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The CALENDARS project empirically explores the ways people perceive and effect seasonal patterns in different communities and fields of activity, focusing mainly on places in New Zealand and Norway. A central concern is how peoples’ cultural calendars of seasons can support or hinder their adaptation to rapid changes in seasonal rhythms, through climatic but also other environmental and social changes. The overall objective of the project is:

To advance knowledge and understanding of how seasonal representations shape and are shaped by institutions, and  to critically appraise the quality of these representations for contributing to successful adaptation to seasonal change.



New book
Book cover for Changing Seasonality - a modernist house, several seasons in the back- and foreground

Seasons they are a-changing

A rich and accessible new book from University of Bergen researchers and collaborators asks readers from all backgrounds to rethink what seasons mean to them.

Title card for documentary Tidelines

Film: Tidelines

Film-maker James Muir documented the CALENDARS research in New Zealand for over two years. See the Coromandel Peninsula’s seasonal rhythms in this film!
A modern-looking building in a landscape reflecting the colours of every season
Sep 11

Re-patterning our seasonal cultures: A symposium

As the CALENDARS project comes to an end in early 2024, we organised a two-day public symposium at the Arboretum to discuss the findings of the project.

Art exhibition
Pink flowers in front of a pencil drawing

A path is a thought stretched out in time and space

In September 2023, the CALENDARS project co-hosted an exhibition where six contemporary artists gave visitors an alternative experience of the Arboretum and ways for sensing time.

An mind map drawn in various colours

«BeeWare» the climate: Adapting Norwegian beekeeping practices to mitigate climate risk

BeeWare, a spinoff project by researchers from NORCE and SVT, is investigating how weather and climate risk are challenging beekeeping in the Vestland region.
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This project has received funding from the European Research Council (ERC), ERC-STG action, under the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme Grant Agreement No 804150