Research School on Changing Climates in the Coupled Earth System

Call for courses - Fall 2016

2016 Fall call for CHESS activities Call for CHESS activity proposals for courses, workshops, and summer schools.

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Who can apply: Anyone affiliated with CHESS



  • Must target the CHESS mission
  • Promote inter-institutional collaboration
  • Must indicate how many CHESS and non-CHESS PhDs will participate and estimate participation of partner institutions (PhDs and lecturers)
  • Must have clearly identifiable outcomes and state benefit for participants
  • Should include the awarding of ETCS, indicate how many. (1 ETCS equals 25-30 hours work-load, including preparation, lectures, group work, presentations, and assignments)
  • Must be completed within 1 year of the grant´s commencement
  • Proposals should not exceed one A4 page including a description of the activity, objective(s), timeline and outcome(s).
  • A detailed budget must be provided on a separate page (details see 2nd page).


Budget: Overall 300 kNOK, resulting in 2-5 CHESS activities within 25-150 kNOK.

Eligible activities and expenses:

  • Courses: Focused on one or more topics relevant for CHESS PhD students (Duration 1-3 days)
  • Workshops: Interactive activity focusing on teaching and research topics with relevance to CHESS with national and international lecturers (Duration up to one week)
  • Summer schools: Lectures and discussions on research topics with relevance to CHESS with national and international lecturers (Duration up to one week)
  • Costs related to running the above mentioned activities (e.g., facility costs, travel, accommodation, course material hand-outs)

Non-eligible activities or expenses

  • PhD related costs: travel, science meeting fees, publication costs, laboratory costs, fieldwork, etc.
  • Salaries
  • Research visits


Deadline for submissions is 11 November. Proposals shall be attached to an email with Subject: “CHESS activities” and sent to post-chess@uib.no


Evaluation: the CHESS steering group[1] will evaluate the proposals and the results will be announced ~2 weeks after the submission deadline. 


For inquiries contact ragna.breines@uib.no, 555 82608


Details for budgeting activities:


Activities can be lead by CHESS or arranged with collaborating research schools such as AMGG and DEEP. For collaborating activities, CHESS supports CHESS PhD students to participate via funding their travel and accommodation. It is also possible to co-organise activities sharing costs for lecturers, facilities, etc. as well. Shared costs need to be outlined in detail, also stating the contribution of the partner and the overall costs of the activity.


The budget should clearly outline separate costs for: Facility, lecturer fees, travel and accommodation for participants, and any other costs necessary to run the course.


PhD students have to ensure that they keep their travel expenses at reasonable costs. It is therefore required that they make travel arrangements well ahead of time and try to share accommodation if possible. If cheaper university housing is available, it should be used and booked well ahead of time to safe costs.


There will be cancellation fees for late notice cancellations without sufficient reasons given for non-attendance. Cancellation fees of accommodation and travel will follow the costs associated with the respective reservation contracts with, e.g., travel agents, airlines, or other. Cancellation of participation in a course by PhD is possible up to 2 weeks in advance of the commencement of the activity without any costs. Cancellation in the period 1-2 weeks prior to the activity will result in a fee equivalent to 50% of the participation costs. Cancellation within one week prior to the activity will be charged with a 75% fee equivalent to the participation costs and no show without cancellation or cancellation when the activity already commenced will be charged with 100% fee equivalent to the participation costs.

The participation costs are the costs per participant to run the course, i.e., covering lecturer fees, room facilities, hand-out material, etc.


[1] Members: Thomas Spengler (UiB), Ulysses Ninnemann (UiB), Joe LaCasce (UiO), Carmen Gaina (UiO), Kristoffer Rypdal (UiT), Giuliana Panieri (UiT), Marius Jonassen (UNIS)