Water, Climate and Society, Short Course

  • Application Deadline
  • 12 days
  • Tuition
    Tuition (Full programme)
    Tuition (Full programme)
  • English (take IELTS)
The annual Bergen Summer Research School (BSRS) is an interdisciplinary venue for exploring some of the greatest challenges of our time. Focus this year is Water, Climate and Society. Seven parallel courses will span disciplines from the natural, health, and social sciences to the humanities. The Water, Climate and Society course is offered in June 13-24, 2016 at the University of Bergen.
  • Overview
  • Programme outline
  • Key facts
  • Admission requirements
  • Fees and funding


This year, BSRS offers seven parallel courses spanning all disciplines, a series of plenary sessions, and an exciting excursion into the unique Norwegian waterscape to explore the impact rivers, fjords and glaciers have on societies. We hope to provide the ideal backdrop for an interesting stay in Bergen and for stimulating cross-disciplinary discussions.

The Water, Climate and Society course is offered in June 13-24, 2016 at the University of Bergen. In 2016 the World Economic Forum ranked for the first time the water crisis as the greatest global risk to economies, environments and societies in the forthcoming decade, even posing greater risks than climate change, although they are related.

In 2015 NATO held their largest military exercise since the Cold War simulating war over water. The UN’s General Secretary and the World Bank have argued that management of water is crucial to future developments.

This year’s scientific leader, Professor Terje Tvedt, is also series editor of the nine-volume series A History of Water with contributions from over two hundred researchers from most disciplines — and from about one hundred countries.

He has published extensively on the River Nile and on theoretical issues involved in studying water-society issues, see Water and Society, 2016. Professor Tvedt is known for three award-winning TV-documentaries on water that has been shown all over the world.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Full-time duration 12 days
  • Study intensity Full-time
  • Credits
    10 ECTS
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • Partnership
  • Entry Level

Programme Structure

BSRS offers a number of stipends and participation will be accredited with up to 10 ECTS.

BSRS seeks to create a unique environment for participants to present, engage, discuss, progress their thinking, and improve on their work. As part of the taught courses, there will be an excursion into the waterscape of western Norway to explore the impact of rivers, fjords and glaciers on societies.

Research groups at UiB have wide multidisciplinary networks of water experts through Bjerknes Centre for Climate Research; the pioneering Nile Basin Research Programme, which involves researchers from all the Nile basin countries from all disciplines; and the multidisciplinary education programme between eight universities in Africa and Asia on Water and Society.

This is the ninth summer Bergen puts global challenges on the agenda. BSRS attracts PhD candidates and junior researchers from all over the world.

BSRS is a joint effort by the Bergen University College, Chr. Michelsen Institute, Norwegian School of Economics (NHH), Uni Research, and the University of Bergen.


Keynote speakers include Professor Terje Tvedt, Professor Owen McIntyre, University College Cork , Professor Robin Marsh, University of Berkeley, and Docent Terje Oestigaard at Uppsala University, Sweden.

Academic Requirements

Water experts will gather in Bergen from June 13-24 for the international summer school for PhD candidates and junior researchers.
  • Pick the course you wish to attend. You may pick two courses, but you will only be admitted to one. Your application will be evaluated based on your research and its relevance to the objective of the course of first priority. Indicate whether you need to attend the course to gain credit.
  • Motivational letter (maximum 500 words) which should include:
  • your interest in the issues of the Bergen Summer Research School 2016; and should explain how you intend to use the knowledge and experience gained for your ongoing research;
  • course expectations – what do you hope to gain from attending the BSRS?
Educational background
  • Indicate your English proficiency, as it is the only language of instruction and communication
  • What is the highest achieved degree and from which institution
  • Your current position
  • Your CV is divided into the following sections (no need to format the text):
  • Educational background (maximum 500 words)
  • Work experience (maximum 500 words)
  • Register up to ten publications, if any.

Tuition Fee Per Full Programme

  • EUR 420 International
  • EUR 420 EU/EEA
  • The registration fee for attending the Bergen Summer Research School is NOK 4,000 (approximately EUR 420 or USD 460)
  • The fee covers course materials, social events, lunch during working days, and a full-day excursion. You will also have full access to University Library and its online resources until the end of the year. The registration fee is due upon you receiving a letter of acceptance.


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