Friday 12 February 2021, No 3, Week 6
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Director's note

Setting course for the future

Since I start in a new position at the Nansen Centre July 1st, the Bjerknes Centre is seeking a new director. The position has been announced though “jobbnorge”, and I hope that many of you consider applying. I see potential candidates in all four partner institutions, and I can assure you that this is an opportunity that you shouldn’t miss. Note the deadline March 2nd.
It will be an important year for us, as we are preparing for the upcoming five years and beyond. What are the important knowledge gaps in the climate system? What should be our role in the societal transformation to the climate resilient and sustainable future? Should we have a narrower or a broader focus? Should we include other disciplines? Should we organize differently, or use our resources in another way?
Our online survey, with 125 responders (thanks to all), is a first step in revising the Centre strategies. The overall impression is that the Centre is important to many, and that people are generally satisfied with the way we are organized and how we spend our resources. But also, that there are room for improvements. Evaluation processes can be more transparent, the leader group more visible, and there should be more information to newcomers. The results will be made available to all, and further discussed in the various groups.  
A large number of proposals were submitted to the research council this week. The few that I have had the chance to look at have a high quality, and I cross fingers for favorable outcomes. One success this week was the EU COFUND grant to UiB for the interdisciplinary SEAS program (Shaping European Research Leaders for Marine Sustainability). The program has a total budget of 180 MNOK, and close to 40 three-years postdocs will be hired in the years to come.  

Many of the new SEAS-positions will relate to climate, so there will be good opportunities for our early career scientists in the years to come. One of these are Francine Schevenhoven, who defended her thesis Monday. She did a splendid job in explaining super-complicated stuff - training of supermodels – in a way that even I could understand. Congratulation Dr. Francine with your well-deserved new status.

We have been through an extraordinary cold period in Bergen. I made a quick count: In 2020, minimum temperature in Bergen was -2,9 degrees (Dec 25). So far this year, we have had 31 days with lower temperatures. And according to the met office, it is the first time with five consecutive February days below -10 degrees since 1895! I hope you have had the opportunity to enjoy this splendid winter weather. Next week will be milder, but conditions will still be good for hiking or skiing in the mountains around Bergen. I skied Vidden at sunset yesterday, it was magical.

PhD defense: Francine Schevenhoven
Many congratulations, Dr. Schevenhoven! Francine had a successful PhD defense Monday February 8 on the topic . "Training of supermodels - in the context of weather and climate forecasting".

Photo: Andreas H. Opsvik
Tore in podcast with Miljødirektoratet (Norwegian Environment Agency)
Our director Tore recently participated in a podcast in which he talked about the impact climate change has to society and to the nation. Link to the podcast is  here. (In Norwegian)
Report from the workshop Isotopes in Evaporation
I was organizing a Workshop on Isotopes in Evaporation on the 20th of October 2020, where invitation was sent to the whole Bjerknes centre. Articles from the literature were shared between the participants, who read them before coming to the one-day workshop. During the workshop, they first discussed the articles in small groups and then presented their analysis in the afternoon to all the participants.
The workshop was a success, and we want now to provide the Bjerknes community with a report on the workshop organization, including some participant feedback, and on its conclusions. This report has two aims. It describes some scientific results, but it is also written to help future organizers of similar literature discussions. We indeed offer recommendations for a productive and enjoyable workshop.

Link to the report.
Alexandra Touzeau
The portrait

Name: Anna Hauge Braaten
Position: PhD Student

How long have you been at BCCR?: Since September 2018
Education: bachelor’s degree in Earth science and master’s degree in marine geology
Background: I grew up in Stavanger, Norway and moved to Bergen in 2012. I did both my bachelor and master’s degrees here at UiB, and I also spent a semester at the University Centre in Svalbard studying arctic geology.
What is it you do exactly at work?:
I work on reconstructing temperatures in the Pacific and North Atlantic Oceans over the past 5.3 million years, but with a particular focus on the Pliocene. My PhD is a part of Nele Mecklers C4T project (Climate Change across Cenozoic cooling steps reconstructed with clumped isotope thermometry).
Why climate research?: I became interested in climate research while living in Svalbard and seeing first-hand how rapidly things are changing in the Arctic region. It was the reason why I ended up doing a climate-related masters project, which directly led to my current PhD position.
What extracurricular activities do you have?: I enjoy cooking, running and hiking. I also started gardening last year, and I have a lot of plans for my vegetable garden this spring.
Do you have a favourite song, band or artist?: I mostly listen to audiobooks and podcasts
Your favourite food?:
Homemade potstickers and chocolate cake
The best and worst about Bergen?: There is really nothing I don’t like about Bergen. I can’t even complain about the weather when it’s as nice as it’s been this winter. 
News from the PhD Forum:

Bonfire and varm eplemost at Skomakerdiket on 28 January 2021.
With new snow, no wind and an ideal fireplace just around the corner, conditions for an outdoor PhD Forum meeting were great on Thursday two weeks ago.
In a team effort, we carried all necessary ingredients for a bonfire and hot drinks up to Skomakerdiket and enjoyed a very crisp but fun evening outside.
New PhDs were introduced and some of us made new experiences like grilling marshmallows or warming cold hands on a fire. 

Sonja Wahl
Upcoming PhD events.
- Build your academic CV. With Mahaut from BCCR. 22 February 2021 4pm, sign up here:

The Bjerknes PhD Forum
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:
Sonja Wahl (leader) –
Maaike Zwier (co-leader) -
Elina Efstathiou (contact person for new PhDs) -
New faces
A warm welcome to new members of the Bjerknes community!
Iris Thurnherr from Switzerland is a new scientist at the Geophysical institute. Her field is stable water isotopes, atmospheric dynamics and field and model studies. She will be affiliated with the Polar research theme at the Bjerknes Centre.
Edson Silva from Brazil has started in a PhD position at NERSC. He has a Msc. in Remote Sensing and his field is Oceanography and Remote Sensing. He is a new affiliate to the Carbon research theme.
Vacant position
2-year postdoctoral researcher position in regional ocean modeling
Deadline: 14th February 2021
PhD Research Fellow in Climate Dynamics at the Department of Earth Science
University of Bergen
Deadline: 1st April 2021
Direktør ved Bjerknessenteret for klimaforskning – åremålsstilling
University of Bergen
Deadline: 2 March 2021
New publications 
Gya, R, Bjune, AE. Taking practical learning in STEM education home: Examples from do‐it‐yourself experiments in plant biology. Ecol vol. 2021; 00: 1– 7.

Seddon, A.W.R. Special feature: measuring components of ecological resilience in long-term ecological datasets, 2021. Biology Letters 17: 20200881.

 Mooney, P.A.,Sobolowski, S.& Lee, H..(2020) Designing and evaluating regional climate simulations for high latitude land use land cover change studies, Tellus A: Dynamic Meteorology and Oceanography, 72:1, 1-17, DOI: 10.1080/16000870.2020.1853437

Mooney, P.A., Lee, H., & Sobolowski, S. (2020). Impact of quasi‐idealized future land cover scenarios at high latitudes in complex terrain. Earth's Future, 8, e2020EF001838.

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Bjerknes in the news
Snart slutt på kulden                 
Bergens Tidende 12.02.2021, Erik Kolstad 
Det kan komma regn i neste veke                       
Sunnhordland   12.02.2021 
Vil varsle om klima flere år frem i tid                  
Jærbladet 12.02.2021. Marius Årthun
Ny forskning viser hvor mye is som har forsvunnet fra kloden siden 90-tallet              
Forskersonen 08.02.2021, Tore Furevik
Ekspertintervjuet: Sommerisen i Arktis forsvinner                       
Energi og Klima 08.02.2021, Lars H.Smedsrud
Ikke bare-bare å plante skog                  
Forskersonen 05.02.2021, Hanna Lee
Færre storflommer i Glomma                
NRK Innlandet  05.02.2021, Øyvind Paasche
Globalt havnivå: Slik måles havstigningen                       
Energi og Klima 03.02.2021, Helge Drange
Revolusjonerer norsk geoutdanning           02.02.2021 Jostein Bakke
Stortingets visepresident bruker temperaturen på hytta som argument mot klimaendringene           
NRK 01.02.2021, Tore Furevik
Hvor skråsikre kunne forskerne egentlig være om klimaendringene før 90-tallet?  
Forskersonen    31.01.2021
CHESS upcoming courses 
Turbulence in the Atmosphere and Ocean
15-19 February & 15-19 March 2021 
“Climate change in a societal perspective” seminar
3-4 March 2021 
Creating Scientific Illustrations
8-12 March 2021
Upcoming events
WCRP-CLIVAR Workshop on Climate Interactions among the Tropical Basins
February 24-26. Online
ECRA 10 years anniversary event
10 March, online
Arctic Science Summit Week
23-26 March 2021, Online
vEGU21 : Gather Online
19–30 April 2021
The 52nd International Liège colloquium on Ocean Dynamics
17 - 21 May 2021 Liège, Belgium
6th Conference on Modelling Hydrology, Climate and Land Surface Processes
September 14–16, 2021, Lillehammer, Norway.
SOLAS Open Science Conference 2022 
25 - 30 September 2022, Cape Town, South Africa
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
ERC Starting Grants
Deadline: 9 March
ERC Consolidator Grants
Deadline:20 April
ERC Advanced Grants
Deadline: 31 August
Peder Sather Grant Program
Deadline: 8 April 2021
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