Friday  26 March 2021, No 6, Week 12
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Director's note

Changes in leadership

I was happy to see the applicants list for the announced position as director of the Bjerknes Centre. With six strong candidates, coming from three partner institutions and three UiB departments, the members of the board will have a difficult task to rank the candidates. If everything goes according to plans, we will know who the new director will be in mid-May.
One important task of the new director will be to oversee the process of developing our new strategic projects to start in January next year. A number of ideas are being discussed in the research themes, and some of these will be written into one-page sketches that will be evaluated by the leader group in May. If you have good ideas that you so far haven’t brought into the discussions, you should contact your research theme leader as soon as possible. May will be too late.
It is not only the Bjerknes Centre that is changing leadership these days. It is now clear that Kristin Wallevik will be the new CEO of NORCE and Margareth Hagen the new elected rector of UiB. We congratulate them with their new roles and look forward to continuing the good collaboration in the Bjerknes Centre.
We will also congratulate two other ladies, our own Dr. Lisa Griem and Dr. Fanny Ekblom Johansson, who became our PhDs number three and four this year. Lisa defended her thesis on ocean circulation changes during abrupt climate events in the warmer middle part of the last glacial period, and Fanny on more recent glacial and extreme flood variability with Folgefonna being an important study area.  
Finally, I would like to wish everyone a Happy Easter holiday. Despite the ongoing pandemic and the ongoing rain showers, it is still possible to go outside to see people and perhaps practice for the Bergen City Marathon, which to my good luck is postponed again.  
God påske.

Our new PhD's in March
Photo credit: Department of Earth Science/Andreas H.Opsvik

Congratulations, Dr.Griem and Dr.Ekblom Johannsson!
On March 18, Lisa Griem (top right) had a successful defense on the topic of the interplay between ocean, ice and athmosphere in Greenland and the Arctic. The thesis came from the European Research Council supported #ice2ice project..Read more about her PhD here (in Norwegian):
On March 24, Fanny Ekblom Johannsson  (top right in the centre) had a successful PhD defense on the topic of the future of glaciers and floods, focusing on Folgefonna and Ata Sund in West Greenland.
You can read more about her thesis here:
Science and fun in Bergen 26th-27th of May
Dear all, we are happy to announce two days of Science and Fun for the Bjerknes community 26th-27th of May.
Willem van der Bilt, David Chandler, Morten Skogen, Yiguo Wang, Steffi Mayer and Ragnhild Stolt-Nielsen have together outlined an agenda combining short plenary sessions with outdoor activity, including an outdoor poster session.
Of course we have to take notice of the covid development, but for the time being, the program is as follows:
Wednesday 26th of May
1.            Welcome and what have been achieved?
2.            My personal research story
3.            Walk and talk, what will we achieve for the future as a community
4.            Lunch at the Museum garden
6.            Plenary session with external speaker (TBA)
7.            Walk to Fløyen, rebus and barbeque dinner
Thursday 27th of May
1.            Footprints, presentation of the synthesis project
2.            The way forward, perspectives from the research leaders
3.            Outdoor poster session in Nygårdsparken with lunch
4.            Debate: Diversity and inequality in science, what does it mean?
Link for participation and a more detailed program, will be available at a later stage and we will send an invitation by email. But for now, please keep the dates.
On behalf of the committee, Ragnhild
Tore appointed as new member of The Norwegian National Commission for UNESCO 
Photo from the website

Tore Furevik has been appointed new member of The Norwegian National Commission for UNESCO which consists of members appointed by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research. All members have special skills in at least one of UNESCO’s four disciplines. Inger Måren from Department of Biological Sciences, UiB is also a new member.

Ellen G
New faces
A warm welcome to new members of the Bjerknes community!
Natasha Barbolini from Italy/South Africa, at the moment living in Sweden and working remotely from there. She is a new addition to Department of Biological Sciences where she is hired as a researcher through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship program. Her affiliation will be in the Climate Hazards research theme. Her field is palaeoecology, palaeoclimate, extinction, biogeochemistry and biostratigraphy.
Øystein Varpe holds a permanent position as professor at the Department of Biological Sciences. His field is marine ecology and evolutionary ecology. He will be affiliated with the Polar research theme at BCCR.
Ashbin Jaison is a new PhD student from India at the Geophysical institute. His field is statistics and  machine learning and his work will be connected to the StormRisk project and the Climate Hazards research theme.
Funding opportunities for PhD Students – BCCR PhD Forum
On Monday 15 March the PhD Forum teamed up with the CHESS research school for a seminar about funding possibilities during and after a PhD project. It turned out to be a very popular topic with 40 people attending the 2 hours seminar from all over Norway.

Mahaut and Friederike from GFI outlined the different funding pools that are available for smaller side projects while you are working on your PhD. Afterwards, we discussed what it takes to apply for the two most-relevant post-PhD grant possibilities “Marie-Curie Fellowship” and “NFRs Mobility Grant”. Stefanie Semper from GFI joint the discussion as recent successful Marie-Curie fellowship awardee and answered many questions from the audience.

It became clear that writing a proposal is a time-consuming procedure that takes a long time during the project idea development phase and afterwards, during the intensive writing period that needs good planning and far-sighted management. I am sure this seminar has sparked the idea of an own research project in one or two of the participants. It has certainly helped in clarifying what it takes if you want to pursue this path.
Thank you Friederike, Mahaut and Stefanie for your time and effort during this seminar duo.
The next online PhD Forum meeting will take place on Wednesday 7th April 4-6pm where we will have an invited speaker from Tekna introducing us to unions in Norway and Tekna in particular. Sign-up here if you want to participate:

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) -
We would like to wish you all a Happy Easter!
Next issue will pop up in your inbox a week after Easter. Bjerknes Times is our internal bi-weekly newsletter and If you  have some news to share for the newsletter or an item for our calendar , please send an email for all registering of lectures, publications, meetings and other tips to
BCCR/GFI Seminars
Next upcoming seminar:
Date: 19.04.2021 14:15 – 15:00
Seminar talk: The abyssal origins of North Atlantic decadal predictability
Name of speaker: Stephen Yeager. Affiliation: National Center for Atmospheric Research
Vacant positions
PhD Research Fellow in Climate Dynamics at the Department of Earth Science
University of Bergen
Deadline: 1st April 2021
Senior Researcher in the Forecasting Engine research group
Deadline: 11 April 2020.
New publications 
Vihtakari,M., Hordoir, R.,Treble,M. ,D Bryan,  M. D., Elvarsson, B., Nogueira,A. Hallfredsson, E.H.,Christiansen, J.S. Albert,O.T (2021): Pan-Arctic suitable habitat model for Greenland halibut, ICES Journal of Marine Science,

Send us information about new publications:
Upcoming CHESS courses 
Communication skills in outreach and teaching 
Writing successful project proposals – From idea to project: preparing a draft proposal 
Ocean/Atmosphere Time Series Analysis: Theory and Practice 

Our first call for CHESS activities is open, here is the post on our website: 
1st Call for CHESS Activities 2021 is open until April!
Bjerknes in the news
Inntektene stupte i 2020                         
Hordaland Folkeblad 26.03.2021
Slik vil Frp nå Norges klimamål              
NRK 24.03.2021 
Noe om havforskning                
Avisa Nordland 19.03.2021
Disse vil bli Bjerknes-direktør                
Bergens Tidende 18.03.2021
Et besøk til en ny «Grand canyon»                
Forskersonen 17.03.2021
Upcoming events
BCCR Carbon system research theme meeting
7 April 2021
vEGU21 : Gather Online
19–30 April 2021
Polar Early Career Conference
5th-6th May, online
The 52nd International Liège colloquium on Ocean Dynamics
17 - 21 May 2021 Liège, Belgium
BCCR Science & Fun day
 26-27 May 2021, Bergen
International workshop for mid-latitude air-sea interaction
June 8-9 online,  June 12-14 online and in-face, Sapporo, Japan
6th Conference on Modelling Hydrology, Climate and Land Surface Processes
September 14–16, 2021, Lillehammer, Norway.
Ocean Sciences Meeting 2022
27 February– 4 March 2022 Honolulu, Hawaii, USA
Bjerknes Annual Meeting 2021 
27-29 September 2021, Bergen
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
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 Consolidator Grants
Deadline:20 April
ERC Advanced Grants
Deadline: 31 August
Peder Sather Grant Program
Deadline: 8 April 2021

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