the strong international profile of the Bjerknes Centre, and is now in an excellent group that includes Caltech, King’s College, McGill, Nanjing, Penn State, Sorbonne, Cape Town, East Anglia, Edinburgh, Exeter, Reading, South Pacific, Washington, Sydney to mention a few. The aim of the climate alliance is to support global leaders to meet the climate challenge through sharing evidence-based information on climate research.
Our next #PåVippen event “Bending the curve” is 1pm today, with Kerim Nisancioglu moderating Mats Bentsen and Prof. Arnoldo Frigessi (from University of Oslo) discussing climate- and pandemic modelling. Our previous event has been watched close to 500 times on YouTube. Perhaps we will see even higher figures this time?
The weather in weekend, which features a special corona-edition of Norway’s constitution day – Seventeenth of May, is more suited for proposal writing than for outdoor activities. Best luck to the many of you who are in the process of finalizing project proposals.

TRIATLAS Web General Assembly 2020
TRIATLAS just concluded an exciting experiment: its first online science conference on tropical Atlantic climate and marine ecosystems. It was an exciting three half-days of science talks and poster sessions, with more than 150 people registered participants from Europe, Africa, South America, and from North America and other continents.
It was great to see attendance of around 80-90 participants at plenary sessions, with plenty of discussion including in the chat window. We even had an online ice breaker for informal discussion. Can you spot some colleagues in the unusual group photo?
With this type of event, there is an increasing realization that these types of meeting can provide an excellent supplement to in person meetings, with the potential to include more people and to increase integration of research. Special thanks to Nilgun for all the hard work in organising the meeting, and to Andreas for the wonderful support.
Noel Keenlyside
New face
Vandhna Kumar from Fiji started as a postdoc at the Geophysical institute in January. She is working in Noel Keenlyside`s team on the Mare Nullius project. Vandhna has a PhD in physical oceanography and her expertise comprises sea level, Pacific islands, climate change. Within BCCR she will be affiliated with the Global Climate research theme. 
Youtube seminar today: #PÅVIPPEN, Bending the curve

At 1300, Mats Bentsen, researcher at NORCE and heading the modelling activity at the Bjerknes Centre and  Arnoldo Frigessi, professor, Department of Biostatistics, University of Oslo will  debate similarities and differences between epidemic modelling and climate modelling. Arnoldo Frigessi will hold his talk in English.
Kerim Nisancioglu will moderate the debate.  More information on the seminar (in Norwegian) 

Follow the seminar here:
The debate will be archived and available on our youtube channel.
The portrait

Ellen Margrete Grong
Senior secretary at the Bjerknes administration
How long have you been at BCCR?
Since 2015, but UiB has been my employer since 2001.
I have a degree in technical translation, and I have also studied comparative politics. Unfortunately not natural sciences, which I now regret sometimes when I understand how interesting and intriguing it can be.
I come from a small village in Mid-Norway, where my parents had a small farm close to one of the most famous salmon rivers in Norway – Namsen. Skiing and outdoor life was the basis of my childhood. Longing for a milder climate and a more urban life brought me to Bergen.

What is it you do exactly at work?
Most of the time I’m doing administrative tasks connected to large and small meetings and keeping track of all the members of the Bjerknes Centre. I also edit this bi-weekly internal newsletter Bjerknes Times. Other that than it varies a lot depending on the various activities at the centre.
Why climate research?
When I was offered this position, I was aware that climate science probably would be one of the most important field in the coming years, and that the Bjerknes Centre would generate a lot of activity that I would be happy to be a part of – albeit on the administrative side of it. I had had some cooperation with the Bjerknes Centre in previous jobs, so I was a bit familiar with the centre and the purpose of it.

What extracurricular activities do you have?
I enjoy going for hikes with my dog. Skiing, biking and kayaking with my family when I have time. Photography and creative writing are new hobbies I have taken up in the recent years.
Do you have a favourite song, band or artist?
I like many different sorts of music, but I often prefer the quietness and sounds of the nature. I can sometimes be a very nostalgic person, so I admit that I still enjoy listening to pop and rock from the late 80’s and 90’s but I also listen to younger artists.
Your favourite food?
I used to say pancakes and rømmegrøt, but I really like all kinds of food.
The best and worst about Bergen? 
Worst is that I must have different sets of raincoats and waterproof boots for different purposes in my wardrobe and be prepared for long and wet winters that are not real winters. Aside from that, nothing can compare to the lovely springs in Bergen, with cherry trees blossoming and all that. The proximity to the mountains and the feeling of being in a small town even though Bergen is one of the largest cities in Norway is also something I like.
Vacant positions
Associate Professor in Quaternary geology and palaeoclimate
Department of Earth Science, University of Bergen
Deadline: 24 May 2020

Postdoctoral Research Position in Paleoceanography and Molecular Ecology
Deadline: 20 May 2020
BCCR/GFI seminars
Please find below the updated list of upcoming seminars. As you can see
there are still plenty off free slots. Do not hesitate to contact me or
fill out the seminar form when you wish to give a
Due to the recent incidents regarding Zoom we have been advised to move
the seminar to Teams.
Upcoming talks:
25 May 14:15 | Beatriz Balino    | WCRP Academy, Digital Earths and Safe
Climate Landings: The World Climate Research Programme re-invents itself
08 Jun 14:15 | Jakob Dörr        | A high-level analysis of Arctic and
Antarctic sea ice in CMIP6
15 Jun TBA   | Francesco Pausata | TBA

CET seminar
CET is happy to announce next week's CET Virtual lunch seminar with Professor William Helland-Hansen from the Department of Earth Science at UiB. 
Title: Coastal Change 21st Century 
Time: Wednesday 20th of May 12:15 – 13:00 (“doors” open at 12pm).
Place: Zoom video meeting
Hopkins, F. E et al including Goris, N. and Schwinger, J.(2020):The impacts of ocean acidification on marine trace gases and the implications for atmospheric chemistry and climate, Proc. R. Soc. A., 476, 20190769,

Zhao, Y et al including Birks, H.J.B and Felde, V.A. (2020): Evolution of vegetation and climate variability on the Tibetan Plateau over the past 1.74 million years. Sci. Adv. 6, Doi: 10.1126/sciadv.aay6193

Eldevik, T., Haugan, P.M. That’s a lot of water.(2020) Nat. Phys. 16, 496,

Michel, C., C. Li, I.R. Simpson, I. Bethke, M.P. King, and S. Sobolowski (2020): The Change in the ENSO Teleconnection under a Low Global Warming Scenario and the Uncertainty due to Internal Variability, Journal of Climate, 33, 4871-4889,

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Bjerknes in the news
Snow-avalanche boulder fans in Jotunheimen, southern Norway: Schmidt-hammer exposure-age dating, geomorphometrics, dynamics and evolution,                   
Change: The Magazine of Higher Learning 13.05.2020, Atle Nesje
Se på Kurs i lokal klimarisiko - del 2              
Energi og Klima 07.05.2020, Erik Kolstad
Kan flere tusen år gammel vulkansk aske bidra til å løse klimagåten?          07.05.2020, Sunniva Rutledal
Her er stedene med det beste sommerværet Interessert i vær- og klimastatistikk?
Bergens Tidende 04.05.2020, Erik W. Kolstad
Upcoming events
IMBeR ClimEco7 Summer School - Interdisciplinary ocean science for sustainable development goals
2020.08.17 - 2020.08.21 Vancouver, Canada
19th Swiss Climate Summer School
Extreme weather and climate: from atmospheric processes to impacts on ecosystems and society
23–28 August 2020, Grindelwald, Switzerland
50th Arctic Workshop
30 August-1 September 2020, Boulder, Colorado, USA
2nd International PalaeoArc Conference
late September/early October (TBD) 2020, Pisa, Italy
7 - 10 September 2020  Lima, Perú.
Bjerknes Annual Meeting
15 September 2020, Bergen
Arctic Circle 2020 Assembly
October 8-11, Harpa Reykjavík
Annual Meeting of the Norwegian Geophysical Society:
21-22 October 2020 in Bergen
Bjerknes Getaway
11-13 January 2021, Geilo
The 52nd International Liège colloquium on Ocean Dynamics
17 - 21 May 2021 Liège, Belgium
Funding opportunities
Note that NFR are postponing the application submission deadline by two weeks, from 6 May to 20 May, 13:00 CEST. The call for proposals for Large-scale Interdisciplinary Researcher Project (the Fellesløft IV joint funding initiative) has been postponed to 2021.

ERC Advanced Grants 2020 (Call opens 14.05.2020)
Deadline: 26 August
NFR: Knowledge-building Projects for Industry and Collaborative Projects to meet Societal and Industry-related Challenges
Deadline: 2 September
NFR: Hosting Events
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
EU H2020 MSCA Individual Fellowship
Deadline: 9 September 2020
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