Bjerknessenterets mål er å forstå klima
til nytte for samfunnet.

Glacier lecture
Being a Bjerknes member gives you various opportunities, like giving a glacier lecture to high school students. Photo: Ellen Viste


Essential information for members of the
Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research 


This page will give you a short overview of our services for you, our collaborational activities, opportunities, your obligations and how you can contribute to the community.

More information on the BCCR organisational boards and history is to be found in the "about us" section.

For logo and templates - find them here 

We are a research collaboration investigating our Earth's climate system

The Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research gather climate researchers from four partners: 

  • Institute of Marine research (IMR)
  • Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Center (NERSC)
  • NORCE Climate (NORCE)
  • University of Bergen (UiB)

The four partners have agreed to: 

  1. Build robust academic communities and research groups of high standards through common strategic processes.
  2. Be competitive in national and international application arenas.
  3. Be an important provider of research based climate knowledge for the benefit of society.



 “The aim of the Bjerknes Centre is to understand climate for the benefit of society”

Smiling Bjerknes members and Vilhelm Bjerknes himself




Bjerknes Centre people
Madlen Kimmritz, Ingo Bethke, Helene Langehaug and Marius Årthun at the opening of the Bjerknes Climate Prediction Unit in 2018. Photo: Gudrun Sylte


The research theme - where you can collaborate on your research


The research themes are the place to go for discussions and updates from ongoing research by your fellow bjerknesians. 


The members in the theme might come from another department or institute, or discipline, and can hopefully give valuable new insights to your own research. Many of the themes have sub-groups for more specific research interests. 


The theme groups gather approx every 2. month, except from the global theme who are mainly organized through sub-groups. 


oversikt over fire forskningstema


  • Global Climate, research theme leader Camille Li
  • Polar Climate, research theme leader Kerim H. Nisancioglu
  • Climate Hazards, research theme leader Nele Meckler
  • Carbon System, research theme leader  Are Olsen
Bjerknes Centre research leaders
Our research theme leaders: Nele Meckler, Are Olsen, Camille Li and Kerim H. Nisancioglu.


What happens in the Bjerknes Community?

Funding supporting collaboration 


The success of the Bjerknes Centre comes from the struggle to get people to know each other across disciplines and institutions. To acheive this goal, we have several programs, strategic projects and an administration. 


Today, our activities are partially funded by a grant to the Centre for Climate Dynamics (SKD) from the Ministry of Education and Research for the period 2010-2026. 


If you stumble over the abbreviation SKD, (like "the SKD strategic projects") it mainly refers to our funding!


The funding goes through the UiB, our host institution. This is why the UiB is the employer of our director, the four theme leaders and the administration. 


The funding is shared among our four institutions and the funding for BCCR strategic projects, collaborational acitivities and administration.

Bjerknes Centre members together with the prime minister
We have members from around 40 nations. Here are some of them together with the Norwegian prime minister, Erna Solberg, in 2017. Photo: Paul Amundsen



The crosscutting activities 


In addition to our four research themes, we have four crosscutting activities: 

Research training
Research training at Finse. Photo: Øyvind Paasche


Your rights and obligations when being a member of the BCCR

When being a member of the Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research you have 



  • Participate in all activities organised and funded by BCCR, as listed above.
  • Apply for support through strategic projects, Bjerknes Visiting Fellow programme and Fast Track Initiatives


  • Conduct Bjerknes relevant research.
  • Be an active member in (at least) one Research Theme, e.g. attend meetings and activities organised within the relevant Research Theme.
  • Considering climate relevant projects as 'Bjerknes projects' and informing RT leaders of their existence and budget, this way they will become part of the Bjerknes research portfolio.
  • Using Bjerknes templates for presentations and posters when presenting Bjerknes research. These are available here:
  • Attributing Bjerknes in addition to home institution when disseminating relevant activities to policy makers, general public and media.
  • Including Bjerknes in addition to formal employer as affiliation in Bjerknes relevant scientific publications. How to do this? Click here
Bjerknes members
Ilker Fer, Yongbiao Weng and Anaís Bretones. Photo: Gudrun Sylte / Ellen Viste


Feeding the dog
Be kind to all crew members! Photo: Henriette Linge