Friday 24 September  2021, No 16, Week 38
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Director's note
The Bjerknes Centre contributes, in collaboration with international research communities, to the global development of knowledge about the climate system and climate change. The Bjerknes Centre’s research ranges from paleoclimatology to fieldwork on land, ice, and the ocean to capture ongoing changes.  We develop earth system models as well as forecasting tools that help us identify and potentially avoid the effects of climate change in the future. The relevance of our mission has never been greater!
When considering our future strategy, it is essential to ensure that the next five years serve to strengthen our role as a key national provider of climate knowledge, as a national and international science partner and further our academic excellence. Over the next 4 month’s we will revise our strategy to ensure that we extend our impact, enhance our capacity for research, and secure our structure and organization. Where will the Bjerknes Centre be leading and where will we make a difference?
Next week we will finally meet face-to-face again at our annual meeting, focus on research and be social whilst enjoying good food and company. I look forward to the exchanges of knowledge and to meet new and old colleagues. Be ready to ask questions, be curious, open, and sharing. During these two days we will initiate our strategic thinking and I hope you will actively contribute during the focused round-table discussions. The strategy work will be launched in the Bjerknes leader group this fall, and you will all have opportunities to contribute with input and thoughts through research theme group discussions and at our annual retreat at Geilo in January.
Last Thursday Helge Drange and I enjoyed participating and contributing to a PhD CHESS/iEarth outreach workshop led by Kjersti Daae and Mirjam Glessmer. Why shall we engage and how do we effectively communicate to the public on the future of our planet? Some of the practices were immediately put into action the following day when Vår Dundas, Vanja Haugsnes and Mirjam Glessmer welcomed 27 students from a geoscience class from Sandsli high school to an engaging outreach session on climate research. This is an encouraging reminder for all of us to do more to create public knowledge and awareness of climate change!
Enjoy your weekend!

Mari Myksvoll. Photo: Christine Fagerbakke / IMR

Mari new member of the Young Academy of Norway
The Bjerknes Centre congratulates Dr. Mari Myksvoll at the Institute for Marine Research with her recent admittance to the Young Academy of Norway.The Young Academy of Norway is an interdisciplinary organization for young researchers dedicated to research policy and dissemination, and a platform for young researchers who have distinguished themselves in their field.
Read more here: and here

Italian Ambassador visiting Bjerknes
Last week, we were  honored to have the Italian Ambassador Mr. Alberto Colella (Ambasciata d'Italia a Oslo ) visiting Bjerknes,  together with scientists from R/V Laura Bassi coming in from the #CASSANDRAproject expedition to the Arctic.
We linked up online with our close colleague in Italian polar research, professor Carlo Babante (of CNR Istituto di Scienze Polari), and enjoyed talks by early career scientists presenting exiting new findings, and good discussion on future polar collaboration between
the Bjerknes Centre and our Italian polar partners.  The Cassandra project contribute to the Synoptic Arctic Survey, with the goal of creating a comprehensive Arctic Ocean data set.  (Read more about SAS here:

Photo: Andreas H.O.
Art+Science= True
I was invited by artist Susan Schuppli to contribute to a video artwork in the context of an exhibition currently open in Bergen Kunsthall called “The Ocean”, where we have a conversion about art and science. The theme of the exhibition is the ocean and the environment.
The exhibition
An article about the exhibition

Heiko Goelzer
New faces
A warm welcome to new members of our very international Bjerknes community!
From top left:
Therese Rieckh is Austrian and a postdoctoral fellow at GEO. Her field is Atmospheric and climate science. Her main research theme at BCCR is Polar.
Allesandro Craparo is a new scientist at GFI. He is from South Africa and has a degree in bioclimatology. He will be affiliated with the Climate Hazards research theme.
Marie-Lou Bachelery from France is a  postdoctoral fellow at GFI. Her field is regional coupled modellingand climate predictions, and her affiliation will be the Global research theme.She will be working on climate – ecosystem predictability in the tropical Atlantic.
Yue Ying from China is a researcher at NERSC, and his field is data assimilation. He will also be a part of the Global research theme at BCCR. 

More new members to be presented in the next Bjerknes Times!

Ellen G.
The Portrait

Name: Øivind Bergh

Principal Scientist, IMR, the Oceanography and Climate group.
How long have you been at BCCR?
Not long, approx. 2 yrs. A long time at IMR, though (since 1994).
I got affiliated with Bjerknes when I started developing projects together with some great people at the Climate Hazards group.
Dr scient in General Microbiology, UoB
I have been working a long time on various aspects of aquaculture, in particular environmental impacts and diseases.  In recent years I have focused on Marine Spatial Planning, particularly with focus on aquaculture, spreading of diseases and the potential to develop the industry. I have participated or led a range of EU projects in this field, which led me to my present work.
What is it you do exactly at work?
I am still involved in several projects, right now in particular the new SFI “Smart Ocean”, where my role is to lead the integrated field experiments, putting together new sensors with underwater communication in an “Internet of underwater things”. This is a large and very multidisciplinary project, where my main focus is to contribute to develop this to serve aquaculture and environmental monitoring and to serve other offshore industries with some emphasis to the present buildup of marine wind and offshore aquaculture.  
Why climate research?
The impact of climate change on fisheries and aquaculture has gained considerable interest. There is no doubt that these industries, which are crucial to feeding the world, will be greatly influenced by climate change. I have been involved in two EU projects here: CERES and ClimeFish, and wish to further develop that work. Studies on the impact of compound events in the coastal zone or near-coastal waters, including marine heat waves will contribute to the future management of marine and coastal human activities of which aquaculture is crucial.
What extracurricular activities do you have?
Culture (music, theatre), mountain hiking, political work, and working for my trade union. 
Do you have a favourite song, band or artist?
I clearly prefer the classical side, and to be just a little patriotic: the Bergen Philharmonic!
Your favourite food?
Seafood, in particular the Norway Lobster (sjøkreps) and King crab.
The best and worst about Bergen? 
 I am a native, thus not very objective.
The best: and old “city culture”, which is uncommon in Norway
The worst: we locals tend to get involved in endless fights about everything, completely unable to make decisions

PhD-Forum hunts mushrooms 
After some rainfall last week, mushrooms have been popping up everywhere around Bergen. A perfect opportunity for the PhD Forum to socialize outdoors! Last Wednesday, over 30 participants joined a mushroom hunt in Kanadaskogen. In the beginning, Xabier gave a brief introduction on how to recognize various kinds of edible mushrooms, then it was time to explore the forest! With some great teamwork and searching skills everyone ended up with filled baskets. As an extra safety measure all mushrooms were checked by an official ‘Soppkontroll’. Cooking tips were exchanged before heading off to a well-earned dinner. 
The 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 -
New publications 
Send us information about new publications:
Dallo, F., Zannoni, D., Gabrieli, J., Cristofanelli, P., Calzolari, F., de Blasi, F., Spolaor, A., Battistel, D., Lodi, R., Cairns, W. R. L., Fjæraa, A. M., Bonasoni, P., and Barbante, C.: Calibration and assessment of electrochemical low-cost sensors in remote alpine harsh environments, Atmos. Meas. Tech., 14, 6005–6021,, 2021.

ter Schure, A.T.M. , et al including J. Bakke, E.W.N. Støren (2021):Anthropogenic and environmental drivers of vegetation change in southeastern Norway during the Holocene, Quaternary Science Reviews,

Info on how to include BCCR in your publications.
Older publications
International Quaternary Webinar
September 29th at 15:00: 
David Hodell, Cambridge University, USA
“Predictive ability of orbital forcing for explaining Quaternary Ice Ages”

Where: Palstrat. Salen, 3 floor, Realfagsbygget or online using the link below
LOGIN information (Same each week!)
Join Zoom Meeting:

See a list of all upcoming webinars here
Vacant position
PhD position in Paleoclimatology
Application deadline: 30 September 2021
Bjerknes in the news
- Oktober blir våt                        
Bergensavisen  23.09.2021 Erik Kolstad
Det kommer noen kraftige regnskyll, men så tar været en helomvending                    
Bergensavisen Pluss      22.09.2021 Erik Kolstad
Får éin million til snøkanonar                
Hordaland Folkeblad     21.09.2021 Jostein Bakke
- Eit kvalitetsstempel at kommunen bidreg                     
Hardanger Folkeblad 21.09.2021 Jostein Bakke
Here’s what the latest climate models say about what will happen to Greenland and Antarctic ice sheets 
ScienceNordic   19.09.2021 Heiko Goelzer
Bre minka 24 meter på eit år: - Som å gå i eit månelandskap                  
NRK Vestland    18.09.2021 Atle Nesje
Det er ti år siden sist det strømmet friskt vann inn denne fjorden. Nå har det skjedd. 
Bergens Tidende - Login - Kortmelding 17.09.2021 Mari Myksvoll
Tester CO2-fangst i havet på Gran Canaria                      
Canaria Journalen 16.09.2021 Jörg Schwinger
Ta tak i klimapolitikken – nå!                 
Klassekampen 1 16.09.2021 Helge Drange, Eystein Jansen, Kikki Kleiven
Sett tall på havets verdier                       
Klassekampen 1 14.09.2021 Øyvind Paasche
Upcoming events
Workshop «Water Isotopes: From Weather to Climate»
15-17 November 2021
15th Polar Low Workshop
8-10 December 2021 by the Shirshov Institute of Oceanology in Moscow in a hybrid format
Ocean Sciences Meeting 2022
27 February– 4 March 2022 Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Bjerknes Annual Meeting 2021 
27-29 September 2021, Bergen
Earth System Modelling School (EaSyMS) 2021
3-10 December, 2021, Hamburg Germany
“The Symposium on Decadal Variability of the North Atlantic and its Marine Ecosystems: 2010-2019”.
 April 26-28th, 2022, Scandic Bergen City hotel, Bergen, Norway
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  
XRF core scanning for paleoclimate reconstructions in the Arctic, 27-29 September 2021 
An Introduction to FAIR Data Management for Geoscientists, 18-22 October 2021
Advanced Statistics Training for Climate Research, 26-29 October 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)
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
CAS – Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters 1-year research project
Deadline: 18 October
ERC-2022-SyG Collaboration project with outstanding intrinsic synergetic effect
Deadline: 10 November
International Research Exchange Program of ArCS II for 2022
Deadline: 30 November
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)
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