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Inspired by the Covid-19 pandemic, UiB researchers present five principles for model quality.
– Covid-19 has shown that we need a new debate about decision-making in crises when the scientific answers are not yet available. Numbers and calculations are insufficient when it comes to handling the worldwide crisis that the pandemic has triggered, says Professor Jeroen Van der Sluijs.
Bruna De Marchi, researcher at the Centre for the Study of the Sciences and the Humanities (SVT) at UiB, has written the editorial in the first special issue of the journal Culture e Studi del Sociale.
In a recent article co-authored with Mario Giampietro, UiB professor Silvio Funtowicz criticizes the circular economy concept and proposes a different approach to sustainable growth.
New research suggests that current models critically underestimate the uncertainties when predicting future irrigated areas. It also indicates that the latent environmental impact of irrigated agriculture could have been seriously miscalculated.
Six European researchers have received EU funding for research residencies at the University of Bergen through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions (MSCA) programme. Four of the six grants go to research projects in collaboration with the Faculty of Humanities.
The CALENDARS project is still in it's first phase and the first year of the project has been filled with activities. We have had several workshops and public events as well as assemblage the full CALENDAR team in both Norway and New Zealand. Below you can read Dr Paul Schneider's reflections on the first six months of the project in Coromandel, New Zealand.
PhD candidate Thor Olav Iversen talked to the acknowledged Professor Theodore Porter about the history of numbers in science and society, governing by privatized algorithm and many other things.
New dissemination video from the MAGIC project on what happens when there is uncertainty and the science is not complete?
Thor Olav Iversen's doctoral project seeks to develop a critical framework for assessing food security quantification. We had a quick talk with the PhD candidate.
The CALENDARS team had a stand at the National Science Week expo (Forskningstorget) in Bergen in September. Here they did a pilot in testing the method of using the primstav as a tool for collecting representations of seasons by the citizens of Bergen. We asked the questions; How are the seasons changing? How many seasons do we actually have in Bergen? Why do we divide the year as we do and how... Read more
Erik Kolstad and Scott Bremer organise training in transdisciplinary climate adaptation research for early career researchers.
The MAGIC project has released a set of 2-minutes cartoons with uncomfortable knowledge. Watch them here.
The European Geosciences Union (EGU) has interviewed Professor Matthias Kaiser from SVT at their blog.
"We are particularly excited about providing an arena for European students to become active co-creators of their education".
During their agricultural season, the farmers of Mali highly rely on timely rainfall. A new collaboration project adapts the weather service yr.no for the rainy season in Mali.
The CALENDARS project started on New Years day 2019, and it is off to an energetic start!
RECIPES aims to reconcile innovation and precaution to foster social awareness and responsibility in the EU in research and innovation.

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