Summer School on Predictability of Marine Ecosystems, from physical oceanography to fisheries @ University of Cape Town, Cape Town, South Africa
Jan 13 – Jan 21 all-day

Responsible: Noel Keenlyside / UiB, Mathieu Rouault / UCT&Nansen Tutu Centre (ZA)
Max. no. of participants: 5 CHESS students, and 30 students in total. Travel and accommodation costs will be supported for CHESS students.
Credit points: 2 ECTS
Registration: Please send an email to Nilgun Kulan ( to express your interest, stating your nationality, research topic, and project involved.
Deadline: 14 October 2019

Description of course:

Improved climate predictions coupled with marine ecosystem and impact assessment models are needed to reduce uncertainties in the climatic impacts of climate change and to develop appropriate adaptation plans. Towards this goal, the EU H2020 TRIATLAS project, coordinated by UiB, aims to enhance knowledge of the marine ecosystems and how it responds to climatic (and other) pressures in key areas of the Atlantic using existing and pivotal new (physical, biological, societal) observations and state-of-the-art (Earth system, ecological, and socio-economic) models. This ambitious project calls for the training of a new generation of researchers able to work across disciplines and engage with stakeholders, and thereby to address issues related to sustainable development. The summer school gathers a diverse group of students and experts working in these fields to tackle the above goals in an interdisciplinary context.


  • To stimulate a new generation of researchers to work across the research fields of climate, oceanography, marine-ecosystem, fisheries, and societal impacts, through lectures and exercises on theory, observations, and modelling in these fields.
  • To develop communication skills required for bridging the gap between different scientific communities working on a common goal, which in the case of summer school is the sustainable management of human activities in the Atlantic, through structured group works.
  • To increase awareness of the challenges and transdisciplinary research approaches used in stakeholder engagement, through a lecture and a group exercise.
  • Create a lasting inter-institutional network/community on these topics, by being made aware of the All Atlantic Alliance forum of which TRIATLAS is a part.


  • Participants will gain advanced knowledge on available observations and state-of-the-art climate and ecosystem models;
  • Acquire concepts and tools for understanding and carrying out analysis of bio-physical- interactions;
  • Gain skills in working in an interdisciplinary context;
  • Develop international networks and integrate the ever growing All Atlantic Alliance community, which goes beyond scientific actors;
  • Increased Norwegian involvement in research on the tropical and south Atlantic climate, oceanography, marine ecosystem, and fisheries.

Learning modules/structure:

The summer school will consist in 7 days of morning lectures and afternoon student projects and group work. The student activities will consist in the intercomparing of three selected ecosystems by mixed teams of different backgrounds. They will work on preparing a joint student paper on the approaches and challenges to interdisciplinary research of climatic and other pressures on the tropical and South Atlantic marine ecosystem.


Science Communication – Creating Scientific Illustrations @ University of Bergen
Jan 28 @ 09:00 – Jan 31 @ 16:30

Lecturer: Pina Kingman, MScBMC
ECTS: 1 (If you complete the course, you get a diploma stating your participation, the content of the course and the work effort the course has required. You can apply to your home institution for getting the course accepted as ECTS in your degree. They decide if you will get the ECTS for the participation.)
Maximum no. of participants: 20 in total
Registration: please apply before 15 December 2019 with this online form. (registration closed)

Do you want to use illustration as an effective communication tool? Learn the essentials of graphic design and visual communication theory, drawing by hand and drawing digitally during this 4-day course.

Course description:

This course will introduce the theory and method of how to visually represent your scientific research. Being able to translate complex research into information that can be understood by a wide range of audiences is an important skill that will help you throughout your career.

Communicating your work using different methods helps you to think about your work from different perspectives. Not only will this help you understand your own work better, but it will also give you the tools to be able to explain your work to others.

The skills you will learn in this course are highly transferable to any design project you may do in the future.

Through lectures and workshops, we will cover the following:

  • Principles of design and visual communication
  • How to apply these principles to illustration and graphic design, which in turn will inform all visual material you might want to create, including; graphical abstracts, presentation slides, poster presentations, journal articles, graphs, data visualisation, project logos, animations and outreach material.
  • Best practices for poster and slide presentation design
  • Step by step method on how to draw your own research
  • Introduction to sketching by hand
  • Crash course in digital illustration with mandatory pre-course digital tutorials

By the end of the course, you will have practiced the theory and methods discussed in class by creating an illustration of your own research. Taking your ideas from conceptualisation to final digital artwork.

Completing the digital illustration tutorials before the course begins is mandatory. It is important that you come prepared because we are covering a lot of new skills in a short time and it will be beneficial for you if you already have a foundation to work from.

Course Schedule:

Course dates are 28-31 January, from 9:00 to 16:30 each day.

Day 1: 6.5 hrs lectures & workshops, 1 hr lunch
Day 2: 3 hrs lectures & workshops, 1 hr lunch, 3.5 hrs digital illustration
Day 3: 1 hr lecture, 5.5 hrs digital illustration, 1 hr lunch
Day 4: 1.5 hrs digital illustration, 1 hr lunch, 5 hrs student presentation & group feedback

Software used in the course:

  • Adobe Illustrator, for those who have access
  • Gravit, free vector illustration software
    Note: If any students are already familiar with another digital illustration software, then feel free to use this program. But for the sake of time, I will only provide technical support for those using Gravit Designer or Adobe Illustrator.

Student’s will need to bring to the course: Laptop

Before the course starts, students will need to:

  • Download Gravit Designer or Illustrator onto your laptop
  • Do mandatory digital illustration tutorials (to be provided)

Final assessment:

Students will need to present their illustration on the last day of the course and describe one design principle they used in order to solve a visual problem. It will be okay to show “work in progress.”


Pina Kingman in a biomedical illustrator and animator whose work focuses on telling scientific stories in order to disseminate complex research and promote public awareness of science and medicine. She holds a BSc in Cell Biology and Genetics from the University of British Columbia and a MSc in Biomedical Communication from the University of Toronto.


This course is offered as a joint effort of 4 Norwegian research schools: CHESS, DEEP, ForBio and IBA.

Fundamentals of Ocean/Atmosphere Data Analysis @ Oslo Research Park
May 11 – May 15 all-day

Responsible: Joe LaCasce / UiO
International lecturer: Jonathan Lilly / Theiss Research
Max. no. of participants: 12 CHESS students (total participants: 20)
Credit points: 2 ECTS
Registration form here. Deadline: 15 March (registration closed)
Submitted applicant list

Course description:  This course introduces students to essential statistical and conceptual tools for analyzing any type of dataset from oceanography, atmospheric science, or climate.

In this course, the students will learn how to use our creativity together with simple statistical tools to delve into datasets, uncovering whatever information they may contain, and how to shape that information into stories.  In particular, a powerful method called “distributional data analysis” allows us to deconstruct potentially large, multivariate datasets by examining their statistics in two-dimensional slices.  Careful attention is given to the variance ellipse, the fundamental second-order statistical quantity for bivariate data such as velocity.  Data organization and manipulation techniques, visualization strategies, and healthy coding habits are all also addressed.  Finally, the course provides innovative training in the essential mental factors of curiosity, imagination, and objectivity.

Students apply techniques to datasets of their own choosing using the Matlab programming language, and learn further through homework problems and group exercises.

This will be the fourth time a version of this course is offered in Oslo, and the second time focusing on a greatly expanded version of the “low-tech” methods that form the foundation of the data analyst’s toolbox.

This course is strongly recommended for all students wishing to participate in a more advanced time series analysis course with the same instructor, to be offered over two weeks in Fall 2020 at the Alfred Wegener Institute in Bremerhaven, Germany.

Learning modules/structure:  There will be two hours of lectures in the morning sessions and a two-to-three hour lab session in the afternoons. Lectures will be given in the mornings and lab sessions in the afternoons, allowing the students to apply the methods directly to data. The students will also complete a final project on data of their choice. The students employ the statistical and time series analysis toolbox jLab developed by the instructor (  Course notes are available online at (specifically chapters 1-8).

Learning outcomes: At the end of the course, students will be well-prepared to begin efficiently analyzing any dataset they might encounter, while avoiding common pitfalls.  Students gain practical experience through hands-on demonstrations and exercises in Matlab.

Prerequisites:  Students must have a fully functioning version of Matlab with jLab already installed at the start of the course.  Students are expected to bring a dataset of any type that they would like to analyze for a course project.  Multivariate datasets are encouraged.  Model output is also acceptable.

Dallas Murphy’s annual Advanced Science-Writing Workshop – 2020 @ Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen
Jun 15 – Jun 19 all-day

Responsible: Dallas Murphy and Thomas Spengler
Credit points: 2 ETCS
Max no. of participants: 12
Registration deadline: 30 April, 2020
Registration form is here. (registration closed)
Participant submission list

**Due to the uncertainty of coronavirus development in the coming months, the workshop may move to online if needed.**


Only the science matters in science papers.  Often, however, good science is damaged by its unclear presentation in writing.  Clarity is the science writer’s sole stylistic obligation.  But without a cogent, carefully constructed literary structure, there can be no clarity; clarity is in structure.  We will, therefore offer techniques and means of attaining structure that can be applied to the present paper, the next paper, and the next.


– We can accommodate a maximum of 12 students.  Each will submit a draft of their papers 3 weeks before the workshop begins, and everyone will receive a package containing all papers.
– As a group, we will rigorously examine the abstracts, introductions, and conclusions for each paper, asking, first, are they clear?  We will address three papers per day, leaving Friday open for rewrites.
– Working together as a group, we will help improve the paper at hand.  But that alone is not enough.  We will use the papers as a starting point to establish the foundations of a practical writing process – of thinking like a writer about science writing – that will produce better papers, but also alleviate some of the stress most students feel about writing.
– Different faculty scientists will participate in each session to help students clarify the science itself.


Dallas Murphy is a professional writer, author of nine books, a mix of fiction and nonfiction, and two plays.  He conducts science-writing workshops at the Max Planck Institute for Meteorology, University of Hamburg, Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research, University of Miami, and Bergen Geophysical Institute.


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