Friday 11 December 2020, No 22, Week 50
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Director's note

Roller-coaster year
The ongoing pandemic has made this a very difficult year, with millions of casualties, and severe restrictions on where we can go and what we can do. We are lucky that we live in one of the least affected country in Europe, have work to attend, and a type of work where most can be done with a computer at home. 
The annual global carbon budget presented today showed that the pandemic has caused a 7% reduction in climate gas emissions this year. There is a chance that 2019 will go into history as the year of peak emission. We see new energy (literally speaking) into climate policies, with strengthened targets in EU, China, other large economies in Asia, and probably also US. The day before the five years anniversary of the Paris agreement, there are reasons for being optimistic.
Despite the problems that restrictions on travelling and meetings have caused, we have achieved what we aimed for. We have celebrated our twenty years anniversary with a series of successful events, and we have managed to secure five more years with funding for the Centre. A series of professional films describing our research activities are produced and posted on our YouTube Channel, and each day this month a short video lecture by one of our scientists is released. The communication team has done a great job to organise everything!
At the time of writing, we have more than 200 publications this year – about 10 percent in Nature and Science journals. We have got many new projects, where the 200 MNOK Climate Futures will be especially important for our future. And while we wait for the outcome of the many NFR evaluations, we can congratulate Willem van der Bilt with a starting grant from the Trond Mohn Foundation, and Nele Meckler with an ERC Consolidator Grant.
I will also acknowledge the many excellent young scientists in the centre. They are among our most active in terms of publication and outreach, and I am happy to see that we continue to see the many new PhDs coming though. A big hand to Helene Asbjørnsen who yesterday became our 10th PhD this year, and to Stefanie Semper who is about to become the 11th. 
There are many things to look forward to next year. The Nansen Centre will move into the Geophysical Institute, there will be a new cantina, and the courtyard will again be available for outdoor lunches. With the covid19 vaccine programs soon being implemented, I look forward to more social activities again.
This will be the last Bjerknes Times this year. For many the coming weeks mean more time with family, but one should not forget that others will be more alone due to travel restrictions. Try to meet each other and have some fun together. I salute Kerim Nisancioglu’s Julegløgg initiative this afternoon, and hope to see many of you at Fløyen in some hours.

Thank you all for making this a good year for the Bjerknes Centre. Merry Christmas and a happy new year!

Two PhD defenses this week at the Geophysical institute
Helene Asbjørnsen (left) defended her PhD thesis successfully yesterday on 10 December. The title was “Mechanisms and pathways of ocean heat anomalies in the Arctic-Atlantic region". Congratulations, Helene!
Stefanie Semper is next in line, her defense is taking place today at 13:15. The thesis has the title  “Circulation along the northern slope of the Greenland-Scotland Ridge". Wishing you the best of luck, Stefanie!

Ellen Grong

Photo: Helene Asbjørnsen and Stefanie Semper.
Trond Mohn Foundation Starting Grant for Willem
Sveinung Hole presenting the award and flowers to Willem van der Bilt. Photo: Helge Skodvin, TMF

Santa Claus is coming to town with presents -  in the shape of big grants to our climate researchers! Willem van der Bilt can now start building his own research group with a Starting Grant from Trond Mohn Foundation. Many congratulations!
Read the story here on the UiB pages (only in Norwegian)
Nele gets prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant
Nele Meckler collecting samples of drip water in a jungle cave in Gunung Mulu National Park at Borneo. Photo: Robbie Shone  

Nele Meckler looks for climate answers in tiny droplets hidden in dripstones in tropical caves. The European Research Council has decided to support her work by  awarding her the prestigious ERC Consolidator Grant! We are happy for you, Nele!
Read the story here on the Bjerknes webpage

Ellen Grong
More good news
Kristin Richter is appointed as co-chair for the European Marine Board's Working Group on coastal resilience".
Tamara Trofimova is a new member of a steering committee of the Early-Career Network<> (PAGES ECN) within the project PAGES (Past Global Changes).

Congratulations, both of you!
Dear all,
Today the Polar theme will be meeting at Fløyen for gløgg. You are all welcome to join. Bring a cup and a Christmas snack if you wish. I will cook up some of the infamous “professorens gløgg” starting at 16:00 on Fløysletten (behind the top of Fløybanen).
                Polargløgg, Fløyen, Friday, 11th of December 16:00
In addition to celebrating the recent PhDs and socializing, there will be groups out walking and talking about strategies for polar theme research in the coming decade. One such group starts from Fløybanen (in town) at 15:30, another at 16:30.
Body language course 08.12.2020 
The PhD Forum and Gudrun Sylte had organized a course on “Body Language During Presentations” and finally, on Tuesday last week, we could meet and focus on our attitude and the way we stand, smile and move our arms when giving a presentation.
Two groups of PhD students were guided through a fun 3-hour course by Ingvill Rosenlund, who might be known to some as a Forsker Grand Prix coach. Ingvill challenged us in ways, we had almost forgotten throughout the last year. This became already apparent when the participants walked into an empty meeting room and were asked to take off their shoes. Shortly after, we found ourselves shouting “zip”-“zap”-“boing” sounds at each other and performed mirrored morning routines. According to Ingvill, we outperformed many high-ranking business men in these tasks.     
After the introduction part, the participants could discuss the importance of body language during presentations and we realized quite quickly that this aspect deserves attention when preparing for a presentation. We learned from each other’s experiences and strategies and got to use them when we were eventually asked to give a stand-up presentation in front of the others. Ingvill gave us helpful individual feedback in the end.
All in all, it was very refreshing and motivating to actually make eye contact with people and pretend to speak in front of a real audience.
So when the next opportunity comes around to exchange headset and camera for a stage, we are ready.
Thank you Gudrun and the Bjerknes Centre for making this possible!

Sonja Wahl
New face
Flavia Boscolo-Galazzo is a new postdoctoral fellow at the Department of Earth Science. Her field is Micropaleontology and Paleoclimatology and she will be working in Nele Mecklers group. Flavia is from Italy and has a PhD in Earth Sciences. Welcome to BCCR, Flavia!
The Bjerknes Christmas Calendar!
This December we are releasing one researcher video every day! You can follow them on our Facebook page or subscribe to our Youtube channel. If you are on Twitter, we are also sharing them under the hashtag #BjerknesKalender. The videos are mostly in Norwegian, some in English, and each tell a story from the many different fields in climate research at our Centre. Thanks to the researchers who have written and presented their work!

See the videos collected here

Andreas H. Opsvik
The portrait

Laura Dietrich
PhD candidate
How long have you been at BCCR?

Since January 2020, so for almost exactly a year.
I did both my bachelor and my master at the University of Hamburg in Germany.
I grew up in Eggenfelden a small town in southern Germany and moved to Hamburg in 2013. During my master’s program I spent a semester in Svalbard where I got the passion for Arctic research and after finishing my studies in 2019, I moved to Bergen to do my PhD.
What is it you do exactly at work?
I am part of the SNOWISO project (Hans Christian Steen-Larsen), and our goal is to improve our understanding of how the isotopic signal in snow changes after deposition. This understanding is needed for the accurate interpretation of the isotopic signal in ice core records to get proxy data of the temperature for example.
Why climate research?
When I chose my subject of studies, I liked the high relevance of climate research in these times of rapid global warming and the opportunity to apply the science to a field that impacts all of us. Apart from this, I like now about climate research that it is so complex and that everything is related. It amazes me over and over again to see how everything is driven by details.
What extracurricular activities do you have?
I like hiking and during normal times I go bouldering regularly.
Do you have a favourite song, band or artist?
I am not listening to any specific type of music, but I like it to listen to unknown bands and songwriters. Also, I was recently made aware of the British musician Jacob Collier now I can’t stop listening to his music.
Your favourite food?
A well-made Italian pizza and my mother’s fruit salad.
The best and worst about Bergen? 
There are many things that I appreciate about Bergen but to me the best is that you can start a hike literally at your front door. It is so easy and quick to escape the city and to enjoy a nature walk. The worst is that it’s so hard to find good cheese.
Vacant position
Postdoctoral researcher in marine climate and biogeochemistry analysis
Deadline: 11th December 2020
Postdoctoral Research Fellow position within Climate Predictions
Geophysical institute, UiB
Deadline: 6th January 2021
BCCR/GFI Seminars
Next upcoming seminar
Friday 18 December at 12:00 | Zoom-meeting | Eleni Anagnostou (GEOMAR, Helmholtz Centre for Ocean Research Kiel) on "Climate Sensitivity on Geological Timescales Controlled by Nonlinear Feedbacks and Ocean Circulation".
New publications 
Caldarescu, D.E.,  Sadatzki, H., Andersson, C.,Schäfer, P. Fortunato, H., Meckler,A.N.(2020):
Clumped isotope thermometry in bivalve shells: a tool for reconstructing seasonal upwelling,
Geochimica et Cosmochimica Acta, ISSN 0016-7037,

Ǻrthun, M., Wills, R. C. J., Johnson, H. L., Chafik, L., & Langehaug, H. R. (2020). Mechanisms of decadal North Atlantic climate variability and implications for the recent cold anomaly, Journal of Climate, , 1-52.

Årthun, M., Onarheim, I. H., Dörr, J., & Eldevik, T. (2020). The seasonal and regional transition to an ice‐free Arctic. Geophysical Research Letters, 47,

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Upcoming events
WCRP-CLIVAR Workshop on Climate Interactions among the Tropical Basins
February 24-26. 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
NFR, Researcher projects for Scientific Renewal
Deadline: 10 February 2020
NFR: Researcher projects for Young Research Talents
Deadline: 10 February 2020
NFR. Three-year Researcher Project with International Mobility
Deadline: 10 February 2020
NFR Deadlines Feb 2021 - KLIMAFORSK-Climate system call
10 February 2021 - deadline for research projects in different NFR programs
Asgard programme, mobility Norway-France
Deadline: 15 December 2020
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