Friday 6 March 2020, No 5, Week 10
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Director's note

Twenty years of science

Our annual report is in press, and I can promise that you soon will have a very appealing but also informative document on your desk.  Since the Centre celebrates its first twenty years, the report reflects what we have achieved, where we stand today, and where we might be going. I am very pleased to see what we as a four-partner community achieve, and I look forward to outstanding science results and breathtaking outreach events throughout the year of celebration.
According to Web of Science, the present number of registered Bjerknes publications is 1905. Due to time lags in the registration process, the actual number is somewhat higher. One that soon will be listed, is the publication Ice front blocking of ocean heat transport to an Antarctic ice shelf, which appeared last week in Nature with both Nadine Steiger and Elin Darelius among the authors. We congratulate.
I know that there are several other exciting publications, including Nature and Science contributions, to look forward to in the coming weeks and months. My guess is that we will see Bjerknes publication number 2000 early fall this year. When this happens, we will celebrate and give a proper award, so remember to use your Bjerknes affiliation and ask for some good luck.
Among the many outreach events we organise this year, is the Next Step concert series with Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra. Yesterday we had come to "Climate", where Jostein Bakke, Lea Svendsen and Siri Vatsø Haugum gave amazing performances for the audience of more than 1600 people, and many others from the Bjerknes Centre, as well as a school class from Sotra, presented our science before the concert and in the break. Many thanks to Thomas Spengler and Gudrun Sylte who organise it all.
On May 13, we will have a jubilee seminar and dinner for invited guests. The main aim of the seminar is to present what we are doing for leaders from academia, business sector, non-governmental organisations and politics, and to discuss further collaboration and funding possibilities. Due to space limitations, this will be by invitation only.
The main jubilee event this year, will be the extended annual meeting that will take place from Monday 14th to Wednesday 16th of September. We will invite two internationally leading scientists for each of our four research themes, and the meeting will have much more focus on science than what we are used to. We will also have a proper jubilee dinner for all members of the Bjerknes Centre. So save the dates. 
Many of you have already had to cancel meetings and travels due to the Coronavirus disease, and at present it is impossible to predict the outcome of what is now a global crisis. Not because of the number of infected or deaths, which is several orders of magnitude less than for an ordinary winter flu, but because of the fear of additional spreading. Thousands and meetings and flights are cancelled all over the world, tourist industry and aviation fear bankruptcy, and the global stock market is shaking. Twenty people are so far being infected in Bergen, which makes it one of the most Corona infected cities in Europe. Enjoy your weekend – preferably in solitude – and remember to wash hands.
Another successful climate concert 
Yesterday,  Jostein Bakke, Lea Svendsen and Siri Haugum took the audience through the geological history of the Earth, the climate system and where we as humans are now and in the future in the concert series Neste Steg (Next Step) in Grieghallen.They were accompanied by the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra performing brand new composed works for orchestra by young Norwegian composers Marius Neset and Therese Ulvo as well as iconic works for orchestra by the French composer Maurice Ravel. Many Bjerknesians have been involved in the planning and in the performance -  a big salute to everyone!

Ellen G

Photos from top (by Gudrun Sylte):
  1. Lea Svendsen in action on stage with the Bergen Philharmonic Orchestra.
  2. Jenny Maccali (left) at the science exhibition in the foyer with the time machine/ dripstones.
  3. Siri Vatsø Haugum, Lea Svendsen and Jostein Bakke in Grieghallen.
  4. Thomas Spengler and Nele Meckler in a debate on climate crisis, science and art at Bergen Library.
  5. High school pupils from Sotra vidaregåande skule had 3 stations on climate of the past, today & future.

Would you like to participate in Forsker Grand Prix?

Forsker Grand Prix is a competition where ten PhD students from Bergen are competing in front of an audience and a panel of judges, to become the best presenter of their research. In the first round, the students will have four minutes to present their research and its up to the audience and the judges to decide which top three will proceed to the second round. Here they will have another four minutes to captivate the audience and the judges. The winner and the runner-up will proceed to the national final. Deadline for application is 30 April  Read more 

or have a station at Forskningstorget?
More information and register here
New face
Christiane Duscha is a PhD student from Germany at the Geophysical institute, affiliated to the Polar research theme at BCCR. She started in January 2019, and has a degree in Meteorology. Her field is Marine boundary layer Meteorology, Turbulence, Air-sea interaction, Wind Lidar and Ship based campaigns in the Arctic.
The portrait

Mahaut de Vareilles
Research advisor and project manager at GFI and BCCR
How long have you been at BCCR?
Unofficially since 2014 (@GFI) and officially since summer 2018.
PhD in Marine and Environmental Sciences, specialty: nutrition in Aquaculture, at CCMAR, University of Algarve (Portugal) and UiB.
I probably owe it to the climate. After a childhood of low, grey skies my parents decided it would be otherwise with their own children and promptly migrated. So I spent the first 24 or so years of my life believing that the sky’s default colour was blue. Different shades of blue, perhaps, but blue nonetheless. I studied Marine and Environmental Sciences at the University of Algarve. Since this was before the Bologna process-induced transition, the Bachelor programme was 5 years. These were spent happily delving into many fascinating disciplines taught by many great lecturers. The palette ranged from Physical Oceanography to Law of the Sea & Coastal Management, passing by Marine Ecology, Fisheries Technology, Molecular Biology, to name but a few. This was not restricted to the auditorium and many, many hours of laboratory, but also included such experiences as living on the sand dunes for a week (studying coastal flora), going sardine purse seine fishing with the local fisherfolk, perfecting the art of making live cultures in Ghent for 6 months (ERASMUS. I'm talking about making live feed for aquaculture, not brewing beer. Of course.), and working another 6 months with the wonderful scientists at GEOTOP, in the lively city of Montreal (CA) (for my Masters). It was a great study programme but it made the already difficult question of “which research field to settle down in?” even more difficult. Possibly this explains why my Masters dissertation was on “Distribution of dinoflagellate cysts in the Guadiana Estuary, S.-E. Portugal” yet my PhD thesis on “Dietary Nitrogen utilisation and protein expression in fish”. And perhaps it also explains how I shifted from research to research management and advising in the interdisciplinary BCCR?
What is it you do exactly at work?
Scientist at heart, I strive to accompany and assist our scientists where I can, from unloading administrative burdens caused by the management of large, international research projects to providing guidance for securing external funding. Concretely now I am managing the Trond Mohn Foundation funded Bjerknes Climate Prediction Unit and assisting GFI’s research coordinator, Friederike Hoffmann, in her ever growing workload.
Why climate research?
It started with “why not?” but has become “what else?”.
What extracurricular activities do you have?
Raising a family. And with the practically non-existent remaining free time, I am learning Capoeira and I am part of an amateur francophone theater group in Bergen. I also joined BSI sailing last year and very much enjoyed it. I hope to find time to continue.
Do you have a favourite song, band or artist?
No. I love music and enjoy many different genres and artists from around the world. I won’t start a list as this is surely an endless task.
Your favourite food?
Freshly harvested, sustainably-grown veggies and fruit. There’s no such thing as “too much” here.
Other than that, I think I’m a bit of a “foodie” and love discovering new tastes.
And I would never say no to “sardinhas assadas com salada a montanheira, pão caseiro e uma garrafa de vinho verde”.
The best and worst about Bergen?
The best: the beautiful Nature at arm’s reach! Since this is the case for many, I’ll also add that I like it’s size: the fact it doesn’t have a huge-city, impersonal touch to it (you can never go out without meeting at least one familiar face), yet it is large and changing enough that you can meet amazing new people all the time.
The worst: the ridiculously short summers. At least, by my definition of summer.
Lauvset, S.K. Carter,B.R.,. Pèrez, F.F., Jiang, L.‐Q. Feely, R.A.Velo , A.  Olsen, A. (2020): Processes Driving Global Interior Ocean pH Distribution, Global Biogeochemical Cycles,

Wåhlin, A.K., Steiger, N., Darelius, E. et al.(2020): Ice front blocking of ocean heat transport to an Antarctic ice shelf. Nature 578, 568–571

Muthreich, F., Zimmermann, B., Birks, H.J.B., Vila-Viçosa, C.M. and Seddon, A.W.R. (2019) Chemical variations in Quercus pollen as a tool for taxonomic identification: implications for long-term ecological and biogeographic research. Journal of Biogeography

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BCCR/GFI Seminars
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If you know about a guest visiting, have a suggestion about an external speaker you think would interest the Bjerknes community or want to present something yourself, please contact us through our email:
The seminars are scheduled for Monday afternoons at 14:15 in the west-wing auditorium (BCCR undervisningsrom 4020). 
Best regards,
the seminar committee 

Upcoming seminars:
09 March 14:14 Hai Bui "On the Influence of the distribution of Sea Surface Temperatures
on the Development of Extratropical Cyclones”
16 March 14:15 Max Stevens (Guest of Hans Christian Steen-Larsen) "Investigations of physical processes in the snowpack through modeling and field measurements"
23 March 14:15 Ruza Ivanovic (Guest of Kerim H Nisancioglu ) TBA
26 March TBA  Kevin Anderson (Joint Seminar with CET)  "Shortcomings in the Swedish climate law and UK net-zero legislation"  location TBA
11 May 14:15 Hans Renssen (Guest of Andreas Born) TBA
15 June 14:15 Francesco Pausata (Guest of Margit Hildegard Simon)
NERSC Seminars

Upcoming seminars can be found here:
Jostein Bakke talking about the Folgefonna glacier on Vestlandsrevyen 4. March.  Screenshot from NRKTV.
Bjerknes in the News
Kan gi framgang for breane                      
Fjordingen 05.03.2020, Atle Nesje
Olav Thon støtter eksellent forskning og undervisning                 
Universitetet i Oslo 05.03.2020, Helga Flesche Kleiven, Ulysses Ninnemann 
American on ice                             
Norwegian American Weekly 05.03.2020, Jacinta Clay, Kerim Nisancioglu 
Store isbreer.                  
NRK1 Vestlandsrevyen 19:45 04.03.2020, Jostein Bakke 
Vårværet: - Blir nok ikke som mange hadde håpet på            04.03.2020, Erik Kolstad 
Tjuvstartar kvinnedagen med yoga og film                         
Sunnhordland 04.03.2020, Kikki Kleiven 
Kvinnerørsla tek klimakampen                
Sunnhordland   02.03.2020, Kikki Kleiven 
Træen og Urheim klare for Borealis                       
Bergensavisen  02.03.2020 
Hvitt i store deler av landet: - Snøen kan bli liggende                    
TV2 01.03.2020, Erik Kolstad 
Lesarreportasje: Myrreservat i særklasse                           
Bygdanytt Pluss 01.03.2020 
- Et oljeutslipp her vil være katastrofalt               
Dagsavisen 29.02.2020 
Klima og samtidsmusikk i Bergen            
Dag og Tid 28.02.2020   
Upcoming events
Nansen Tutu Center 10th anniversary symposium: Ocean, weather and climate, science to the service of society, 10-12 March 2020 ,Cape Town, South Africa, 10-12 March 2020 
Carbon System research theme meeting
13. March, from 1300 - 1500, in the Helland Hansen meeting room, GFI. 
Bergen Geophysical Society (BGF) annual meeting
19 March, Conference room, 4th floor, Westwing of GFI, Jahnebakken 5
Polar research theme meeting
25 March, Bjerknes lecture room 4020, 11:15-13:00
CHESS Annual Meeting
20 – 24 March 2020 at Hurtigruten
50th Arctic Workshop,
2–4 April 2020, Boulder, Colorado, USA
15th Polar Low Working Group meeting
13-15 May 2020, Moscow, Russia
2nd International PalaeoArc Conference
25–28 May 2020, Pisa, Italy
The 52nd International Liège colloquium on Ocean Dynamics
25th - 29th May 2020 Liège, Belgium
“A changing Arctic” 
2-5 June, Tromsø 
25th IAHR Ice Symposium
14-18 June 2020, Trondheim Norway
IMBeR ClimEco7 Summer School - Interdisciplinary ocean science for sustainable development goals
2020.08.17 - 2020.08.21 Vancouver, Canada
ACDC 2020, Dynamics of the Global Water Cycle
16th – 28th August 2020,Abisko Scientific Research Station, Sweden
19th Swiss Climate Summer School
Extreme weather and climate: from atmospheric processes to impacts on ecosystems and society
23–28 August 2020, Grindelwald, Switzerland
7 - 10 September 2020  Lima, Perú.
Bjerknes Annual Meeting
14-16 September 2020, Bergen
Arctic Circle 2020 Assembly
October 8-11, Harpa Reykjavík
Funding opportunities
NFR: Stort, tverrfaglig Forskerprosjekt
Deadline: 6 May 2020
VISTA Research Centre
Deadline: 28 February
KOPRI Arctic Science Fellowship Program 2020
Deadline: 29 February 2020
Peder Sather Grant, research collaboration
Deadline: 1 April 2020
DKNVS Stiftelses forskningsfond
Deadline: 1 April 2020
Large-scale Interdisciplinary Researcher Project Funding
Deadline: 6 May 2020
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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