Thursday 30 April 2020, No 9, Week 18
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Director's note

Digital world
I will start this column by congratulating Anne Morée with an excellent PhD defense Monday. Both her trial lecture and her defense were done on video, and I was very pleased to see the very professional performances in terms of the presentation, the discussions, and the formalities. More than 100 people followed the show. I will also congratulate her supervisor Christoph Heinze and the others who contributed to this great performance. 
The Leader group of the Centre meets regularly, and as far as I can tell there is a high level of scientific activity despite difficult working conditions from many. New results are being published every week, and as previously forecasted Bjerknes publication number 2000 is just around the corner. Many of you are working very hard to prepare the best possibly proposals for the May 20 deadline, and I wish you all success. 
For obvious reasons media has been less focused on climate these days. But the many parallels between the covid-19 and climate crises, and the discussions on the “greenness” of the economic stimulus packages, are hooks that we can use to show our relevance. The coming Fridays we plan several På Vippen events where scientist from our Centre and invited experts discuss emission effects of corona, climate-and pandemic modelling, people’s attitudes to political measures, and the present window of opportunity.  
Norway is now gradually opening up after seven weeks of lock down. At UiB home office is still the main rule, but from next week employees who finds this demanding can access their workplace on campus after approval from the faculty or departments. All employees given access must undergo protective measures training, a very short course with a final “exam” in the form of a quiz where you need to have 11 out of 11 answers correct (I failed my first attempt because I was too thorough with the hand washing :=).  
I will end this column by sincerely thanking Leonidas Tsopouridis for the great work he has done to establish and coordinate the Bjerknes PhD forum, and for having been such a good ambassador for the PhD students in our Leader group. Since Leonidas now steps down to concentrate on finishing his own PhD, I am very happy that Sonja Wahl has volunteered to take over the responsibility and do her best to fill Leonidas’ shoes.

Best wishes,
New PhD: Anne Morée
Congratulations to our new doctor, Anne Morée, the first Bjerknes Centre PhD defense to be done online.
One of the advantages of a video broadcast, is making it easier for people to congratulate you from anywhere in the world – like opponents in France and USA, as well as parents and family in Netherlands!

Her research at Geofysisk Institutt UiB has been on climate modelling, and diving into how the Southern Ocean moves our climate. Supervisors have been Christoph Heinze, Jörg Schwinger and Mario Hoppema.
Read more here (in Norwegian, with link to the thesis):…/visste-du-s%C3%B8rishavet-driver-klima…

Andreas H.Opsvik
Call for Bjerknes Visiting Fellow Autumn 2020 is cancelled
Due to the uncertainties related to the development in the covid-19 pandemic, there will be no call for Bjerknes Visiting fellow Autumn 2020.

Ragnhild Stolt-Nielsen
Vacant position
Associate Professor in Quaternary geology and palaeoclimate
Department of Earth Science, University of Bergen
Deadline: 24 May 2020
BCCR/GFI seminars
Title of the seminar talk: A Lagrangian perspective on ocean ventilation in the high-latitude North Atlantic
Name: Helen Johnson (photo)
Affiliation: University of Oxford (currently on sabbatical at GFI)
Date: Monday 4 May at 14:15
(Link to the seminar will be provided later.
Check our website calendar.)
Jacob, D., Teichmann, C., Sobolowski, S. et al. (2020): Regional climate downscaling over Europe: perspectives from the EURO-CORDEX community. Reg Environ Change 20, 51

de la Vara, A., Cabos, W., Sein, D., Sidrenko, D., Koldunov, N., Koseki, S., Soares, P. M. M., and Danilov, S.: (2020): On the impact of atmospheric vs oceanic resolutions on the representation of the sea surface temperature in the South Eastern Tropical Atlantic. Climate Dynamics,

Simon, M.H., Babin, Steven L. Goldstein, S.L., Cai, M.Y., Liu, T. ,Han, X., Haws, A.A, Johns, M.,Lear, C. Hemming, S.R. (2020): Sequential extraction procedure to obtain the composition of terrigenous detritus in marine sediments, MethodsX,

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Forsker Grand Prix 2020
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. Do you want to participate?
Deadline Forsker Grand Prix is today, 30 April.
Bjerknes in the news
Trur ei nedkjøling i nord blir kortvarig                
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Havet kjøper oss tid                   
ABC Nyheter 26.04.2020, Are Olsen
Her er stedene i Norge med det beste sommerværet                 
Varden 24.04.2020, Erik Kolstad
Slik ligger mai-været an til å bli på Romerike                  
Romerikes Blad 22.04.2020, Erik Kolstad
Bratte kurver også i klimaforskinga                    
NRK 21.04.2020, Tore Furevik
Slik veit vi korleis klimaet var i fortida                
Framtida 21.04.2020, Nele Meckler
Forskernes spådom: Slik blir sommerværet                    
TV2 19.04.2020, Erik Kolstad
Studie: Koronautbruddet kan redusere verdens CO2-utslipp med over 5 prosent Adresseavisen 18.04.2020, Tore Furevik
Fersk analyse spår største årlige utslippskutt noensinne             
ABC Nyheter 18.04.2020, Tore Furevik
Varsler drømmevær i 10 dager fremover - og mai ser også lovende ut 17.04.2020, Erik Kolstad
Her er det beste sommerværet             
Varden 27.04.2020, Erik Kolstad
«Himmelelvene» er usynlige helt til de treffer land. Da kommer ekstremværet.           
Aftenposten - Login  24.04.2020 
Klimagassutslippene kraftig ned.                         
NRK P1 Dagsnytt 18:00  22.04.2020, Tore Furevik
Bilkjøring har gått ned.             
NRK1 Nyheter 13:00  22.04.2020, Tore Furevik
Studie: Koronautbruddet kan redusere verdens CO2-utslipp                  
Bergensavisen 19.04.2020, Tore Furevik      
Upcoming events
IMBeR ClimEco7 Summer School - Interdisciplinary ocean science for sustainable development goals
2020.08.17 - 2020.08.21 Vancouver, Canada
19th Swiss Climate Summer School
Extreme weather and climate: from atmospheric processes to impacts on ecosystems and society
23–28 August 2020, Grindelwald, Switzerland
50th Arctic Workshop
30 August-1 September 2020, Boulder, Colorado, USA
2nd International PalaeoArc Conference
late September/early October (TBD) 2020, Pisa, Italy
7 - 10 September 2020  Lima, Perú.
Bjerknes Annual Meeting
15 September 2020, Bergen
Arctic Circle 2020 Assembly
October 8-11, Harpa Reykjavík
Annual Meeting of the Norwegian Geophysical Society:
21-22 October 2020 in Bergen
Bjerknes Getaway
11-13 January 2021, Geilo
The 52nd International Liège colloquium on Ocean Dynamics
17 - 21 May 2021 Liège, Belgium
Funding opportunities
Note that NFR are postponing the application submission deadline by two weeks, from 6 May to 20 May, 13:00 CEST. The call for proposals for Large-scale Interdisciplinary Researcher Project (the Fellesløft IV joint funding initiative) has been postponed to 2021.

ERC Advanced Grants 2020 (Call opens 14.05.2020)
Deadline: 26 August
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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