The Bjerknes PhD Forum
The PhD Forum is open for all PhD-candidates affiliated with the Bjerknes Centre. The Bjerknes PhD 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:
- Christian Hans Quintana Zagaceta - Christian.Zagaceta@uib.no
- Linda Latuta (contact person for new PhDs) - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Daniel Thomas (Leader spring 2024) - email@example.com
- Daniel Gunning - Daniel.Gunning@uib.no
- Inès Ollivier - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Torunn Sagen - email@example.com
- Ina Nagler - firstname.lastname@example.org
- Mathias (Mats) Venning - email@example.com
Bjerknes Early Career Scientist Forum - ECSF
The ECSF is open to all post-doctoral Early Career Scientists affiliated with the Bjerknes Centre, e.g. postocs and independent researchers in their early career years. The goal of the ECSF is to create a more supportive and better networked community within the Bjerknes ECSs, and to provide relevant career development opportunities beneficial to our career stage. We provide a platform for the exchange of relevant information via the mailing list.
What do we do?
- We aim to organize two skill-building workshops per year.
- We organize a few social activities per year.
- We have two regular networking / community-building events:
1) Wednesdays, weekly at 09:00-11:00: Writing /task session at Bergen Kaffebrenneri
2) Thursdays in semester period at 11:45-12:30: Common lunch at the GFI cafeteria
How to join:
Send an email to Robert Law at firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the ECSF mailing list. Here you will be notified of upcoming ECSF activities.
Join us and make suggestions:
If you have an idea for a workshop or event, please suggest it to any of us on the organizing committee. We are always looking for ideas for how the ECSF can better serve the community and welcome your engagement.
If you identify yourself as a post-doctoral early career scientist* affiliated with the Bjerknes Centre. Visiting ECSs are also welcome to join.
If you are interested in being the next representative of one of the research themes, reach out to the current representative. We encourage and appreciate your engagement and contributions.
*Who is an Early Career Scientist? Inspired by the EGU and AGU ECS definition, the BCCR ECS Forum targets practicing scientists who received their PhD within the recent years. The definition of recent is left to one's personal opinion to promote inclusivity. For reference, EGU / AGU uses 7 years.
The ECSF organizing commitee:
The activities are organized by a committee with four representative for the period 2024-2025:
- Yan Li - email@example.com - Climate Hazards research theme
- Francine Schevenhoven - firstname.lastname@example.org - Global Climate research theme
- Robert Law - email@example.com - Polar Climate research theme
- Jonathan Rheinlænder - firstname.lastname@example.org - Polar Climate research theme
The Norwegian Research School CHESS
The CHESS - Research school on changing climates in the coupled earth system, are made to create a Norwegian research-training environment for PhD Candidates in the respective study fields.
"Climate change leads to an increasing need for process understanding, reduced uncertainties, and more reliable data for mitigation and impact studies. This calls for a new generation of researchers that have strong and broad knowledge about the climate system in the fully coupled Earth System" - as they write on their website.
The Summer School ACDC - Advanced Climate Dynamic Courses
The ACDC - Advanced Climate Dynamic Courses are a series of annual summer schools aimed at advanced PhD students, selection is come
The courses are coordinated by the Norwegian Research School on Changing Climates in the coupled Earth System (CHESS) and are part of the partnership in climate between the Bjerknes Centre in Bergen, University of Washington in Seattle, Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute, University of Texas at Austin, Harvard and McGill.
In 2019 the ACDC summer school held their 10 years anniversary conference, gathering alumni students and lecturers.
SciSnack - the writing community
SciSnack started out as ClimateSnack - an inter-disciplinary community where early career scientists interact in order to improve their writing and communication skills. SciSnack welcomes and encourages all young and early-career climate scientists irrespective of present writing skills and experience.
The SciSnack team writes: "By improving our story-telling skills we hope to improve our scientific writing. We hope to write better scientific articles where the message is clear and concise."
SciSnack provides a platform to discuss and give feedback on ideas and articles, aiding the revision and learning process. Afterwards, members publish their articles online. This interactive process, in tandem with extensive scientific outreach, will allow researchers to become aware of relevant research beyond their field and lead to a better understanding of climate research around the globe.
Proposal writing class
Training and coaching for early career scientists at the Bjerknes Centre to develop and formulate own research ideas into successful project proposals.
When: Once a year, starting in October, 4 months before the main application deadline of Research Council of Norway (NFR), bi-weekly meetings of 1,5 hours. Remote work on participants’ own proposals in between the classes. Regular feedback on the remote work.