Communication skills in outreach and teaching
Apr 8 – Sep 17 all-day

When: Online seminar series on Thursdays (9:00-11:00) from 8 April to 1 July 2021; Physical workshop in Bergen September 13-17, 2021
Organizers: Mirjam Glessmer and Kjersti Daae at UiB and iEarth
Credit points: 2(3) ECTS
Registration form here (registration closed)

Course description

To become a successful scientist you must master a variety of skills. The science itself is one of these skills, but you will also need to communicate your science with peers and a wider audience. This course covers aspects of pedagogics and didactics related to teaching and learning of climate sciences and generic skills in communication, outreach, and public debates. The objectives are:
1. To build a network of young climate researchers from both CHESS and iEarth that have a common understanding of the role of climate science in society, their agency as scientists, and best practice methods of communication.
2. To get training in using cutting-edge, science-based methods and tools to communicate climate science to (i) the general public, using, for example, Social Media and science poetry, and (ii) students of climate sciences and related topics at high school and university level
3. To practice communication skills and present examples of best-practice implementations of science communication or science teaching activities to your peers and the general public.

Learning outcome: Participants will be able to:
• choose viable, research-based formats (e.g., Social Media, science poetry) and methods and develop activities in which they present their Ph.D. topic to a lay audience
• draw on a network of informed peers for feedback and ideas related to science communication and education activities
• evaluate the effectiveness of science communication and education activities
• reflect on, and continuously improve existing activities

Course organization: 11 weekly 90 minutes digital seminars with short inputs on science communication and education topics, leading up to a one-week workshop for interaction and feedback.


Digital lecture series:

The online lecture series will take place on Thursdays 09:00-11:00 from 08.04.2021

8. April Introductions Mirjam, Kjersti ++
15. April Learning as acquisition vs. learning as participation. Exploring two different ways of thinking about learning. Ivar Nordmo
22. April Justice, equity, diversity, inclusion in science Virginia Schutte (adjust for time zones)
29. April Culture and change Torgny Roxå
6. May Science communications Virginia Schutte (adjust for time zones)
Move to another day due to ascension day? Tuesday? Tips for good outreach J. Bakke
20. May Geoscience learning Kikki Kleiven
27. May Science poetry Sam Illingsworth (adjust for time zones)
3. June (collision with iearth in Rosendahl)
10. June Students as partners Catherine Bovill
Matthias Lundmark
17. June Networking and mentoring Mirjam Glessmer
24. June Supervision Anders Ahlberg
1. July Field teaching Rie Malm ++ (unconfirmed)


Program for the Bergen week 13-17. September

Dallas Murphy’s annual Advanced Science-Writing Workshop – 2021 @ Geophysical Institute, University of Bergen
Jun 21 – Jun 25 all-day

Responsible: Dallas Murphy and Thomas Spengler
Credit points: 2 ETCS
Max no. of participants: 12
Registration deadline: 7 May, 2021


**Due to the coronavirus pandemic situation, participants can choose to join physically or online.**


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 by 28 May, 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.


XRF core scanning for paleoclimate reconstructions in the Arctic @ Linken, Forskningsparken & the Geoscience laboratory at UiT, Tromsø
Jun 28 – Jun 30 all-day

*The workshop is postponed and participants will be notified when a new date is set*

Organizers: Christine Tømmervik Kollsgård (UiT), Carmen Avery Braun (UiT), Vårin Trælvik Eilertsen (UiT), Eirik Gottschalk Ballo (UiO) and Violeth Swai (UiB)
Confirmed speakers: Eivind Wilhelm Nagel Støren (UiB), Jostein Bakke (UiB), Christian März (University of Leeds), Rik Tjallingii (Divison for Climate Dynamics and Landscape Evolution, GFZ Potsdam), Marit-Solveig Seidenkrantz (Aarhus University), Karina Monsen (UiT) and Christoph Vogt (University of Bremen).
Number of participants: 15
Credit points: 1 ECTS

Registration form here. (Deadline: 30 April)

*CHESS will cover the travel and accommodation costs for CHESS members to participate in this course. The information about making travel claim after the activity can be found on our webpage Travel reimbursement for participating in CHESS activities. *

This coming summer, in late June, a group of early career researchers have invited a hand-full of speakers to facilitate a more in-depth understanding of the theory behind XRF (X-ray fluorescence) data. We are organizing a workshop over three days in Tromsø – and invite you to join us.

The main aim of the workshop is to have a meeting amongst PhD-students and professors working with XRF-data and the interpretation of it, to gain a broader understanding of its possibilities. In addition, we see it useful to develop a network of both PhDs and supervisors working with XRF-data as a means of reconstructing paleoclimate in the Arctic to gain a common understanding of its meaning.

Description of the course

The course will focus on the use of XRF data to reconstruct past climate and environments. XRF core scanning is one of the most common and important high-resolution methods to investigate past conditions in both marine and lacustrine sediments. The geochemical element ratios obtained can give insight into environmental and climatic changes and can be tied to other paleo-climate proxies.

Participants will learn the necessary theory on the data collection methods of the Avaatech XRF Scanner at the UiT laboratory and the iTraxx at UiB. Post-scanning data processing will be adressed through lectures and hands-on experience with data analysis and interpretation, including the use of Xelerate conversion software. Lectures will also introduce the different processes and pre- and post-depositional factors influencing the sediment geochemistry and how these are portrayed in the XRF data. Further, students get to learn which element-ratios can be used for reconstructing paleoclimate in any environment, with a specific focus on the Arctic and glacial environments.

Before the workshop, there will be a limited amount of assigned literature and participants should prepare a short introductory presentation. Please bring with you your own XRF-dataset to work on. You will be asked to sort it in a specific way prior to the workshop. If you do not yet have data, a dataset will be provided. At the end of the course, you will present your conclusions to the group.

Outcomes and benefits:
The students will:
• Be introduced to the Avaatech X-Ray Fluorescence Scanner
• Learn how to process XRF core scanner data
• Get in-depth knowledge of how changes in climate are reflected in XRF data
• Learn to interpret their own datasets and practice presenting their work for others
• Gain a broader network within the paleoclimate community

Pre-requisites: Participants should be currently working with XRF data, or will be as parts of their PhD project.