Friday 27 June 2020, No 13, Week 26
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Director's note

Summer @Bjerknes

A group from the Bjerknes Centre was in Rosendal this week to see the Folgefonn Centre and to brainstorm on how we can be more active in using the exhibition area and the Centre as part of our outreach. From what I have heard it was an enthusiastic meeting between the crowd from Bergen and the local people, and I am sure that we will see many ideas materializing in Rosendal in the years to come.
The director at the Nansen Centre, Sebastian Mernild, will step down to start in a new position as Prorector at the University of Southern Denmark 1st of October. It is a huge loss for the Nansen Centre and for the collaboration in Bergen, but I am sure that the Centre will find a competent person to fill his shoes. I have enjoyed the many discussions I have had with Sebastian, and I do hope that there will be opportunities for collaboration also in the future. 
It has been two Bjerknes PhD defences during the last two weeks, number five and six this semester. I will congratulate Augustin Kessler who has worked on Atlantic circulation and carbon cycle during the last interglacial, and Niklas Meinicke who has worked on reconstructing the Indo-Pacific Warm Pool temperatures during the Plio-Pleistocene period.
Summer has approached, climatically as well as mentally. Personally, I still have two more weeks before I leave for summer vacation, but I will use this opportunity to wish you all a splendid summer. It has been a very special semester, and I know that some of you have felt alone and isolated and lost, while others have been extremely busy combining proposal writing with university lecturing and home school for their own kids.  
Enjoy your well-deserved vacation in Norway or wherever it will be. And welcome back to (hopefully) more normal conditions in August! 
Best wishes,
Congratulations to Sunniva Rutledal
She won and Aftenposten Viten's outreach contest with a popsci article on the question "Can several thousand year old ashes help solve the climate riddle?". More info and the text (in Norwegian) on our website.

Andreas Hadsel Opsvik
Hooray! Two new PhDs in June: Augustin Kessler and Niklas Meinicke

Augustin defended his PhD on June 16. The title of his thesis was "Atlantic thermohaline changes and its implications on the carbon cycle during the Last Interglacial". Read more here.

The title of Niklas' thesis was "Clumped isotope thermometry in foraminifera - From calibration to Plio-Pleistocene temperature reconstructions in the Indo-Pacific Warm Pool". His defense took place on June 25.

Many congratulations to both of you!

Ellen Grong
A joint Bjerknes and Folgefonn Centre workshop in Rosendal

Group photo with correct distance. From left: Ulysses Ninnemann, Kikki Kleiven, Kerim Nisancioglu, Una Kolle, William Helland-Hansen, Jostein Bakke and Anne Bjune.
How Rosendal and the Folgefonn Centre can be utilized for outreach activities was the main focus during a beautiful summer day in the village of Rosendal.
A trip of just two hours with a high-speed craft outside of Bergen, makes Rosendal and the Folgefonn Centre easily accessible. The Bjerknes Centre has been a collaborator for the glacier and climate exhibition at the centre since the planning phase of the Folgefonn Centre.
A group of nine people joined the workshop on Rosendal and Folgefonn Centre outreach activities, sharing ideas and knowledge about field based teaching and school interaction – and how this can be further explored and implemented in Rosendal.

Jostein Bakke guided the group through the exhibition, and the possibilities for expansion and make use of the exhibition as an active outreach platform for science on glaciers and climate.

At the Folgefonn Centre we also have an office available for Bjerknesians – please tell if you are interested in spending time in the office.

Gudrun Sylte
TiPACCs Annual Meeting
This year’s annual meeting of the TiPACCs project was held virtually. Having annual meetings online is something that is new to us all, and has both its advantages (no travelling) and disadvantages (limited possibility for small talk). We had three exciting days with our TiPACCs consortium and Advisory Board, discussing ongoing and planned science and outreach activities (or Communication, Dissemination and Exploitation Activities as the European Commission likes to call this). Thanks to Jørund Strømsøe the digital MS Teams meeting went smoothly.
TiPACCs (Tipping Points in Antarctic Climate Components) aims to better understand the possible shift of the Antarctic continental shelf seas from a cold state to a relatively warm state. Changes in related density structure and the possible inflow of warm water below ice shelves, can tip the Antarctic ice shelves from their present relatively stable regime to an unstable situation with a rapid ice sheet retreat and consequent sea level rise. We explain this further in our introduction video (see here) and on our website.

Svein Østerhus & Petra Langebroek (TiPACCs coordinators)

TiPACCs receives funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement no. 820575.

The portrait
Name: Fabio Mangini

Position: PhD student

How long have you been at BCCR? Since October 2017.

Education: I got a degree in physics at the University of Genova, Italy. I then got a MSc in atmospheric/climate science at the University of Reading, UK.

Background: I grew up in Rapallo, a coastal town in north-west Italy. I spent in Rapallo the first 23 years of my life before moving to Reading for my master. After my master, I stayed one more year in Reading because I was lucky enough to get a research position at the University. Then, after two years and half in the UK, I moved to Bergen for my PhD.

What is it you do exactly at work? We study the atmospheric contribution to the northern European sea level over a range of timescales, from monthly up to decadal.

Do you have a favourite song, band or artist? Mmm, I haven’t got one. I listen to anything that sounds good to my ears, from rap to rock, from classical to pop. Actually, I recently happened to listen to Não Me Toques and I loved it!

Why climate research? I like the idea that what I am studying can have a direct connection to society.

What extracurricular activities do you have? Since last year, I became addicted to the history videos by Alessandro Barbero, an Italian historian. They are simply too interesting; I can't stop listening to them!

Your favourite food?
Pansoti con salsa di noci, a typical dish from the region of Italy where I come from.

The best and worst about Bergen? Actually, I cannot think anything bad about Bergen! I even like the rain :-)
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PhD in seasonal prediction of harmful algae blooms
Deadline: 1 August 2020
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CHESS Annual Meeting 2020
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Dårlig juli-nytt                 
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