Summer school “Glaciers and climate: new inter-disciplinary perspectives to constrain change – past, present and future” @ Hardanger Fjord Lodge, Folgefonna Ice Cap
Aug 31 – Sep 4 all-day

Responsible: Willem van der Bilt & Jostein Bakke (UiB)
International lecturers:
Max. no. of participants: 7 CHESS students (total participants: max. 20)
Credit points: 2 ECTS
Registration form hereDeadline: 31 May
Submitted applicant list

Course description: This Summer School that will help students to advance the potential of archives of glacier-climate change to better predict the societal impacts of the rapidly melting cryosphere. As the world`s largest freshwater reservoir and a major driver of global sea-level rise, this transformation affects the daily lives of millions. Robust adaptation strategies are underpinned by a combination of observations, reconstructions and projections of glacier-climate. However, existing approaches often lack this inter-disciplinary outlook and the associated cross-fertilization of new ideas. This Summer School will help participants to overcome this barrier, innovate their research and strengthen their interpretations by integrating multiple lines of evidence. To help a new generation of lacier-climate scientists embrace more holistic approaches, the week will be filled with a combination of networking, lecturing and field-based learning. To do so in a stimulating yet safe environment, we will bring an international team of experts and students together in a cozy historical setting right next to Norway`s finest natural glacial laboratories: the Folgefonna ice cap.

Learning modules/structure: During this Summer School, we will help participants to

1) build inter-disciplinary collaborations at the start of their career by a. hosting evening networking workshops and b. organizing poster sessions where participants can apply and develop these skills in a safe environment (days 1-2),
2) introduce an array of emerging cross-disciplinary research tools during a. classroom-based master classes to establish a common theoretical framework (days 1-2) and b. field-based practicals to gain hands-on experience (days 3-4), and
3) disseminate findings to generate impact and take part in public discourse by a. involving communication experts (day 4), and b. engaging with local stakeholders on the causes and consequences of glacier-climate change.

We will soon post detailed program updates on:

Learning outcomes: At the end of this course, students will have learnt to
1) effectively network,
2) link interdisciplinary research questions to skills and techniques, and
3) disseminate their work.

Prerequisites: Research with a focus on glaciers and climate. Students should also be willing and able to take part in outdoor activities during the week, prepare a (poster) presentation on their work, and bring a laptop to help carry out exercises for the master classes and practicals.

For additional questions, please e-mail

CHESS Annual Meeting 2020 @ MS Trollfjord, Hurtigruten
Sep 28 – Oct 2 all-day

All CHESS PhD candidates and supervisor members are warmly invited to our rescheduled Annual Meeting 2020, which will take place on Hurtigruten’s MS Trollfjord from 28 September to 2 October 2020 (Bergen to Tromsø).

The program outline can be viewed here.

Student presentations

All PhD candidates are expected to present their research, either as a poster or an oral presentation, which is a great opportunity to get feedback from fellow PhD candidates and supervisors.

Each presentation session will be chaired by two PhD candidates, who will give a 5-minute introduction to the session topic at the beginning of their session. In addition, they are responsible to monitor the timing of the whole session. If you would like to be a session chair, please indicate this on the abstract submission form.

Duration of each talk will be 15 minutes plus 5 minutes for questions and discussion. A committee, consisting of both PhD candidates and supervisors, will give comments and feedback to each presenter.

Non-scientific session

Theme: How to become a more impactful scientist

Two main training foci:

Reseach leadership (how to impact your field)
Identify opportunities and lead the field forward – gaining perspective on your own research and awareness of its importance.

Research Outreach (how to impact society)
Conveying your research and its importance clearly, simply, and in a way that engages the public.


Travel and accommodation will be covered for all PhD candidates and supervisors. As we have limited cabins available, all PhDs will share a cabin with a fellow PhD candidate. Please indicate with whom you would like to share a cabin in the registration form. Depending on the number of registered participants, supervisors might also have to share a cabin.

Practical information

More detailed information about local logistics will be posted when they are available.

Registration & abstract submission

Please register using the online form :

Registration deadline: 24 June 2020

Since we have a limited number of cabins, allowing for an overall participation of around 75 people, we will give priority to those participants who had previously registered for the original meeting in March, if the event is overbooked.

The registration will become binding after 23 August 2020. Cancellation after this date without legitimate reasons might incur a charge of 7600 NOK.

*Uncertainties around coronavirus pandemic:*
We will follow the recommendations and restrictions given by the public health institute, governmental institutions as well as the regulations at UiB, and will update the cancellation policy according to the situation around that time. All registered participants will be informed in due course.

CHESS students should submit abstracts (can be a draft if complete version is not ready yet) and register at the same time.

For questions regarding the registration and the program, please contact us at