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:
Vår Dundas - firstname.lastname@example.org
Anna-Marie Strehl - email@example.com
Jakob Simon Dörr - firstname.lastname@example.org
Christian Quintana Zagaceta - Christian.Zagaceta@uib.no
Rebekka Frøystad - Rebekka.Froystad@uib.no
Mathias (Mats) Venning (contact person for new PhDs) - email@example.com
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.
Bjerknes Early Career Scientist Forum
The ECS forum is open for all post-PhD Early Career Scientists*. The Bjerknes ECS forum intends to create a more supportive and better networked community for BCCR affiliates who are in the early career stage.
The forum was kick-started on April, 7th 2022, gathering 30 BCCR-affiliated early career scientists. Participants expressed most interest in growing skills related to outreach, proposal writing, communication, idea development and project management through their participation in the forum. The goals of the forum are to provide activities to develop such skills as well as encourage networking and create opportunities to meet and socialize with colleagues at a similar career stage.
If you identify as a post-PhD early career scientist* affiliated with the Bjerknes Centre, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to be added to the ECS forum listserv.
*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 current representatives of the BCCR Early Career Scientist Forum are:
- Therese Rieckh (email@example.com, Polar Climate research theme)
- Damien Couespel (firstname.lastname@example.org, Carbon System research theme)
- Natalya Gallo (email@example.com, Climate Hazards research theme)
- Katrina Nilsson-Kerr (firstname.lastname@example.org, Global Climate research theme)