The Bjerknes Centre is a collaboration on climate research, between the University of Bergen, Uni Research, the Institute of Marine Research, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre.

Scientists in the SNACS project collecting samples on research cruise in 2015. The centre's contribution to research on the carbon cycle is appreciated in the evaluation report. Photo: Friederike Fröb

Research Council recommends continued grant to the Bjerknes Centre

After a thorough evaluation, the Research Council of Norway recommends that the Ministry of Education and Research continues its support to the Bjerknes Centre.

– We are of course extremely pleased with the strong recommendation, says the center’s director, Tore Furevik.

The Bjerknes Centre receives an annual support of NOK 30 million from the Ministry of Education and Research. The Research Council recommends a continuation of this grant.

The evaluation of the center has been performed by an international committee of five well-reputed climate scientists. In a letter to the Ministry, the Research Council states that the report from the committee is positive.

The report points to several examples of world class research at the Bjerknes Centre. The center’s contribution to development and use of the Norwegian Earth System Model (NorESM) is among them, as is research on the carbon cycle.

The evaluation committee writes that the members are impressed by the activities at the Bjerknes Centre. They underline the enthusiasm and feeling of ownership seen at all levels from the leaders to the students.

Tore Furevik agrees.

– Our researchers are proud to belong to the Bjerknes Centre, and are very enthusiastic about what they do. They are easily engaged, whether they are asked to contribute at international science conferences or talk to clubs, organizations or kindergarten kids.