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INTPART-International Partnerships for Excellent Education and Research

Research and Education Partnership in Climate Change Impacts on Terrestrial Ecosystems

Alternative title: Partnerskap for forskning og utdanning på klimaendringenes påvirkning på naturen i fjellet

Awarded: NOK 4.5 mill.

Climate change, and its impacts on nature and people, is posing new scientific and societal challenges. Both the challenges and their solutions will cross national and sectorial borders, and international collaborative efforts to develop research and education is therefore needed. RECITE brings together five Bjerknes Centre for Climate REsearch at NORCE; The University Centre at Svalbard), China (Chinese Academy of Sciences), and USA (University of Arizona, University of Minnesota) in a collaborative effort to develop strong international research and educational methods and outputs. The overarching goal of RECITE is to support the partner institutions in becoming leaders in internationally collaborative student-active climate change research. Towards this goal, we will coordinate research efforts and offer students international experience in climate-related research, training, and work placements. RECITE will i) strengthen climate change research and educational collaboration on an international level, ii) train students at all levels of higher education in climate science, iii) develop and implement in programs courses that offer relevant research, workplace, and international experience, iv) exploit the potential in the consortium for high-impact collaborative research, v) build towards a future research cluster involving all research partners, and vi) disseminate results and lessons from students and staff collaborative work and experience. In 2021, we continued focusing on digital resources and regional internships. Specifically, we hosted 17 interns (11 in Norway, all from within Europe), 2 in China and 4 in the US (all from the Americas). These worked on field and digital research projects, and got experience in field work on carbon flux, functional trait and vegetation analyses, data management and project collaboration. They also participated in lab meetings. The internships were conducted in collaboration with other research and educational projects. We continued the development of digital tools for student research experiences, and invested in network building amongst current and past interns and training course students and early career researchers. Some of this work was in collaboration with other research institutions in Norway (e.g., the Living Norway network) on open science and reproducibility in science and education. Several research papers from earlier courses in Svalbard and Peru were published this year. We also presented at conferences and as invited presentations.

The scientific and societal challenges arising from climate change and its impacts on ecosystems demand an international collaborative effort to develop the research and education needed to meet these challenges. RECITE brings together five partner institutions across Norway (University of Bergen; Uni Research; The University Centre at Svalbard), China (Chinese Academy of Sciences), and USA (University of Arizona) in a collaborative effort to develop strong international research and educational methods and outputs. The overarching goal of RECITE is to support the partner institutions in becoming leaders in internationally collaborative climate change research and education by coordinating research efforts and offering students international experience in climate-related research, training, and exchange. RECITE will i) strengthen climate change research and educational collaboration on an international level, ii) train students at all levels of higher education in climate science, iii) develop and implement in programs courses that offer relevant research, workplace, and international experience, iv) exploit the potential in the consortium for high-impact collaborative research, v) build towards a future research cluster involving all research partners, and vi) disseminate results and lessons from students and staff collaborative work and experience. RECITE will provide unique and high-quality opportunity for support in different aspects of climate research and education. We will train students, do new research, engage in scientific collaboration, and, as the most novel aspect, we will experiment with, build knowledge on the impact of international internship experience on student motivation and learning, and implement such experiences in our programs. We will disseminate widely. Challenges are minimal and can be effectively mitigated as RECITE builds on top expertise in all relevant fields and a history of successful collaboration between the partners.

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INTPART-International Partnerships for Excellent Education and Research