The Bjerknes Centre is a collaboration on climate research, between the University of Bergen, NORCE, the Institute of Marine Research, Nansen Environmental and Remote Sensing Centre.

This years location for the ACDC ten year annivarsary conference. Rondane, Norway
Photo: Kerim Nisancioglu

ACDC summer school – 10 year anniversary 

The Advanced Climate Dynamic Courses is celebrating their 10th year anniversary this March by having an alumni conference held in Rondane, Norway. 

The conference, marking the ACDC summer school's 10th year anniversary, is focused around presentations by alumni highlighting recent advances on the scientific topics which have been covered at one of the past 10 ACDC summer schools. Every year is well represented and there are about 55 scientists and earlier PhDs attending the conference from Europe, North America and Asia.

The leader of ACDC, Professor. Kerim Nisancioglu, at the University of Bergen and Bjerknes Centre, explains that the main goal of the summer schools is to educate a new generation of interdicplinary climate scientists with an in-depth understanding of current topics in climate science. He emphasized that the students are challenged to think “out of the box” and connect with scientist from different fields to learn, discuss and solve some of the remaining fundamental questions within the climate sciences.


ACDC has over the years become the leading PhD school within climate dynamics internationally, offering a two week intense learning experience combining lectures, student presentations, group projects, and field work. The school offers students a unique interdisciplinary  course different from any traditional courses offered at their home universities.

The conference has clearly shown us how the ACDC alumni have moved on to become some of the leading experts within climate sciences internationally, with impressive publication records; including several joint publications with fellow summer school participants. 

- Kerim Nisancioglu

Picture from ACDC summer school 2015. Heradskolinn, Iceland Copyright: UiB
Picture from ACDC summer school 2015. Heradskolinn, Iceland
Copyright: UiB

What is happening at the conference?


Marking the 10-year anniversary, the ACDC alumni conference is held in Rondane, between the 25th to the 28th of March. The reunion of the many participants and lecturers has shown how important the ACDC schools are for building lasting friendships and scientific collaborations. Several of the earlier students have already moved on to positions as senior scientists and professors since their time at the summer school.

The difference between PhDs and lecturers has gone from small to non-existent during the years. All participants have been challenged by the interdisciplinary nature of the summer schools, and even the senior professor have experienced being students again. This is the type of intense learning experience we want to promote also in the coming 10 years of ACDC.

- Kerim Nisancioglu

Professor. David Battisti at the University of Washington adds: 

Former ACDC students have gone on to accomplish very important and impressive science, which they are sharing with all of us. Compared to the typical graduating PhDs, an unusually high percentage of ACDC students now hold important positions, such as faculty positions in Europe and North America and they have gone on to be international leaders in various disciplines that comprise climate science. 

 Photo: Kerim Nisancioglu
 Photo: Kerim Nisancioglu

This summer, the 11th in a row, ACDC will take place at UC Merced field station in Yosemite National Park, USA, from September 22nd to October 4th. This time focused on the Anthropocene.

This year's applications for the summer school has its submission deadline on the 1st of April. Click here to apply. Each year there is a tough competition for the 25 available spots the summer school offers.