Friday  25 June 2021, No 12, Week 25
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Director's note

Thank you!

I will use this opportunity to thank all of you for your contribution to make the Bjerknes Centre such a fantastic community – known for its world class science, its international profile, and its collaboration across disciplines and institutions – and for its strong visibility and clear voice on the national arena.
I have really enjoyed being part of the Bjerknes Centre since its start 21 years ago, and for having had the opportunity of being its director since 2014. The highlights are numerous – the many projects we have got, the papers we have published, the visitors we have hosted, the trips we have made, the events we have organized, and many more.   
It is not possible to name all those that deserve to be mentioned, but it is clear that my life would have been much more difficult without the great people in the administration, Ragnhild and Beatriz, Gudrun, Ellen G, Ellen V, Andreas and Øyvind, and without the good collaboration with the research leaders Camille, Are, Kerim, Nele and Tor and the rest of the leader group. I will also acknowledge the support from the various levels at the university, the partner institutions, the board, and the scientific advisory council (I apologize for all those that I forgot to mention).
Something that makes me proud is what we have achieved in terms of research training. The research schools ResClim and Chess, the PhD forum, and our training activities such as the ACDC summer schools, have been important for the scientific quality and the networks of our PhD students, who publish in more high impact journals and are more internationally oriented than ever before. Good luck to Nadine Steiger, who defend her thesis on Monday, Bjerknes PhD no. 9 this year!
Another thing worth mentioning is our growth in Horizon-2020 and ERC projects. If we divide last year’s income (300 MNOK) in eight equal parts, four parts came from the Research Council, two from EU, one from the ministry (SKD) and one from other sources. The Research Council has become extremely competitive on our arenas, so my advice is therefore that we should send more proposals to EU and to climate-related programmes in the Research Council where we usually do not apply. 
With this in mind, the news that came from the Research Council yesterday were just fantastic.  In the Climate and Polar Research Programme we got seven out of ten researcher projects and one out of three large scale projects! And in the Fripro programme we got another four projects. I would like to congratulate all the project leaders and groups, and also thank all the others for their efforts in submitting proposals. I am sure you will have more luck next time.
It is with some sadness, but also relief, that I realize that this will be my last Bjerknes Times column. Since I took over the tradition from the previous director, I have written close to 180 texts where I have aimed at informing about what is cooking at the center, and important climate-related news from national and international politics. I do not know what the reader frequency has been, but I do hope that it has served a purpose.
Despite the fact that I am now moving from Jahnebakken 5 to Jahnebakken 3, I will continue to be a member of the Bjerknes Centre by heart and by practice. I will keep an adjunct position at the Geophysical institute, and I will be a member of the board of the Bjerknes Centre. I will do my best to support the new director Kikki, and I am sure that the Centre will thrive and prosper also in the years to come.  
I wish you a splendid summer and all the best for the future.
Takk for meg!
Farewell party for Tore
On Friday the 18th of June we had a reception in the GFI garden where all Bjerknesians were invited, as a "farewell" party for Tore. Gifts and speeches were delivered. But, Tore is fortunately not travelling far, only to the East wing when the Nansen Center is moving in this summer.

Ellen G.                           

Photo: Andreas
Fantastic news from the Norwegian Research Council
Yesterday, we got the result  from the Norwegian Research Council, and as Tore mentioned in his column, it was really good.
The Bjerknes Center will receive more than 140 mill NOK during the next for years to do research to the benefit for society.
Over 140 millionar kroner til Bjerknes-forskarar (

Nele, Are, Elin, Linling, Friederike, Bjørg, Shengping, Johnny, Einar, Hans Christian, Mahaut and Thomas. Photo: Andreas

We had to make make a little celebration with the project leaders and members of the administrative support team. Unfortunately, not everyone could make it on such a short notice, but there will be more opportunities to meet and to celebrate after summer.

We look forward to welcoming our new Director Kikki Kleiven in Jahnebakken 5 in August! Photo: Ellen Viste
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Global Climate walk-and-talk
On Tuesday 22 June, the Global Climate theme headed to Fløyen to mark the beginning of summer.  It was a fantastic chance to catch up with old colleagues and finally meet in person new colleagues who until now have only been seen on zoom. We walked, talked, took in some sun, swam (most of us just cheered on the lone swimmer, actually) and enjoyed boller and sveler provided by the wonderful staff at Skomakerstuen. Input and ideas have been collected and will be used for future planning. Thanks to all for joining and see you next semester! 

Bjørg, Stefan and Camille
Hybrid CHESS Annual Meeting 2021 successfully concluded!
The CHESS Annual Meeting 2021 from 7-9 June was successfully concluded. This was the second time we had the meeting in hybrid format, combining remote access with regional hubs in Bergen, Oslo, and Tromsø for local participants to meet physically. Learning from last year’s experiences in optimizing the set-up and tackling the technical challenges, the meeting ran very well and smooth, and participants enjoyed both the scientific discussions and social networking during the meeting. The PhD students, in particular the new PhDs appreciated the chance to meet in person locally, of which they made great use to integrate into the CHESS family.
More than 70 CHESS members had registered for the meeting. There were 20 scientific talks including 4 by supervisors, and 22 poster presentations. Oral presentations by PhDs were given in 4 sessions, with topics on Paleo and Vegetation, Snow and Ice, Ocean, and Atmosphere. Student presenters highly appreciated the feedback from the audience and the assigned evaluation committees. The high level of student presentations and engagement also impressed the supervisors and international evaluation board.
The non-scientific theme this year revolved around the corona pandemic. Two supervisors, one at a more senior level of his career and one an at her earlier career stages, shared personal reflections on experiences of how the pandemic has affected their scientific lives. Their presentations were very well received, and their sincereness and openness were very much appreciated by the audience. Afterwards, participants joined groups to discuss the challenges and opportunities during the pandemic. In particular, participants were encouraged to make concrete suggestions on how CHESS can enhance (re)connectivity within the community.
Before the conclusion of the meeting, the CHESS International Evaluation Board gave some valuable feedback and recommendations on how to further improve the school.
We would like to thank all participants for their enthusiastic engagement and active participation, which turned the meeting into a great success. We look forward to all the upcoming and exciting CHESS activities in 2021 and 2022, hopefully with more and more flexibility for in person participation!

Text: Mandy Kong, Thomas Spengler; photo: Thomas Spengler
BCCR Polar theme's summer lunch at Christinegaarden 23 June
An excited group of polar scientist met today for lunch outside in the beautiful garden of Christinegaarden in Sandviken. The house is from the last part of the 1700th hundred and was originally built as a social gathering place (lyststed) for the rich and famous before it was used as the home of the bishop of Bjørgvin. After the bishop left, the house was left to decay. Luckily the chief archeologist from Bryggen saved the house and refurbished it to its present state, and now it is a fantastic venue for everyone in Bergen to enjoy. For the group of scientists this was the perfect venue to celebrate summer, and a welcome respite from isolated home offices – clearly everyone is very ready to get back to the office, the lab, the seminars and spend time discussing science together in person.
God sommer fra Bjerknes Polar!

Photo: Kerim H. Nisancioglu
New face
A warm welcome to our new Bjerknes member!
Ole Wulff from Germany is a new postdoctoral researcher at Norce. He will be working on Climate Futures and his field is Atmospheric and Climate Sciences. Globate Climate will be his research theme affiliation at the Bjerknes Centre.
The portrait

Xabier Davila
Position: PhD Candidate

How long have you been at BCCR? Since March 2019

Education: MSc in Marine Environment and Resources (UPV/EHU, Soton, ULiege)
Background: I come from Iurreta, a small town enclosed by mountains in Basque Country. After high school, I decided to move closer to the sea, to Vigo (Galicia) to study oceanography. Since then I have been living out of a suitcase. I visited Tromsø as an Erasmus during my bachelor, then moved to Southampton, Liege and San Sebastian for my master, and now Bergen.
What is it you do exactly at work? My research is focused on the transport of biogeochemical properties in the World's Ocean using a global ocean transport matrix. For the first publication, we showed how the ocean anthropogenic carbon reservoir is filled, addressing how the long-term storage of carbon depends only on few regions of deep and mode water formation. For the second publication, we use the same transport matrix to discuss whether the Oxygen Minimum Zones are "formed or born".
Why climate research? As a kid, I would devour nature documentaries. I became passionate to understand the processes that govern our natural surrounding, which led me to oceanography. Now, during my PhD, the ocean has linked me to climate.
What extracurricular activities do you have? I enjoy doing any type of outdoor sport, since I am in Bergen, I go with the classic GFI pack: Run, Hike & Climb. Also, every autumn, I become quite obsessed with mushroom hunting!
Do you have a favourite song, band or artist? While I listen to a broad spectrum of different types of music, in any language, one of my favourite songs is "Sarri, sarri" from the band "Kortatu". They sing about a guy (from my hometown!) who escaped from jail by hiding himself in a speaker!
Your favourite food? Nothing beats my mum's "tortilla de patata" (potato omelette) that I eat when I travel back home.
The best and worst about Bergen? I might have an unpopular opinion here: The best and worst about Bergen are the two sides of the same coin: The sun. Don't get me wrong, sunny days in Bergen are truly amazing. However, the uncertainty of the weather is translated into the pressure of enjoying every minute in the sun, every single sunny day. After two weeks of continuous sun, I am completely exhausted and I can only wish for rain. (Also: TICKS 🙁 ).
New publications 
Mulder, T. E., Goelzer, H., Wubs, F. W., and Dijkstra, H. A. (2021): Snowball Earth Bifurcations in a Fully-Implicit Earth System Model, International Journal of Bifurcation and Chaos, 31,

Chandler, D.M., Wadham,J.L.,  Nienow, P.W.,  Doyle, S.H., Tedstone, A.J., Telling, J.,  Hawkings, J., Alcock, J.D., Linhoff, B., Hubbard, A. (2021): Rapid development and persistence of efficient subglacial drainage under 900 m-thick ice in Greenland, Earth and Planetary Science Letters, ISSN 0012-821X,

Seidenglanz, A., Athanasiadis, P., Ruggieri, P. et al. including Li, C. (2021)Pacific circulation response to eastern Arctic sea ice reduction in seasonal forecast simulations. Clim Dyn (2021).

Sandø, A.B., Mousing, E.A., Budgell, W.P ,Hjøllo, S.S., Skogen, M.D., Ådlandsvik, B. (2021): Barents Sea plankton production and controlling factors in a fluctuating climate, ICES Journal of Marine Science,

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Coming mid-summer hike of the Bjerknes PhD-Forum
On Friday evening, the Bjerknes PhD-Forum will celebrate midsummer-night and walk up Lyderhorn. Hopefully the sun wants to join our hike!
For all PhDs staying in Bergen for the summer, we are also planning an event in July – more information will follow. Finally, we wish the whole Bjerknes Community a great summer vacation so that everybody can start with fresh ideas into the new semester.
The PhD-Forum Leader Board
(Vår, Anna, Jakob, Karl, Maaike, Paul)


The Bjerknes PhD Forum
is open for all PhDs affiliated with the Bjerknes Centre.
The Forum intends to create a community for international and Norwegian PhD students from different research areas during their time in Bergen.
Our aim is to facilitate exchange among new and advanced PhD students as well as to distribute and preserve knowledge about “the way things work”.
We meet about once a month to network and discuss different aspects of the academic career and/or life in Bergen. Visiting PhD students and interns are welcome to join our activities.

The current PhD Forum board members are:
Vår Dundas (leader) -
Anna-Marie Strehl (co-leader) -
Jakob Simon Dörr -
Karl Guy Romeo Purcell (contact person for new PhDs) -
Maaike Zwier -
Paul Lucas Halas -
Vacant position
Researcher in coupled climate-ice sheet modeling
Department of Earth Science, UiB
Deadline: 9th August 2021
Bjerknes in the news
Klimaforsker blir klimaoptimist av bankenes klimakrav              
FinansWatch 22.06.2021, Kikki Kleiven 
Bankene trapper opp kampen for klima: - Pusher store selskaper til snuoperasjon      
E24 22.06.2021, Helge Drange, Kikki Kleiven 
Forskere: Slik kan juliværet bli               
TV2 21.06.2021, Erik W. Kolstad 
Hva skjer med jordbruket hvis vi «fikser» på klimaet?         18.06.2021, Jerry Tjiputra 
Ytringsfrihet i akademia: - Mikroaggresjon og faglig ondskap er noe vi er nødt til å jobbe med  Khrono 17.06.2021, Kikki Kleiven 
Kikki Kleiven blir ny direktør for Bjerknessenteret                       
NTB Info (flere treff) 17.06.2021 
EU bevilger 150 millioner kroner til styrket klima- og miljøovervåkning i Arktis
Universitetet i Tromsø, 16.06.2021
Upcoming events
PhD defense: Nadine Steiger with the thesis: ‘’The ice front as a topographic barrier for ocean heat transport”
28. juni  at 10.15 via Zoom.
Virtual Workshop on the New Global Ocean Biogeochemistry (GO-BGC) Array - Building a Community of Biogeochemical Float Data Users
June 28-30, 2021
6th Conference on Modelling Hydrology, Climate and Land Surface Processes
September 14–16, 2021, Lillehammer, Norway.
Summer School on glacier-climate change
September 6-11, Iceland
WCRP workshop on attribution of  multi-annual to decadal changes in the climate system
22-24 September 2021,  Online
Workshop: Multi-annual to Decadal Climate Predictability in the North Atlantic-Arctic

20 – 22 September 2021   Event in Bergen or Copenhagen tbc
Ocean Sciences Meeting 2022
27 February– 4 March 2022 Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Bjerknes Annual Meeting 2021 
27-29 September 2021, Bergen
14th International Conference
on Paleoceanography

29 August–2 September 2022, Bergen, Norway
SOLAS Open Science Conference 2022 
25 - 30 September 2022, Cape Town, South Africa
Upcoming CHESS courses/activities  
Integral projection models (IPM): From population ecology to climate change studies, 30 August – 3 September 2021
Summer school: Surface change in a warmer and wetter Arctic, 6-11 September 2021
Communication skills in outreach and teaching workshop, 13-17 September 2021
XRF core scanning for paleoclimate reconstructions in the Arctic, 27-29 September 2021
CHESS/ACDC One Ocean Field Course 2021, from September to November 2021
5th eScience Tools in Climate Science: Linking Observations with models, 1-10 November 2021
Funding opportunities
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
DIKU Research-Education cooperation Iceland-Norway
NFR/Svalbard Strategic Grant
Open-ended (latest permitted project start: 01 Oct 2021)
ERC Advanced Grants
Deadline: 31 August
NFR, EJP Soil. European Joint Programme on Soil - First external Call
Deadline: 7 September 2021
NFR Research School
Deadline: 15 September (call opens 4 Aug)
Fulbright Research/lecture visit to USA
Deadline:1 October
Fulbright Arctic Chair Research/lecture visit to USA
Deadline:1 October
Fulbright studentstipend Student mobility to USA
Deadline: 1 October
ERC-2022-SyG Collaboration project with outstanding intrinsic synergetic effect
Deadline: tentative 10 Nov .(call opens 15 July)
ERC-2022-StG Ground-breaking research for early career scientists ERC Starting Grants 2022
13 January (call opens 23 Sep 2021)
ERC-2022-CoG Research project (establish/strengthen your research team) ERC Consolidator Grants 2022
Deadline: tentative 17 March (call opens 19 Oct 2021)
Summer is here....

...and this is the last issue of the Bjerknes Times this semester. We will be back in August with news and reports from the Bjerknes community.

Until then, 
Have a nice and pleasant summer!
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