Climate science at high latitudes: eScience for linking Arctic measurements and modeling @ Abisko Scientific Research Station, Sweden
Oct 15 – Oct 24 all-day

Coordination: Paul Zieger and Paul Glantz (Stockholm University)
Co-organisers and Lecturers: Michael Schulz (University of Oslo/Meteorologisk Institutt), Ilona Riipinen (Stockholm University) and Antti Lauri (University of Helsinki)
Expected number of participants: 20-25 students, lecturers (5) and assistants (5)
Maximum no. of CHESS participants: 6   *Travel costs of CHESS students will be covered by CHESS*
Credit points: 5

This course aims to teach the next generation of scientists to integrate different eScience tools and infrastructures to achieve a more holistic interpretation of the climate system and its components through model and data analysis. The focus of the course is on the application of eScience tools, but applied to climate and air quality research at high northern latitudes. It is the third part of a series of three two-week graduate courses, open to graduate students and early career scientists from the Nordic countries and Europe.

More details and the registration form (deadline: 15th of August 2019) can be found here:


Writing successful project proposals – From idea to project: Preparing a draft proposal @ VilVite, Thormøhlens gate 51, 5006 Bergen
Nov 13 – Nov 14 all-day

Course leaders: Friederike U. Hoffmann, Research Coordinator at GFI and EU expert evaluator; Nadine Goris, Researcher at NORCE
Time: 13-14 November 2019, 09:00 – 16:30 both days
Credit point: 1 (ECTS)
Maximum number of participants: 12 (participants will be prioritized according to these categories: 1. CHESS member, 2. Member of Bjerknes Center for Climate Research, 3. Participants with own project ideas)
Registration here.  Deadline for registration: 6th October
Submitted applicant list

Course description

Target group is early career scientists (PhD, Post Doc, young researchers) in climate sciences with little or no experience in proposal writing.

The course will enable you to apply for external funding of your own research. You will learn how to prepare a draft for a successful research project proposal.

Using your own research ideas, you will learn:

– how to plan and structure a draft proposal
– how to develop the different components of the draft proposal
– how to draft a project budget
– where you can apply for funding

The course includes lectures, group work and plenary discussion. During the course, the participants will develop the project ideas of 3 participants into ready-to-use draft proposals.


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.